Announcing Southern Attraction: The College Years

The College Years

Book Blurb

This 2nd edition young adult romance book continues the journey with Heather Brandon and her amazing boyfriend Jake as they go off to college.  In this book, Heather struggles with insecurities of her past while trying to find a peaceful life.   She had dealt with enough heartache in her past to last a lifetime.  While striving to overcome her past, she is determined to persuade her boyfriend to change his career, for one that is safer.  She wants to enjoy her life with him but struggles to accept his fearless ways.  Heather’s past haunts her; her parent’s passing, and a tornado that ripped apart Huckleburg, her new home. Now all she wants to do is live a life of happiness and not worry about the man she loves. Jake is too prideful to give in.   He is so worried about his own career that he can’t see how much Heather needs him.  Will Heather be able to overcome the trials of her life or will tragedy strike again?  Join Heather as she tries to overcome adversity and search for the peace that she desperately wants.

Book Sample:

Chapter 1

     It was a new school year, Heather was excited to be going to the University of Alabama with her boyfriend Jake. She chose Fashion Merchandising and Design as her degree choice. Luckily Mick had received some donations, after the destruction of his home from the tornado, to help her pay for most of her first year’s tuition. Larry, her parent’s old financial advisor had given her the rest of the money that she needed. Larry had been a close friend to her father. He felt bad about her losing her home after her parent’s passing, so he donated the rest.
Heather made some preparations for her first year in college. She got a new layered hair style with blond high-lites and bought her a couple of new outfits. She made sure to get plenty of rest the night before. She searched her phone for some soothing music to play to help her rest. She found some relaxation nature sounds on her play list. After she pressed play, she could hear seagulls cooing and the wind blowing. Then she heard waves from the ocean whooshing and splashing upon the sand. The sound of the made a gentle and peaceful sound. It didn’t take long until Heather fell quickly asleep.
The next morning Heather felt relaxed and tranquil. Her first day was here and she had to look her best. She wore her new black boots, black leather jacket and smelt of expensive perfume. Somehow driving her little red Camaro didn’t give her that since of pride it once had. Other students often admired her because of her new car. Now she just wanted to be accepted; not worry so much about being the popular girl in school.
Heather felt like the new kid in town, just like the day she arrived in Alabama at her uncle’s farm. At least this time she didn’t have to compete with other people’s misconceptions of her. She remembered how they treated her when she arrived in Huckleburg, Alabama. Country bumpkins were very rude to her because she was from New York. They didn’t like Northerners and thought that she was some spoiled rich kid.
Heather remembered how much she had hated moving to Alabama to live with a uncle she barely knew. Huckleburg used to be a place that she hated, but it had become home to her. Now for some reason, she felt homesick and missed her uncle.
As Heather hurried down the beautiful brick paved road toward the street where her first class would be, she looked around at the beautiful campus. Tall architecture buildings with intricate designs faced the main gate. Heather was surprised by the size of the campus and how it seemed like the whole town catered to the Alabama University. Streets were named after the famous college football coach, Paul Bear Bryant. A coach famous for his winning of six national championships during his tenure. Heather finally found a parking place at the end of the row, squeezing between two cars, which were parked over the line.
Don’t this just beat it all, Heather growled as she shook her head in disgust.
Knowing she was going to be late, she hurried along the pathway of fresh colorful flowers blooming along the manicured landscape on the Alabama campus. She barely made it into Morgan Hall when she tripped over the threshold and landed on her stomach, barely missing her head on the concrete floor in front of her. As she looked up, no one seemed to notice. Everyone seemed to be focused on making new friends. After she hopped up and started down the hallway, she saw kids with fashionable clothes and new school supplies lining the walls. No one seemed to worry about making it to class on time.
As Heather entered her first math class, she surveyed the room before taking a seat toward the back of the class. Only one seat remained open on the last row. As Heather approached it, some skinny red head sat down. Trying not to make a fuss, she found another seat on the row just ahead. As she sat down, she saw a young man entering the room, taking a seat on the teacher’s desk. …..

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About the Author: Tracy Kauffman is an author that resides in Decatur, Alabama with her husband and two dogs.  Tracy hopes to encourage and inspire others to live a healthy, happy life and to treat others with love, compassion and kindness, which is often incorporated into her writing.  Other works include: Southern Adventures, My Boyfriend the Squire, Richard the Lionheart, Southern Attraction, A Closer Walk and Captain Honey Bear.

The Great Author Blog Tour

Below are 5 Amazing books that I thought I would share with you. Please check them out on Amazon and share them with your friends.
1. NEARLY TWENTY YEARS HAVE PASSED since the end of the devastating war which toppled the Tagaran Empire. Following this conflict, Armea has stabilized, ceasing the threat of the Corec and other enemies alike. However, when the city of Sorranon falls to flame and fury, panic begins to grow anew. Within this panic, two strangers, claiming to hail from an apocalyptic future, find influence with powerful allies. Their goal- save Armea through the use of Anastasia Daren, a young girl living within the West. Yet, without agreeing upon the role of said girl, their differing ideals brew trouble for both king and country as other threats rise. Hope for survival, of both Armea and the world, may lie within the hands of these strangers’ orphan.
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1. Buy Link:   https://bit.ly/2Xx9Eww
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2.  Southern Attraction- The College Years is a 2nd Edition Book that continue the journey of Heather Brandon and her boyfriend Jake as they go off to college.  This book can be read as a stand alone book.   As Heather and Jake go off to college they are inseparable, but the stress of school, keeping up their grades and Jake getting injured seem to put a damper on their relationship.  Jake stays busy with football practice while a suave guy vies for Heather’s attentions.  Heather is perplexed in her journey of discovery and the search for happiness and peace.  She has dealt with enough heartaches and trials in her life that it is too much to bear, causing her anxiety.  Jake is wrapped up in trying to become a professional football player that he doesn’t see Heather spiraling downward.  Join Heather as she tries to overcome her adversity and search for peace that she desperately needs.

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3. 
The Pauper is a fiction story from a real life event encountered by the author. It is a story which x-rays the ugly situation in many homes and universities today and also proffers solution to it.  In the quest to have a child, a life was given; in the struggle to raise a son, a life was taken, and in the effort to end a life, a life was restored. Regret brings about repentance; repentance gives birth to forgiveness, which reproduces restoration of lost hope, wasted years, bright future and happy ending. In the Pauper, all these happened. This captivating and thrilling story will educate children and adults alike; it is must read for everyone.
 
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4. Elayne MacNally knew one thing for certain:  Her reputation as the willful Harpy of the Highlands was well earned.  Declan MacCollough also knew one thing for certain: He did not want to follow in his father’s footsteps as Laird of the reputed “Beast Clan.”  Declan must find a wife with enough backbone to help him tame his clan. Declan offers to wed the lass – an arranged marriage.  With no other choices open to her, Elayne decides that the Laird of the Beast Clan is the only option.Playing on each other’s strengths, they maneuver around those who attempt to prevent the marriage as a play for power. However, Declan’s past affiliations with the King are not welcome by all, and the challenges to their marriage become the least of their worries.  Can Declan and Elayne trust each other enough to face the threats to the MacCollough clan and their very lives? 
 
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Love makes the ride worthwhile…or does it?
Bob is ready to take the next step in his relationship, and he wants to marry Ava, the woman of his dreams. He’s been secretly saving up money for the “special” ring that she wants. To quicken the process, he gets a part-time job as a Ryde driver, but…Bob stumbles upon Ava’s secret. The struggle begins.
Can their relationship withstand secrets and cheating?

Love’s Ride is a literary roller-coaster ride that will make you happy, scared, excited, angry, hopeful, and more—not necessarily in that order.
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Interview with Kim Branch (AK Kronicles)

God Is My Superhero by [Kronicles, A.K.]
1. How long have you been writing?  I have been writing since I was in college
2.What got you started in writing?  I always liked to write as a way to stretch my imagination.
3. What main genre do you write in and have you written in other genres? The main genre I write in is Christian Children’s Books.  I have also have works in progress in horror, drama, and comedy.
4. What publishing route have you used and/or what publishing company have you used?  I self-published my first book in 2004.  In 2018, I published my second book with Christian Faith Publishing.
5. What inspired you to write this book? I wanted to tell kids about the greatness of God as opposed to fictional superhero’s in a way they could relate to and understand. Is it the 1st or in a set of books? No it is my second book
6. What marketing routes have you used to promote your book? I have run promotions on my facebook pages and also on instagram.   I have also done an interview with the Christian Broadcast Network last December, and Also, I radio interview in the beginning of this year.
7. Is writing your main career or do you have other jobs? No, writing is not my main career.  I have a day job at a top rated Broadcast station.  I also do a little acting and modeling.
8. How do you start off writing? I cleanse my mind and allow myself to be inspired by life.  Do you research, brain storm, or just set the title and go from there?  I just let the creative juices flow until I finish my work.  I also do a little research on the genre, the competition, and environment/character type if I am writing for an older age group.
9. Who inspires you to write and do they help with ideas for the book? Well first God inspires me the most.  But, other than that people in general and life stories.
10. If you could write one last book what would it be about? That is a very good question.  I believe it would be a memoir of sorts.
11. What advice would you give a new author? I would say….Keep it on push.   Never get discouraged.  Never give up on your dreams or fantasy.  Believe and you will succeed.
12. If you had to tell a new author something to watch out for in writing, what would it be?  Watch out for mil publishers that just want to profit off of your work.
13. How do you respond to bad reviews or if you havent ever had one, tell me how you would respond if you got one? I have not had one yet.  But, I did have some negative comments on my fb page from Marvel fans.  At first they hurt my feelings, But,  I had to learn to push pass the negative comments because that is not my audience and you really can not please everyone.  I try to stay focused on the positive.
14. Do you have anyone to read your book and give you advice on it before it is published? Yes, I normally run my book pass family members and friends.
15. Pretend this is a job interview, Tell me about yourself as an person and/or author?
As a person, I am relatively shy and soft spoken.  I love to be around creative people and things….that is where I am the happiest.   As an author, I am open minded and try to write about things that I love.  With each of my stories I try to touch my readers with some sort of life lesson.
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Interview With Author Stephen Edwards

How long have you been writing? 

Answer: I started writing when I was 18, and continued until I was about 32, and back then it was poetry and short stories. I just started writing again about a year ago and now it’s non-fiction. I have also kept up my writing skills in the gap with writing for the various companies I worked for.

What got you started in writing?

Answer: I was originally fascinated with words and language. Puns and fun stories were all so interesting to me. But this latest passion has been to help people get freedom and healing from depression.

What main genre do you write in and have you written in other genres?

Answer: Right now I am focused on non-fiction/self-help.

What publishing route have you used and/or what publishing company have you used?

Answer: I haven’t published this latest book yet, but I will be going with Author Academy Elite, which is a combination of self-publishing with training on marketing and becoming a public speaker.

What inspired you to write this book? Is it the 1st or in a set of books?

Answer: I got free from depression. It had plagued me for 35 years off and on. When the healing came, the must-share-my-story thoughts came soon after.

What marketing routes have you used to promote your book?

Answer: Facebook mainly.

Is writing your main career or do you have other jobs?

Answer: I have another business and other business ideas.

How do you start off writing? Do you research, brain storm, or just set the title and go from there?

Answer: I get a little scattered. I need to plan and make an outline. Otherwise, the writing will go uncontrollably in the wrong direction!

Who inspires you to write and do they help with ideas for the book?

Answer: It’s the people I want to help. I used to say to myself that if someone else can get free from something, I can get free from that same something. I believe we are all alike, so I see that the tables have turned and it would not be fair to pass on this opportunity.

If you could write one last book what would it be about?

Answer: Anything encouraging.

What advice would you give a new author?

Answer: Develop your passion. With your passion on fire anything is possible.

If you had to tell a new author something to watch out for in writing, what would it be?

Answer: Watch out for people who tell you that you should write differently. You are you. Unique. Don’t change the way you write to match the way someone else wants you to write. Let them write their own way, because your style is your style and it’s unique. Unique makes you stand out.

How do you respond to bad reviews or if you haven’t ever had one, tell me how you would respond if you got one?

Answer: Thank you. (Anything else is going to fall flat.)

Do you have anyone to read your book and give you advice on it before it is published?

Answer: I have six beta readers right now. I’ve also had one who read my early drafts and was healed by it.

Pretend this is a job interview. Tell me about yourself as an person and/or author?

Since high school, I’ve been good at writing and expressing myself on paper. To express myself orally, I don’t do well. So, writing is a way for me to succeed at self-expression! I can sense from the feedback I’ve had so far that this first book is going to be a healing experience for many. That’s a really good feeling! And it multiplies my passion to write more.

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Interview with Author Harel R. Lawrence

Amazing interview with Author   Tragedy can happen at any time.  This author gives gives us some insight into this and who we can go to for peace and comfort.  Read his interview and book blurb below.

1. How long have you been writing? I have been writing for almost 30 yrs. I was first published in 1993 in a book of poems and my first book was published in 2002
2.What got you started in writing? I was inspired to write when I was in High School English class. I read a book by Mark Twain and Laura Ingalls Wilder.
3. What main genre do you write in and have you written in other genres? I don’t have a specific genre to write in because I have several genre I write in. I written Inspirational, Children’s, Young Adult, Romance, Thriller, and Working on a Mystery book.

4. What publishing route have you used and/or what publishing company have you used? I have used two different publishers, the first publisher I used was a type of vanity press where I had to pay money, the second publisher turned out to be a rip off. The last three books I published were self- published.

5. What inspired you to write this book? Is it the 1st or in a set of books? The recent book I was inspired because of being bullied in school and the school violence. This is my fifth book I self-published.

6. What marketing routes have you used to promote your book? I have used press releases, newspaper ads, social media, paid advertising, and free advertising.

7. Is writing your main career or do you have other jobs? Writing is currently a hobby right now, it is just extra money. I have other jobs

8. How do you start off writing? Do you research, brain storm, or just set the title and go from there? I start off with the title and then start typing. I usually do research on the topic I am writing about. I sometime brain storm for the title, other times I just set the title and start writing.

9. Who inspires you to write and do they help with ideas for the book? I don’t have any person to inspire me to write I just allow any ideas I have and write them down. Sometimes I am inspired by events, or places I been.

10. If you could write one last book what would it be about? It would be a biography about my life as an author.

11. What advice would you give a new author? Do research on the topic you are writing, read a lot of books in the genre you are interested in writing, never pay anyone to publish your book, hire a professional editor, don’t give up on writing. Continue to improve your ability to write.
12. If you had to tell a new author something to watch out for in writing, what would it be? Watch out for vanity publishers that wants you to pay them to get published. Be sure to get references from people who inquires you they are interested in editing, and publishing your book.
13. How do you respond to bad reviews or if you havent ever had one, tell me how you would respond if you got one? Any bad reviews you get , don’t let it discourage you. Use those as a way to improve your writing. I haven’t had any bad reviews most of the reviews I have gotten were very positive reviews.

14. Do you have anyone to read your book and give you advice on it before it is published? I have a few friends that are willing to read it first. I sometimes ask on social media for any advice before I publish my book.

15. Tell us about yourself: Harel Ray Lawrence is an award-winning Young Adult Author, Substitute Teacher, and Missouri Native, driven to create positive change in people’s lives through the power of creative storytelling. To date, his work has been showcased in “Eyes on Magazine” and he has received numerous awards, including Who’s Who in Poetry and Editor’s Choice Award.

In addition to recently publishing “Take a Closer Look: A Spiritual Journey into the Soul” and various others books, he also released a music album. Furthermore, Harel holds an Associate’s degree in Law Enforcement and a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

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Blurb:
Youth Pastor Brian Hanson knows loss. He’s lived with it since his teen daughter’s suicide. Instead of wallowing in his grief, he’s devoted his life to educating young people about the hazards of bullying.
Johnny is an outcast among his peers. Born into a troubled family, taunted at school, and struggling to find his place in the world, the despondent young man believes there’s no hope for him. His skewed beliefs push him to contemplate the unthinkable, but Pastor Brian isn’t prepared to allow another child to end his life.
Patricia is the epitome of the girl-next-door. Beautiful, full of life, skilled cheerleader, she’s adored by all. Girls want to be just like her. Boys want to be with her. But not every aspect of her life is perfect. Her star quarterback boyfriend lives life on the wild side. One mistake in the dark of night changes her life forever.
Three lives. Each touched by tragedy. Each craving something greater. Can they find peace, happiness, and a new zest for life after so much loss?

Amazon Book link :  https://amzn.to/2QpVZF2
Website : http://www.harellawrence.com

Interview With Author Christina Hamlett

Sitting down with Author Christina Hamlett about her new book. Christina Hamlett and Jamie Dare coauthored this book: While You Were Out, which is characterized as a stand-alone chick-lit, which most of us seem to love.

1. How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for 40+ years (even though I only claim to be 35). I have been working with my writing partner, Jamie Dare, since 2012. The irony is that although we both live in Los Angeles County, we have spoken only once on the phone and have never met in person. Hey, if a system works, why mess with it?
2. What got you started in writing?
An insatiable love of reading! If a Beast had shown up and offered me his library in a castle, I would have dumped my parents in a heartbeat. At a very young age I was seduced by the wonderful powers of imagination which books could ignite, and I wanted to grow up to be one of the people who could create that level of magic for others.
3. What main genre do you write in and have you written in other genres?
The bulk of my credits are in works for the stage; specifically, 176 published/produced plays which are primarily comedies, historical dramas and spoof adaptations of classics by Shakespeare and Jane Austen. I also have 42 published books which include romantic suspense, time-travel, women’s fiction, humor, anthologies, business, media relations, playwriting and screenwriting. When I began, my agent told me that I should only write romantic suspense because it would be confusing if I “dabbled” in another genre or medium. (Turns out that romantic suspense was the only thing she knew how to sell.) Happily, so much diversity of projects has kept me from ever succumbing to writer’s block.
4. What publishing route have you used and/or what publishing company have you used?
My early books back in the 1990s were romantic suspense with Harper Collins—a connection which was made through an agent. Everything else I have done in screenwriting and with my plays has been through my direct contact with the publisher (i.e., Michael Wiese Productions, PLAYS, Pioneer Drama Service, Brooklyn Publishing and Heartland Plays). For my business titles and novels, I fully embrace self-publishing through Amazon and Draft2Digital. These routes not only provide me with more control of my creative content and cover design but put these works on the market quickly and with a much higher royalty as well.
5. What inspired you to write this book? Is it the 1st or in a set of books?
While You Were Out is a stand-alone chick-lit and collaborative venture with Jamie Dare. Having had so much fun penning new scripts together (nine of them to date), we decided to apply the same wordsmithing techniques to the development of a full-length novel. We both have wicked senses of humor, love a good mystery and believe that Robert Downey, Jr. is major swoonage. (RDJ was the model for the charismatic Geoffrey Bond.) Since our writing styles are seamless, readers would be hard-pressed to discern who wrote what from one chapter to the next.
6. What marketing routes have you used to promote your book?
Social media, articles, interviews and wriggling talk about our work into casual conversations with total strangers.
7. Is writing your main career or do you have other jobs?
I’ve been writing full-time since 2002.
8. How do you start off writing? Do you research, brain storm, or just set the title and go from there?
Once an idea pops into my head—whether it’s for an article, a book or a stage play—I just sit down and start writing. Although I do some research in advance, a lot of it comes about during the course of writing. For collaborative projects, Jamie and I brainstorm electronically with gusto and frequently cause each other to fall out of our respective chairs from laughing too hard.
9. Who inspires you to write and do they help with ideas for the book?
Life is what inspires me to write and always has. When I come up with a new idea, the first person I share it with (and which then leads to brainstorming) is my husband. He is also the first one to read my work when it comes out of the printer. If it’s a new play, we do table-reads in the dining room over adult beverages. Since we have both been on stage and can do a wide range of voices and accents, I’m pretty sure the neighbors think there are at least 17 other people living with us.
10. If you could write one last book what would it be about?
Not really applicable. One never knows when one’s “last book” will be and, accordingly, it’s not something that can be planned. It would be amusing, though, if I were writing a gripping mystery and had just typed the line, “and to everyone’s surprise the murderer was …” and then pitched face-down on my keyboard.
11. What advice would you give a new author?
Don’t wait for vast swathes of free time to open up and allow you to write. Far too many people say, “Well, I’ll start my novel after the kids are off to college, after I’ve retired, after I’ve paid off the mortgage, etc.” These are the people who never start anything because they kept waiting for the “right” time. The only thing you need to know about the “right” time is that it is right now.
12. If you had to tell a new author something to watch out for in writing, what would it be?
Don’t follow trends. Trends are transitory. By the time you get around to writing whatever you think is really popular, that train will already have left the station.
13. How do you respond to bad reviews or if you haven’t ever had one, tell me how you would respond if you got one?
Some reviewers kvetch just to kvetch. I always consider the source and whether I think their kvetching has any merit.
14. Do you have anyone to read your book and give you advice on it before it is published?
Yes. That person is my husband. I also have a handful of readers who love reading the latest plays and telling me what they think.
15. Pretend this is a job interview, Tell me about yourself as a person and/or author?
I write because I can’t imagine doing anything else. Okay, maybe not exactly true. When I was young, I once thought it would be very glamorous to be an Olympic ice skater. Except I’m pretty sure one needs to be able to ice skate backwards. Which, of course, everyone knows is physically impossible and is actually done with mirrors and holograms. But seriously. As a writer, I can give my heroes and villains absolutely any careers they’d like to have. And, in doing so, I can give those same dreams and vicarious thrills to my readers. What better job is there?

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Book Title: While You Were Out
Authors: Christina Hamlett and Jamie Dare
Premise: It’s one thing for Henny Tinker to think that her handsome and charismatic new boss, Geoffrey Bond, is way out of her league. The more she reflects on his secret trips and his uncanny ability to acquire never-before-seen artworks, the more she starts to suspect that he’s also – quite literally – out of her time-zone. Could it have something to do with the Scottish railway clock in his office that runs perfectly…in reverse? Is it his penchant for period outfits that supposedly coincide with the various themed costume parties he attends? Or has Henny simply been watching too many time-travel movies with her father and now sees evidence of its existence everywhere she looks? Set against the backdrop of modern-day London, While You Were Out is just the right mix of romantic comedy, mystery and a dash of wicked competition in the world of expensive art acquisitions.
Buy Link: https://smile.amazon.com/While-You-Were-Christina-Hamlett/dp/1544169205/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1558378405&sr=1-3
Social media link: https://www.facebook.com/christina.hamlett.1
Website: http://www.authorhamlett.com

 

Interview With Jon Koons

Sat down with Author Jon Koons to talk about writing and his new book: Willoughby’s Time & Space App.  jonphoto
1. How long have you been writing?
Forever. I wrote stories and song lyrics when I was ten. Got more into it around the college years, and had my first story published in a legit anthology about a decade later in 1994. The story, THE ADVENTURE OF THE MISSING COUNTESS, a Sherlock Holmes pastiche, first appeared in The Game Is Afoot: Parodies, Pastiches, and Ponderings of Sherlock Holmes— edited by Marvin Kaye. Oddly, since then that story has been reproduced in another anthology, in a magazine, and has been turned into a stage play, and incorporated into two others.
2.What got you started in writing?
Just a way to be creative, I suppose. Found out that I didn’t suck at it, and kept going. One of my short story collections is called: A FEW STORIES THAT WERE TRAPPED INSIDE MY HEAD And Just Had To Get Out.
3. What main genre do you write in and have you written in other genres?
I have written in every genre, even non-fiction and editorial, however I gravitate towards humorous science fiction and fantasy.
4. What publishing route have you used and/or what publishing company have you used?
My two previous children’s picture books, A CONFUSED HANUKKAH and ARTHUR AND GUEN, were published by Dutton Children’s Books, a division of Penguin, one of the largest publishers in the world. The industry has changed drastically since then, so my current novel was published by a hybrid online publisher who essentially prints and distributes through Amazon. I am not, as many people do, trying to become the world’s best selling online author. I have published the current novel (and will the upcoming sequel) primarily to get some notice and good reviews, then to pitch the series to a traditional publisher.
5. What inspired you to write this book? Is it the 1st or in a set of books?
Actually wrote the initial version of book decades ago. Probably just for fun. Was asked to rewrite it as a YA by an editor who subsequently didn’t buy it. (sigh) Dug it out last year and completely rewrote it, stem to stern, to accommodate new technology, current YA sensibilities and modes of speech. This is the first in a trilogy, although if it is picked up and sells well, it will likely become a trilogy of 6 (like Hitchhiker’s guide To The Galaxy, to which my book has been compared). Who knows? Maybe I’ll end  up with forty novels, like Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series (to which my book has also been compared).
6. What marketing routes have you used to promote your book?
Freebees, contests, social media, email blasts. All the normal stuff that everyone does these days.
7. Is writing your main career or do you have other jobs?
Although I would like it to be one day, I write along side being an actor, singer, director and multi-talent variety performer. That means I do virtually all of the variety and circus skills out there. Magic, juggling, stilt walking, fire eating, etc. Plus graphic design and pretty much everything in the fine and performing arts.
8. How do you start off writing? Do you research, brain storm, or just set the title and go from there?
Just have an idea, sit down at the keyboard and see where it takes me. Research is done along the way as needed. I create a mental, sometimes written, outline and then let the story write itself. I rarely plot out specifics unless I’m doing a serious murder mystery or such, and then only sometimes. I do like to listen to my characters and see where they want to go.
9. Who inspires you to write and do they help with ideas for the book?
Life inspires me to write. Everyone I see or talk to helps with ideas.
10. If you could write one last book what would it be about?
About 70,000 words.
11. What advice would you give a new author?
I would give the same advice I give to wannabe actors: There are only two kinds of people who write— The kind who have to write because it’s in their blood and they can’t do anything else; and the kind who don’t write. Run with it, stick to it, and revise, revise, revise!
12. If you had to tell a new author something to watch out for in writing, what would it be?
Be grateful for any and all comments, criticism and advice that you can get— then sort it out for yourself and write what and how you feel. Take good advice from those you respect. Don’t sweat the rest. Also, rules of writing, just like painting or acting or whatnot, are for people who don’t write. They are made to be broken, as long as you understand them first. I, for example, punctuate the way I want to, and have a whole introduction in the book I’m currently writing as to how and why.
13. How do you respond to bad reviews or if you havent ever had one, tell me how you would respond if you got one?
If I can respond to a bad review, which is usually not possible (and of which I have had very few), I try to find out the specific reasons behind the review, and what I might be able to do to use them as suggestions to become a better writer (actor, artist, etc.). That being said, reviews these days are largely by people just to make themselves feel important, and have little to actually do with your work. Mostly codswallop, so I feel free to ignore most of them and stumble on. [I recently got a review of the audiobook in which someone says that a character’s speech is too old fashioned, and people don’t talk like that anymore— obviously missing the fact that the character was born in the mid 1800’s, and left planet Earth by about the 1920’s. Speaks too old fashioned indeed. These are the reviews, from people who don’t even pay attention to what the book is about, that I completely discount.]
14. Do you have anyone to read your book and give you advice on it before it is published?
Always. Always have some trusted family and friends (my wife, son, author friends, etc.) to give you their opines before going to print.
15. Pretend this is a job interview, Tell me about yourself as an person and/or author?

This is best handled by the bio on my author website:

Jon Koons is an author who resides in New Jersey, U.S.A. But please don’t hold that against him. He has written everything from children’s picture books to short stories to scripts and novels. His work can be found as print books, ebooks, audiobooks, in anthologies such as Cool Sports Dad; The Game is Afoot: Parodies, Pastiches and Ponderings of Sherlock Holmes; The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories; as well as in periodicals like Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine (are you sensing a theme here?), Weird Tales Magazine, The Jewish Standard (of all places), and lining bird cages across the country. As a frequent contributor of short fiction and book reviews to Weird Tales Magazine he was eventually made an Associate Editor, meaning he gets to correct other authors’ punctuation and spelling. Although Jon writes in just about every genre, his focus is on science fiction and fantasy that is humorous. At least to him.
Also known as a performer under his nom de plume (which obviously means ‘name with feathers’) of The JestMaster, Jon does ridiculous things like magic, ventriloquism, walking on stilts, eating fire and riding a Penny Farthing bicycle; for which he has garnered acclaim, awards, second degree burns and cracked ribs. As an actor Jon has appeared on Broadway (in a show that closed after only a couple of weeks—but it wasn’t his fault, he swears), on TV, in commercials and in such classic films as Revenge of the Nerds 3: The Next Generation. He also produces and narrates audiobooks, saving him the expense of having someone else do it.
After twiddling around with writing all that other stuff seemingly forever, now at an age over half a century old (advanced, yes, but not too crusty, because as you know fifty is the new forty-nine) he has finally become a published novelist. His fondest desire as an author is that after you have read all the Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and Christopher Moore novels you can get ahold of, that you give his novels a shot. Admittedly there is only one at the moment, but as long as people keep buying it there will be plenty more to come.
In his dubious spare time, Jon hangs out in his big old house with mice in the walls and in serious need of repair, with his wife Mikki, who is a talented woodwind player and the love of his life; his miraculous son Merlin Ryan, a chip off the old block—heaven help him; their ferret Grig; and an ever changing cast of characters, both real and imaginary.
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Book Blurb:
Two Human Teens. One Intergalactic Resort. An Alien Pageant Under Attack. Time to Party!
When a trip to the mall goes from weird to WTF?, high school students Brad and Stephanie find themselves transported to the oddest and most wonderful place in the universe. Or some universe at least. It’s like Club Med, but more like Club Mashup, filled with a cadre of strange and unusual aliens.
With memberships to the only Intergalactic, Pan-Dimensional, Crosstime Resort in the cosmos, our heroes must foil a plot by dastardly villains bent on its conquest. What can two human teens do about it? Throw a party, of course! Along with the very first Intergalactic Beauty (?) Pageant.
Can they get contestants from countless cockeyed worlds to join their pageant, best the baddies, and save the planet?
Willoughby’s Time & Space App is the first exciting book in a series of over-the-top YA sci-fi novels. If you’re into daring teens, incredible alien worlds, and intergalactic escapades, you’ll love Jon Koons’ hilarious tale.
Buy Willoughby’s Time & Space App and embark on this wacky, out-of-this-world adventure today!
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Interview with Author DeAndrea Byrd

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Thought you might find this interesting!  Sat down with Author DeAndrea Byrd about her writing career and what book she wanted you to check out.  Here is the interview:
1. How long have you been writing?
I have secretly been writing all my life, via poems, notebooks, short stories etc. I was inspired at a young age by my mom and grandmother. The were both writers.
2.What got you started in writing?
What got me serious about writing professionally, was other people’s need for information. 
3. What main genre do you write in and have you written in other genres?
My specialties include “How To” books, workbooks and journals for entrepreneurs
4. What publishing route have you used and/or what publishing company have you used?
I took the self publishing route via Amazon Createspace (now KDP Kindle publishing)
5. What inspired you to write this book? Is it the 1st or in a set of books?
I noticed I was being asked the same question over and over ” How do you plan those big sold out events DeAndrea? How did you get vendors and sponsors at your event? I decided to put all my knowledge, research and experience into a book. 
6. What marketing routes have you used to promote your book?
I have mainly used social media as my biggest marketing strategy. I also use vendor events, speaking engagements and old school flyer tactics
7. Is writing your main career or do you have other jobs?
Writing is not my main career yet, but I do consider myself an infoprenuer.
8. How do you start off writing? Do you research, brain storm, or just set the title and go from there?
Brainstorming is my first go-to-action. I use journals and Google Docs to brain dump option. Because I have such a creative mind, its important that I get my ideas out right away. I refer back to my journals and docs as needed.
Then I go back and outline my thoughts, develop at least 3-5 title ideas, and commit to a writing schedule.
9. Who inspires you to write and do they help with ideas for the book?
I am inspired my life, earth, my family and experiences to write. Life is my school and inspiration.
10. If you could write one last book what would it be about?
If it was my last day on earth and I could write 1 last book, I would totally write my memoirs. They would all be short stories mixed with letters to myself.
11. What advice would you give a new author?
Listen to yourself, Breathe and just do it. The world needs you.
12. If you had to tell a new author something to watch out for in writing, what would it be?
Do not let fear, grammatically errors and other people’s opinions make you procrastinate
13. How do you respond to bad reviews or if you havent ever had one, tell me how you would respond if you got one? Bad reviews get no response from me. They are just not my target audience and that’s ok. I would use every review to make my work better.
14. Do you have anyone to read your book and give you advice on it before it is published?
Yes. I also do a test “FREEBIE” and give the book out via digital download to get feedback.
15. Pretend this is a job interview, Tell me about yourself as an person and/or author?
DeAndrea, the daughter, sister, mother, wife, author, business owner, aka super women. Helping others and teaching are my super powers. DeAndrea Byrd is a seasoned business coach and consultant. As a self-taught entrepreneur, she has launched multiple successful businesses both online and in a traditional brick-and-mortar setting and has a passion for helping other entrepreneurs automate their business, create a workflow strategy, and increase their profits by creating digital products. 
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Website: www.deandreabyrd.com
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The Importance of an Editor and Beta Readers for Independent Authors

Learn some important tips and insights into writing from an author. If you are an independent or self published author, it is really important to have someone read your manuscript.  They can give you some advice and editoral tips on the book such as editing misspelled words, correcting grammar and such.  Beta readers can catch stuff the author can’t see because authors have a way of just glancing at their story instead of reading it word by word.  They may even catch something in the story that doesn’t make sense to the reader.  Anyway read more on this topic from this blog post: The Importance of an Editor and Beta Readers for Independent Authors

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Why Are Books So Important to the World

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Why are books so important to everyone? We as individuals are capable of inventing new ideas, creating manuals to teach others how to save lives, writing books to teach our children about history and setting up new laws that will forever change our lives and the lives of others. Without setting up schools, libraries, new governments and new laws, where would this country be. We have educated ourselves beyond our ancestors by reading and studing books and manuals. We now can read manuals about healthcare, how to fix things, how to make things and so on. Books are filled with knowledge, parables, insights into a happy life, helpful topics about life, love, fear, child rearing, prayer, worship and helpful advice. One can read about romance, the creation of the world, future events, and big battles that men have fought. Without books we wouldn’t know anything about other cultures, extinct animals, important historical events, scientific studies, and fascinating research. Books help us to have critical thinking skills, teaches us how to perform task, helps us plan for our future, perform jobs better, and solve problems. Contracts do not carry any weight unless written down and signed. Writing makes it easier to define and analyze all sorts of problems including Math problems.

Writing first started with drawings and symbols in the Old Stone Age. Then progressed into ideographic scripts by the Sumerians and Egyptians. Then progressed into syllabary symbols. The first paper used was originated in Egypt called the papyrus. Later alphabetic writing was originated in the Middle East and spread through the Greeks and Romans. Back then, only scholars and scribes could write. Writing was known as an educated skill and therefore over time became widely used by educated people. Our knowledge of history is due to written text material. Writing is an art and is used by everyone to some degree. Music, Literature, and Drama owe their development to writing. “It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.”
– Isaac Asimov

 

 

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