Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Jerm Davitos | Rebuilding the Temple of Jeremiah

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Today we are interviewing Jerm Davitos about his poetry compilation “Rebuilding the Temple Of Jeremiah.”

Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Jeremiah Davis, I’m twenty-two years old, and I’m a writer from Greenville, South Carolina.

Describe your new release, “Rebuilding the Temple of Jeremiah.”
Well, it a collection of myself. It’s a written version of myself, my mental health, my diagnosis, my past, my identities, and my hurt. It has a lot to do with me forgiving myself and most importantly giving myself that permission. Rebuilding the Temple Of Jeremiah is a fear and comfort zone broken into truth and courage. I might say breaking has not been a bad thing for me, while writhing this.

Who do you think would most appreciate your work?
I think people who would most appreciate this book is people who neglect themselves. People who haven’t yet discovered the right to exist and thrive. I also think this work could be for ones that disrupt their healing process.

What inspirations contributed to “Rebuilding the Temple of Jeremiah”?
There’s a few I’ll name two. First, “the body” really hit home for me. My body is the temple that houses my spirit. I feel that respecting your existence is of great importance. With that in the open it was something I needed to work on, and it inspired the conceiving of the book. Second inspiration has to come from the people that choose to shine on which ever or whoever needed light. Artist like mother, Hope Davis and poet Danez Smith really made it possible for me to take flight into creating my own healing.
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Could you tell us a bit about your style of poetry?
I follow the motto… “everything has a perspective. I try to never back down from telling the perspective of anything around a situation. In other words my writing style provides a voice. 

Is there a poet that had a major influence on your writing style?
My Fish. She was a poet to me. Her movement influenced  a lot decisions surrounding my dealings with depression she helped me with love and steadiness to sit in a moment of life. I feel like if she could ever speak she would say “you deserve to be great, not okay.”. 

How long have you been writing poetry?
I’ve been writing poetry since I was in the sixth grade.

What was your favorite poem to write?
My favorite written in this book has to be “Dear Epistolary Poem,” 

How do you think you've evolved as a poet since when you first started?
I feel like I’ve evolved in two ways. First, I GO THERE!!! I don’t hold back to comfort your family, defend your upbringing, and fight your curiosity. Second, do NOT be afraid of to feel uncomfortable emotions.i experience them when I’m ready but with more ease.

Are there any aspects (e.g. imagery, etc) of your poetry that you've been practicing?
I’ve been practicing intertwining element of writing (ex. Sexual depressed writing).

What are your goals as a poet for the next ten years?
I want to share my story, the story that comes from my heart. I want to survive for the deceased. I also want to continue remaining true to my voice. 

How have your readers responded to your poems so far?
It’s shocking and rewarding. Many will say they feel as though they wrote it or directly went through wether circumstances are similar or not. 

What do you have in mind for your next project?
I plan to rip the truths off the pages and stay myself. I also plan to be more established as a writer. 

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German Best-Selling Author Simone Illi, Author of Back to the Light – A Guide to your Awakening

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Today we are interviewing German best-selling author Simone Illi about her self-help / alternative therapy book, titled “Back to the Light – A Guide to your Awakening.”

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am born in Switzerland, and I am now 42 Years old I am married and have 3 Girls. We have livedin Cyprus for 4 years (2015).After many years of addiction, depression and panic attacks, I finally found myself. I have arrived, and my addictions, fears and depressions have been healed for over 10 years. Anyone can use this technique to heal themselves and enjoy a life of joy, ease and abundance. I have been successfully teaching this for over 10 years in seminars. It is still a fulfilling feeling when I see how people recognize. that they can be happy. That makes my vocation so nice!

Describe your book in a few sentences.
A book that can heal. A book that speaks the truth. A book that brings knowledge. A book that wants to be lived. A book that you can feel. A book full of wonders

This book is intended for anyone who wants to learn more about themselves, but also as a basis for any self-discovery or healing seminar. 
The book has also proven itself as a reference work in practice or on the way in your handbag! After all, more knowledge than what is written in this book is not needed to heal one's soul / psyche, to arrive at one's destination and to lead a life as one dreams and desires from the heart! In love, joy, lightness and abundance! It also includes a complete healing pathway that can be taught in seminars!

What made me write a book?
Since 2011, I have offered seminars and training in the new age / energy! I guide people on the direct, not always easy, way to themselves! Again, and again we come across the same "problems", which are actually none at all.

My aim is to make my knowledge available to many people and to explain how easy it is to heal one's soul and rediscover one's light so that life can be lived in abundance! My experience shows that nothing is as simple as living in love, joy, abundance and ease once you have recognized and understood what life is really about!

Many people are confused about the numerous offers in the esoteric world or psychotherapies that seem to do nothing. Many alternative training and healing possibilities are offered and apparently every teacher or doctor has the right to be the only true teacher / doctor. Of course, this is confusing! Especially when you are in the middle of chaos, which is called everyday life and urgently looking for a way out.
Finally, you come across or hear of a "Guru", who calls himself Master and is a few thousand dollars (or euros) poorer and in addition you have become even more dependent. None of this has to be the case.

What first got you interested in meditation and self-improvement?
I finally wanted to be free of addiction and get rid of my fears.

What are some things that people should know before trying to learn meditation for the first time?
Learning to meditate is not that difficult. Just sit 10 minutes without moving. Without music and without mantra. Do not move, no matter what. If you can do this 3 days in a row, do the same with 20 minutes. If you do it again 3 days in a row, then increase it by 10 minutes.
At some point, if you follow this instruction, you will experience what it is like to completely relax without thinking. A fantastic feeling that brings you a lot of stability, calmness, clarity and insight! Of course guided meditations are great as well, but this is the fastest way to get into the freedom of thought.

What are some common mistakes people make when getting started with meditation?
They expect too much and are too strict with themselves.

What was the most interesting thing you uncovered while doing research for the book?
Well, I did not have to research. The book was written by my spiritual leadership. The best part of it was the high energy that accompanied me and the experience of being completely trusted and giving myself to the leadership without knowing where it goes.

Did writing the book take you to unexpected places or reveal things you hadn’t thought about before?
In fact, there were some touching experiences and insights. For example, when I woke up in the middle of the night with an AHA experience and much became clear. Especially in relation to my own past. Everyone will find themselves in this story. This makes the book a wonderful journey to itself.

Can you tell us a bit about your writing process?
For some time I wanted to create a book in cooperation with the spiritual world. But nothing felt right and supported until one morning the title of the book was given to me: "Back to the Light - A Guide to Awakening!" I already mentioned the rest before.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?
The biggest challenge was time management and making enough time for my family.

How long did writing your book take?
It took about 5 months from starting the manuscript to getting it published.

How did the book evolve from the initial idea to the finished manuscript?
As mentioned earlier, it has evolved during writing.

When do you expect your book to be released?
The English version will be available from September 19, 2019 on Amazon and everywhere in stores.

Do you plan to release your book in multiple languages? 
At the moment it is German and English available. The Greek and Spanish versions are in progress. If there's a demand, it will be published in Russian and French as well!

What do you hope readers will gain from reading your book?
That many people find themselves. So that a peaceful life on earth is possible again. That people recognize that they are great and can achieve anything. Everyone can live a life of joy, love, ease and abundance. That's what I want to teach with this book.

Are they any authors who have influenced your writing style? 
No, I follow no one. I live 100% to my heart. The way I am, that's me. Whether while writing or in general in life. I had no role models, I always lived with and for myself. At the beginning, of course, more out of self-protection. over time, however, I became more and more aware of who I am. Of course, I also read books by Pascal Voggenhuber and others and found this work wonderful. But I always lacked that certain something. that's why I can not be anything but exactly 100% myself.

In ten years, where would you like your writing career to be?
Again, I have no idea. I give myself unconditionally to growth, change and my guidance.

How do you feel about the increasing popularity of ebooks? 
E-books are great too. It's the modern time. But honestly? nothing can replace a book in your hands. It is not the same feeling. Especially with this one feels already, if one holds it in the hands, that it is very special. It feels different than other books. Anyone who has read it understands the magic behind it

What do you have in mind for your next writing project?
There is already a lot in the works. The one German e-book that is already online is a book for stomach and intestinal complaints. A 21-day treatment guaranteed to relieve or even heal the symptoms. (without healing promise) Then a Vegan recipe book is now in the works, which also contains valuable tips for a conscious life.As well as the book for interpretation of your disease symptoms. All diseases have their origin in the soul, I am convinced of that. I explain this in the book plausible. and bring examples. Then there are still some in work that I do not want to reveal yet. But it remains exciting

Is there anything else you'd like potential readers to know about your book?
Yes! Please only read if you want to change something. You can really find yourself with this book.
But just reading and doing nothing has brought no one to the front. When man is ready to look at his wounds in the depths of his soul. Then this book is a blessing and, like thousands of others, will bring you much healing, recognition, clarity and support! In the end, the book brings you to yourself. Back to the light - On the bright side of life.

What can people expect if they visit Cyprus and attend one of your seminars?
It expects deep psychological work, as well as balancing, yoga or Qi Gong, as well as methods are taught how to make his life easier and more free. If you want, you can also develop spiritually. We have many opportunities to offer what the seminar participant currently needs and really needs. So we find exactly the right one! Also applies to normal appointments via WhatsApp business or Skype. For this we offer a free informational appointment which you can book without obligation at: www.namaskar-institut.com.

I hear you are visited by pain patients worldwide and they are satisfied.  How does this happen? What is your success? Do you work differently than the doctors?
This question is asked often and to be honest, I have to laugh each time. Yes, we work very differently. Our goal is to get the patient or student off to a lighter and more pain-free life as soon as possible. We do NOT rely on medications and we believe that our bodies provide us with enough information to know what we can or should change in our lives, so that the body can live in harmony with us again. Of course, it is not always without medication, but the goal is painlessly without aids to live again pleasant and joyful. We are convinced that the self-healing goals of our body are enormous and are often ignored by the doctors. The pharmaceutical industry and the doctors are earning too much money to really want to make us healthy. Of course there are exceptions. And we hope for this alternative thinking new generation of doctors!

What about the popular meditations that are available in German? Will these also available in English soon?Can I also book English seminars, books and appointments?
Yes, precisely because of this success, we are expanding internationally. We also speak English. Dates and seminars in English are possible. Mediations are in progress. The online courses will soon be published in German on: www.selbstfindung-onlinekurse.com and here also the German meditations are represented. Here, you will find sure teh courses and Meditations also in english in next year 2020! And as far as the books are concerned, the best-selling book, "Back to the Light - A Guide to Your Awakening," is the first, but not the last, to be commercially available in the near future (September 2019)!

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Alisa Divine and Kate Ranta | Killing Kate: A Story of Turning Abuse and Tragedy into Transformation and Triumph

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Today we are interviewing Alisa Divine co-author, along with Kate Ranta, of “Killing Kate: A Story of Turning Abuse and Tragedy into Transformation and Triumph.”

Describe the book, “Killing Kate: A Story of Turning Abuse and Tragedy into Transformation and Triumph,” in a few sentences.
Killing Kate is a story of what happened when one woman did "just leave" as many domestic violence survivors are asked. Kate's estranged husband showed up at her apartment and shot her and her father in front of the couple's 4-year-old son. Killing Kate shares the journey as Kate rebuilds her life and becomes an advocate for gun and intimate partner violence.

What inspired you to share this story with the world?
I met Kate through a book I was writing, #SheWins, I interview and photographed her for, along with several other women across the globe. I knew Kate's story was shocking from the warning signs she missed to the way the court system let her down in denying three restraining orders before the shooting. Telling Kate's story can bring change and awareness to many.

Who do you think would most benefit from reading "Killing Kate"?
Anyone who has been affected by domestic violence or knows someone who has. The statistics are 1 in 3 women will have experienced domestic violence. Add in knowing someone and the audience grows significantly. 

What are some misconceptions about domestic violence?
If women are being abused, they should just leave and that would solve everything. Not necessarily. Leaving is the most dangerous time for a woman. The man has lost the control and power he once had over her and he may attempt to get it back by stalking or worse. If there are firearms in the home, her risk of homicide goes up 500%.

Was it difficult for Kate to revisit traumatic memories while writing the book?
It was difficult for Kate to revisit the trauma she experienced and that is where I came in as the co-author to help the book-writing process along. Survivors often feel shame and blame themselves for getting into an abusive relationship, the red flags they missed, loving someone too much, not leaving sooner and the friends and family affected along the way. 

Can you tell us some of the things Kate did to heal from her trauma?
In Killing Kate, you can follow along on her healing process and see how there were many small factors that led to her healing. Details such as changing her hair color as Kate's husband liked long, blonde hair and she wanted anything but that to making choices that were in her personal interest rather than going by the opinions of others. Speaking out and advocacy helped Kate to turn her pain into power. There is a beautiful process of transformation.
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Do you have any advice for someone who has been in a domestic violence situation?
Please find one person you trust and share your experiences with. There are people to help — you have to make the first move and know you deserve freedom and happiness. Get the help you need to make a safety plan. Let go of the shame, forgive yourself and reach out for help. You are worth it!

On a similar note, do you have any advice or things to consider for someone who knows someone in a domestic violence situation?
If you are concerned, approach the person from a place of compassion rather than judgment that they are in, or still in an abusive relationship. Often there are circumstances outsiders are not aware of such as emotional abuse,  financial control, custody threats, or homelessness that scare women from leaving. Offer to help them — or find a service who can assist. A safety plan is important to have before leaving.

How did the book evolve from the initial idea to the finished manuscript?
Kate and I discussed the warning signs, the ways in which they were difficult to identify at the time and reasoning behind that. We worked closely through her experiences and stories to have a theme for each chapter. The first half of the book is a back and forth where readers can see how there are crazy signs and also the thread of wanting to have a loving relationship and family. The second half of the book goes through the court process and where Kate begins to rebuild her life. We actually had a rough draft in 16 weeks, a year ago. This past year has consisted of editing, restructuring, along with the layout and printing process.

Can you share how your interest in writing developed? Did you always know you wanted to write or was it something that evolved with time?
I've always been a writer, I never thought there was a place for me in writing. That is until I began the book, #SheWins. I wanted to show women overcoming abuse as strong and powerful. As a survivor myself, I wanted to change the way society sees abused women and open the conversation — abuse thrives in secrecy. Once I began walking the path of #SheWins, I was offered a position as Vice President of a publishing company, Personal Power Press. I met Kate and knew her story had to be shared with the world. I have never looked back. Helping others tell their stories of overcoming is where my passion is. We work with individuals and also offer theme-based anthologies as a platform to help others.

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Mark J. Spinicelli, Author of Catching a Miracle

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Today we are interviewing Mark J. Spinicelli about his new suspense / action novel, titled “Catching a Miracle.”

Tell us a bit about yourself. 
I run an audio-visual / entertainment production company in Orlando, FL.

Describe your book, “Catching a Miracle,” in a few sentences. 
In 1972, an 8-year-old girl has her cancer disappear overnight. Thirty years later, she is now a doctor specializing in treating pediatric cancer, while trying to find an explanation for her own miracle.

Who do you think would most appreciate this book?
Anyone touched by cancer or those who believe a cure for cancer does exist.

Tell us about the story’s protagonist, Dr. Shelly White.
She is a very strong woman who dedicates her life to save children from the very disease that almost killed her.

Shelly’s mission to cure cancer takes a dramatic turn when she meets Nicholas Harris. Without giving too much away, what can you tell us about Nicholas?
Nick is a successful advertising executive who holds a secret about Dr. Shelly White’s experience as a young cancer patient at St. Theresa’s.

Dr. Shelly White was mysteriously cured from cancer as a child. Does the story delve into how this occurred? 

There has been a fair amount of conspiracy theories surrounding the notion that profitability is hampering the progress for a cure for cancer. Were you inspired by these theories at all? Did you research these theories for your book?
Cancer is a “gold mine” for anyone involved in treating the disease. The only loser is the patient.

Is there an author that has influenced your writing style?
No, not in particular.

How long have you been writing?
About 5 years.

Who was your favorite character to write/develop?
Colonel John “Hack” Taylor.

“Catching a Miracle” is the first book in a trilogy. What can readers expect from books two and three? 
The suspense is mixed in with a bit of humor in book one. Books two and three bring elements of the US federal government into play, namely the US Marshalls Office, the FBI, and even the NSA.
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Author Mark J. Spinicelli.

How do you think you've evolved as a writer since when you first started?
I’ve been told by my West Coast, California-based professor & editor that book three, Sparrow in the Fog, is as good as or better than The Maltese Falcon.

Are there any aspects (e.g. character building, world building) of your writing that you've been practicing?

What are your goals as a writer for the next ten years?
My goal is to continue to develop and evolve the characters from the US Marshalls Office, the FBI, NSA, and possibly more.

How have your readers responded to the book so far?
Yes, I’ve been told the story is great and they would like to see it made into a film.

Is there any aspect of writing you don't like?
Editors are ruthless!

On a similar note, what is your favorite aspect of writing?
Making up characters in my head and bringing them to life.

Have you ever had writer's block? If yes, how'd you deal with it? If you have not had writer's block, why do you think you haven't?
I’ve never had any trouble in that area.

What do you have in mind for your next project?
A Senator running for President in book three, Sparrow In The Fog, could be an accessory to the murder of a doctor who claimed to have a cure for a terrible disease.

Is there anything else you'd like potential readers to know about your book?
My hope is these books will lead to film projects that may lead others to realize that this is more than just a story, it is an idea to find a cure that has never been tried before. Greed is a powerful incentive to find the things that are hidden.

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P.R. Sharp, Author of Slug on a Bone

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Today we are interviewing P.R. SHARP about his new metaphysical / fantasy fiction book, titled “Slug on a Bone.”

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m 54 and live in Yorkshire UK with my Border Collie ‘Moya’. I’ve been a struggling, rejected writer for years and have a box of rejection letters going back to about 1994!
I started self publishing in 2015 with my first book Ace of Spades Chronicles and have ‘numerous projects in various levels of development,’ as they say.

Describe your book, “Slug On A Bone,” in a few sentences.
It was very hard to come up with a suitable outline that wouldn’t give the situation and the conclusion away too soon, so I think that the back cover blurb sums it up best. (Hope that’s not a cop-out?)
Jack Finch knew who he was. He knew that he was madly in love with a girl called Marie. He knew that he might have done something very bad. He also knew that his conscience and his will power had somehow manifested into flesh & blood & kept turning up in the strangest places. And that’s about all he knew…Pursued by a malevolent force and possibly suffering from amnesia, he had no idea where he was, how he arrived or where he was heading and didn’t know what he would find when he got to his destination. Wherever that might be. Whatever was happening, it would take Jack on a fantastically allegorical, at times frightening and occasionally funny journey of discovery and revelation.

Who do you think would most appreciate this book?
I think it has the potential to attract quite a broad range of readers, which will hopefully invite very different but positive reactions from males & females alike. If the reader likes a bit of mystery wrapped up in a metaphysical fantasy/horror with a smidge of a love story, they are in for a ride.

Tell us about the protagonist, Jack Finch.
Oh Jack. He’s a good lad, but he has issues. He’s complex to the point where even he doesn’t know just how complex he is. 

Jack, who may be suffering from amnesia, must embark on a journey to find answers. With all the unanswered questions plaguing Jack, how does he find direction during his journey?
There is no obvious direction or path for Jack to follow. The journey is the direction, if that makes sense? He makes a decision very early on to let it take him where it may, and deals with each situation/question at it arrives.

Is there an author that has had a major influence on your writing?
Stephen King. 

Who was your favorite character to write?
Definitively Jack, but Marie comes a close second.

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Author P.R. Sharp.
How do you think you've evolved as a writer since when you first started?
My motivation to get the stories out of my head has improved for sure. Most writers will relate to a spot of procrastination when it comes to getting started on a project, and I now have the self discipline to write every day, but it wasn’t always like that. 

Are there any aspects (e.g. character building, world building) of your writing that you've been practicing?
I’ve never really had a problem with that side of things, but being a good editor takes practice. Knowing what to cut is key. 

What are your goals as a writer for the next ten years?
To keep writing everyday. I would love to see one of my stories made into a movie.

How have your readers responded to the book so far?
Very positive. They love the premise and can picture the events as they unfold very clearly.  A few toes curled and a few tears shed.

Have you ever had writer's block? If yes, how'd you deal with it? If you have not had writer's block, why do you think you haven't?
I see writers block as a necessary evil. It can be incredibly productive to be in creative limbo. Your mind is so preoccupied with the problem, it can be quite depressing; so I go back to the beginning and re read and edit as I go until I return to the block. It usually takes a couple of attempts using this method to break through, but it works, and it helps tighten up the previous draft. 

What do you have in mind for your next project?
A 100% horror story set in the North Yorkshire Dales based on a script I wrote a few years ago called ‘Redcap’. Also currently writing a sequel to Ace of Spades Chronicles and a time travel/flash point love story. 

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Brian Finney, Author of Detective Fiction Novel “Money Matters"

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Today we are interviewing Brian Finney about his detective fiction novel Money Matters.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I spent the first half of my life in England and immigrated to Southern California when I was 52 years old. I’ve been a writer and university professor most of my life (though I initially spent five years in industrial management positions). Until I recently retired I wrote non-fiction books and essays, almost all of them about twentieth and twenty-first century novelists. Once I stopped full-time teaching I eagerly turned to fiction, a genre I loved and had been writing about for so long. 

Describe the plot of your new book, Money Matters, in a few sentences.
The main story is narrated by its protagonist Jenny, 27-years-old and a little lost in life.  She is still just getting by with two part-time jobs. 

Asked to look into the disappearance of the CEO’s girlfriend, Jenny reluctantly turns amateur detective and soon finds herself up against a range of powerful and sinister forces, including big money, a corrupt politician, and a Mexican drug cartel. 

So the novel is part (late) coming-of-age, part amateur sleuth fiction, part social issues. Illegal immigration, one such issue, permeates both the main plot and a subplot featuring an undocumented young Mexican-American.

Jenny’s search leads to her meeting the young, handsome director of an immigrants’ rights organization to whom she is strongly attracted. So the novel also is part romance.

Who do you think would most appreciate this book?
There is something for most readers in this novel. Its main protagonist is a young woman turned amateur sleuth, whose late coming of age will interest literary fiction readers, and those looking for family tension will not be disappointed since Jenny and Tricia are sisters; detective mystery novel lovers will, of course, enjoy it, too. The book’s portrayal of American society facing particular social issues should capture the interest of readers who like to be challenged intellectually.

Tell us about the protagonist, Jenny.
Jenny is a millennial, 27 years old. She hasn’t really got her life together, partly because she resists America’s money fixation. She rents a room in her financially successful sister Tricia’s apartment and has to put up with her constant criticisms and opposing political views. She has two part-time jobs, one in plant maintenance for the CEO of a big mutual fund company, the other as a video reviewer for a large LA detective agency. As she attempts to unravel the disappearance of the girlfriend of the CEO she grows in confidence and self-knowledge.

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Author Brian Finney.
In addition to its thriller / detective plot, the novel deals with complex social issues, such as immigration and wealth disparity. Did you always know you wanted to address these themes in your book? Or is it something that arose as you began writing the story?
I’ve always felt strongly about these two issues. But I didn’t start writing the novel intending it to be a book about income inequality or illegal immigrant fiction. At the same time I am an immigrant to the US myself and naturally empathize with other immigrants. It took me a long time as a freeway flier (since the campuses are mostly an hour’s drive apart) before landing a tenured position at California State University Long Beach. So that theme entered the novel early and struck a chord with me. As for income inequality, I have always been appalled by the way the wealthy and corporations have managed to distort the tax code to pay less (rather than more) than everyone else. 

The novel is set in Los Angeles during the 2010 mid-term election. For people not familiar with what Los Angeles was like then, could you set the scene for us?
2010 was perhaps the year that California established itself as a radical ideological alternative to the majority of the remainder of the country. The contrast was startling: the country swung dramatically Republican (Republicans won control of the House of Representatives and a majority of governorships), while California defied national trends by returning a Democrat to the Senate, voting for a Democrat for governor and expanding the Democrats’ majority in the state legislature. We Californians began to feel cut off from the mainstream while remaining proud of our stance. So this is a Los Angeles fiction, more specifically a Venice California novel. Or you could describe it as an election mystery novel.

Are there any authors who have influenced your writing style?
I began life admiring Virginia Woolf’s command of complex sentences. Then I fell under the spell of Samuel Beckett who cultivated the brief but loaded sentence. Now I try to employ a conversational style, which may explain why there is a lot of dialogue in Money Matters.

What attracts you to the detective / thriller genre?
This genre automatically gives a  drive and shape to a book. It helps naturally carry the reader through it and it offers a satisfying closure of sorts. It makes a great vehicle for other themes to achieve dramatic expression. And it encourages development not just of the plot but of characters as well.

Who was your favorite character to write?
William Blake said that the true hero of Paradise Lost was Satan, because he was so much more interesting than any other character. I found Tricia, Jenny’s abrasive sister, the most enjoyable character to develop. She’s right about things at the material level of life, even in her use of sex for monetary gain. But, as Jenny points out, she’s blind to the non-monetary aspects of life, including love, which she reads as a dangerous distraction from the business of acquiring wealth.

How do you think you've evolved as a writer since when you first started?
My first major book was my biography of Christopher Isherwood, which was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Non-fiction. It taught me to deeply research a subject and then subordinate my findings to a through-narrative. I think I spent much of my writing career improving on that insight, in other words on concentrating on how to improve narrative interest through sequence, form and style.

What are your goals as a writer for the next ten years?
I’ve learned that I am fooling myself whenever I plan that far ahead. Thankfully life is full of surprises. Just as I find myself taken over by the fictional world and the characters I create which demand I proceed in totally unexpected ways, so in life I find myself led in unforeseen directions. So I have no ten-year plan. Just think of what happened to those ten-year plans of the Soviet Union.

How have your readers responded to the book so far?
So far mostly friends have read the novel, as it is being published on August 23. They have all been very complementary My favorite review came from a bookseller friend who wrote: “The writing was layered, beautiful and draws an emotional response from the reader. I was in tears at the end and I cannot say enough good things about this novel. It is incredibly smart, current, witty, lively and well-paced.” Another friend, who is a self-proclaimed illegal immigrant romance connoisseur said she found the book tender and touching. Most recently I learned that I was a Finalist in the Best New Fiction category of the 2019 American Fiction Awards. So hopefully many readers other than my friends will find the book enjoyable.

Is there any aspect of writing you don't like?
I can’t say there is. I thoroughly enjoyed writing this novel, and couldn’t wait to return to writing it each day I was free to do so. 

Have you ever had writer's block? If yes, how'd you deal with it? If you have not had writer's block, why do you think you haven't?
When I started writing non-fiction there was always something other than writing - research, interpretation, plotting, etc. - needing to be done. So I never came up against writer’s block. If I couldn’t decide what to write next I would turn to one of the other tasks that needed doing.”

What do you have in mind for your next project?
I am not sure yet. Either I will produce a sequel to Money Matters, or I might try a fictionalized autobiography as my own childhood in wartime England was unusual yet representative of my generation.

Is there anything else you'd like potential readers to know about your book?
Money Matters is available as a paperback, ebook and audiobook online and in select local stores. I’m looking forward to hearing what readers think about it.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Discordant Love Beyond Death | Dark Affection Anthology

Horror, Dark Romance, Indie Publishing, Para-Romance, DLBD, BDP, Dark Affection Anthology, Indie Anthology, beyond death publishing, discordant love

Interview with Dickon Springate from Beyond Death Publishing about “Discordant Love Beyond Death,” a para-romance / dark fiction anthology including works from Dickon Springate, Karen Peralta, Dave Higgins, Ben Monroe, A.M.Henle, Shayna Diamond, and Dianne Arrelle.

Describe the anthology, “Discordant Love Beyond Death,” in a few sentences?
DISCORDANT LOVE BEYOND DEATH offers up twenty-two fabulous inspired short stories, by a fresh line-up of authors from around the world, ensuring that there is something for everyone; especially those with a love of the macabre.

What inspired you to compile these great short stories in an anthology?
It was while I was working on my previous anthology, 1816:The Year Without Summer, and I received a couple of stories that were really great, but they didn’t quite fit the brief, yet they were too good to simply pass over or reject, so I reached out to the authors and discussed various ways that they could be used, and through those chats the main idea for the next anthology sprung up.

How did you select the authors and stories to include?
As well the couple that were automatically included from the initial discussions, I put word out through Twitter and Facebook and finally approached several authors whom I have worked with before. All told we filled up the slots quite quickly.

This anthology has a Kick Starter pre-order campaign. For people new to the crowd-funding process, can you tell us about it and why you decided to go that route for the anthology?
As well as being able to present a very polished and user friendly site to allow readers to purchase their advanced copies, it also gave us a chance to do something a little different from the norm, but allowing the audience to really get involved both by having their name included in the rear of the book, but also the chance to have their name immortalized by being used in a story of their choice.

It also afforded us the chance to offer both books and merchandise at a discounted price point.

What are your favorite stories in the anthology?
Now that would be telling. Honestly, as an editor I worked hard with all the authors to ensure that they were all the best versions they could be, so I don’t really have a favourite. I could, however, tell you which one I found the creepiest … I will just say mushrooms and leave it at that.

For people not familiar with dark affection / para-romance, can you describe it for us?
Paranormal Romance, or Para-Romance in a subgenre of romantic fiction that includes elements that defy description, much like ghost stories, horror and dark fiction.

Dark affection is a similar subgenre that deals with very strong emotions, but not always necessarily passionate or romantic, and because many of the stories were neither romantic nor lustful, I felt that the anthology straddled both categories without fitting into either perfectly.

What do you like about the dark affection / para-romance genre?
Featuring stories that danced the line between dark affection and paranormal romance gave us the chance to display really ground breaking and thought provoking tales designed to stop you dead in your tracks, question your previously held preconceptions of what is right and wrong, before allowing you to return and continue reading.
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Who do you think would most appreciate this anthology?
This will certainly appeal to horror and dark fiction fans, as well as those who felt books like 50 Shades should have been a whole lot darker, not to mention anyone who wants something different to the usual sickly-sweet Valentine's Day offerings.

Do you have a favorite dark affection / para-romance main character?
Much like favourite stories, I can’t really say who I like the most, but I can say that there are certainly a couple of characters that I would hate to encounter in a darkened alley late at night.

What do you have in mind for your next project?
My next project is a return to my cosmic horror roots, with a collection of imaginative retellings of classic Mexican urban legend origin stories but with a deft Lovecraftian twist added into their backstory or main protagonist.

"Discordant Love Beyond Death" Description:
"Love takes on many forms, as does death, and this anthology features twenty-two stories that dance the line between Dark Affection and Paranormal Romance, where death is not the end but merely the start of some truly original tragedies, tales that will often stop you dead in your tracks, challenging you preconceptions of what is right and wrong, before allowing you to return and continue reading. 
DISCORDANT LOVE BEYOND DEATH offers up twenty-two fabulous inspired short stories, by a fresh line-up of authors from around the world, ensuring that there is something for everyone; and with many being on the macabre side, we believe that this anthology makes the perfect alternative gift for those who want something a little different come Valentine's Day."

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Pamela D. Smith, Lakysha Starks-Sampson, and Rennata Cage Becks

inspirational books, women empowerment, Christian inspiration, Christian reading, empowerment, inspiration, Christian books

Today we are interviewing Pamela D. Smith, Lakysha Starks-Sampson, and Rennata Cage Becks about their books: “She Won't Fail,” “Money Will Bring Your True Character Out,” and “Scarred but Healed.”

Tell us a bit about yourselves and what brought you together to support each one another.
RB: I am a caring, passionate, ambitious young lady. Kysha and I grew up as friends and Pamela helped me publish my 1st book and she's an inspiration. 

Lakysha: My name is Lakysha Starks- Sampson, I’m the wife of Trent Sampson and the author of two books, Bossn’ Around and Money will bring your true character out. I have one biological daughter named London Dade and one bonus daughter name Samora Sampson. My husband and I are the owners of LaPaz L.L.C. It’s a mental health and substance abuse facility in Ruston LA.   Rennata is my bestfriend for over 17yrs, and I‘ve known of Pam since I was a young child. I’ve always known of her to be a true Woman of God.  She and I became acquainted five years ago when I asked her to publish my book. Over the years of us working together she has helped me out a lot on coming out of my box and step out of my comfort zone.   We all were brought together to support one another because we all seek God and have a close relationship with him. We all have a desire to empower women on getting to know God, trust in him and not what man says, and we all include God in all of our plans, and we want to help others to set goals and not limits.

Pamela: I’m a wife, mother, and what I consider a kingdom servant. Several titles have been attached to the things that I do but when you sum them all up I’m a servant. What brought us together is both of these ladies are publishing clients of mine. Working with them was such a joy and I saw something in each one of them that made me eager to pour into them to help them reach some of their goals as an author. I wanted others to see what real women empowerment looks like.

What drew each of you to write inspiring books about empowering women?
RB: I've experienced many trials, from loosing my parents and other loved ones, after being diagnosed with cancer myself, I knew I could encourage someone else to never give up.

Lakysha: Well I’ve always wanted to write a book to inspire someone to know that it doesn’t matter what side of the track or neighborhood you were raised on, you can do anything if you have just a little faith and the help of God.

Pamela: I don’t believe that we go through anything that can’t be shared in a manner to help someone else. Most of the time what we go through is so much bigger than us so I wanted to write in such a way that my experiences would inspire other women.

Faith plays a major role in all of your books. Can each of you share a bit about your experience with your faith and how it impacts your writing?
RB: I was raised to believe in God for all things and His word will not return void, regardless of what the doctors said I knew I was healed and I never allowed anyone to speak negatively over me. 

Lakysha: My faith impacts my writing to let someone know that nothing is neither too big nor too hard for God to bless you and give you the desires of your heart. Just trust the process. 

Pamela: My faith impacts my writing because I am able to share how I have trusted God so many times, in so many situations and because of my faith things worked out just as God promised.

Who do you think would most appreciate your writing?
RB: I believe anyone that has experienced hardship and has or is willing to overcome will appreciate my writing. 

Lakysha: I think a person who has felt that they have been counted out, don’t have a  college degree, has a past, a not so good family history , or anyone scared to do the impossible will appreciate my writing. My writing will encourage readers to know that the sky is the limit. If you can think it, then you can do it.

Pamela: I think millennial women who are looking to develop or enhance their relationship with God will appreciate my writing. Those who are looking to be redeemed and restored without having a bible shoved down their throat.

Tell us a bit about the RP Smith Agency and its vision. 
Pamela: RP Smith Agency is a faith-based publishing agency where we help aspiring authors self- publish their books and then use their book to build their brands. The vision expands further than just publishing but because we are not quite 2 years old yet we wanted to start there and have plans to expand from here.

Your writing empowers women and teens to build a spiritual foundation and align their success goals with their spirituality. Do you have any advice for women and teens who wish to get started on this journey?
Pamela: My advise is to develop a relationship with God, understand what His will for your life is, and then live in the truth of that. Understanding His word helps to understand who you are as a person and I think it’s a must that you understand the person before you can operate in the purpose.

On a similar note, what are some of the struggles women and teens today face when trying to achieve their success goals?
Pamela: Comparison! Women and teens are struggling with self confidence because of comparison. Their best doesn’t seem good enough because they are using someone else’s measuring stick

Has your writing taken you to places or revealed things you hadn’t thought about before?
Pamela: Absolutely. To God be the glory. For example, when I go back and read my first books and the books I have recently released I get a chance to see how much I have grown as an individual and how my values and the things I place importance on have changed. Becoming an author has allowed me to meet so many great people, attend so many great events, and created so many opportunities (personally and professionally).

Can one of you share a bit about your writing process?
Lakysha: Initially when I started writing five years ago, I was a procrastinator because I didn’t know how to start writing my book. I didn’t understand the audience attention that I needed or wanted to reach. I was a bit nervous; I was worried if people would like it or even read my book. 

Could each of you tell us about your latest book?
RB: Scarred But Healed tells how I overcame a rare breast cancer diagnosis, after losing my nephew, maternal grandmother, father, mother, and mother in-law which were all diagnosed with cancer. 

Lakysha: “Money will bring your true character out” was to inspire readers not to rely on your money but to rely on God. The book talks about how our character is sometimes different depending on our money situation.

Pamela: My latest book, She Won’t Fail, is a book with 12 steps that helps women align their success goals with their spirituality in order to live a purpose driven life.

How have readers responded to your writing so far? 
Pamela: Readers have responded in a very positive way, a way that I am extremely grateful for. Because of the positive response I am a multi Amazon best selling author. 

Are they any authors who have influenced your writing styles?
RB: I have read a lot of books and like a lot of author's writing, but I cannot choose one that influenced my writing style. 

In ten years, where would you like your writing careers to be?
RB: 10 years from now I plan to be on a larger platform, I don't only want to write, I want to make a difference, especially with breast health and encouraging others.

Lakysha: I said that this was my last book writing. In ten years, I’m hoping that I will be able to continue to reach readers and that my previous books will sell inside of books stores across the country. 

Pamela: In 10 years I’ll be tapping into a realm in the publishing industry that I haven’t tapped into yet. I plan to also be more behind the scenes at RP Smith Agency. Right now I am on the forefront and it’s because I started building a personal brand before we started RP Smith Agency, so that’s what works now, but I’m ready for a role reversal and ready to do some of the behind the scene work and allow someone else on the team to be the face and voice of the agency.  

What do you have in mind for your next writing project?
RB: I am working on my next project and I want it to encourage and empower people with tools to become a better version of themselves and not focus on how others view them. 

Pamela: My next writing project was completed over a year ago, it’s just waiting to be released. That’s really the output of my work product. It’s usually written and completed long before it’s released. 

Is there anything else you'd like potential readers to know about your books?
RB: If you're experiencing any kind of doubt, pick up a copy of my book and be encouraged in the Lord and yourself because anything is possible as long as you believe.

Lakysha: I want potential readers to know that my books are not only to empower women but to empower men also. I want them to know that you can do anything and don’t allow your money to dedicate you mood.   

Pamela: I want readers to know that our writing is not about us but it’s our way of serving them and letting them know that God is within them and they will not fail.

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