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Author Spotlight RL Jackson

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Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?
Usually, Im catching up on TV, that I missed due to writing, lol
When did you start writing?
 
When I was around 12, i started making short stories and it evolved from there.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?
Making sure I treat my writing as a business and micro manage it in a way that I know all the projects I want to come out in the next year, and creating a schedule I can follow to hit those goals.
If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
 
Hawaii. Therese just something about being in a quiet cabana looking at the ocean and mountains, that id love to experience.
If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?
Id take a nap most likely. Sleep has been pretty elusive the last month or so
Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
In the 50’s or 60’s era. Something about poodle skirts and classic Chevrolets…
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Back to your present book, Crashing Into Me, how did you publish it?
I self published it. It was a labor of love and I made sure to do all my hard work justice by getting an editor which is pivitol. I’d advised anyone not to consider putting anything out there without a decent editor.
In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?
No I didn’t have to. I’ve visited Georgia and other mountain states in the past, so the fictional town is a mashup of places I’ve visited before. As for Florida, which is also mentioned, I actually live here, so need to travel there either, lol
Why was writing Crashing Into Me so important to you?
 
I wanted to tell a different story, one with realistic high-stakes and one i wanted to read. Also with the lead Male and Female being multicultural , I think it’s something our country needs more of. Who cares who you love? Just love.
Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?
 
I get my ideas from examples of people around me, music I listen to, dreams I have. And sometimes, every once in a while, a story hits me out of the blue and it dumps in my brain. I dont care where I am, I stop and write it down so I can go back over it later and add to it. When that happens it always a little freaky but it makes the first draft go by in a whiz lol
What are you currently working on? Do you have any new projects released in the coming months? If so,
 
The sequel to Crashing is underway as well as some other exciting developments I cant mention yet, but stay tuned.
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This or That?
Q: Alpha male or Rockstar? Alpha Male
Q: Winter or Summer? Winter
Q: Salad or Soup? Soup
Q: Swimming in a lake or the ocean?? Ocean shore
Q: Earthquake or Tornado? Neither! Hurricane, I at least know how to handles these
Q: Bath or Shower? Shower. Bath depends on what kind of tub is involved lol
Q: Coffee or Soda? Coffee mornings, Soda through the day
Q: Sausage or Bacon? Ugh, why do I have to choose? Sausage lol
Q: Football or Baseball? Football
Q: Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise? Brad Pitt baby. “The Legends of the Fall”, if you dont know it, Google it asap!
Q: One long vacation or several short mini vacations? Hmmmm I think several mini might be a good pressure valve sort of solution lol
Q: Exercise in a gym or at home? I’d rather pass out and look like a hot mess at home.
Q: Rock or Country music? I like Island Rock and Shania Twain. Cant make me choose
Q: Cruise or Resort? Resort
Q: Receive Chocolate or Flowers for a gift? Chocolate
Q: Your life is a movie would you rather be cast for an Action movie or a Comedy? Acton movie
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Author Spotlight Alex R. Carver

So sorry! I got a late start this week. The author spotlights are a bit out of whack, but here is my interview with Alex R. Carver the author of the Inspector Stone Series!

Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

I like to play games on my computer and puzzles from the paper, that’s how I spend most of my spare time, but I used to be a golfer, and would like to take it up again.

When did you start writing?

The first time I wrote anything was when I was ten, it was a creative writing assignment for English class, I wrote a children’s adventure story that was reminiscent of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series; I’ve been writing off and on ever since.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

Amazon’s introduction of the KDP platform, hands down. When KDP was established it gave an avenue for authors like me, who either couldn’t or wouldn’t publish through the established publishing houses, to get their books into the hands of the reading public.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

I would love to go back to Egypt and write there, I’ve been in a boat that went past the hotel where Agatha Christie wrote Death On The Nile; it would be wonderful to take the same room and write a book where she did.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

Sleep, I have difficulty sleeping and often only get 4 or 5 hours, if there was an extra 4 hours in the day I could get a solid 6 to 8 hours, who knows what I could accomplish then.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

Just as I’d like to go back to Egypt to write a book there, I’d like to set a book in Egypt, perhaps even an historical story to take advantage of my love of mythology.

Back to your present book, Where There’s A Will, how did you publish it?

After many hours of hard work I released the 1st book in my Inspector Stone series through KDP, I chose to make it exclusive for the time being to take advantage of the marketing opportunities through Select, and I also published my paperback through Createspace.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

Fortunately, I didn’t have to travel anywhere, I was able to do all of my research online. I say fortunately, but it might have been nice to have to go somewhere to do some research.

Why was writing Where There’s A Will so important to you?

The idea got into my head and wouldn’t leave me alone, the same as all my stories; the only way to get it out of my head was to sit down and write it. Of course, once I did that, another story took its place and insisted on being written.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

I don’t think I have anywhere that produces my best ideas, they come at me from all directions, and at all times of the day and night.

What are you currently working on? Do you have any new projects released in the coming months? If so, tell us about them.

I have a serial killer thriller, Written In Blood, currently available for pre-order, the official release date is April 1st, it’s about a small English village being terrorised by a series of rapes and murders – it’s not for the easily upset, though I have shied away from depicting any of the actual murders, they occur off-screen, so to speak.

These are the super fun get to know the author questions. This? or That?
Q: Winter or Summer?
Summer
Q: Salad or Soup?
Soup
Q: Bath or Shower?
Shower
Q: Coffee or Soda?
Coffee
Q: Receive Chocolate or Flowers for a gift?
Chocolate

Twitter link – https://twitter.com/arcarver87
Goodreads link – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15944488.Alex_R_Carver
Amazon link to your book or author’s page. – https://www.amazon.com/Alex-R-Carver/e/B01MATQCGL/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

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Author Spotlight Amy J. Hamilton

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Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

My pleasure, thank you for the opportunity! I run a small part time weight loss business. I have a husband, two teenagers, some tropical fish, a degu, a tortoise and a (flying, talking, fire breathing) bearded dragon to look after. I cross stitch things that have no real use whilst watching too much television. If I had the time I would play the piano more and maybe make more candles. I love walking whilst listening to music or an audio book.

 

When did you start writing?

Has to be when I was about 8 when my dad produced a rather large notepad one summer and asked me keep a diary every day. It was a habit that was with me for at least the next ten years of my life. I got through a lot of paper!

 

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

I blogged for a few years and was lucky enough to have a small following of people who said that my blog was the first thing they read when they arrived at the office. Several of them said I should write a book. When I did, firstly I was pleased it sold a few copies, but what was gratifying was the number of people who read it who told me they really enjoyed it. A few of them are even eagerly awaiting the second book. I wasn’t expecting that.

 

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

I’m sitting on the sofa in February in SE England at this point and my toes are cold, I think I’d go anywhere warmer. Or Hogwarts. With a quill. I’d quite like that.

 

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

Oh that would be amazing. I could get all the chores done meaning that I could then relax and have time to do something frivolous like cross stitch. Or maybe dig the piano out from under the pile of business stuff that makes it inaccessible.

 

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

I would like to have to confidence to set something in our modern day world. I write in a futuristic fictional world so no-one can point the finger and tell me “it doesn’t work like that”

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Back to your present book, Modified: Lunar Medical book 1, how did you publish it?

Modified has been self-published as an ebook on Amazon and also on iBooks. I am contemplating producing the paperback version, just as soon as I find those extra four hours in a day!

 

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

No, no travelling required, just a warped sense of humour, a slippery grip on reality and whatever research might be deemed necessary to write erotica!

 

Why was writing Modified so important to you?

That is a very good question and the answer is bullying. All through my school life I was bullied because I was “the fat kid.” According to the classic conditioning of my childhood I was not supposed to amount to much romantically. To coin an overheard phrase from a parent back then I was supposed to be “left on the shelf.” I’ve written erotica to prove them all wrong on the understanding that in order to write it I must have at least some experience and therefore have not turned into the 45 year old virgin that I was destined to be.  Or in short it’s me sticking my middle finger up to the bullies!

 

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

I was quite withdrawn as a child and cultivated an awesome imagination. I am constantly day dreaming scenes that may or may not make it into future books. I also appear to have the ability to make random links between things which can then turn into quite good story lines.

 

What are you currently working on? Do you have any new projects released in the coming months? If so, tell us about them.

I’m currently being very nicely pestered for the book that follows Modified, which I’ll probably call Nate and Day after two of the main characters. After that I’m wondering if the people waiting for book two will be ready for Blue Lights which is male/male erotica about a cop and a medic. It’s set in a future world with flying cars that I really had hoped we’d have by now!

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These are the super fun get to know the author questions. This? Or That?

Q: Coffee or Soda? Coffee intravenously if possible.

Q: Sausage or Bacon? Bacon

Q: Exercise in a gym or at home? Home

Q: Your life is a movie would you rather be cast for an Action movie or a Comedy? Action movie

Q: Receive Chocolate or Flowers for a gift? Both I’m greedy

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Twitter link

https://twitter.com/WriteNaughty

Facebook link

https://www.facebook.com/ajhworld/

Goodreads link

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15275986.Amy_J_Hamilton

Amazon link

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amy-J-Hamilton/e/B01N0ZHDEC/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Blog

http://barkingmaddj.blogspot.co.uk/

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Author Spotlight Julie Gerber with Away We Go Media!

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Thank you for this interview Julie! I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

I am at my desk, working on beta reading or social media campaigns for clients. When I am not working, I am either reading, watching movies with my kids, or daydreaming about moving to the beach.

 

When did you start writing?

I started writing in middle school. I published a piece in the newspaper and my mom said from that point on that I would be a writer one day. I didn’t believe her. Fast forward a few (okay maybe more than a few) years, and here I am!

 

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

The most pivotal point came about four years ago when I met Carole P. Roman. She made it look so easy. She was cranking out books and I was trying to keep up since I was managing her social media. She taught me a lot about writing and how to put yourself into a character’s mind. She has been a wonderful and inspiring mentor and friend.

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If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

Scotland or Ireland. I feel there is magic there and if I could sit in an old stone house (or even a castle if I could afford it) I think I could whip up the most enchanting tale ever written. That might be a stretch, but then again, it might not!

 

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

Sleep. I never get a full six to eight hours sleep and that is what I would do if I had the time. Can you arrange it?

 

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

I would like to set a story in Savannah, Georgia. Georgia is my home state, and there is so much about Savannah that begs to be written. I am fascinated every time I go.

 

Back to your present book, Navigating Indieworld, how did you publish it?

I published it with Carole P. Roman through Createspace. We were offered a contract to publish, but felt that the book, which is about self-publishing and marketing, should be done the indie way.

 

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

I did not, but maybe I should have. I would have loved to have had the opportunity to meet up with Carole in some indie bookstore after splurging on ice cream.

 

Why was writing Navigating Indieworld so important to you?

This book was very near and dear to my heart. I have had so many authors find me over the years because they needed advice after being burned by a vanity publisher. This book was created for all of them. It was created for anyone struggling with marketing and selling their books. It was created for the people that were brave enough to write their stories down and then stare at them, wondering what they should do next. I hope we have helped aspiring authors and the published authors that wondered what was next.

 

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

I get my ideas from experiences. Navigating Indieworld is based on daily experiences and other author’s frustrations.

 

What are you currently working on? Do you have any new projects released in the coming months? If so, tell us about them.

I am working on my first solo book. It is based on the story of my great aunt, one of the first women to become a doctor in the mountains of North Carolina. I think her story is one that should be told and I believe it will be appreciated.

 

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These are the super fun get to know the author questions. Basically similar to Would you rather.

Q: Winter or Summer? Summer! I hate the cold!

Q: Salad or Soup? Soup. I love soup!

Q: Swimming in a lake or the ocean?? Ocean! I would rather deal with a shark than an alligator.

Q: Coffee or Soda? Soda. I hate coffee, but I do love the way it smells.

Q: Cruise or Resort? Resort. Hands down. I would hate to get stuck on a ship with a lot of sick people!

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Twitter link: https://twitter.com/Awaywegomedia_

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/gerberbabies

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15215458.Julie_A_Gerber

Amazon link to your book or author’s page: https://www.amazon.com/J.A.-Gerber/e/B01EXQSLFW/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

Website: http://www.awaywegomedia.com

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Author Spotlight with Groovy Lee

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Thank you for this interview! I’d like to know more about you as a person first. What do you do when you’re not writing?
A. Hi, Ember-Raine. When I’m not writing, I’m watching cooking shows on TV, listening to my music collection, crocheting, working in my flower garden, or hanging out with my best friend–my daughter. And when it’s tennis season, I’m glued in front of my television screen watching it.
When did you start writing?
A. As soon as I learned how to read, my imagination began to grow to vivid proportions and I would write about adventures. I even had a neighborhood newspaper and comic books.
As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?
A. When, on a popular morning talk show here in Nashville, Bookwoman held up my first suspense novel, Cause She’s A Good Girl, and highly recommended it. Wow!
If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
A. France. That’s exactly where my next book is partly taking place. A couple of my books have a French influence in them. It’s a beautiful country.
If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?
A. Give the house a good cleaning since I’ve been neglecting it. Call some friends to see how they’re doing; and organize my life.
Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
A. My books always seem to end up in California. So, I think I’m headed for Miami Beach, Florida in my next one. Then maybe I’ll venture out to Spain or the Caribbean.
Back to your present book, A Body Resurrected, how did you publish it?
A. I self-published it through Kindle.
In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?
A. Only on the Internet and the local library. I couldn’t afford the trip to Egypt.
Why was writing A Body Resurrected so important to you?
A. It was the first time my daughter suggested I write a certain story. She knows how much I love watching movies with monsters in them. We were watching one such movie one day, and she said, “So, why don’t you write one?” The plot to my book began to grow then, all thanks to her. It was such fun writing, and she loves it, and that makes me happy.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?
A. From something someone says or suggests. It could be the way someone looks. In my suspense novel, ‘Cause She’s A Good Girl’, I created one of the main characters in the image of Prince, because he was one good-looking man. Or I hear a song. ‘I Shot the Sheriff’ inspired one of the scenes in my romantic/suspense, ‘Colors In The Dark’. I think a lot of authors can attest to the fact that just about anything can spark your imagination and before you know it, a story begins to grow. I have to, at times, block things and warn my daughter not to suggest anything, or a story would form in my head with characters constantly talking until I finally write it all down.

What are you currently working on? Do you have any new projects released in the coming months? If so, tell us about them.
A. I have a romantic/suspense in progress that supposed to be released in the fall, I hope. It’s still in draft stage, and it’s about a family heirloom that gives exact power to a billion-dollar dynasty to anyone who finds it. Family members are killing one another off to get their hands on it. The protagonist has no idea she has it in her possession. But, someone does.
This? or That?
Q: Alpha male or Rockstar? A. Rockstar, they’re so creative and talented.
Q: Winter or Summer? A. Summer, please. I hate winter.
Q: Earthquake or Tornado? A. Tornado, they’re so beautiful and dangerous.
Q: Coffee or Soda? A. I need my coffee.
Q: Your life is a movie would you rather be cast for an Action movie or a Comedy? A. Although my life would seem laughable at times, I would say Action. If you knew what I’ve had to deal with in my lifetime, action would come very close.

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Stalker Links! As always stalking is encouraged!
Website: http://www.groovylee.com/
Amazon buy link: https://www.amazon.com/BODY-RESURRECTED-Groovy-Lee-ebook/dp/B01NAYZ5EK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1486160601&sr=1-1&keywords=a+body+resurrected+by+groovy+lee
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7014495.Groovy_Lee
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Groovy-lee-295207320581698/
Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_ebooks_1?ie=UTF8&field-author=Groovy+Lee&search-alias=digital-text&text=Groovy+Lee&sort=relevancerank