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Author Interview: Ben Green

Check out this author spotlight for Ben Green!

You can find all his links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

I’m Ben Green. I’ve been storytelling since I was a little kid, burning agents of Cobra at the stake and writing fan-fiction episodes of Star Trek the Next Generation. I grew up in the deserts of Arizona and Nevada, but now I live in small-town Minnesota. If we’re looking for nerd credibility here, I’ve read about 30 Star Wars books, to the point where one of my high school teachers actually refused to call me anything but “Star Wars” in a very high-brow Chicagoan accent. Ha! And I love writing, gardening, and raising creative children.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Winter, spring, summer or autumn?
Spring. I love the promises that come with it. Though autumn is a close second place, with its smell of leaf-death and its crisp campfire ready temperatures.

Morning or evening?
Morning. My brains are a pile of mush by the afternoon. Some insane part of me refuses to sleep past the sunrise. I have no control over this—it’s just a fact of life. So, I use it to get a lot of thinking and organizing done before I start the day.

Hunter or gatherer?
I’m a gatherer. I have a garden and I think that’s a whole mood. Leave it to those other dudes to go out and kill things, I’ll be keeping the village entertained with lively story and song. And keeping us feed with smarter herding practices and new time saving innovations. I like reinventing the wheel and organizing the community into gathering berries or making flash mobs–whatever strikes our fancy. Can you tell I play a bard when I D&D? Haha!

Mountains or beaches?
Mountains for sure. I grew up around dusty western ghost towns. There’s something amazing about wandering off into the mountains, scrambling over rocks, and searching for all the untouched places. I mean the setting of my books is deep under the Rockies. So, there’s that too.

Plotter or pantser?
Plantser. Can I answer like that? I mean I refuse to pick a genre so…par for the course. I sketch the bones of my stories, for sure. The hook, the inciting incident, the other major plot points. I try to follow the hero’s journey, stick with the program, and that pays off with readers I think. I know all the plotting formulas. And I think that’s very, very crucial for a writer. But at the same time, the plot points I plan usually end up shifting drastically. Like a choice I was going to have the villain make, the hero makes instead, or a rescue that was supposed to go smoothly takes a detour when an unexpected character shows up.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

Intrigue, mystery, and worldbuilding so well done you can’t quite get to the bottom of the world until it hits you like….oh, no way! And all the character’s lives are turned upside down. I like to be scratching my head, assembling the pieces, and I love when I guess something just before it’s about to happen, but there was a layer I didn’t see coming. I love genre bending and novelty.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I write YA sci-fantasy. I would say its 70% fantasy with elements from many other genres that make it sparkle with exceptionality. So, monsters, dungeons, castles, magic—but beefed-up with cyberpunk feels with a setting that has nuclear magic and food that makes you feel nostalgic. I’m currently finishing up the first draft of book three of my RIMDUUM series (pronounced rim-doom; make sure you say this with a deep voice and repeat the word doom like an echo).

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

Forged in the Fallout is my debut. When I made the decision to pursue self-publishing, I told myself that I would bring it up to the quality of the traditional market. Many, many eyes on this. Many beta readers, professional editors–the works. And it paid off. It’s a genre-bending adventure, that takes place deep in the Rocky Mountains. The main character’s family has a lot of dangerous secrets. And when they spill out, he has to go into hiding, but that’s pretty hard in a magical, high-tech world of neon where everyone is always recording everything they see. Plus, if the nuclear magic gets out again, that could spell the end of life under the mountain.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B098GB7YZP

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few.

I’ve been a social studies teacher for 11 years, mostly US history and geography. The world is a fascinating place filled with wonder and intrigue. I like a little politics in my books, but nothing over whelming. I love Star Wars to the point where I can even forgive the prequel trilogy (and if I’m being honest, the new trilogy too—please don’t ban me). I love worlds so packed to the gills with magic that it’s become a part of everyday life. Mundane magic. Like spells to cheat on your homework. But I also love the realism and conflict in dystopia novels.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

I wake up. I check social media for six hours then I furious write for an hour. Ha! Not quite, but there’s a glimmer of truth there. I’m a busy full-time teacher and father of four. My wife runs a doula/massage business. I’m a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race guy. I can write for a solid three to four hours until fatigue sets in and then I become rubbish. If I’m writing a first draft, I really do spend a huge amount of time thinking, for every hour of writing, I spend two hours thinking about what to write, even after I have a clear outline. A lot of the time my wife or kids will discovering me watching tv when I supposed to be writing and I can be heard to say: “TV has stories. I’m learning.” Though that’s terrible advice. Final answer: I just trick myself into writing first drafts, then I have to show them to people and figure out where they’re broken. I can’t believe the quantity and quality that has come out of that process.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to become an author, what would it be?

Find your people. Get into a group and start showing them things. No seriously, right now mister. You will not get better until you do that. Also, you’ll need to get about 500,000 words under your belt before you start getting the hang of writing, so just go for it. Don’t plan on publishing that first novel.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

https://www.loamseedpress.com/home

https://www.facebook.com/bengreenwrites

https://www.instagram.com/bdigitalgreen/

Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B098GB7YZP

Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58304381-forged-in-the-fallout

I have a short story available for free with newsletter sign up
https://www.loamseedpress.com/short-stories

Also, my book is available for preorder from most retailers. My website has all the buttons. 🙂
https://www.loamseedpress.com

Author Interview: Bruno Martins Soares

Check out this author spotlight for Bruno Martins Soares!

You can find all his links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

I don’t really know how old I was when I started writing stories. I wrote them for school, I’m certain, but the first time I wrote without any academic goal I was 12, I remember that much.  I kept writing different stuff. When I was 22, a friend of mine incited me to enter one of the largest and most prestigious Young Writers’ contests in Portugal. I did and won an Honourable Mention. I tried again two years later and won it. I went to Torino and them Rome and Sarajevo, representing my country as a Young Writer. One of the best times of my life. Then, one day, I decided to write a Scifi novel I had been chewing on for some time: The Saga of Alex 9. I showed it to a publisher who’d just included a short story of mine in an anthology, and he loved it. I was a published novelist one year later, and soon was featured in a series alongside names like George R.R. Martin or Bernard Cornwell, hailed as an author to recon with in Portuguese Scifi. How about that? I wrote more novels and worked in movies, TV and plays. I’ve done a lot of things in my career, but overall, I’ve been writing professionally for 20 years.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Cat or dog? Cat. Love dogs and always had a few, but since I got my two cats I’m fascinated by that species of demon.

Tea or coffee? Hard to say. Love both. Not addicted or anything but will probably drink one or the other every day.

Morning or evening? Depends on the day. But probably morning. More productive in the mornings.

Ninjas or pirates? Ninjas. Martial arts fascinate me.

Plotter or pantser? Plotter, for sure. Love intricate plots. Love playing with the details. Love making my characters overcome the impossible.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?  

I like historical novels, especially about military leaders and units. Love Bernard Cornwell. But the type of story that always catches my eye is clash of cultures stories – like time-travels or space travels and foreign encounters, like Avatar, Dances with Wolves, Last of the Mohicans, Last Samurai, Tarzan, Shogun, that type of stuff. I also like those types of stories when a team has to be at their best to survive, like Apollo XIII, or Master and Commander.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

Right now, I’m working on something completely different, my first non-militaristic novel in a long time. It’s a scifi/supernatural/horror psychological thriller about a man and his small son overcoming the terrible loss of their wife and mother – but how dead is she? ‘Family’ is a big underlying theme in most of my writing.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

I am known to write militaristic Science Fiction with strong characters and twists. My latest book, LAURA AND THE SHADOW KING is about a little girl fleeing from her cruel captors with her mother in a post-apocalyptic Southern Spain devastated by a pandemic (two, actually – one after the other). And then she is saved by Special Forces team Shadow. Laura is a special girl who can make all the difference to find a cure, so the invading Russian army will not let her go easily. People usually notice my strong female characters and the girl’s mother, Maria, is someone to be reckoned with. The second volume of this two-part miniseries will come out at the end of the year. Here’s where you can get it:

https://amzn.to/2Tb9628

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

I grew up watching my father reading books. Every day before or after lunch or dinner he would sit in his chair and read a novel. A crime novel, as it happens. Or a spy novel. He hated SciFi («Those are things that don’t happen and will never happen.» – i.e. «old ladies solve murders all the time.»), and Fantasy was obviously (obviously!) for kids. Still, some of the first novels he gave me to read were from Edgar Rice Burroughs or Jules Verne. And that was besides all the comic books I read – the pride of my collection was a 50cm-long special edition of ‘Flash Gordon’. At 16 I read Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ for the first time, and loved it. Its intimist style still stays with me after all this time. As well as authors as Boris Vian, or Virginia Woolf.

But then, movies. I love movies. Much of my writing skills, my plotting skills, my ‘lay-down-the-scene’ skills, came from movies. I’d stay here a long time talking about it, so I’d better shut up.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

I don’t. My life is a bit too chaotic for that. I do have a process and I plan and plot a lot before starting to write. But when I get to the writing, I just make sure to write every day. ‘Make sure’ is too much – I try my best. If I have time and peace, I can write 1000-1500 words a day. If I have other projects and other work, I can go as low as 200 words a day. And if I get blocked, 0 a day – which can be frustrating. But blocks aren’t there by chance and I make sure to use them to find out what I don’t like in the story so far or what is disturbing me in a sense or the other, so they’re not a waste of time. I may wake up in the middle of the night and having to write a few hundred words that popped up in my sleep. Or sit down in a coffee shop with my computer. I don’t really have a routine.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to become an author, what would it be?

Be prepared for a long tortuous path. I never really wanted ‘to be a writer’, I always wanted to ‘write’. And that’s good. I tell my students and people who ask me that if you want fame and fortune, try something else. But it took me too long to really start writing what I wanted to write, anyway. Probably because I didn’t know what it was. And it’s strange and frustrating not really knowing what you want to write. But you’ll get there, eventually, just keep at it.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

https://brunomartinssoares.com/

https://amzn.to/3cayo5q

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759799.Bruno_Martins_Soares

https://www.facebook.com/BMartinsSoares

Author Interview: William R. Humble

Check out this author spotlight for William R. Humble!

You can find all his links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

I’m a native Texan who’s been writing for longer than I feel comfortable admitting.  Though I’ve dabbled in other literary areas, my love of speculative fiction keeps drawing me back.

Wanting to help others achieve their literary dreams, I joined the board of directors for W.O.R.D.—Writers Organizations ‘Round Dallas.  There, with the help of other like-minded folks, I work to help other writers find their teams, and to make the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex a nationally and internationally renowned center for the writing arts.

For more information, please visit:
www.wordwriters.org

I’m also one of the three founders of Writers in the Field.  Bringing in experts from all over the country to share their expertise, our unique annual event features as many ‘hands-on’ experiences as possible.

For more information, please visit:
www.writersinthefield.com

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Tea or coffee?  Definitely tea.  In years past, brewing coffee smelled like brewing nasty, sweaty gym socks.  My tastes have changed (warped?), but I’ve never forgotten that smell.  Hard pass on coffee.

Mountains or beaches?  Interestingly enough, my characters raise this very question in The Barrington Job.  In my case, I’ve gotta go with beaches.  Both are lovely, but I love the water.  Walking in the surf is awesome.  Also, seafood.  Ah seafood….  What were we talking about? 😛

Plotter or pantser?  I tend to lean pretty heavily towards pantsing.  While I usually have an idea of where I’d like the story to go and how I’d like it to get there, I love giving myself room to go in an entirely different direction when it seems appropriate to the characters.  Every time I write something new, I’m going on an adventure.

Book or ebook? Book.  Definitely book.  I love the weight and feel of a book.  The smell.  Picking up a book is akin to stepping up to the brink of a portal to somewhere else.  I love the anticipation—the call of the unknown.  While I appreciate ebooks, especially for those with space limitations, I will forever prefer actual bookly books.

Hero or anti-hero?  Ooh, this one’s tough!  On the one hand, heroes inspire us to be greater than we are.  To step up and be our own agents of change.  Anti-heroes are great ways to highlight flaws in the system.  To show where justice has taken a backseat to injustice.  Anti-heroes arise when people lose faith in the societal systems while heroes tell you to never lose faith and to keep up the good fight.  In the end, I think I prefer heroes, but it’s super close.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

I’m a sucker for a good adventure.  If a character speaks to me, that’ll also get my attention in a hurry.  Mix these up with a cool sci-fi or fantasy setting, and you’ll get me almost every time!

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

My first three published books are all sci-fi adventure/thrillers.  I tend to mix in humor with them and loads of pulse-pounding excitement, usually with a dab or romance.

For my upcoming book, Rose Smyth—Vampire Sorceress, I’m changing things up a little.  This one’s gonna be a sci-fantasy set in a future in which the seals between Earth and the other realms have been broken.  After magic pours back into our world, many people are transformed.  Ancient people’s from society’s shadows have stepped out into the light.  Worlds undreamt of are within reach.  Now, the dead walk.  Vampires, were-creatures, spell-tossers, and transforms go to school with normal humans.

Here is a world in which anything can happen.  But, when the worlds were opened to humanity, so humanity is now open to the worlds.  And there are threats out there beyond imagination.

This book covers Rose and her friends as she begins growing into her inherent powers.  But in a world where anything can happen, growing pains can be deadly.

After Rose, my next two books will be fantasies.  The Lost Chronicles of the Vanir will cover the children of the goddess Gullveig as they flee their world.  I’m crazy excited about these!

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

My most recent release is the sci-fi adventure Human.  This one’s YA, but I think adults will love it.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B093K6XW66

Surrounded by lies, Ethan Shaw, high school senior, doesn’t fit in. Not in school. Not in his hometown. And don’t even mention his non-existent love life. The last girl he asked out barfed on his shoes, checked out of school, and moved to coastal Mongolia.

But things aren’t all bad. Though he hides it, he’s super strong and has amazing hearing. Better still, he’s got a few friends and family who are fantastic.

As the lies that form the basic framework of Ethan’s world unravel, he’ll need all the friends he can get. Because, there’s a reason Ethan’s never quite fit in. He’s unique.

So unique most of the galaxy wants him dead.

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

Ooh, this is a good one!  I love to draw from real life, then follow the myriad what-if rabbit trails until they lead somewhere I simply can’t wait to show everyone.  Since my imagination knows now bounds, no matter what other genres I play around in, I’m always drawn back to speculative fiction.

Some of my go-to authors are C.J. Cherryh, Nathan Lowell, Kim Harrison, and Jim Butcher. 

When I’m writing, I love to listen to movie scores.  Back before my cats chewed through my speaker cables and shorted one of my USB buses, I’d listen all the time.  The Inception and Twilight scores are exceptional, and I can’t recommend them highly enough.

When I feel my own inspiration running low, I’ll often go back and watch Lord of the Rings, Aliens, Riddick, Thor: Ragnarok, the Mummy (Brandon Frasier version), and similar movies that inspired a sense of wonder in me.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

I try to write or edit almost every day.  That said, I’m not a huge stickler about it.  If I’m feeling a burned out, I’ll happily take a day or two to recharge.

Right now, I’ve got three books that are in various stages of editing, and probably a dozen more in which the first draft is finished, but major revisions are needed.  Beyond that, I’ve started sequels to my first three published books, and many more are in the works.  So, when I sit down to write, if there’s nothing with a deadline attached, I decide on what the flavor of the day is and dive into that story.   

I’ve got an office in which no cats are allowed (yes, because of the speaker cable incident).  Here, I’m surrounded by books, and my desk is piled high with notes.  I’ve got a laptop in which I do some of my editing, but my writing computer is a desktop that’s not attached to the internet or used for anything but writing.  It’s not at all unusual for me to start writing and the next thing I know, hours have passed.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?

I’d tell myself to go to writing conventions that are heavily tilted towards learning about the craft of writing.  I’d written close to a million words before I ever went to a single convention, and I was just blown away by all the stuff I knew in the back of my mind, but wasn’t doing.  Ideas such as showing versus telling, finding fresh ways bringing my characters to life, making sure my transitions are clean so the reader doesn’t have to struggle to keep up, and such really opened my eyes to how much I didn’t know about writing. 

Hot on the heels of that, I’d recommend that I find myself a critique group.  While you’ll often get bad advice, you’ll also get light shined on potential weak points and problems – some of which you probably never new existed.  There’s good reasons I have so many books needing serious re-writes—and that’s thanks to my critiquers and beta-readers.  Without them, I might have published some of those works before they were ready.  And that would have been an embarrassment to me and a disservice to my readers.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

www.CastleHumble.com

https://www.facebook.com/WilliamRHumble

https://www.amazon.com/William-R-Humble/e/B08R434893?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1622169062&sr=1-1

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20552165.William_R_Humble

Author Interview: Robert G Williscroft

Check out this author spotlight for Robert G Williscroft!

You can find all his links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

Retired submarine officer, deep-sea and saturation diver, scientist, author, and lifelong adventurer. Spent 22 months underwater, a year in the equatorial Pacific, three years in the Arctic ice pack, and a year at the Geographic South Pole. Degrees in Marine Physics and Meteorology, and a doctorate for developing a system to protect SCUBA divers in contaminated water. A prolific author of non-fiction, Cold War thrillers, and hard science fiction. Lives in Centennial, Colorado, with his family.

NOTE: All my books are featured on my book website: https://RobertWilliscroft.com

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Winter, spring, summer or autumn? Each has its plusses and minuses

Cat or dog? I have cats right now, and have featured cats in a  couple of SciFi novels, but I like big dogs too.

Tea or coffee? Coffee more than tea, but I also drink tea.

Morning or evening? Anytime.

Library or museums? Both—depends on what is going on.

Hunter or gatherer? Hunter

Witches or wizards? Neither

Ninjas or pirates? Neither—I like explorers and adventurers

Mountains or beaches? Both

Pen and paper or computer/phone? Computer–mostly

Standalone or series? Both—depends entirely

Book or ebook? I like a nice, leather-bound book, but enjoy the ease of ebooks

Hero or anti-hero? Hero—mostly

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

Pretty girl on the cover—catches my attention. I don’t necessarily pick it up or read it. I like hard science fiction and action/adventure stories

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

NOTE that the book under consideration here is Slingshot, the first book in The Starchild Trilogy. It was released in 2018. See below for information on these three books.

I just completed the third Mac McDowell Mission, Operation Arctic Sting. It will be released in June. I am about halfway through the second Oort Chronicle, Federation—To the Stars. This is the second of three planned novels in The Oort Chronicles. The first, Icicle—A Tensor Matrix, was published in 2020.

Here is a blurb for Icicle:

Braxton Thorpe has discovered a threat to the entire Solar System, but he has a problem: he’s dead.

Frozen at death, he awakens to find himself uploaded into an electronic matrix. Exploring beyond the matrix and the larger GlobalNet, he discovers the Oort, a distributed electronic entity older than humanity, with an unnerving secret: aliens wiped out nearly all life on Earth once, and are coming back to do it again.

The mathematical entity that is Thorpe has to find a way to convince humans of the threat, and in time to do something about it. But how, and what?

If you’ve read Niven’s A World Out of Time or Taylor’s We Are Legion, the opening of Icicle will only seem familiar. Buckle up for a wild ride; you ain’t seen nothing. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B088QM3CQB/

Here is a blurb for Federation (to be released later this year):

The Oort Federation has consolidated its governance throughout the Solar System. Phoenix, under Braxton Thorpe (the Icicle), is a Solar System powerhouse controlling portals and non-portal travel everywhere. Ogden Enterprises, under Daphne O’Bryan and Kimberly Deveraux, controls human upload activity. Udachny, under Isidor Orlov, controls Solar System criminal activities while independently developing FTL, portal system, and human upload technology. Masin Arcah and Adrhun Gloalorn, survivors from the Asterian attack on the Solar System, choose sides—Arcah with Phoenix and Gloalorn with Udachny.

Thorpe and Orlov race to complete the first true FTL starship; their immediate goal is the Aster star system, the origin of the attack on the Solar System described in Icicle. Thorpe intends to establish cooperation between humans and Asterians. Orlov seeks to exploit the Asterians.

When the expeditions arrive in the Aster star system, Phoenix establishes a relationship with Arcah’s homeworld, Rogan, a planet operating as a wide-open, virtually no-government society. Orlov commences exploiting Gloalorn’s homeworld, Frohlic, ruled by the Boss, heading a many-thousand-year-old, planet-wide bureaucracy. Over time, bureaucratic Frohlic overwhelms Orlov, whereas Thorpe and the Roganians advance Phoenix stardrive technology and construct a large-scale starship for a planned expedition to explore the Galaxy and beyond.

The Starchild Trilogy:

Slingshot (2018): Slingshot is a love story – about a man, a woman, another man, another woman, some gender bending…and a machine, the largest ever built.

     Slingshot is a mystery – about a missing aviatrix, a conspiracy, a true-believer. Slingshot is an adventure – about following a dream, the ocean-deep, outer space.
    Slingshot is about constructing the first space launch-loop stretching 2,600 km between Baker and Jarvis Islands in the Equatorial Pacific. It’s about high finance, intrigue, unlimited ambition, heroism, fanaticism, betrayal…and about opening space to the common person.
    With a cast of 69, Slingshot takes you from Seattle’s world financial district, to the ocean bottom at 5,000 feet off Baker Island, to the edge of space 80 km above. You play with dolphins and battle sharks. You fly and sail and dive, you work and play and love across the vast panorama of an Equatorial Pacific being put to leash to serve humanity’s surge into outer space.
    While its accurate science and precise engineering will appeal to hard science-fiction buffs, Slingshot’s major focus is the grand journey, the opening of outer space to the common person by men and women who loom larger than life as they work, play, and love. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FRKTR2M/

The Starchild Compact (2018): The Starchild Compact is an adventure of heroic proportions, commencing on a planet 500 lightyears distant, arriving here just a few years from now, and ending up in the far distant expanses of the Universe.

    Is Saturn’s moon Iapetus an artifact? To find out, Jon Stock takes his international exploration team on a 1.4 billion km journey to Saturn, but will Jihadist stowaway Saeed Ismail succeed in sabotaging the mission? On Iapetus, Jon Stock and his team meet the Founders. Where are they from? How did they get here? How will they impact Earth and the Solar System? 

    Will the Founder’s presence signal the end of humanity, or will it pave the way for a joint push to the distant reaches of the Galaxy?

    The Starchild Compact is hard SciFi reminiscent of Arthur C. Clarke or James P. Hogan, with a geopolitical twist worthy of Tom Clancy or Clive Cussler. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FXHN26C/

The Iapetus Federation (2018): Following the dramatic events in The Starchild Compact, the starship Starchild departs on a 185-year interstellar journey. Meanwhile, the Iapetus Federation in cooperation with the Founders, descendants of the people who originally constructed Iapetus, expands to include the Mirs Complex at L-4, the Lunar Complex, a new habitat being constructed at L-5, the growing Mars settlements, and several asteroids including Daphne and Ceres.
    On Earth, America turns away from its world leadership position to focus on internal matters and the idea of an all-inclusive, multicultural society. Saeed Esmail, the stowaway Jihadist who played a significant role in The Starchild Compact, becomes the guiding prophet of a new form of Islam that quickly dominates the vanquished Persian Caliphate territories, and threatens the rest of the planet. Aided by Founder Asshur, the besieged Israelis reluctantly forge a new homeland on Mars, while the United States balkanizes into a half-dozen smaller units dominated by the Lone Star Conservancy under the leadership of Texan Sam Houston, who had earlier established the Lone Star Settlement on Mars.
    Science does not stand still. Founder researchers develop a longevity treatment that has the potential to extend human life indefinitely. The Starchild Institute, headed by former U.S. President Marc Bowles, develops advanced spacecraft, and a new form of transportation based on artificial wormholes. As the global Jihad on Earth heats up, most of the planet falls under the domination of Saeed Esmail, with only the Lone Star Conservancy, Columbia Freehold, Australia, and New Zealand left as independent territories. The Institute opens evacuation portals between Earth and Iapetus to rescue as many people as possible.
    While Earth sinks into medieval barbarism, the focus of human activity shifts from Earth to the Iapetus Federation as humans settle virtually every potentially habitable spot in the Solar System and begin planning for expansion into the rest of the Galaxy. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F7JF5D4/

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

Two books released close together:Operation Ice Breaker (2020): A super-secret, off-the-books submarine operation during the Cold War. In a fast-paced, personal narrative, J.R. “Mac” MacDowell details a breathtaking series of events during a super-secret acoustic array laying operation under the Arctic ice pack at the height of the Cold War. Riding the nuclear submarine USS Teuthis, Mac and his saturation diving team surreptitiously enter the frozen Arctic waters to place two Top Secret SOSUS arrays on the seafloor under the ice pack.

They face a giant Camaneroceras (thought to be long extinct), polar bears, Greenland sharks, Orcas, and other hungry marine critters. They are dogged by a high-performance new Soviet nuclear submarine that is determined to prevent Teuthis from laying the arrays.
​     Mac and his team find themselves in an under-ice, hand-to-hand battle with Soviet divers that results in the surreptitious capture of one of the Soviet subs inside U.S. territorial waters. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08JZDRZXY/

Icicle (2020): Braxton Thorpe has discovered a threat to the entire Solar System, but he has a problem: he’s dead.

Frozen at death, he awakens to find himself uploaded into an electronic matrix. Exploring beyond the matrix and the larger GlobalNet, he discovers the Oort, a distributed electronic entity older than humanity, with an unnerving secret: aliens wiped out nearly all life on Earth once, and are coming back to do it again.

The mathematical entity that is Thorpe has to find a way to convince humans of the threat, and in time to do something about it. But how, and what?
If you’ve read Niven’s A World Out of Time or Taylor’s We Are Legion, the opening of Icicle will only seem familiar. Buckle up for a wild ride; you ain’t seen nothing. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B088QM3CQB/

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

I draw extensively from my adventurous life (see my bio). I also draw from my scientific and engineering reading and research.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

I work out daily for one to two hours. Then I divide my time between marketing my books and writing. I try to write 1,000 words daily.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?

Write that first book NOW! Don’t wait!

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

Email: rgw@RobertWilliscroft.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robert.williscroft

Parler: https://parler.com/#/user/RGWilliscroft

Gab: https://gab.com/RWilliscroft

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RGWilliscroft

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/argee/

Book Website: https://RobertWilliscroft.com

Personal Website: https://argee.net

Blog: https://thrawnrickle.com/

Publisher: https://freshinkgroup.com/author/robertwilliscroft/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-G-Williscroft/e/B001JP52AS

Author Interview: Isra Sravenheart

Check out this author spotlight for Isra Sravenheart!

You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

Hello, I am Isra Sravenheart, USA Today and Amazon Best-selling Author. I write a dark fantasy fairytale series which is solely based around a witch Lady Isra but as times go on, things get very interesting. I live in the UK with 4 cats and I like to watch Netflix/ read in my spare time.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Winter, spring, summer or autumn? Autumn.
Cat or dog? Cats.
Tea or coffee? Coffee.
Morning or evening? Evening.
Library or museums? Neither.
Hunter or gatherer? Neither
Witches or wizards? Witches.
Ninjas or pirates? Neither.
Mountains or beaches? Beaches.

Plotter or pantser? Plotter but also a tiny bit pantser.
Pen and paper or computer/phone? Laptop.
Standalone or series? Series.
Book or ebook? Book.
Hero or anti-hero? Anti Hero.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

Anything about witches or a villain or someone who has been wronged that needs to avenge what has happened. I do like fairytale retellings as well.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I write dark fantasy fairytale series and there are so far 6 books in the series, Her Blackened Soul, Her Blackened Heart, Her Blackened Rose, Her Blackened Love, Kissing Darkness, Touched by Darkness. I am currently writing Touched by Darkness. Touched by Darkness is basically following on from Kissing Darkness (my last published book) and Isra has had her memories taken away so she doesn’t remember any of what went on, however she’s caught the attention of Astrid again as she’s falling for a mortal man.

Little does she know that there’s a much greater plan at stake here however I don’t want to say anymore as it’s part of the plot.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

The most recent release was Kissing Darkness however since it is a series, it makes more sense to mention the series. I doubt many would buy book 5 in series without knowing about the rest. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WN2T6BL

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)?

Name a few! I used to have a lot of books as a child, Grimms, Oz books, Sabrina Teenage Witch, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hans Christian Anderson. However I don’t really take inspiration from anyone but I do like Neil Gaiman for how dark and intense his work is.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

I don’t have one but I do seem to work well at night.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?

Just ignore the negative nancies. I had a bunch of people telling me I would never amount to anything in writing including some family members. I did it, anyway, knowing that those opinions were just that.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links! 

Email list: https://israsravenheart.eo.page/8px6s 

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ISravenheart

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IsraSraveheart 

Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/Isra-Sravenheart/e/B00VKRF6Q0

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13754513.Isra_Sravenheart

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/israsravenheartauthor_/

Tumblr: https://israsravenheartfantasywriter.tumblr.com/

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/isra-sravenheart

WordPress: https://israsravenheartblog.wordpress.com/

Author Interview: Tirza Schaefer

Check out this author spotlight for Tirza Schaefer!

You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

Tirza Schaefer is mother of three awesome children, a boy and two girls – and a very talkative cat. She always loved telling stories and as soon as she was able to, did so in writing, mostly for herself alone until she published her first book in 2015.

Besides writing sizzling hot romance novels that nevertheless don’t lack depth and ethical as well as spiritual themes, she also writes articles about archetypes like Goddesses, Gods, Power Animals and Tarot. She is an intuitive reader and spiritual healer (Usui Reiki Master & Founder of Goddess Reiki).

When she doesn’t read, write or research, she can be found giggling with her children (best way to learn) or meditating in nature. As a creative powerhouse, she is multi-passionate, so you’ll never know what she will come up with next…

You can also watch this short introductory video:

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Winter, spring, summer or autumn? Summer. I’m always cold at other times of the year, unless I’m having a hot flush brought on by menopause but that won’t last forever, right?

Cat or dog? Cat. I love dogs, too, but they are too much work. We have an absolutely adorable and very talkative cat called Taani who came to us from a shelter in Dubai.

Tea or coffee? Coffee for taste, herbal tea for health.

Morning or evening? I am definitely a nightowl. As a child, I used to sneak out of the house when it got dark and roman through the wood beside my parents’ house. I’ve always loved the atmosphere of the night, the peace and mystery. When I lived in London, I would go on long walks through small alleys and backstreets even in the worst parts of town. I never cared. I loved the night. I felt safer at night than by day. When I had children, I couldn’t leave the house at night anymore but when I get the chance, I still roam around at night. And hugging trees in the woods at night is special!

Library or museums? Museums. I like to own the books I read. So outside of university for my studies and research, I’ve never gone to libraries. But back in London, I lived in bookstores. That was before there were ebooks, back in the 90s. Museums I love for the history they show. My favourite is the British museum. As a student I had free entry there and as I was around the corner at SOAS, I used to spend many of my lunchbreaks there between classes. It was beautiful. I used to go into the room with the Hindu statues. It was so peaceful there and not that many people were around, either. It was my safe haven at the time. I’ve always taken my children to museums when we went on holiday and also here at home in Cologne, Bonn and Berlin. I find culture and history so important and I have instilled a sense of that in my children, I think.

Hunter or gatherer? Gatherer. I’m a vegetarian with vegan ideals that I fall short of. Still working on overcoming my dairy addiction.

Witches or wizards? Witches. Girl power! I know there are male witches but usually, witches are female and powerful. I’ve always loved that.

Ninjas or pirates? Oh, that’s tough. Pirate captains are sexy (see Johnny Depp) but I’ve always dreamed of having ninja skills since I was a child because I wanted to punish the wicked that got away with it. And ninjas have always fascinated me. I read Shogun by James Clavel when I was fourteen on summer holidays in Sweden. I loved it and devoured it. I was so fascinated by the Samurai culture and their belief system, their code of honour. From there I learned a little about ninjas. I’ve always wanted to be a warrior but my mum wouldn’t allow me to learn martial arts. However, my fascination with these silent killers has remained. I am fascinated by elite warriors of any kind, really. Currently, I am watching a Turkish historical series on Netflix with subtitles and I love their way of sword fighting.

Mountains or beaches? Beaches. In the shade. I’m too white, I burn otherwise. And because I have some chronic injuries that make walking on uneven terrain difficult and painful for me, mountains are wonderful but not that easy to get around in for me. Plus, I am a Scorpio, so my love for water is in my DNA. Ocean it is!

Plotter or pantser? Pantser but I’m working on plotting a little more, too, but my characters always hijack the story and something completely unforeseen happens. Like in my book Ria where they end up in a mental hospital. I definitely didn’t plan that!

Pen and paper or computer/phone? Pen and paper are great for thoughts, ideas, affirmations and poetry. But by now I write my books and longer articles on my computer because it takes too long to type it all up again.

Standalone or series? Both. I’m more of a standalone writer but I do love series and I have a couple of projects that are series which I love. They also challenge me greatly in a personal as well as in a professional way so I love how the work on them makes me grow.

Book or ebook? Depends. Special books I like to have in print but mainly, I get ebooks. They are cheaper, easier to take on travels, don’t collect dust and take away self-space.

Hero or antihero? Not too clean-cut hero but neither too much of an antihero. A happy medium. Human but not completely broken and complexed.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

A story needs to have feeling, action and purpose of some kind for me. Disregarding genre, that should be the deciding factors. I need to be able to feel with the characters, understand why they feel and act the way they do and be able to set it into context of their own personal history or at least clearly outlined character, and the environment they find themselves in.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

My books are mostly love stories. But they go beyond ordinary romance. There is a message, an ethical element and at times even spiritual elements. I have lately turned to writing mainly reverse harem with a slight reverse age gap. I found when reading romance novels that most were about younger women and I felt I couldn’t identify with that anymore. My college days are over and so is my own family planning.

When I searched for romance with mature women as main characters, I came across so-called milf or cougar themed books that are usually badly written and don’t have much of a storyline. It’s either seducing the son’s best friend from college or some pool boy or similar labourer seducing the bored and neglected middle-aged housewife whose husband is cheating on her, which is the usually given excuse and moral justification for the woman to do the same. I don’t find this appealing and my personal opinion is that two wrongs don’t make a right. I love steamy romance and I write it myself but you won’t find cheating and short term affairs in my books. There is always a happily ever after.

My female MCs lovers are somewhat younger and more vigorous than men her own age but they stand for themselves and meet the woman on eye level. They are neither almost-children, nor simple-minded men who have nothing to show for themselves but a good body. They have courage, heart and spirit and they are willing to take responsibility for their own lives and show the woman they love that she is adored, protected and taken care of.

Of course, there are certain issues and obstacles to overcome but they do so together and my stories will show that clear communication and consideration of the other person, as well as compassion, can lead to a happy relationship.

I have two series that I write on at the moment. One is Seals in Spain, a trilogy with the same MCs throughout, one woman and three men, and The Milf Diaries, which has different MCs in each book, however, they need to be read in order because there is an ongoing storyline for these women and their men as well. Moreover, these two series are interlaced. They Seals in Spain’s characters appear in Book 3 of the Milf Diaries, which has not yet been released.

There is one more standalone full-length novel I am working on which is called Her Badass Bikers and is another reverse harem, reverse age gap story with one woman and four men. It is a slowburn romance with quite a few twists and turns along the way but in the end, there is the happily ever after that we all love. Guaranteed.

Trailer for Seals in Spain

Trailer for The Milf Diaries series:

Trailer for Izzy, Book 1 of the Milf Diaries

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

My two latest publications are standalone novellas, one was a shifter Christmas story, A Beary Little Christmas, and the other a recently published summer romance, A Little Slice of Heaven. Both have a constellation of one woman and two men. Of course, lots of other things are happening as well. The first has a witch and karmic twins that need to lift an evil curse and the latter deals with a contract killer from the Russian mafia.

You can get A Little Slice of Heaven here:

https://books2read.com/alittlesliceofheaven

Trailer for A Little Slice of Heaven:

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

I can see a picture online by chance when searching stock photos or it can be something on social media and I think of an entire story to go with it. When I travel, I usually write my first poem while drinking a coffee and waiting for my train or plane. I can get an idea from a line or character in a book or a movie or a real life person can inspire me to incorporate some character traits of theirs into a character in my stories. Real life experiences also influence and colour my writings at times. It all depends.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

I open a document, give it a working title and start typing. That’s usually how it goes. Along the way, I will write down more details about my characters and the story outline as it unfolds. I found that planning everything from the beginning doesn’t work for me so well because my character always come to life and exercising their free will, as any ordinary person would do, they usually stir the story in a completely different direction than I had initially planned.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?

Believe in yourself, research more and find resources to help you become a better writer. Find like-minded people and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Learn as much as you can and don’t stop. Don’t hide your light. You have a gift and the people it is meant for will find you and be touched and moved by your words.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

Website, Newsletter Signup & Blog

https://www.tirzaschaefer.com

Books2Read Author Page with UBLs to all major online stores

https://books2read.com/ap/8Z21ZP/Tirza-Schaefer

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/tirzaschaefer/

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/c/TirzaSchaeferPublishing

Facebook Group Tirza’s Bookstore for Authors & Readers

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TirzasBookstore

All other Social Media, Latest Releases & Current Book Promotions

https://linktr.ee/TirzaSchaefer

Author Interview: Shauna Richmond

Check out this author spotlight for Shauna Richmond!

You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

I’m Shauna. I’m an Irish indie author. I took some time out of work after I suffered a breakdown back in 2016 and writing became a form of therapy for me. I’ve been writing ever since. I live with my husband, son and our two dogs. The main genre I write is Fantasy but I have started to dip into other genres.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Winter, spring, summer or autumn? Autumn
Cat or dog? Dog
Tea or coffee? Coffee
Morning or evening? Evening
Library or museums? Museums
Hunter or gatherer? Gatherer
Witches or wizards? Witches
Ninjas or pirates? Pirates
Mountains or beaches? Mountains
Plotter or pantser? Pantser
Pen and paper or computer/phone? Computer
Standalone or series? Series
Book or ebook? Physical book
Hero or anti-hero? Anti-hero

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

Fantasy books generally catch my attention more so than any other. I do love any books with dark/ twisted humour and unusual stories. I hate reading the same story again and again, I look for something unique.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I mainly write fantasy. At the moment I have five projects I’m working on two are for two fantasy series I already have out. Two more are contemporary romance and the last book is about my dealings with autism as a mother whose child is on the spectrum. I think this is a topic that needs to be addressed as so many people still don’t understand what autism actually is.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

My most recent release is Highland Reaper, it is book two in my Olden Chronicles series. For anyone familiar with the series the book continues on from Shattered Steel, Tristan and Catherine’s relationship is out for the world to see and they soon find out that someone has put a substantial price on their heads. The pair, along with their friends need to find a way to survive and figure out who paid to have them killed.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Highland-Reaper-Chronicles-Shauna-Richmond-ebook/dp/B08TQJQRWG/

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

My inspiration varies with every book. For my Raghnall series, I was heavily influenced my Vikings (the show) and Game of Thrones. For my Olden Chronicles series I was influenced by The witcher series and the Throne of Glass series. My WIP contemporary romance is influenced by the flat share and the dark humour in C.J Skuse’s Sweetpea series.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

I’ve little to no routine. Having a child on the spectrum means the days can get away from me. I write when I get the chance which is mostly in the two and a half hour window I get when my son is in school. If he decides to nap I’ll write when I’m not busy doing housework.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?

Read more. I was not a massive reader before I became an author and it shows in my earlier work. There are only so many ways you can describe a movement or a certain scene without having a frame of reference to learn from. Also, I think that it is important to see what works for the bigger names as in is it their plot, narrative or characters that readers are drawn to and why?

We have so much to learn from our peers and not just the bigger household names but other indie authors too. I have a collection of some fantastic indie authors that I adore and I love how we can all get the same bullet points for a story and come up with something vastly different. For my younger self, my current self and for anyone aspiring to be an author or wanting to improve your skills, you have to read. You can’t do your job right if you don’t.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

I’m mainly always on Instagram above anything else. I’m easy to find there on @shauna.richmond

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