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Author Interview: William Tchatchou

Check out this author spotlight for William Tchatchou!

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!

Hello my name is William Tchatchou, I am the author behind Hotel of Madness and other short stories that probably won’t see the light of day. I am a grumpy fun loving nerd who loves his dogs, his family, and taco bell in that order.

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 because my birthday is in March and I love the transition between winter and spring.

Cat or dog?
Dogs because I own a German Shepheard and Pit-bull, who are both softies who only want to cuddle.

Tea or coffee?
Coffee because I spent most of my adult life working the night shift…

Library or museums?
Library is easy because I used to walk to the library every day after school.

Ninjas or pirates?
Pirates because there is something to waving a flint lock pistol and a sword from final fantasy.

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

I’m a big back of the book ‘tell me why I want to read this’ kind of guy. I look for stories where I can look forward to the conflict in them.

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

Well my current book is an urban fantasy with a lovecraftian blend, but I’m mostly a science fiction writer with some dark fantasy tendencies. I think I’m drawn to writing urban fantasy stories because I grew up in the 90s where a lot of sfy was dudes in suits fighting on rooftops as the city hangs in the balance.

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

My most recent book is the Hotel of Madness. It’s book one of the Boy King series and it’s about a book sale that went horribly wrong. Main character, Arthur Curry, just wanted to make some quick cash for a much needed vacation, unfortunately the job goes sideways when client proceeds to lose the book during an anime convention. The book Necronomicon…

So if that intrigues you the link to buy is:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099KWNJ7K

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!

H.P Lovecraft made a big impression, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and the Justice League animated series of the early 2000s.

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

Well I don’t have a writing routine due to my chaotic nature. But if I’m on a roll I can write a new chapter every day… I blame that on an obsessive personality.

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?

Don’t hold back, this is probably the best way for you to express yourself so go all the way.

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

I’m not a big social media guy but you can hit me up on Facebook and ask me questions.

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100071164666678

Blurbs of Doom…

🍁 QOTD: How important is the blurb to you? And for authors, do you like writing blurbs?

🍁 To me (as a reader), sure, the cover is important to catch that initial attention, but the blurb sells the book. It’ll make me want to read it or not.

🍁 But as an author… Ugh, I cannot properly express my distaste for blurbs 😂 Along with marketing, they are the banes of my life 🤣

🍁 So, if anyone is wondering, I’m busy cussing out my computer for not writing my current blurb for me 😂

Author Interview: Natalie Pinter

Check out this author spotlight for Natalie Pinter!

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 a writer and former bookseller. My debut novel was published last year through a small press. I’ve lived in various states in the U.S. but I currently reside in Florida with my husband, son, and our cats, Lucifer Bananas and Moses Berry-Pie.

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? Cat

Tea or coffee? Coffee in the morning. Tea in the evening.

Morning or evening? Evening

Library or museums? Library

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? Pen and paper then computer

Standalone or series? standalone

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?

I enjoy all kinds of literature, but I often veer towards stories that are edgy, dark, fantastical, and emotionally wrenching.

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

My published novel, The Fragile Keepers, is 2021 semi-finalist for the kindle book review award for suspense/horror. I usually describe it to people as a dark, modern fairy tale inspired by faerie folklore. It’s more Bros Grimm than Disney.  I’ve also had short stories published. My most recent published piece is a sort of dystopian vignette. My writing tends to have fantastical and dark things occurring in our current world. I’m working on a short story for a fantasy illustrator right now and that will be more classic/high fantasy.

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

“Natalie Pinter is a wonderful storyteller. She does more than just write–she casts a cozy, tactile, and entrancing spell, which you become compelled to follow wherever it takes you.” –Eric Shapiro, author of “It’s Only Temporary” & “Days of Allison”

Following a lightning storm, Andre and her brother Ben discover a winged girl cowering in their backyard shed. The millennials are thrilled by the appearance of a mythical being, but they are wary too, particularly when she warns them that a dangerous monster has followed her from “Elsewhere.”

The girl, (Shae) is desperate to return to a world she can now only scarcely recall. Exquisite and beguiling, Shae evokes a protectiveness on their part—especially when she grants them gifts of extraordinary new talent. Andre and Ben want to help her however they can.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08LGJT5VX/

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!

So many books, films, and pieces of art have inspired my writing. It’s impossible to name them all. If I had to pick one book to read for the rest of my life, it would be Little Big by John Crowly. Another of my favorite writers is the late Graham Joyce. He’s criminally underread. I love classic high fantasy like LOTR, Game of Thrones, and Robin Hobb’s work, as well as Stephen King, Peter Beagle, Edgar Allen Poe, Neil Gaiman, and Elizabeth Hand.

The artwork of Brian Froud, and the music of Joanna Newsom inspires me.  My favorite film directors are Darren Aronofsky and Guillermo del Toro. Rosemary’s Baby, The Dark Crystal, Pan’s Labyrinth, Donnie Darko, and The Last Unicorn are some of my favorite movies. I loved watching horror movies as a kid and I’ve always loved engrossing and fantastical stories. As far as real life inspiration, I am inspired by the grotesque and the beautiful in the natural world and complexity of human nature. I also explore my own fears or obsessions through writing.

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

There’s different routines at different stages of the writing. Initially, it’s having concept I want to write about and what I call “vomit drafting” taking a pen and paper and filling up a notebook or notebooks as quickly as I can, commiting to a certain number of pages a day to get through it. Then I read through it and start over, this time writing on my laptop and again commiting to an achievable/realistic a weekly quota (which varies depending on what’s going on in my life) until a story emerges and I have a solid draft down. Then I print it out, read it, and start over. Rinse and repeat until the project is complete.

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?

Habit is key. Don’t wait for inspiration or perfection. Just write and write to the end. You will get better with practice.

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

https://www.nataliepinter.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Natalie-Pinter/e/B08LKFMMB6/

https://www.amazon.com/Fragile-Keepers-Natalie-Pinter/dp/1620063565/

Anaya, for the final time!!

🍁 LOOK HERE, YOU GUYS!! 😍🙏 I’ve got the last cover for The Light of Darkness, fresh from @coversbychristian 🥳🎉

🍁 Like always, I’ll post a couple of pieces before revealing it fully, but the book is titled The Thousand Year Divide and will soon be released!! I’m so excited 🥳🎉

🍁 Once again, and despite me being a royal pain in the ass, Christian Bentulan at @coversbychristian did a fabulous job! 😍 He has the patience of an angel! 😅❤️

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