Author Interview: Lin Anderson (Author of The Special Dead)

​Hello everyone,

Today I’m having an author interview with Ms. Lin Anderson a Scottish author who wrote the Rhone McLeod series. 

Q: Hello Ms. Lin, thank you again for Accepting this interview request, would you mind telling us a little something about yourself?

A: I’m a full time writer of novels, screenplays and more recently a rock musical. I have two series. One featuring Dr Rhona MacLeod, a forensic scientist which has eleven novels. The other features a

PI Patrick de Courvoisier and is set in Cannes France. Two novels so far. I am co –founder of Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s international crime writing festival, and a former Chisr of the Society of Authors in Scotland.

Q: what genres do you feel comfortable writing Ms. Lin? What draws you into those specific genres?

A: I like mystery/ thriller genres and that’s what I write mostly. Although I have written other drama pieces, short stories, film scripts that have not been crime.

Q: Can you tell the viewers a little bit about your Book? Which is The Special Dead.

A: As a student at Glasgow University I studied Maths, Computing and some Astronomy. My Professor of Astronomy Archie Roy became the authority on the paranormal in Scotland.

He spoke of a library he discovered when a young lecturer. The library contained writing from medieval times to the present day on the science we don’t yet understand…that of witchcraft and the paranormal.

This Ferguson collection is world famous and now housed in a new building. That’s what drew me to the world of The Special Dead. That and a story by a film director Jim Gillespie(Of ‘I know you did last summer’ fame).

He was originally to be the director on a film I had written. We and the producer were looking at various Edinburgh locations including underground Edinburgh. At dinner afterwards he revealed as a young man after making his first short film, he and a friend went out on the town in Glasgow and met two girls who professed to be witches which he found exciting. I immediately thought beware what you wish for.

Q: Just a curious question though. For a first time reader of a Rhona McLeod novel. Why does McNab seem to take the spotlight instead of McLeod?

A: There is a little gang of characters round Rhona in the novels. Depending on the subject matter, one of them steps forward alongside Rhona. McNab and Rhona are polar opposites making good conflict and drama.

Q: Please give us an Insight to your Main characters. What does these characters do that makes them special?

A: I think you’d have to ask the readers why they like the characters so much.

Q: What happened to McLeod and McNab? The event that keeps on popping up in the conversations of the characters. For the first time readers of this series can you please enlighten us on those events?

A: Something happens at the end of the previous book, Paths of the Dead, which means they are in direct conflict, but neither can tell the truth of that to to anyone. You’ll have to read the book!

Here’s the picture of the book cover of The Special Dead 

Q: The cover is simple but I really like it, can you tell us how it came about? And what’s the significance of the building to the story.

A: It features the old gothic building of Glasgow University, which looks a little like Hogwarts. That’s where the mystery takes them… to that Ferguson collection I spoke about earlier.

Q: Who designs your book covers?

A: An artist at Pan Macmillan. They usually ask me to suggest a classic image that would work for the book, then they put their special touch to it.

Q: Do you think that the cover plays an important role in the buying process?

A: Yes. And the covers in the series published by Pan Mac are particularly striking.

Q: while writing your book, specifically The Special Dead did you encounter a “writer’s block”? If so, which part of the book?

A: No. I approach the book like a reader. I have no idea what will happen next. That keeps my interest and excitement alive. There’s a scary moment when I wonder if it will all come together, but if you trust your characters, they will take over and resolve the issue.

Q: What are you working on at the moment? Can you tell us what’s it about?

A: The new book Follow the Dead is out in August at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. It opens on top of Cairngorm in a blizzard. My home village of Carrbridge is in the Spey Valley. The Cairngorm Mountain Rescue helped a lot with my research. The book is also a joint investigation with Norway so I visited Stavanger Police. Think ‘The Bridge’ without a bridge!

Q:Do you read much? if so who are your favorite authors?

A: I don’t read much while writing. I read lots of different things.  Don’t have a favourite.

Q:For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks, Paperback or Hard back books?

A: I like an actual book the best but I do read ebooks as well, in particular when travelling. I often have both a paperback and an ebook copy of the same book.

Q:What books are you reading at the moment?

A: Just finished Latest one by Colm Toibin. Currently reading A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee, a rising star in the crime writing world.

I like reading the books of people I appear with at festivals. That’s always a pleasure and often a lovely surprise.

Q: How are you publishing this book? And why? (Indie, Traditional or both)

A: The Special Dead came out  first in Hardback together with ebook. The paperback arrives six months later. That’s the case for all the Pan Mac books.

However I have the ebook rights to the first three in the Rhona series, Driftnet, Torch and Deadly Code, so I am a hybrid author.

Q: What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

A: Self publishing has the advantage that you control it. You also can promote and decide the price. Amazon pays every month so it’s a steady income.

Q: When did you become a writer?

A: After I taught for over twenty years. I began in literary short stories, wrote for TV and film, then began the Rhona series. Driftnet came out in 2003.

Q: Do you write everyday? 5 days a week or you just write when you feel like it?

A: I write something every day. Sometimes just emails. I wrote a short story last week, commissioned for a collection for Historic Scotland. I haven’t yet started the next Rhona but I am thinking about it a lot.

Q: while writing a book do you aim a set amount of words or pages per day?

A: No.

Q: Where do your Ideas come from?

A: See some of that above.

Q: How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

A: Books have got longer… and more complex and deep.

Q: What are your ambitions in your writing career?

A: Write what I like. I recently collaborated on a rock musical with composer John Sinclair who played keyboards with Ozzy Osbourne for 17 years. It’s called Voice of a Generation and takes place in NYC in 1975 as the veterans of Vietnam return home.

That took four years from start to completion and I have a film shortly going into production in Edinburgh called Sometime Did Me Seek. That’s a paranormal crime story.

Q:Was there a particular Book/ Author that inspired you to write?

A: R.L. Stevenson Dr Jekyll and Mister Hyde and Kidnapped, PD James (any of them) and Willie McIlvanney with Laidlaw.



Q: What is the hardest thing about writing?

A: The words!


Q: Why do you think other well written books Just Don’t Sell?

A: Often because of publicity. Hype sells books. If a publisher is willing to put big money behind a book it will sell almost regardless.


Q:What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

A: Never give up.


Here are the links to Ms. Lin’s social media accounts and website.



Facebook: https//   

Twitter: @Lin_Anderson

Pinterest: none

Amazon Author Page:

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Author Interview with Mayank Dharma (Author of The Princess of a Whorehouse)

Hello everyone,

So today I have an author interview with Mr. Mayank Sharma the author of The Princess of a Whorehouse. A novella.

Q: Hello Mr. Mayank, thank you again for Accepting this interview request, would you mind telling us a little something about yourself?

A: Hello, gentleman! I am a creative soul and a techie, who is veiled in a professional world of Boolean logic that inhumanly confines the God’s intricate creation to true or false. Writing is my greatest passion as it allows me to unveil my creativity. I was born and brought up in New Delhi, India. Besides writing, I am passionate about sketching portraits, painting, and making sculptures since childhood.


Q: What genres do you feel comfortable writing Mr. Mayank? What draws you into those specific genres?

A: My debut novella, The Princess of a Whorehouse is a poignant tale of a young girl’s life journey through one of the most ruthless realms of society in which several naïve women and their blameless children are deprived of liberty and freedom to make life choices. The story is based on a coming-of-age genre that makes me feel comfortable. However, I needed to come out of my comfort zone to narrate the story from women’s perspective.


Q: Why did you want to tackle certain societal issues such as Sex Slavery in this book?

A: “Irrational social inequalities make economic growth an undeveloped agenda and literacy an unfinished mission.”

One’s heart sinks on hearing the heinous incidents of crimes against women. The wrongdoing of blaming women when they become victims of grim circumstances exists primarily due to gender inequality. Across various developing countries, the millions of naïve women and girls, like the protagonists in my story are agonized when they become victims of forced prostitution, especially in a nation where adultery is illegal. A million-year-old social stigma further glooms their future. That’s why I chose to pen down my views on the issue.


Q: Can you tell the viewers a little bit about your Book? Which is the Princess of a whorehouse.

A: Three-year-old naïve Aparajita is unaware of a murky spell ahead when her widowed mother, Ramya struggles to find a livelihood in a small town in Jharkhand. Ramya takes a dubious decision to relocate to a strange land, a thousand miles away, looking for greener pastures of life. Ramya’s whole world comes crashing down around her when she reaches the megacity of Delhi, and finds that a hypocrite kinfolk traded her dignity and Aparajita’s destiny for a trifling sum of money.

“The human spirit and self-esteem are compromised when you lay down your arms to the pressures of society in a rat race.”

Trapped in the merciless milieu of one of the largest red-light districts in India, Aparajita faces the repercussions of something she has least control of. A restrained society snubs Aparajita for her social class, under the influence of a centuries-old enigma that still persists in the fifth-largest economy of the world. The fiasco rips her hope and crushes her childhood dream to study as she grows up in the street of ill repute.

“Our fears would disappear when we accept the truth and confront our challenges with integrity.”

Will Aparajita shrug-off her melancholy past in order to break the stereotype? Will she ever pave her way as a bona fide citizen in a prestige-obsessed community?


Q: The story was too fast don’t you think? It ended too fast, did you intended to make it that short?

A: A long narration without any dynamic events is likely to create boredom. The occurrence of actions with vibrant turning points play an important role in gluing the attention of a reader. As this theme was very sensitive, my goal was to tell the story at a fast pace in order to keep readers at the edge of their seats. My ability to consistently maintain curiosity as the story unfolds took precedence over its length.


Q: Can you please tell us what made you want to write The Princess of a Whorehouse?

A: Ironically, there are a handful of cases in real life when the children of sex workers are able to get access to quality education and pursue a dignified career across various South Asian countries. In one such case, I came across a heart-breaking experience of the daughter of a former sex worker. When she was young, her mother was trafficked to Mumbai’s red light district. In a Facebook post, she shared her journey of becoming a theatre artist in Mumbai. She candidly talked about discrimination and hardships she faced throughout her journey. In rapidly developing nations, modernization merely remains a hype unless fundamental rights and human values are fortified largely at grass-roots level. I wrote this novella with the intent to portray a tenacious and an independent girl like my fictional character, Aparajita, who personifies a meritocratic society undoubtedly.


Q: Please give us an Insight to your Main characters. What does these characters do that makes them special?

A: As I mentioned before, writing a debut novel with female protagonists was a mammoth challenge for an amateur male writer like me. However, my willingness to empathize struggles of women in the lurch enabled me to create strong identities of my characters. The story is about out of the ordinary choices of an ordinary girl and her widowed mother, who battle against all the odds. Aparajita, the protagonist, who can be compared to a princess in an abstract sense due to the sanctity of her inner strengths and perseverance. She is as tenacious as a princess in achieving her ambitions by challenging the status quo of society despite being raised in a milieu that is looked upon as a swamp. On the other hand, Ramya is an uneducated mother, who accepts her fate when she is left with no choice. However, she emerges as a strong mother as she wants a good future for her daughter. With Raj’s support, she leaves no stone unturned to escape the swamp in order to give a better life to her daughter.


Q: I was quite impressed with Raj’s character. What was your inspiration behind his character?

A: “One avatar is not enough for a writer, who lives many avatars when his characters come alive in readers’ minds.”

By the way, I am also impressed with his character, just like you! I am often impressed by social workers, who go beyond the call of their duty by helping those who are deprived of civil liberties. I consider social workers as the heroes in real life. Not all men who visit a whorehouse have the same motive of visiting that place. Raj is one of those responsible social workers, who respects women’s dignity, beyond corporeal aspects. He is a responsible citizen, who teaches underprivileged children as he believes that education is the best weapon to battle against the inequality. He is an ideal father, who supports the fact that daughters should grow up as independent individuals by chasing their ambitions.


Q: I kinda like books that tackle societal issues. Do all of your books tackle a certain societal issue like this one?

A: Well, this is my debut novel.


Here’s the picture of the book cover of The Princess of a Whorehouse 


Q: The cover is intriguing, can you tell us how it came about?

A: It is a blazing and thought provoking cover that illustrates the gist of the story. A girl confidently gazes at a bright exit from the narrow lanes of a flea market, where various commodities are on sale. From the dark covert of a timeworn fort, two faces of women in anguish stare inquisitively at the girl as she escapes to the brightness.

Q: Who designs your book covers?

A: Keeping in mind my concept, the graphics designer of Notion Press designed this cover. She flawlessly depicted my imagination in Photoshop. I am thankful to her for her diligent effort.


Q: Do you think that the cover plays an important role in the buying process?

A: The cover is the first thing that a potential reader notices. I believe that the cover should be able to depict the storyline and theme in order to set right expectation during the buying process.


Q: While writing your book, specifically The Princess of the Whorehouse did you encounter a “writer’s block”? If so, which part of the book?

A: Encountering a writer’s block is inevitable for a writer, especially when the plot is based on a rural, traditional, or bizarre setting. A writer’s ability to create a perfect blend of local tinges as viewed from a universal perspective in the narration is a major challenge. A story teller in a true sense will always write his story by unleashing imagination with countless innovative ideas. At times, some people say that this story is based on a boring plot. Storytelling is an art of skillfully transforming an imagination into a story with innovative ideas to overcome a writer’s block.


Writing a debut novel with female protagonists was a mammoth challenge for an aspiring writer like me. There were several occasions when I could not visualize feelings of a woman. I wore hats of similar individuals, who resembled closely to my characters. Subsequently, I empathized with their circumstances besides capturing their distinct characteristics, expressions of ages, dialects, and so on. When Aparajita went to Columbia International School, I struggled to imagine the conflict that a girl like her was likely to encounter in that kind of a situation. I had Ugly Betty in my mind, in a serious sense though, when I described Aparajita’s appearance and reactions of people around her.   


Q: What are you working on at the moment? Can you tell us what’s it about?

A: Here is an excerpt from my upcoming novel – “I thought the depths of ocean and the outer reaches of space were only two uncharted territories until I discovered the furthest depths of my soul.”


Stay tuned…


Q: How are you publishing this book? And why? (Indie, Traditional or both)

A: When I began writing on this subject, I was aware that such a book is unlikely to be commercially successful in terms of sales volume. As an aspiring author, it was a tough decision to step into the world of creative writing with a sensitive theme like this one. I chose to self-publish my book as soon as I decided to take the bull by the horns wholeheartedly.


Q: What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

A: Well, there are pros and cons of both. Self-publishing gives you an opportunity to maintain your originality without worrying too much about what a publisher wants. That being said, marketing remains a challenge as traditional publishers have a deep-rooted presence in the marketplace. In my opinion, reaching out to literary agents is the best option.


Q: When did you become a writer?

A: As a software professional, I have authored a number of articles on technology and processes for various journals, tech forums, and conferences. My journey as a writer expedited in 2014, when one of my articles was featured in a leading software journal published in Florida, USA. I always felt that something was missing in the excursion until I discovered the immense passion to write on matters that often make my heart sink. In due course, writing became my greatest passion when I observed how it can trigger the winds of change.


Q: Do you write everyday? 5 days a week or you just write when you feel like it?

A: After a hectic weekly calendar, I desperately look forward to a rejuvenating weekend, when I can spend time in my writing corner.


Q: while writing a book do you aim a set amount of words or pages per day?

A: I mostly wrote this book in long-haul flights during my international business trips to the US and Europe. Usually, I go with the flow while writing without any specific target.


Q: Where do your Ideas come from?

A: I believe in writing with a sound purpose in mind. Rises and falls of fortune in life can sometimes provide the best inspiration to write. That being said, a writer may not always narrate a story out of personal experiences. Sometimes, noticeable incidents around us can be the best source of ideas.


Q: How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

A: In my phrase book, creativity has no boundaries. Therefore, it is identical to infinity. Creativity no longer remains original when tied by rules and style guides. As a creative writer, empathy is an important behavior that enables me to realize agonies and emotions of my characters. While writing, I am sad when my characters are in grieve. I am glad when my characters are in good times. I succeed when the same emotions are mirrored through my words. It is my pleasure when readers finish reading my story without having stumbled upon the dilemma of putting the book down, whether they liked the story or not.


Q: What is the hardest thing about writing?

A: Choosing a balanced writing style remains a major challenge. One size doesn’t fit all. That’s why, I believe in tailoring my style guide based on situations and scenes so that they come alive in readers’ minds as the story unfolds.


Q: Why do you think other well written books Just Don’t Sell?

A: For an aspiring author, reaching out to target audience is like searching a needle in a haystack. Advertisements and promotions play a vital role in enhancing a book’s visibility amongst target audience. Marketing a major challenge for Indie authors since it is not their forte. There are some bloggers and book promoters that are doing a good job of promoting books written by aspiring authors. That being said, one cannot rule out the supremacy of traditional publishers in marketplace.


Q:What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

A: Success gives a moment to cherish, whilst non-success gives a reason to gauge. Success often follows perseverant efforts taken after non-success. Keep writing from your heart!

Here are the links of Mr. Mayank:



Mayank Sharma

Mayank Sharma is a ‘left-brained’ professional with over twenty years of global experience in leading multinational companies. His interest in writing intensified …


Twitter: @mayanks5572

Amazon Author Page:



Author Interview: Ryan Aldred (Author of Rum Luck)

I’d like to thank the Publicist that reached out to me and told me that Mr. Ryan was looking for reviewers and wanted me to review the book. Also to Mr. Ryan for sending me his amazing book. Run Luck is one of my favorite book of 2016 and I’m sure his next works will be phenomwnal.

So here is my interview with Mr. Ryan. Hope you enjoy it and I’d love to hear your thoughts down the comment section.

Q: Hello Mr. Ryan, thank you again for Accepting this interview request, would you mind telling us a little something about yourself?


A: Hello, and thanks for having me! I live in beautiful Prince Edward County, in Canada, I love to travel, and my favourite drink is aged rum with plenty of ice. I also run a small charity that funds scholarships in at-risk regions.


Q: what genres do you feel comfortable writing Mr. Ryan? What draws you into those specific genres?


A: Rum Luck is a humorous mystery, and right now I’m finishing up an international thriller set in Vietnam and Burma. I like to write the kind of books that I like to read – those that move along quickly, that have interesting settings, and those with well-developed characters that are faced to make difficult choices.


Q: When did you decide to become a writer?


A: I’ve loved writing as long as I can remember. I wrote a novella when I was going to school, but wasn’t ready to try and write full-time. I went to university, and then worked quite a few different jobs – computer programming, multimedia, eLearning development, running a charity – and then, soon after my son was born, I decided to write Rum Luck.


(My wife was very patient with me – not every new mother would like for her partner to be off writing when he could be doing more to help out at home. It helps that she’s an avid reader.)


Q: Can you tell the viewers a little bit about your Book? Which is Rum Luck.


A: In Rum Luck, Canadian tourist Ben Cooper wakes up in a Costa Rican prison cell to find he’s bought a bar on a beach – and been arrested for the murder. He and his friends must solve the murder of the bar’s former owner before they lose their lives and their life savings.


Q: can you please tell us what made you want to write Rum Luck?


A: Years ago, I took a trip to Costa Rica with some friends of mine. We came up with the idea of a bar that could be rented out by ‘pretend-owners’ – those who’ve always wanted to run a bar on a beach somewhere. Time went on and I realized that I wasn’t going to start that business myself. So I did the next best thing and wrote a book based around this idea, instead.


Q: Please give us an Insight to your Main characters. What does these characters do that makes them special?


A: Victoria is a high-powered attorney who has used some questionable methods to win cases in the past. While she and Ben were quite close at university, they had drifted apart – until she received the call that her friend had been arrested by Costa Rican police. Deep down, she’s tired of working endless hours at her father’s law firm, and longs to reinvent herself in a new country and a new profession.


Miguel is Ben’s best friend. He now works as a bartender, but was once a bodyguard for senior figures in the Colombian government. Despite his years of military training, he is a gentle man who is eager to leave his past life behind. Yet he remains haunted by past mistakes, and wonders how much of his training he can use without causing still more harm.


Ben Cooper was supposed to have gotten married and be off on his Costa Rican honeymoon, but caught his fiancée cheating on him with some clown – a literal, actual clown. He thought he was happy, but is now beginning to realize how much of himself he lost to his past relationship as time went on.


On his own for the first time in years, Ben is now forced to confront his temper and the occasional troubles with drink that had gotten him into trouble in the past. He has the chance to become the leader his friends need, but is soon faced with a problem more easily solved by his not-quite-legal computer skills.


Q: it is quite usual to have a story with a trio in it. Do you think that the story would go differently if they were only a duo?


A: I really like the shifting alliances that come with having a trio. No three people ever agree on anything, so I think it means that there’s a lot more compromise that happens, as well as a greater risk that one member of the group will need to make a tough decision that throws off that delicate balance.


Q: How long did your Research for the book last?


A: I like to visit Costa Rica at least once a year. It’s important to get the little details right, particularly for those who have never been there before. One reader told me that they felt as though they had travelled to Costa Rica after finishing Rum Luck – to me, that’s the highest kind of compliment. (After, “When’s your next book coming out?”) 


Q: What is the hardest thing about writing a murder mystery novel?


A: For me, the greatest challenge is to write a mystery that’s tough to solve, but not so difficult that the reader gets annoyed with the writer for making it impossible. Quite a few readers were surprised by the ending of Rum Luck, so I think it turned out well.


Q: Rum Luck is part of a Series how do you feel on writing a series? Do you think writing a series is hard in some way?


A: I like reading books in a series, which is why I like writing them so much. Series give you the chance to learn so much more about the characters. It feels like visiting an old friend. But in terms of writing them, there is a lot more that you have to keep in mind to make sure you don’t contradict yourself. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.


Q: Are you working on another book at the moment? Can you tell us what’s it about?


A: I’m working on an international thriller in which the lead operative of a private search and rescue firm is drawn into the global antiquities trade. (The series is tentatively called “The Extractor”.) The first book centers on the recovery of a secret Buddhist artifact which, in the wrong hands, would ignite conflict across Southeast Asia. This first book in the series is currently with an editor, and I hope to be sending it out to agents soon.


I am also finishing up the sequel to Rum Luck, tentatively titled ‘Hard to Port’. I’ve finished a very rough draft – some characters need to be added, others written out of existence – but I hope to have that done by the end of May.


Here’s the picture of the book cover of Rum Luck.


Q: I really like your book cover, can you tell us how it came about?


A: Thank you! An illustrator friend of mine had done some posters for towns and villages in Prince Edward County (for examples see I really enjoyed his style, and so I asked him if he would do the cover for Rum Luck along with a set of promotional postcards.

County Posters

Collect this series of original Prince Edward County illustrations by illustrator Marc Keelan-Bishop. Use #CountyPosters to show me where you put yours!


At first I thought about having a view from the shore looking out to sea, but he came up with the idea of looking inland – which is great, because Tamarindo has a very distinctive coastline. We also thought about having a bottle of rum or a drink of some kind on the front. That felt a bit obvious, so we decided to tuck a bottle of rum on the back cover, instead. I’m very happy with how it all turned out.


Q: Who designs your book covers?


A: Marc Keelan-Bishop – he’s an illustrator who lives in Prince Edward County, and a good friend. You can see more of his work at


Q: Do you think that the cover plays an important role in the buying process?


A: I absolutely think that readers judge a book by its cover. That first glance gives you a sense of the book’s subject and tone. When Marc was working on the cover, I asked him to make it both fun and sinister, which I think he did a great job of doing.


Q: while writing your book, specifically Rum Luck did you encounter a “writer’s block”? If so, which part of the book?


A: I don’t really get writer’s block, mainly because I am comfortable letting my rough draft be quite rough. However, I do get editor’s block – I have a hard time knowing when the changes I’m making are actually improving the book. The biggest challenge came when Deni Dietz from Five Star – my publisher – pointed out the many, many changes that the book needed. I made some of these changes – but clearly not enough – and Five Star decided to pass on that version.


I was faced with a difficult choice – to keep looking for a publisher, or to set aside three months and make all of the changes that Five Star had requested. After giving this some thought, I realized that I agreed with Deni’s vision for the book and so I went to work. Those changes helped Rum Luck become one of the finalists for the Crime Writers of Canada’s Unhanged Arthur award for best unpublished crime novel, so I’m very glad I listened to Deni.


Q: How are you publishing this book? And why? (Indie, Traditional or both)


A: Five Star is a traditional publisher. When I started writing, I knew I’d that I wanted to work with an excellent editor so that my work could reach its full potential, which was a large part of why I wanted to work with a traditional publisher. I would also like to work with a traditional publisher for my Extractor series as well. I have notes for a few projects that I think would work better as indie titles – at the same time, though, I think the two series will keep me busy for quite some time!


Q: Do you write everyday? 5 days a week or you just write when you feel like it?


A: I used to write every day, but now I try to write five days a week. We have young children at some – they’ll be off at school full-time soon enough, so I want to make the most of the time I have with them. My goal is to write one book a year.


Q: Do you aim a set amount of words or pages per day?


A: I write at least 500 words per day. That’s about two to two-and-a-half pages. Usually I write more, but I like setting the goal low so that I can still meet it even if it’s a real slog. Usually I can write 500 words in a 60 to 90 minute session, and I try for at least two sessions per day. I try and only work on one project at a time – I have a hard time switching between worlds, particularly as the two series are quite different.


Q: Where do your Ideas come from?


A: I spend a lot of time on Costa Rican news and social media, which helps give me broad themes that I can include in the story. But mostly I think it’s important for a writer to not have too much going on in their life so that they have ‘mental real estate’ for their book – writers need to live in that other world as much as possible.


I also find that going for walks and swimming are good ways to busy the body so that the mind can create new ideas. But once my characters are well-developed, I try to create challenges for them and just see how they react. Sometimes I’m surprised – which is a good sign that a story is working.


Q: How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?


A: My writing is a lot cleaner than it was when I first started. My goal is for every word to serve a purpose – to develop a character, to create a sense of place, or move the story forward. I also feel that my voice and confidence as a writer has improved.


Q: What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?


A: The main challenge with being traditionally published is that you can’t set everything up just as you like. Your book might not be available on some eReaders, for example, or eligible for certain services. On the other hand, it’s almost impossible for a self-published author to get their book into libraries. I love the idea of having a book in a library for years – or even decades – and that it might be read by dozens or hundreds of people. That would be hard to give up.


Q: Why do you think other well written books Just Don’t Sell?


A: In the case of self-published books, it’s hard to stand out from the crowd of other self-published authors. You need to get reviews, and you need to make your book widely available. Online advertising just isn’t enough. A better option is to find a way to meet with readers and develop a personal connection.


For traditional authors, I think that they just need to write more books. If their work is good, word will get out eventually. New authors need to be prepared to sell their books one at a time. Personally, I love selling books at farmer’s markets and craft fairs. It’s a great chance to meet with readers.


Q: What do you think of “Trailers” for books?


A: Book trailers can be a great way to get across the idea behind the book in a short period of time. But I think authors are better to do something simple and do it well than to try and make it too complicated.


Q: Do you have a Trailer or do you intend to do one in the future?


A: I’m working on one at the moment – and I would like to do others in the future.


Q: If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it be and why?


A: I absolutely love the Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett, particularly the book ‘Night Watch’. His sense of humour and his grasp of human nature was just so spot on. It’s one of the few books that I can read time and time again.


Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?      


A: Just write. Don’t try and make it perfect. You can fix bad pages, but you can’t fix no pages. If you’re not writing, read – and read broadly. Make room in your mind for your characters to live. Take lots of walks. Write, even when you don’t feel like it. Share your work with people you trust. You don’t need to change your work to suit everyone – change what you agree with, and give serious thought to anything caught by two or more of your early readers. Do this for a year, and you will have a novel.

Author Interview with S. McPherson (Author of At Water’s Edge)

Q: Hello Ms. McPherson, thank you again for accepting my Author Interview request. Can you please tell us a little something about yourself?

Hi, It’s absolutely my pleasure to be interviewed by you. Thanks for having me. So, a bit about me: I am a nursery school teacher living in Dubai. I am Jamaican-English and from the age of seven, I wanted to be a script writer and a choreographer. I still have an insatiable love for music, stories and writing.

Q: what genres do you feel comfortable writing Ms. McPherson? What draws you into those specific genres?

Fantasy, fantasy, fantasy with a side of romance haha I love worlds where anything is possible and when you can never truly know what is going to happen because anything goes. I also love the idea of magic, powers and a world different to our own with different rules and ways of life. I love the romance, because to me love, is just another type of magic.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your Book? Which is At Water’s Edge.
Sure. ‘At Water’s Edge’ is the twisted tale of two very different girls in two very different worlds who embark on an unforeseen adventure when they stumble through a portal and into each other’s lives. This adventure could lead to the downfall of a world on the brink of war and could bridge the gap of magic into this world we call home. Our protagonists must find their way back to their true realm before it is too late whilst at the same time, deciding where exactly home is to them.

Q: can you please tell us what made you want to write At Water’s Edge?
I was watching TV one day, a long, long time ago and I suddenly got a scene in my head: the opening scene. I didn’t know who the girl in my head was or why what was happening was happening but I saw it clearly. I wrote the scene down and then eventually forgot about it. Years later, when browsing through my computer, I came across this opening scene and was hooked. It was like the story had been simmering in my subconscious because suddenly I knew who this girl was and why things were happening and the story came together.

Q: Please give us an Insight to your Main characters. What does these characters do that makes them special?
I would say the main characters are Dezaray, Milo and Lexovia.

Dezaray is the ordinary girl. The one from our world who experiences life as we do (most of the time) until that one fateful night where she ends up slipping through the portal. Dezaray is special because she deals with great insecurities, abuse from herself and her loved ones and guilt and yet she somehow stays hopeful that life holds more. And then of course, she eventually goes out to find it.

Aside from his magical abilities and the unique world he lives in, Milo is special for his intellect and the way he views the world and Lexovia is special for bearing the burden of being the last Elentrice and the ordeals she must overcome.

Here’s the picture of the book cover of At Water’s Edge

Q: The cover is really eye catching and pretty, can you tell us how it came about?
Thank you! I was so excited when I saw the finished project. It basically shows Dezaray (her silhouette, as I did not want to ruin anyone’s own image of her) being sucked through the portal as she stands by the lake in the woods (She stands at water’s edge). The symbol is the Crest of Coldivor (the land she is sucked into) and shows the symbols of each remaining empire.

Q: Who designs your book covers?
‘At Water’s Edge’ was designed by Sara Salim of K-edge design based on a very limited and basic illustration from me. ‘Caught in the Ripples’ was a collaboration between Sara Salim and another freelance designer named Ahmad Wafta based on another simple sketch from myself and my friend, E.B. Both Sara and Ahmad are incredibly talented. I love them!

Q: Do you think that the cover plays an important role in the buying process?
Absolutely! They say ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ but the cover is the first thing that catches your eye and hopefully holds your attention long enough for you to turn the book over and find out what it’s about.

Q: while writing your book, specifically At Water’s Edge did you encounter a “writer’s block”? If so, which part of the book?
I am very fortunate and have yet to experience writers block though I hope I never do. 

Q: Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
I find going for a walk, dancing or being out in nature, preferably at a great height, really helps get the creative juices flowing. They say it’s best to just write anything, keep the muscles working and finally you’ll break through the block.

Q: At Water’s Edge is an ongoing Series how do you feel on writing a series? Do you think writing a series is hard in some way?
I love writing a series and I am not sure I am a standalone sort of writer. I like to thoroughly explore and immerse myself in my characters and their worlds and start thinking what happened then and what will happen now and I think I have too much to say to fit into one book.

I think I would find writing a standalone difficult because I would fall in love with these worlds and characters and then have to say goodbye so soon.

Q: Besides the third book of the Water Rushes series. What are you working on at the moment? Can you tell us what’s it about?
I am working on a novella for the series which will technically be book 3.5 and shows a deeper look at the history of the world and what life was like then.

I am also working on a new novel, currently untitled. Part one will be appearing in a boxset this April with a collection of books by other authors. I can’t wait  My book tells the tale of two lovers cursed to meet a fatal and tragic end, over and over again. Though their bodies die, their souls live on in, reborn and doomed to repeat the same fate for all eternity. The lovers must first find a way to remember who they truly are and then they must discover a way to break the curse.

Q: How are you publishing this book? And why? (Indie, Traditional or both)
I am doing this indie. I feel like it’s more fun to have ultimate creative control and freedom. I have tried the traditional route with a previous novel I wrote a very long time ago. It received twelve rejections until at last, I told myself that wasn’t my story and began work on something else. With At Water’s Edge, I felt I had found what I wanted to write and so decided I didn’t need rejections to discourage me. I’ll do it myself, no matter what.

Q: What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
I would say the biggest disadvantage of self-publishing is that you don’t quite know the industry or how to break in to the market. The biggest advantage is having complete creative freedom and control over the decision-making process.

Q: Your book, At Water’s Edge has a book trailer. (Can you please put the link below?)
Here is a link to the trailers for the first two books in the saga: 

Q: I watched the book trailer for the first time and I seriously freaked out. I really wanted to read your book. I have a bookish friend and I told her to watch your book trailer and she had the same reaction. Is that the reaction of most people have after watching your book trailer? 
I like to think so haha Quite a few people have gotten in touch with me after seeing the trailer and are very enthusiastic. I personally prefer the trailer for the second one and I am so excited to start working on the third! Eeeeeeeee (excited squeal)!!
Q:Was there a particular Book/ Author that inspired you to write?
Yes. In the early days I loved the weird and wonderful lives created by Roald Dahl & Enid Blyton and as I grew, I was of course inspired by the infamous JK Rowling. What a legend!

Q: When did you become a writer?
I was writing poems and songs from about four years old (not saying they were good haha). Then I started writing scripts for TV shows when I was about eight. The first TV Show I wrote was a series called Baby Girls about girls that wanted to form a group and be singers. Then I moved on to comics and short stories and at about fifteen I began working on a novel.

Q: When did you decide to be a writer?
I made a serious decision to be a writer in some way shape or form about eight years ago.

Q: Why do you write?
I write because I enjoy it. It relaxes me and gives me a way to release my tangled thoughts and imaginings. I write because I have to. If I didn’t I would probably end up a batty old kook chatting with the voices in my head and imagining these made-up faces and creatures passing me in the street.

Q: How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I think since the writing process began, I have definitely defined my voice and my own individual style. I have become more confident in the things I want to say and the message I want to send through my words. I feel like once I opened the creative door and decided I was going to be a writer no matter what, my imagination kicked the door open and a whole wide world of wonder has come spilling out.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
I could go on and on with tips for writers but my three main points would be:

Get a good idea- Find something that inspires you and build on it. Don’t write what you think will be popular. Write what you want to read. 

Write and rewrite within an inch of your life. Rewrite until you’re pulling your hair out and are tempted to throw your laptop out the window.

Don’t give up- sounds cliché but is so true it’s almost unreal. You’ll never get anywhere if you allow distractions or bumps in the road to steer you off track. Stay focussed on what you are aiming for and keep going until you get there.

Here are the links to Ms. McPherson’s Social Media and Website





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Author Interview: Sidney Wood (Author of Path of Jen: Bloodborne)

Hello Everyone and welcome to a new Author Interview here on Kenchi Reads. The Author for this week’s interview is Mr. Sidney Wood the Author of the extremely thrilling book Path of Jen: Bloodborne.

I met Mr. Sidney on Twitter as well. and he’s been so nice to me and I just loved how he wrote Path of Jen. and I’m looking forward to read his other books. so I won’t keep you waiting here’s my Author Interview with Mr. Sidney Wood.

Q: Hello Mr. Sidney, thank you again for Accepting this interview request, would you mind telling us a little something about yourself?

A: With relevance to the Path of Jen series, I would first say that I am a veteran. I was approached recently by a Muslim woman, who was drawn in by the cover art, and asked if I have ever been to the Middle East. She was testing my authority to write about that region and the cultures represented there, and rightly so. I was deployed to Iraq in 2004, and spent a year traveling the country on various engineer missions. My personal experience was not enough to make me an expert on culture or religion by any means, but it was enough to allow for apt descriptions of geography and climate. It also gave me a starting point for the extensive research I would have to do to bring the reader into my story in a genuine way.

My twenty years in military uniform includes service in the US Marine Corps and the US Army. I also have over ten years in law enforcement, where I served as a line officer, supervisor, and trainer. I am currently certified as an instructor/trainer for various weapons systems. Each time Jen is faced with a new problem, such as, “How do I make this thing go bang without hurting myself?” I draw on my experiences as a trainer and a student. I ask myself, “How would she actually problem solve her way through this process?” I think anyone familiar with firearms will connect with Jen because of that, and anyone who is not may learn something. 

More personally, and still relevant to the story, I am father to three beautiful daughters. Path of Jen: Bloodborne was written with my two older daughters in mind. My oldest was Jen’s age when I started writing. Every situation I created for Jen was done so with the understanding that parents would read this and come to the frightening realization that these things could happen. I also understood that this was a powerful tool to reach out to my daughters and other young women, and send the message that they are stronger, more capable, and much more valuable than they know. Never give up.     

Q: what genres do you feel comfortable writing Mr. Sidney? What draws you into those specific genres?

A: When I started writing I thought I would stick with Fantasy because that is where most of my reading is focused. I am a sucker for dark and gripping Fantasy! My first novel was a Fantasy, and I loved every second of the process! Well…I didn’t enjoy the first round of edits. I’m not sure anyone is excited to hear where they dropped the ball. As soon as I was done with that book, Thicker than Blood: Stronger than Bone, I brainstormed a fantastic idea for a new series: Path of Jen. I came up with a catchy title first (kind of backwards, but it worked!), and then made up a storyline based on the main character and real-world threats. It turns out that I enjoy modern settings and Thriller and Suspense genres every bit as much as Fantasy. In fact, I am working on a Paranormal Fiction novel right now, and I am having a blast with that as well. I think I’ll answer your questions with, “All of them, and everything! Except maybe Romance and Erotica…” J 

Q: Can you tell the viewers a little bit about your Book? Which is Path of Jen: Bloodborne.

A: Path of Jen: Bloodborne, is the story of an American teenage girl who is kidnapped by criminals in the Middle East, and sold into slavery. She is abused, experimented on, and tricked into questioning her own beliefs. In this book there, I compare and contrast the cultures and religions Jen experiences with the American culture she identifies with. The deeper I delved into Jen’s world, the more I realized I needed this book to be a platform for change. I used this fictional character to advocate for women’s rights.

There are examples of real-world bias and prejudice associated with many of the characters, but all of the content is meant to be entertaining or thought provoking. Path of Jen carries a message of empowerment for young women, and a warning to everyone. There are some things you will be powerless to prevent, but while you remain alive there is always hope. Our government can and will only do so much.


Q: Can you please tell us what made you want to write Path of Jen: Bloodborne?

A: This was a personal quest to craft a believable female lead character, and weave an immersive story that a broad range of readers could enjoy. My daughters, and the Marines and Soldiers I served with, were on my mind throughout. In part, this book is a tribute to American values and the servicemen and women who sacrifice to protect our rights and borders every day.

I am also aware that there are women and children in certain parts of this world that are treated as less than human. Sex trafficking and slavery are alive and well, and there is deafening silence when it comes to their plight. This book and its sequel, due January 15th, reveal the inconsistency and outright refusal to acknowledge one major source of these legal crimes. 

Q: Please give us an Insight to your Main characters. What do these characters do that makes them special?

A: Jena Ahmadi is the main character of this series. She is an Iranian-American teenager and very naïve to the workings of the world when she is kidnapped at sixteen. She grows/evolves into something more out of necessity. She is a problem solver, an optimist (when it counts), and a dig-deep, give-it-your-all kind of girl who won’t give up, even when things seem hopeless. She discovers things about herself she wouldn’t have under less severe circumstances. She’s a protector and a fighter, yet manages to remain very much a woman.

Deep South is Jen’s protector. He is a Special Forces soldier who risks everything to help her when he discovers who and what she is. He struggles to balance his duty and loyalty to the military with what he feels is a calling to protect Jen. At six foot three, he is an imposing figure, and he knows how to throw down.

Fouzia Ahmadi is Jen’s mom. She was born in Iran, and tries to guide Jen into an understanding of the importance of freedom. On many occasions she tells Jen about the way Iran used to be, and the suffering Iranian women have endured since the Islamic Revolution. Fouzia is a medical doctor and devoted mother and wife, who can’t help feeling that something is missing in her life.

Here’s the picture of the book cover of Bloodborne: Path of Jen

Q: The cover really got my attention. Can you tell us how it came about?

A: I have beautiful, mixed ethnicity children. When I finished writing Path of Jen and realized my own artistic abilities were not doing the story justice, I decided to commission a professional artist to design the cover. I had already made up my mind that I wanted Jen on the front cover wearing a hijab, but I wasn’t sure what else to add. I asked my teenage girls to experiment with a scarf and take some pictures. I thought they might inspire some new ideas.

When I looked at their pictures, I was blown away. They found an American flag themed scarf and used it to fashion a hijab on the younger of the two. The images were striking! I attached a few of the photos to my query to the artist and a week later, it was a done deal! Although the girl on the cover is not my daughter, she looks very similar.

To see the photos of my daughter, visit or and view the book trailer for Path of Jen: Bloodborne.   

Q: Who designs your book covers?

A: I commissioned an award winning artist from If you are interested in checking them out, the link is:

Q: Do you think that the cover plays an important role in the buying process?

A: I sure hope so! Yes, I have heard repeatedly how much people enjoy the cover. Even when people don’t love it, they will still stop to see what the book is about. The cover to book 2 is equally eye catching.

As with the rest of the book, the cover is meant to be thought provoking. Path of Jen is more than a Thriller. It is meant to be an open conversation, and a pathway to discourse on broader level.

Q: while writing your book, specifically Bloodborne: Path of Jen did you encounter a “writer’s block”? If so, which part of the book?

A: There were times that I wrote myself into a corner. I had an overall sense of where I was going, but the details penned me in once or twice. On those occasions, I had to back up and work a different angle.

I don’t usually have writer’s block. If I find myself slowing down, I’ll work on another part of the story or another book entirely. In fact, I am working on two other novels currently, so I am never short on things to write about. The problem is, how do I find the time to write everything buzzing through my mind?

Q: Path of Jen is an ongoing Series how do you feel on writing a series? Do you think writing a series is hard in some way?

A: There are pros and cons with everything. I have a hard time letting go, to be honest. When a good story ends, I am usually a bit melancholy, regardless of the outcome. Writing a series is right up my alley in that regard. I suppose I will end things sooner or later, but I am not inclined to do that just yet.

It is difficult to keep things progressing in sequence sometimes, but that is more of a flaw with technique than something inherent in sequel writing. That is why beta readers and editors are so important. They pick up on inconsistency and plot holes much faster than I can. My mind is always racing to the next step and the next story.

Q: Besides the second book of the Path of Jen series, which I’m super excited to read soon, what are you working on at the moment? Can you tell us what’s it about?

A: I am currently working on the sequel to my very first novel, Thicker than Blood: Stronger than Bone. Thicker than Blood is a Fantasy series featuring a die-hard war hero named Lynn Hayes and his crew of misfits. There is blood magic and violence, a healthy amount of gore, and plenty of humor. If you like Sci-Fi and Fantasy, and characters that are flawed in the best ways, you’ll love this book! I hope to have book 2, Thicker than Blood: Sharper than Steel finished by spring.

Another novel I am working on is paranormal fiction based in my hometown of Palmer, Alaska. It’s the story of a young boy who deals with abuse and anger in a very unusual way. It is intense and thoughtful: a strangely disturbed work that will pull you in and make you cringe. I hope to finish sometime this spring or summer.


Q: How are you publishing this book? And why? (Indie, Traditional or both)

A: I am self-published, and I intend to keep publishing that way. As an indie author, I have all of the freedom to do things my way. In this day of digital and social media everything, an indie author can fill many of the traditional publishing roles themselves. I have been working hard to build a following and market my books in a productive way. Visit my website at and join my Readers Club! (See?)


Q: What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

A: The main disadvantage to self-publishing is that you have to build your own network. Publishers typically have a roster of authors with established followers to market to, and distributors that are familiar with their products. As an indie author, I have to go find those potential readers and make my appeal to distributors individually. It’s a lot of work, and time consuming.

Even with a publisher, a writer still has to do many of the same things, but they have the might of a well-known name in the industry behind them. It’s nerve wracking to approach a book seller as a non-represented author.

The good news is I love challenges! I like meeting new people too. As I get older and more experienced, it is also getting easier to talk shop.       


Q: Was there a particular Book/ Author that inspired you to write?

A: I love reading, and I admire a multitude of authors. I have to say, the author that finally pushed me over the edge and inspired me to put pen to paper is Victor Gischler. That guy is amazing! I read Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse and it was on. Over the course of a few weeks I downloaded every book of his that I could get my hands on, and devoured them. The last Victor Gischler book that I purchased was The Deputy, and I purchased it in paperback. It was dark and brilliant.

I can only hope that someone has the same excitement about my books someday. 


Q: When does inspiration hit you? 

A: It seems to happen randomly. I have had some of my best ideas while driving, or while lying awake in bed. Sometimes I will have a great idea while working on some other project, or while I am at work. Whatever the trigger, it comes when it comes, and I try to make a quick note before I forget. I have a few pages of notes with ideas for books, inventions, and some memorable quotes.

The best way to come up with new ideas, if inspiration is lacking, is to free write. Just put pen or pencil to paper (or fingertips to keys) and let go. Write whatever comes to mind. In my experience, the incoherent babbling only lasts a few seconds before some part of it jumps out at me and I veer toward a specific idea.

Another technique I use is concentrating on a character rather than a story. Develop a character and you’ll begin to form a world around them. Those loveable/despicable qualities, quirks and character flaws must have come from somewhere! When I create a memorable character, I can’t wait to see what they’ll do or say next. That is when it really gets fun!


Q: Do you write books when you feel like it or you set a schedule when you write your books?

A: I try to set aside time, but with a full time job and a family, including a feisty baby girl, my writing time is often flexed out of the daily routine. I am not complaining. J My cup is full! I will just say that I feel like writing more often than I actually do write. There are times when I am not in the mood to write, but that is seldom the case.


Q: Do you think book trailers help in promoting books?


A: I am not totally convinced that they do, but they are fun to make! I made my book trailers for free by using the Animoto app on my iPhone, but I know some authors pay to have theirs done by production companies. I honestly don’t see much difference in quality, although, using a free app has many limitations.


Q: How long does it usually take to write one book?

A: That’s a good question. It feels like it takes 100 years, but it goes by much faster J My books generally take six months to write, and about a year from start to publishing. If I didn’t have a full time job I suspect I could crank out a book every two to three months. 

Maybe that’s why people dabble in short stories. I published one short story, and I will say that the gratification of finishing a book is the same whether it is 20,000 or 90,000 words.


Q: What would be your Advice to aspiring authors?

A: Start now, today. If you have an inkling that writing is for you, then get going! There is no “not good enough” or “nobody will like my ideas” in this arena. The brutal truth is that almost everyone sucks when they start. Practice and feedback will make any writer better, so get started! When it comes to writing a book, I would argue that proper grammar and technical writing ability mean spit in comparison to depth of thought and a limber wit. The fundamentals of writing and language are important, but they can come later.


You have nothing to lose; but if you find out that you have a gift…the whole world might just have something to gain.  


Here are the links to Mr. Sidney’s Social Media and Website.




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Author Interview: Mike Reynolds A.K.A E. Michael Mettille (Author of Kallum’s Fury)

Hello guys, so here’s the Author Interview for this week. I interviewed Mr. Mike Reynolds since he accepted my request. I met Mr. Mike via Twitter. and yes almost all the Authors I’ve interviewed are from Twitter. So I practically talk to Mr. Mike every now and then… anyway here is my interview with Mr. Mike. Hope you enjoy it and I’d love to hear your thoughts down the comment section.


Q: Hello Mr. Mike, thank you again for Accepting this interview request, would you mind telling us a little something about yourself?

A: Hi Kenchi. It is absolutely my pleasure. I’m honored you wanted to learn more about me and my work. So…about me. That’s a topic I’m actually not great at talking about, but I’ll give it a shot. I was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, spent most of my life there. About three years ago I moved to LA, and I’m loving it. I’m married with three children and two granddaughters. The granddaughters are the best. In fact, they are the reason I moved to LA in the first place. I have published three books: Hell and the Hunger and two books in the Lake of Dragons series, Lake of Dragons and Kallum’s Fury. I’m completely fascinated by history and all of the various cultures – both current and historical – that tell the story of us. I also love funk, punk, and the blues. 


Q: I’ve been wanting to ask you since I like received your book. Why did you make a Penname? and why choose E/ Michael Mettille?

A: This one’s easy. Google Mike Reynolds once…pages and pages of dudes who aren’t me. There is a (I think former) congressman from New York, an architect who has published several books on architecture, and a whole slew of others. I needed a way to differentiate myself from all of these individuals who share my name. As far as what the name means, E. is for my grandfather, Emil. He was the greatest storyteller I have ever known. No matter the topic, he would suck you into the story and keep you completely engaged. I hope to be able to tell a story that well someday. Michael is me. I’m not trying to hide my identity or anything, so I wanted to keep an obvious piece of me in it. Finally, Mettille is my step-father’s last name. He’s the man who raised me, my dad, and has had a huge impact on the person I’ve become. I felt it was appropriate to take his name for my creative persona.


Q: what genres do you feel comfortable writing Mr. Mike? What draws you into those specific genres?

  A: I’m most comfortable writing fantasy. I’m a big fan of myths and fables, really any story with a deeper meaning. I find fantasy the perfect vehicle for wrapping these kinds of broader ideas about differences in beliefs and feelings into exciting adventures. I also like writing horror and children’s stories. However, both typically contain some fantastical elements when the stories are coming out of my head.


Q: Can you tell the viewers a little bit about your Book? Which is Kallum’s Fury.

A: Absolutely! Kallum’s Fury is the second book in the Lake of Dragons series. This particular story is very special to me. The first story was mostly focused on Maelich’s journey, his training, and his challenges. In Kallum’s Fury, I was able to challenge Maelich, take him to the brink and nearly break him. Meanwhile, other characters who played more supportive roles in the first story, really begin to come into their own. Maelich suffers great loss very early in the story, and he doesn’t respond well. In fact, he doesn’t really deal with it at all. He develops this fantasy world for him to inhabit, and we follow him on a slow descent into insanity. You’ll have to wait until the final book to learn how he recovers if he is able to at all. Meanwhile, Cialia, Maelich’s sister and equal in every way finds her flame. Her path to the flame is completely different than Maelich’s had been. Maelich trained for years to master Dragon’s fire. Cialia finds her flame when she is faced with an event that challenges her beliefs about justice and fairness so deeply that she can no longer contain it. She lashes out it glorious and violent fashion. This event makes her question everything she has ever believed about her world and her role in it. While our two main characters are on their journey, Havenstahl is attacked by an army of nightmare creatures from across the Great Sea, and Daritus, Havenstahl’s general, must wage war without his city’s greatest Champions.


Q: Can you please tell us what made you want to write Kallum’s Fury?

 A: The entire Lake of Dragons series began during a time when I was questioning my own beliefs. This made me think about the various truths that exist in various different cultures, things taught directly as lessons or more indirectly through normal, common behaviors exhibited by a group of individuals who share common beliefs. How do you know what is truth? I wanted to explore what would happen to someone who had been immersed in an idea since the time they were old enough to remember when faced with someone who believed the exact opposite to be the truth. What would that do to a person? Kallum’s Fury continues this exploration through the challenges faced by each of the main characters.

Q: Please give us an Insight to your Main characters. What does these characters do that makes them special?

 A: Maelich is the lad of the Lake. His mother was impregnated by the Lake of Dragons. Because of this, he has the power of Dragon’s Fire. He was trained as a warrior and taught to control and wield his interesting and unique powers. Maelich is a hero motivated by a desire to defend and protect. 

     Cialia is Maelich’s twin and shares all the unique powers and capabilities of her brother. The difference with Cialia is that she wasn’t trained to wield her powers. Her transformation is equally challenging, perhaps more so, and she must face her new powers without the wisdom of a guide.

     Leisha is the mother of gods. A former queen of Druindahl, she has spent her life protecting the secrets of Dragons and the Lake. Leisha is a leader that puts the safety of her people above all else. 

    Daritus is Leisha’s husband. After leaving Druindahl in the wake of the events of Lake of Dragons, Daritus is recruited to serve as the general of Havenstahl’s great army. He is Leisha’s husband and raised Cialia as his own daughter, teaching her the art of wielding blades. He is a master strategist who is constantly questioning himself. 

   Perrin is Maelich’s wife. She has one of my favorite transformations in the story. Perrin has always been the damsel. During the events of Kallum’s Fury, she is pushed far beyond her limits. She won’t be a damsel waiting for her knight in shining army any longer. 

   Ymitoth is the king of Havenstahl, the greatest city of men. However, prior to taking the throne, Ymitoth was the greatest sword in that city and charged with raising the savior, Maelich. In that role, he acted as both father and mentor to the lad of the Lake. He is the only father Maelich has ever known.

Here’s the picture of the book cover of Kallum’s Fury


Q: The cover was totally stunning my eyes had hearts in them when I saw it, can you tell us how it came about?

 A: I love the cover too. It was designed by L.J. Anderson of Mayhem Cover Creations. It depicts the moment when Cialia finds her flame. She’s in the woods on the trail to Druindahl when she is faced with riders from the city she grew up in who don’t exhibit the morals of their post. These wicked, false riders of Druindahl do something so despicable to Cialia that her flame is released. The event will haunt her and inform her decisions for the rest of the story.


Q: Who designs your book covers?

 A: As I said before, Kallum’s Fury was designed by L.J. Anderson of Mayhem Cover Creations. Lake of Dragons was designed by designers at AuthorHouse. I didn’t have a great deal of input on that one, and it will be getting a refresh in the very near future. Hell and the Hunger was designed by Ricca Santiago, a wonderful designer I work with at my day job.


Q: Do you think that the cover plays an important role in the buying process?

A: I really think it depends on the reader. A gorgeous book cover definitely gets a book noticed. It catches your eye and earns you a closer look. However, you can’t be all show and no go. There better be some meat inside once the reader gets past the cover.


Q: while writing your book, specifically Kallum’s Fury did you encounter a “writer’s block”? If so, which part of the book?

A: As a matter of fact, I did. When Maelich and Ymitoth return to the hut where Ymitoth raised Maelich and trained him to be a swordsman, I knew where I wanted them to go but wasn’t sure how to get them there. I wasn’t sure how to express that Maelich was slowly losing his grip on reality and buying into the fantasy he had developed for himself. In the end, I was inspired by a fishing trip with my son. Chapter 10, Fishing, is the tipping point where Maelich really begins losing touch with reality.


Q: Lake of Dragons is an ongoing Series how do you feel on writing a series? Do you think writing a series is hard in some way?

A: I’m really enjoying writing the series. I don’t think it’s any more difficult than writing a stand-alone. A story is a story to me. Most of my stories have so much back-story informing the characters and the main part of the story, that I could make a series out of any of them. I guess the challenging part is deciding which part of the story is the most compelling and worth telling.


Q: Besides the Third book of the Lake of Dragons Series, what are you working on at the moment? Can you tell us what’s it about?

 A: I’m actually working on a screenplay for a children’s book I wrote that is currently being illustrated. I have a couple other things brewing, but I haven’t started serious work on any of them.


Q: How are you publishing this book? And why? (Indie, Traditional or both)

A: I’m an Indie. Both Lake of Dragons and Hell and the Hunger were published with AuthorHouse. I’m not a huge fan of the way they do things, so I released Kallum’s Fury under my own imprint. I intend to continue in that fashion. Control is the main reason. I have complete control of what is released when.


Q: What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

 A:  When you are self-publishing, you are not competing with a publisher’s other interests. You also have complete control of what channels carry your work, retail prices, etc. On the other hand, when you self-publish, you are responsible for everything. If you are represented by a publisher, many of these things may be handled for you, and you can focus on being creative and writing great stories.


Q: When did you become a writer?

A: I’ve always been a writer. However, I published my first book in 2005.


Q: When did you decide to be a writer?

A: I wanted to be a writer when I was in High School. However, it didn’t become a real goal until I took an English class taught by Martha Berglund. She spoke so patiently about writing and challenged me like I hadn’t been challenged before. That was the spark for me.


Q: Why do you write?

A: In some ways it’s therapy, perhaps a way to keep myself from going insane. I love stories, always have. I love developing characters, giving them strong ideals, and then dumping them into situations that will challenge those ideals to see how they react. Sometimes they surprise. Perrin is a great example of one of those. To be honest, I didn’t realize just how strong and fearless she would become.


Q: Do you write Full time or Part-time?

A: Part-time, I still have a day job in the print and marketing industry.


Q: Was there a particular Book/ Author that inspired you to write?

A: I read my first Stephen King novel in 3rd grade. The book was Cujo, and I was hooked. However, as I mentioned earlier, I had the good fortune of taking an English class taught by Martha Bergland. She really inspired me with her passion for writing.


Q: While writing a book do you aim a set amount of words or pages per day?

  A: I don’t. Stories swim around in my head until they develop a life of their own. Some are more persistent than others, but they all come out when their ready to be born. I try not to force it.


Q: Where do your Ideas come from?

  A: Mostly from my studies into history, belief systems, and cultures. I don’t always stick to the mainstream either. Once in awhile I’ll get on a trail that takes me to some really fringe ideas. I try to weave some of these ideas into my stories and my characters’ back stories. Some of the ideas just hit me. In fact, Lake of Dragons started with a bit of dialog that just popped into my head one day and I found amusing, “Never go drinking with dwarves. Their king is a giant, fifteen feet tall, eyes like fire, teeth like spears. If he catches you inebriating his minions, he will rip the head from your body and suck your insides out before your brain even realizes you are dead.” That bit doesn’t happen until near the end of the story, but it is what started me thinking about it.



Q: How do you think you’ve evolved creatively? Since you’ve written fantasy novels.

A: I think early on getting the story out of my head was the most important thing. I still feel that way, but now I want to get the correct story out. Some ideas never fully mature, and those should be left alone.


Q: What is the hardest thing about writing?

  A: For me, it’s editing and re-writing. Vomiting the raw story onto the page like a passionate drunk is the easy part. Molding it is tough. Crafting the words into something someone might want to read is where the real work comes in.


Q: how long does it take to write one book?  

A: I have a day job that actually sucks up quite a bit of my time. Add marketing my works that have already been published and making time for my family, and there aren’t a whole lot of clicks left on that clock for creativity. It will typically take me about year or a little better to get a novel-length work out. If I had full-time hours to dedicate to it, I could probably have a completed manuscript finished in six months.


Q: Why do you think other well written books Just Don’t Sell?

A: I think there are several reasons. The first is competition. We have a finite amount of time on this planet and have to make decisions about how we spend that time. The fraction of that total we can afford to spend on reading must be carefully guarded, and there are millions of books to read. Another issue is marketing. It’s really tough to get your voice heard without shelling out a ton of money and time.


Q: What do you think of “Trailers” for books?

A: I’m not sure how helpful they are for selling books, but I certainly enjoy them. I did a no-budget trailer for Hell and the Hunger. I’m not sure if it convinced anyone to buy the book, but I did have fun putting it together.


Q: If you could have been the original author of any book, What would it be and why?

A: Jonathon Livingston Seagull. It might be my favorite book of all time. I love the deep message the book contains and how simply it is described. It’s a masterpiece, one of those books I can read over and over again.


Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

A: Just write, write, write, and write some more. Like anything else in this world, practice makes you better. I would also highly recommend joining a critique group. Hook up with other writers traveling the same path you’re on. I’ve belonged to a handful of groups along my journey and I’ve always found the feedback to be extremely helpful. There is nothing like a raw, honest critique from a fellow writer to smack you upside the head and let you know that manuscript ain’t quite read for prime time.


Here’s the List of Mr. Mikes Social Media Accounts and website. 

Website: http://www.themikereynolds. com/

Blog: http://www.themikereynolds. com/musings—mikes-blog

Facebook: themikereynolds

Twitter: mikereynoldsaut

Pinterest: TheMikeReynolds/

Amazon Author Page:

Mike Reynolds – Reynolds/e/B00LHILC24/ref=sr_ ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1482202989& sr=8-1

Michael Mettille– Michael-Mettille/e/B01G9T5QXQ/ ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid= 1482202944&sr=8-1


Thank you again for answering my Interview Questions Mr. Mike and hope I can Interview you again soon and also I’ll be talking to you every now and then.

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Author Interview: Claire Merchant (Author of Christian and Layla)

I reviewed Ms. Claire’s book since I’m a monthly reviewer/ blogger at  Pegasus Publishers. and Ms. Claire was just so nice and keeps talking to me on Instagram and on Twitter. She’s so Nice.So here is my interview with Ms. Claire. Hope you enjoy it and I’d love to hear your thoughts down the comment section.


Here’s Ms. Claire’s Logo


Q: Hello, Ms. Claire, thank you again for accepting this interview request, would you mind telling us a little something about yourself?

A: Hi, Kenchi! Thanks for having me. Well, I am a Western Australian writer and published author of nine paperback novels and, so far, one self-published eBook. When I’m not writing, I have a part-time clerical job in a hospital. I love Disney and superhero films, I collect Pop! Vinyl figurines, and I think that the three most magical things in life are words, music, and nature.

Q: What genres do you feel comfortable writing Ms. Claire? What draws you into those specific genres?

A: I really enjoy writing general fiction, and fantasy/supernatural/magical fiction too. I tend to write more for teenagers through to young adults, and those young at heart. I enjoy writing those genres because they’re the genres I enjoy reading. All of my books I wrote for the reader in me. It’s just a bonus to be able to share my stories with other people too.

Q: Can you tell the viewers a little bit about your book? Which is Christian and Layla

A: The story is essentially a story about love, loss, and growing up. It follows two people, Christian Turner and Layla Thomas, who meet as fourteen-year-olds and fall in love. They grow up together and begin to build a future together, but then Layla suddenly leaves, and nobody knows why. Years pass, and eventually, they cross paths again. There are still some feelings there, but there are also obstacles between them – the biggest being why Layla left. The toughest part for Christian is feeling like he doesn’t know the one person in the world who he thought he knew better than anyone. For Layla, it’s knowing that she has acted to try and protect people, but instead has hurt them in another way all together.

Q: Can you please tell us what made you want to write Christian and Layla?

A: I got the first concept of Christian and Layla from a dream I had, where there were two young people in love who get engaged, and the girl didn’t end up making it to their engagement party. I wrote Layla’s part – the first part, about three years before I wrote Christian’s part (back then Layla’s story was just known as ‘Prior Engagement’). In 2013, I went back to the characters and decided to add to it by adding Christian’s ‘Post Encounter’ story. Originally, I was going to release Christian’s part as an eBook, but in talking to my editor, I decided to put the two parts together and release them as a two-part novel. I think it works well with the two of them together.

Q: Please give us an insight into your main characters. What do these characters do that makes them special?

A: They’re special because they’re characters that never really lose belief in first love. Christian and Layla meet when they’re fourteen, and although they both change from then to when they’re twenty-three, one thing that hasn’t seem to have changed is the love and the belief they have in each other. Even if they doubt themselves when they’re apart, they never doubt the goodness in each other.

Here’s the picture of the book cover of Christian and Layla 


Q: The cover is simple but I really like it, can you tell us how it came about?

A: I liked the thought of having just a few significant symbols on the cover that represent the story. I didn’t want to have either of the characters on there because I want readers to be able to make up their own minds about what they specifically look like, even if I’ve described them how I see them.

Q: Who designs your book covers?

A: My paperback book covers have been designed by the graphics team at Pegasus Publishers. I come up with some ideas and they compile some concepts for me. After my first book, Mistry by Moonlight, I started sketching designs so the process was quite quick and the team did a fantastic job at making exactly what I had in mind for them. The cover for my eBook, Foresight, was made by me, and when I have time to get some more eBooks on Amazon, I’ll make those covers too.

Q: Do you think that the cover plays an important role in the buying process?

A: Absolutely. As much as the saying goes not to judge a book by its cover, they’re still the first things we see when we’re browsing for a read. Pictures and images are a form of reading in itself, so I think the cover needs to draw someone in enough to read the blurb or, if all goes well, turn the page.

Q: While writing your book, specifically Christian and Layla did you encounter a “writer’s block”? If so, which part of the book?

A: I got really stuck at the end of the book, the end of Layla’s story after she returns from Almanbury to talk to Maddie. I literally paused and wrote an entire other novel and went back to it at a later date. I got stuck because I really wanted to keep the story going, even if I knew it was winding up. So when I went back to it, I tied up the story and that was that.

Q: Christian and Layla is a standalone novel. Do you think you’ll ever write a love story that’d be a Duology, Trilogy or a Series?

A: Given the fact that I originally wrote it as two stories, and it’s in two parts, I feel like this novel is a bit like a duology in itself. But I have written a trilogy—my Mistry Trilogy—which has a love story that runs through the three books. In one way or another all of my novels incorporate a love story into them. When it comes to character construction, everyone has someone they love, whether they are present or not. Love is one thing that makes someone who they are, so it’s a component in all of my stories, even if some just aren’t as “romantic” as others.

Q: What are you working on at the moment? Can you tell us what’s it about?

A: I am working on six ideas at the moment – I always seem to have about that many on the go. I have a sequel to another book I’ve written (Dangerously Beautiful), an origin story for Cole Frost (of Forever Ruby), and a story of Amelia Saber (who is Samuel Saber’s sister of South Coast Son). The other three are new characters – Elizabeth, Cassia, and Ariel. One is about a girl who remembers her past lives, the second is a supernatural vibe to it (and features some characters from my Mistry Trilogy); and the last one is a bit spiritual. I’m still throwing ideas around at the minute. I don’t like to talk too much about the ones in development because they can drastically change in an instant.

Q: How are you publishing this book, and why? (Indie, Traditional or both)

A: Christian and Layla is published a paperback through Pegasus Publishers as a kind of partnership. I’ve had a good experience working with them on my other books, so I chose to published this book through them too.

Q: What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

A: The advantage of publishing through a publisher is you have a team of people who know the industry and can help you with things like promotion and spreading the word, which can be difficult for an author. People are more likely to take a recommendation to read a book from a publisher than by someone who wrote it. That’s probably the downside to self-publishing – marketing and promotion is self-managed. The downside to having a publisher is probably also the upside to self-publishing – you have complete control over the copyright of your manuscript and can distribute it as you wish. Also, depending on the contract you have, it can also be more cost effective to self-publish. Both have their pros and cons, I think it just comes down to what’s going to work best for you and following that path. Depending on the type of agreement you have with a publisher, you can always do both.

Q: When did you become a writer?

A: I’ve been writing from when I was a kid. I got more into writing proper stories when I was about twelve, and started my first novel when I was around fifteen. By the time I was at university, I’d finished a couple of novels. A couple of those have been published in the last few years.

Q: When did you decide to be a writer?

A: I don’t think it was a conscious decision. I just really enjoyed writing from when I was young, so it was a hobby and kind of a wish fulfilment. It wasn’t until recent years that I realised I could actually make it something bigger.

Q: Why do you write?

A: I write because I need to. If I wasn’t publishing my stories, I’d still be writing. I feel like I need to tell the stories that I’m telling, but it’s a bonus to have them available for people to enjoy too.

Q: Can you give us a list of all the books you have written?

A: It’s a really long list. I’ve written 25 books, ten which are currently available – maybe if I list the ten it’ll be easier! There’s my Mistry Trilogy: Mistry by Moonlight, Midnight Mistry and Mistry at Dawn. Then South Coast Son, Forever Ruby, Knowing Nora, A Lady Born A Pirate Bred, Christian and Layla, Finding Hope, and lastly, my eBook, Foresight.

Q: Do you write every day? 5 days a week or you just write when you feel like it?

A: I try to write every day. At least, I write ideas down every day as I get them. Sometimes it’s as small as sending myself an email, sometimes it can be a few thousand words. Since I also work part time, some days are better than others in terms of blocks of times to write. I can normally find time for it because it’s something that I need to do. I make time for it.

Q: While writing a book do you aim a set amount of words or pages per day?

A: No, I never put a deadline on myself. I try to write what I can in one sitting, until my ideas start to slow, then I stop. I never push myself to write if I don’t have a natural flow because I feel like it comes across forced. Sometimes taking a break and going for a walk is more beneficial than forcing out a set amount of words.

Q: Where do your ideas come from?

A: I get my ideas from everywhere. Anything can spark an idea, like personal experiences, or songs, conversations with people, pictures, and even some dreams I’ve had. Once I have a general premise for a story and I get to know the main character, it becomes a bit easier to pick the ideas out.

Q: How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

A: As a writer, I’ve learnt a lot in the last few years. It’s funny actually, because I had written so many stories before I got my first one published (Mistry by Moonlight was the twelfth novel I’d written), so now when I read back over the earlier stuff, they need a lot of editing. I think that’s the beauty of writing though, you’re always learning, always growing. My voice as a writer evolves as I read more, write more, and experience more things.

Q: What is the hardest thing about writing?

A: I find that the hardest thing about writing isn’t writing itself, it’s the distractions and life chipping into the time brackets that I have. But it’s what I love, so if too many distractions happen, I’ll normally try and withdraw for a while to focus.

Q: Why do you think other well written books just don’t sell?

A: That’s the question. I think part of it comes down to marketing and promotion. For instance, something like leaving a review for a great book is a very powerful thing. I also think that since it’s a bit harder these days to walk into a bookstore and just browse through what’s out there, it can be more difficult for a book to stand out. It’s a tough one though, I don’t know for sure, but I think word of mouth is the most powerful selling point for well written books.

Q: What do you think of “Trailers” for books?

A: I think they’re fantastic. They have a great way of drawing people in, both avid readers and reluctant readers. They appeal to the senses and promote the book in an interesting way.

Q: Do you have a trailer or do you intend to do one in the future?

A: I have trailers for some of my books – my publisher, Pegasus Publishers, has made book trailers for about six of my books. I love them, they’re incredible.

Q: In what formats are your books available?

Nine of my books have been published through Pegasus Publishers as paperbacks, but my first novel, Mistry by Moonlight, is also available as an eBook. My self-published story, Foresight, is an eBook too. I haven’t made that one available in paperback.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

A: My advice is to never give up, and to always remember why you’re writing. The book business is a tough one, so whatever happens, just keep writing because no-one can take away from you. Also, keep reading, because you learn through reading. There is always something to learn, and there are always opportunities to develop your craft.


Here are the list of Ms. Claire’s Social Media Accounts  and Website.




Twitter: @sailorclaire


Amazon Author Page:



Thank You Again to Ms. Claire for accepting my interview request. hope we can do more in the future and I’ll be annoying you on Twitter and on Instagram every now and then.

I’d Love to hear your thoughts about my interview. you can comment down what questions I should ask on my next Author Interviews.


Author Interview: Marc Secchia (Author of The Pygmy Dragon)

Hello everybody so this week the author I interviewed via email is Mr Marc Secchia the author of The Pygmy Dragon. I met Mr Marc on Twitter as well. He was very nice and he also let me review one of his books and I was instantly in love with it.

So here is my interview with Mr. Marc. Hope you enjoy it and I’d love to hear your thoughts down the comment section.


Q: Hello Mr. Marc, thank you again for Accepting this interview request, would you mind telling us a little something about yourself?

A: Well, you can catch some of this on my bio but I was born in Cape Town and grew up there. While I was younger the apartheid system broke down, but its legacy and my observations of living under such an unjust, skewed regime have informed my writing ever since. Currently I live and work in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I love Africa, the unsung, unappreciated continent. That is why I chose to set some of my writing in Africa, and I often feature protagonists who are not standard Western/European stereotypes.

I play the flute, panflute and Irish Whistle, I love singing and listen to a range of music especially while writing, which ranges from classical and acoustic to heavy rock (y’know, for dragon battles). I’m a creative type and I’m much better at starting projects than finishing them. However, I’m all about finishing unfinished series this coming year!

In terms of books I am privileged to regularly have 7-8 books in the Amazon top 100 for Coming of Age fantasy, including this work, The Pygmy Dragon.

Q: what genres do you feel comfortable writing Mr. Marc? What draws you into those specific genres?

A: At the moment my writing is almost purely Fantasy – epic fantasy, coming of age fantasy, and African historical fantasy. I read an eclectic selection but at the moment all of my writing (18 books) is in the field of my favourite genre, my first bookish love, fantasy.

Q: Can you tell the viewers a little bit about your Book? Which is The Pygmy Dragon.

A: This tale is about a Pygmy girl who, when she is young, is captured by slavers and sold to a zoo, where she becomes an exhibit. There, she becomes an object of ridicule, living with monkeys, but also an object of study by an academic. The early story concentrates on her narrow worldview as seen from a person living inside a cage, and how she comes to self-awareness and knowledge of her humanity despite her difficult circumstances.

After this, the crucial turning-point of the story comes when Pip is kidnapped by a dragon and taken to Dragon Rider Academy. She sees and appreciates her world beyond the borders of her old jungle life or the zoo’s walls for the first time. There are poignant moments, bittersweet experiences as she is bullied for who she is (a 3 foot 11-inch Pygmy girl) but Pip rises beyond these things; her spirit and her destiny are greater than anything she could have imagined. The story is not so much about the negative experiences but about Pip’s triumph over an adverse set of circumstances to become the heroine.

Q: can you please tell us what made you want to write The Pygmy Dragon? And also why Dragons?

A: Dragons are Fantasy’s most majestic creatures. I like my dragons served up awesome, magical and as full of character as any person you’d wish to meet, the kind of person you’re almost compelled to spend time with or watch. I’m a fan of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern as well as her other writings. It was her viewpoint of fully-formed dragon characters, the telepathic communication between Dragon and Rider, and the possibilities of Human-Dragon interaction which shaped my early fascination with dragons as creatures and characters. Oh yes, and it is fun to blow up hydrogen dirigibles with dragon fire.

I also wanted to write a story specifically about peoples that are largely forgotten and marginalised in the modern world. In some respects, Pip’s story is a throwback to the awful, dehumanizing history of slavery in Africa.

Q: Please give us an Insight to your Main characters. What does these characters do that makes them special?

A: First of all, there’s Pip, the overcomer. She does not become bitter as a result of years of mistreatment, or even when her sweetest dreams are crushed by reality. She shows largeness of heart in all her dealings, even when her erstwhile friends mistreat her. Then, the old wise-mentor Dragon Zardon, who becomes her friend. There are others who rally around her, like Nak and Oyda, the Dragon Riders who feature so strongly in the later story of Aranya, also set in the same world and tied into The Pygmy Dragon storyline. There are also a raft of lesser Human, Shapeshifter Dragon and Dragon characters who unite around the primal force represented by Pip. It is her force of character that makes her unstoppable in the tale.

Q: do you think that having a character development like what Pip had is important in the plot of the story? Cause there are some stories that would have a let’s say a dim-witted main character but the story still works out for him/her do you think the story would go differently if Pip stayed Oblivious and Ignorant?

A: I think it’s a deep misnomer to think of another people group as oblivious and ignorant; a colonial mindset to think we must ‘civilize’ the native. In everything that Pip does and becomes. She remains true to her heritage and values, and those really do have value in this story. In fact, I’d argue that those who bully her are the ones who show true ignorance. Yes, there is an ‘education’ process that happens – she learns to speak Island Standard and read and goes to school and all, but I think what this story shows is the depth of who she is within, her core, remains true and grounded and beautiful.

To me this character development, which we see much more of in the 2nd book as she does go back and find her roots, is crucial. Yes, I am commenting through the story on issues such as race, prejudice, bullying, development mindset and colonialism. She is not a ‘poor little black/native girl’ who needs ‘help’ – whatever form we think that help should take. She is Pip and she’s in charge of her destiny. That’s the thrust of this book.

Here’s the picture of the book cover of The Pygmy Dragon


Q: The cover really got my attention, can you tell us how it came about?

A: The book cover is a Pygmy girl with a forest/jungle background blending into a Shapeshifter Dragon form.

Q: Who designs your book covers?

A: My dragon covers are all original artwork by Joemel Requeza who is super-awesome, and the font work is done by Victorine Lieske, who is also an NYT Bestselling author on the side.

Q: Do you think that the cover plays an important role in the buying process?

A: I think there’s a statistic that a cover can sell a book within 4 milliseconds. It’s essential. Especially for fantasy where the demand seems to be for rich artwork, it is definitely worth spending on a book cover.

Q: while writing your book, specifically The Pygmy Dragon did you encounter a “writer’s block”? If so, which part of the book?

A: No. Actually, I wrote a quarter of the book in one night. I could not leave it alone and managed to write 25,000 words overnight without stopping, from 7pm to 8am the following morning. Usually however I write a bit slower, on average 3-4,000 words per day.

Q: The Pygmy Dragon is part of a duology. Is making a duology easier than making a trilogy or a series?

A: Good question. It’s less physical work, but I’ve always been of the opinion that I should write until the story is done. If Dragonfriend will be 4 books, so be it. I want the reader to experience the full force of what I have for them, to hopefully be entertained and maddened and impressed and saddened and blown away, and if I can do that in 2 books or 10, I’ve done my job as a writer.

Q: I’m still not over those Dialects in your book (I was super impressed with those). Why did you add different dialects to the story?

A: Flavour. I love creating different cultures and drawing from some of my own cross-cultural experience in delivering a tale that hopefully works on many levels. Dialect and language is one of those levels. Conversely, writers too often create worlds in which races, species and peoples understand each other perfectly. That’s just not real. You’re telling me Elves, Dwarves and Dragons all speak the same, or even the same language, and naturally understand each other’s cultures and worldviews?

Misunderstandings can be fun. Pip doesn’t have a nudity taboo. That’s grounds for some entertaining scenes in the book until she works out why everyone else seems to think clothing is important. She then sallies off and turns some Dragon traditions and mores on their heads.

Q: What are you working on at the moment? Can you tell us what’s it about?

A: I have just finished The Girl who Loved the Whales, the second book in my IsleSong series. I’ve started the third of that series but will soon need to turn to my dragon books to complete 2 series that I’ve promised readers will be done in 2017 – the 4th and final books of the Dragonfriend and Aranya series.

The IsleSong series again ties into my dragon books but follows a completely different tale of the world outside of the impact crater in which the stories of The Pygmy Dragon, Dragon Thief, Aranya and Dragonfriend take place. It’s about a girl who has the gift of singing the songs of the different creatures in her ocean, and her battle against the burgeoning tide of Sea-Dragons that threatens to wipe out humanity.

Q: How are you publishing this book? And why? (Indie, Traditional or both)

A: I’ve self-published everything I’ve written – so I’m 100% Indie. I love the control and flexibility that this avenue provides to me, and I’ve enjoyed good success. As we speak, 14 of my books are Amazon genre bestsellers.

Q: What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

A: I think traditional publishing has reach and perceived status, but the gatekeepers of the traditional publishing industry are becoming increasingly irrelevant in today’s market as evidenced by the Indie takeover of the bestseller lists and sales charts. The main advantage of traditional is still, I think, reach in the marketplace.

The Indie scene is more vibrant, more competitively priced, and there’s great quality to be had if you look for it. I like the speed to market aspect (I publish every 3-4 months) and that I’ve been able to test out my books on the market and make changes if needed. It’s certainly been a learning process, but I’ve also had great help from many other writers along the way. I am also meticulous about quality and I think that is sometimes overlooked or undervalued by Indie authors.

Q: When did you become a writer?

A: I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I was the kid who when we were asked to produce a haiku, I’d write an epic haiku series in 16 parts. However the journey wasn’t easy. I’ve a fine pile of rejection letters to show for it. I think a person can be an author without being published. Success is a poor measure of skill or talent. So when? I guess I’d say, I’ve always been a writer and publishing is just another step in the journey.

Q: When did you decide to be a writer?

A: In 2013 I decided to self-publish and haven’t looked back, 18 books later. But as I said, I’ve been a writer all of my life. In 2013 I decided to package my work and try to start marketing it, but it took me 8 books to find some success in terms of sales. Again, looking ahead, I’d love to become a full-time writer when the opportunity presents itself.

Q: Why do you write?

A: Because I love writing and I love the creative process. I love bringing other worlds and characters to life. In the future, I’d love to put my skills to work in developing other writers, perhaps here in Ethiopia.

Q: Was there a particular Book/ Author that inspired you to write?

A: I love the works and worlds created by Anne McCaffrey and those are my inspiration for dragon books.

Here are the links to Mr. Marc Secchia’s Social Media Accounts & Website.






Amazon Author Page:


Thank you again Mr Marc for letting me interview you, review one of your books and for this amazing journey with the Dragons that you conjured up in your mind. It was really “Good-Good” I really got attached to the Oraial dialect. Like even though the story progresses I always wait for a scene where Hunagu and Pip would talk to each other. And also Pip’s full name is super hard to pronounce haha. That book was just awesome thank you again.

Hope you enjoyed this interview make sure to like this Author interview post and go check out my other blog posts such as my book reviews. Always happy to hear what you think about my new blog.


Author Interview: P.S. Syron-Jones (Author of Rise of a Phoenix)

Hello everyone, so I had an interview with Mr. Phill who is the Author of Rise of a Phoenix. (here’s the link to my review on Rise of a Phoenix ) I met Mr. Phill while I was scrolling through twitter and he was really nice to send me a review copy of his book which I enjoyed. Anyway here is my interview with Mr. Phill. Hope you enjoy it and I’d love to hear your thoughts down the comment section.


Q: Hello Mr. Phill, thank you again for Accepting this interview request, would you mind telling us a little something about yourself

A:   Hi Kenchi, thank you for having me here today. A little bit about myself, well I was born and bred in the West Midlands Great Britain, in a place called Wolverhampton. I am the youngest of three, with a sister and brother. I had a fun childhood with a few good friends. After school I went to college, and when that ended got my first job as a glass cutter. At the age of seventeen and a half, I left home and joined the British Army. During my service, I had traveled a great deal and met some fantastic people. After twenty-two years I left and got into security and writing mystery thrillers.

Q: what genres do you feel comfortable writing Mr. Phill? What draws you into those specific genres?

A:  Eventually I would like to explore different genres, especially sci-fi or fantasy. For now, I love writing mystery thrillers. I love the twists and turns a story can bring. Not so much as to confuse a reader but merely keep them on their toes. Everyone loves a good crime book; that’s why Lee Child, James Patterson and Micheal Connelly are doing so well.

Q: Can you tell the viewers a little bit about your Book? Which is Rise of a Phoenix

A:   I based Rise of a Phoenix in one of my favourite city is, New York.  The story begins when a smart and savvy female detective SAMANTHA McCALL is brought in to investigate a murder of a middle-aged woman. As she hunts for the killer, more bodies start dropping. Her investigation takes a turn when a mysterious British detective comes on the scene to assist. There is a tension between the two; he admires her, and she wants to shoot him. It’s a fast-paced mystery thriller, with action, drama, romance and enough twists and turns to make you hate me. 

    I can’t give too much away, but as the cover tells us “Nothing is as it seems.”

Q: can you please tell us what made you want to write Rise of a Phoenix?

A:     To be honest, it was just an idea that popped into my head when I was scribbling ideas in a notebook one day at work. It was a weekend at work and not much going on, so I started jotting ideas down. Next thing I know I have a beginning of a story. I showed what I had written to a work friend, and they said it was good. And so, I continued to write the story. I would love to say someone or something inspired it, but unfortunately, boredom and a lively wondering imagination are to blame.

Q: Please give us an Insight to your Main characters. What does these characters do that makes them special?

A:     John Steel is the main character. In Rise of a Phoenix, he starts off as a shadowy character who remains in the shadows, to begin with, then later joins the investigation with explosive results. As the story goes on, we start to learn a little of his past and what drives him. He is the son of a British Lord who joined the forces as part of a tradition. Instead of becoming an officer he chose to become a regular soldier. He is tall, handsome and a body an athlete would want to have. But he is damaged goods. Haunted by the murder of his wife and family, he seeks the ones responsible. Steel is scared both physically and emotionally. But he is the man you want him watching your back when the poop hits the fan.

Here’s the picture of the book cover of Rise of a Phoenix


Q: The cover really got my attention, can you tell us how it came about?

A:   What I wanted foremost was no characters in the covers, this was important because my whole concept of writing is let the reader’s imagination fill in the blanks. We each have a different image of what the characters look like, so putting a picture on the cover would give everyone has the same picture in their heads. Call it a personal view of a character.  Everything in the covers from book one to book five has something relevant to them. For instance, the sunglasses represent John Steel; the badge represents Samantha McCall. The New York City backdrop shows where we are. The other books have reflections in the sunglasses, be it a boat, or bus. The other important thing was that the layout would stay the same, less for the weather background or other little tweaks, but they are all the same. This is so when they sit on a bookshelf; they stand out better. Book fives story is set in Malta, so the whole cover is different, but the layout is the same.

Q: Who designs your book covers?

A:    The front cover was created by a talented lady at We found each other on a social media sight and heave been working together ever since.

Q: Do you think that the cover plays an important role in the buying process?

A:     Absolutely. Good reviews help a lot as well. LoL. You have dull covers, good covers and great covers. If you look at book what draws you, the great cover. But the cover must also be as mysterious as the book itself. It’s like a movie trailer if you have too much information it may put people off, if you have a teaser, it will draw them in. They say don’t judge a book by its cover, however nowadays people do so you have to have the best cover you can.

Q: while writing your book, specifically Rise of a Phoenix did you encounter a “writer’s block”? If so, which part of the book?

A:     Phoenix wasn’t a problem, for whatever reason, my imagination was like a steam train if anything I had too many ideas. Book five is proving a bit of a beast because it is out of my comfort zone of New York. Writer’s block can be a problem, but also distractions from outside are equally dangerous. Life tends to get in the way a bit. With that wall, all you have to do is keep at it, keep writing, even if it has nothing to do with that book.

Q: Rise of a Phoenix is part of a Series how do you feel on writing a series? Do you think writing a series is hard in some way?

A:     I love writing this series. You see the characters grow and their stories unfold. The problem with a series is, of course, ideas for more stories. It is a joy for me; they are fantastic stories and each time I write one I have to outdo myself the next time.   For the reader a series is brilliant, especially if they have a strong bond with a character; be it Jack Reacher, Harry Bosch or Jason Bourne. If it is Games of Thrones you’re screwed because they seem to get bumped off the more popular, they are. LoL.

Q: What are you working on at the moment? Can you tell us what’s it about?

A:     At present, I am working on book five of the series. A nice little story set on the beautiful Island of Malta. Steel goes there to help out a friend whose daughter was found dead in the ocean. This story is the first of many of the John Steel solo missions, in truth, he wasn’t meant to be part of a team, so this is his breakaway mission. I felt while he stayed in the NYPD he would be stuck in a rut I may not have been able to get out of later. Steel was always meant to be a lone wolf, like Bond, Bourne, etc. However for all McCall fan’s I am also working on the start of her series. This will be her genesis novel as you will. How she got to be a detective and how she met the captain.

Q: How are you publishing this book? And why? (Indie, Traditional or both)

A:     All my books are on Amazon, either through CreateSpace or Kindle. I found it is quick and easy to get your books out there. It is all pay-on-demand. Sure I would love to see my books on the shelves, but that will come one day. As a new author I have to get my name and books out there, Amazon seemed the best choice for what I needed at that time. But I am still waiting for that phone to ring. LoL.

Q: What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

A:      For a new author like myself self-publishing was always going to happen. 320 agents rejected the Rise of a Phoenix. They all said nice things, but there was always the “It’s not what we are looking for.” Now I could have put my tail between my legs and quit, but I went self -publishing. It was an instant hit on Kindle, and the other books took off as well. However, the downside of self-publishing is you have to do everything, advertising, social media sites, writing selling. The works. Now if you are working full time, this can be a pain, if not almost impossible to do. I think each has their ups and downs; the main thing is you believe in what you are doing and why you are doing it.

Q: When did you become a writer?

A:    I started writing at school. However after I joined the army I never wrote again, that was until I retired from the forces and life got a little less chaotic.

Q: When did you decide to be a writer?

A:   I don’t think that is something you decide yourself. I wouldn’t say chosen, but it is more a feeling you are meant to do it. When does an artist choose to be an artist? I think the first time you write a story you get the feeling that is what you are meant to do. There’s no beam of light of heavenly voice or anything, just a feeling it’s the right thing for you.

Q: Why do you write?

A:     Why do I write? Simple, I love it. It gives my imagination a release. Also, people seem to enjoy my books, so it’s a win-win situation.

Q: Was there a particular Book/ Author that inspired you to write?

A:     No not really, in truth I don’t read that much, even though I should. The time I have is spent writing and that time, due to a full-time job is tiny. Besides, if you have time to read you have time to write. Lol. However, the books I have read and have to be, not inspirational but a joy have to be Lee Child, Rachel Amphlett, Micheal Connelly, James Patterson, To name a few.

Q: What was the hardest thing about writing Rise of a Phoenix?

A:    Time to do it. One thing I learned writing Phoenix was how much time it took. Now people may laugh and say “Well yeah you’re writing a book,” but it is more than that. You have to write the first draft, then the second. You have to edit stuff in or out, you have to do that again until you are happy, you have researched such as Google maps for places. You have to research that what you are writing about is feasible, weapons, vehicles and so on. All this and working twelve hour days. You have to find time for family and the other things in life. That was the hardest part of all. Time.

Q: Why do you think other well written books Just Don’t Sell?

A:   It is all about marketing. You may have the best book out there, but if people don’t know about it, then it’s pointless. Like I said before I am new at this. I started writing end of 2014, in that time I have brought out four books and working on number five. Before I did anything I splashed my name on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, you name it. I have done a radio interview, a couple of interviews such as this one, had my ugly mug in a forces paper. It is about selling yourself not your books. The books come later; you have to get a name first. Who’s, novel are people more likely to buy, Lee Child or Mr. Nobody? People go with what they know.

Q: What do you think of “Trailers” for books?

A:   A brilliant idea. People, essentially are visually orientated. Video games, films, cell phones. They love shiny things; that’s why a good cover is essential. This is a great sales pitch that gets your book out there. 

Q: Do you have a Trailer or do you intend to do one in the future?

A:     A trailer is something I have been looking into and will be investing. I just have to find the correct company with which to hire. 

Q: In what formats are your books available?

A:    They are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Both paperback with Createspace or Kindle.

Q: If you could have been the original author of any book. What would it be and why?

A:    That’s a good one. To be honest, I am quite happy with what I have done. I am the original author of the John Steel mystery thriller series, and proud of it. People ask me what author am I like, I reply “I am like me, I don’t need to be like anyone else.”

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

A:   Keep writing, have love what you do, always carry a notebook because you never know when an idea will pop up. Be yourself, don’t be like anyone else, you have to be original. And most of all, don’t give up, keep trying. It’s not an easy game, and it sorts out the authors and the people who think it’s about the money.

Here are the links to Mr. Phill’s Social Media Accounts and websites. 









Thank you again Mr. Phill for accepting my Author Interview Request. Thank you for the exciting book and hope I can review one of your books in the future and hopeful have another Author interview as well.

If you enjoyed this author interview please comment down your thoughts and if you have any other questions that you’d like me to add on the next interviews that’d be lovely.








Author Interview with Kristin Gleeson, Author of The Imp of Eye




Originally from Philadelphia, Kristin Gleeson lives in Ireland, in the West Cork Gaeltacht, where she teaches art classes, plays harp, sings in an Irish choir and runs two book clubs for the village library.
She holds a Masters in Library Science and a Ph.D. in history, and for a time was an administrator of a national archives, library and museum in America. She has also worked as a public librarian in America and Ireland

“Okay, So here’s the link for My Book Review on the Amazing book Ms. Kristin wrote: 

you can check it out after you read Ms. Kristin’s Interview.

Let’s Begin.”

Q:Can you please tell the readers what The Imp of Eye is about?

-It’s set in London in 1440, when many royal factions were forming at court and warring for power. The novel tells the story of an orphan youth, Barnabas, who is a servant to a witch/wise woman, Margery Jourdemayne and the story of Eleanor, the Duchess of Gloucester. Vain and ambitious, the Duchess is desperate to have a child and seeks Jourdemayne’s help. Her husband’s enemies are determined to use her to bring about her husband’s downfall. Barnabas is drawn in to help the Duchess with his gift of the sight and is soon in as much danger and both must fight to save themselves.

Q:What inspired you to write this book?

-The idea was originally my close friend’s Moonyeen Blakey. She was fascinated with Margery Jourdemayne’s story and wrote a draft of the novel. It was her decision to write it from Barnabas’s viewpoint, though she made him a much younger lad. Sadly she had a recurrence of cancer that she thought she’d beaten 20 years before and died. Before her death she asked me to take on the manuscript and do what I thought best for it. I read it over and reworked it, giving the Duchess a substantial part and brought in Alys and increased Barnabas’s age. All the while, it was as if Moon sat on my shoulder discussing various aspects with me. It was quite an experience.

Q:Is there a particular character you liked in the Imp of Eye?

-I have to say I became so fond of Barnabas and Alys I decided to make it into the series. I’ve since written and published, a prequel a novelette, A Trick of Fate, (free on Amazon, apple, nook, etc) and the next in the series, The Sea of Travail. Soon I’ll be starting the third full length book.

Q:Can you tell us about the book cover of Imp of Eye? who designed it?


– I’m thrilled with the book cover. It’s everything I wanted it to be. I am fortunate the my cover designer, Jane Dixon-Smith, is so good to work with and so very talented. We located the medieval image of London and she designed the rest to make it in keeping with novels of that type. I think the cover fits the nature of the book so well.

Q:If you weren’t writing novels what would you be doing?

– I’m also a librarian and I love that job, so it fits right in with my love of books. I also play the harp and the fiddle, focusing mainly on traditional Irish music. And I do have a passion for painting in oils and water colour. If I wasn’t working full time and writing so much I would definitely be doing that more often.

Q: are you working on a new novel? if so can you tell us what’s it about?

– I am working on the second novel of my Highland Ballad Series called The Mists of Glenstrae. The series begins with novel, The Hostage of Glenorchy. It’s set in Tudor Scotland and is about a woman who flees the court of Mary Queen of Scots in France after overhearing a plot to kill the Queen is sent to the laird of Glenorchy’s home in Scotland for safety. Disguised as a boy she becomes a lute player with the household musicians and meets Iain MacGregor, held hostage at the castle for political reasons. It isn’t long before Abby becomes an unwilling piece in the various castle intrigues and makes her wonder who she can trust. The current novel is set in Glenstrae, the MacGregor stronghold, and continues Abby’s adventures trying to navigate her way through the mire of Scottish politics and intrigue.

Q:Which author influenced you and what do you love about them?

-I’d say I was influenced by several authors, but most notably the iconic author, Dorothy Dunnett whose wit and historical accuracy and command of events are admirable. I also love the beautifully rendered novels of Sarah Dunant, especially her works set in Italy. Her descriptions engage all the senses and give the reader such a vivid picture of the story. But I also admire Joseph Boyden’s historic novels featuring First Nations in Canada and Nadeem Aslam’s contemporary literary novels set in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the UK.

Q:Do you have any advice for New authors?

A:My best advice to new authors is something many have said before me and despite that, I still think it’s the most important. And that’s to read. Read as much as you can in the genre you are most interested to write in. They even say you should read at least 1000 books in a genre before you even think about starting to write. It’s through the reading that you subconsciously pick up the nuances, the rhythms and the structures of that genre which readers also subconsciously expect.  The technical things can be learned easily enough.


Twitter: @krisgleeson


Purchase link for Imp of Eye: (Amazon)   (kobo) (Nook/Barnes&Noble)