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My Thoughts on the Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

My Thoughts on the Castle Glower Series by Jessica Day George

This is another book series that my children absolutely loved, so I read them. And while I enjoyed the books, I did not love them as much as my children did.

After reading Tuesdays at the Castles, my biggest takeaway was that is a fun children story. And that while the happily ever after was predictable, the how that ending came about was not. I was as surprised as my children at how this book ended.

As an author, I think my biggest takeaway was to let the story surprise you. Kids love surprise twists as much as adult readers do.

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Belart Wright

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Belart Wright

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m an author, gamer, game designer, uncle, and worker of minimum wage.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

The sport of it along with my overactive imagination. Really, it’s a compulsion at this point.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

J.K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin, Akira Toriyama, Yoshihiro Togashi, Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Roald Dahl, and Kentaro Miura. These are the authors who have the greatest influence over my work and I could read their work until the end of time.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

The Song of Ice and Fire series along with all the Harry Potter Books. Hell House by Richard Matheson is a recent favorite.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

I’m not really able to separate literary characters from the stories I love. I just lump them all together in a big love fest. If I give it some critical thought, I’d say characters like Hagrid Tyrion Lannister are some of my faves. Those characters with a heart of gold.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW AUTHORS AND/OR ASPIRING AUTHORS?

Stay consistent and write the stuff you love. If you want to focus on sales then learn to write in a specific genre and hone in on that. The marketing stuff is tricky so learn as much as you can about that while maintaining your passion for the craft.

IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A FILM OR TV SHOW. WHO IS YOUR “DREAM CAST?” AND WHO DO YOU ASK TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK?

I love the Sega Dreamcast :-P. As far as cast goes, I’m really not sure. I tried to choose a good one before a few years back when Wattpad let you choose potential actors but it’s been a over half a decade since I did that. I’ll leave it to fans of the story.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

Please join my Patreon! Lol. I’m joking … but really I’m completely serious. I need to drop at least one of my jobs so that I can write, record, and stream more.

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

Thanks for asking.

You can most easily find me on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B00R8ZPET2

and again, on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/Belart

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My Thoughts on Collateral Carnage by Chris Saper

My Thoughts on Collateral Carnage by Chris Saper

I read this on a recommendation from a friend. I am not a huge fan of thriller books, and I didn’t really engage well with some of the characters, but I loved the behind-the-scenes puppet-master who invested in the drug. And I loved all the characters that acted with integrity and stood up for their values no matter what.

And I think that is my takeaway from Collateral Carnage. That even when a reader doesn’t care much for the plot, if you write compelling characters that are relatable, and willing to take a stand, your reader may enjoy the book even though it is not their usual genre. I know that was my case. I didn’t care about the big corporate corruption or the bad guys chasing the good guys, or any of it. I cared about the characters, and I loved the characters that were willing to take a stand, even though they knew it would cost them their lives. In this case, I mean going into witness protection and literally starting a whole new life.

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Lindsey Kinsella

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Lindsey Kinsella

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am a Scottish writer and the author of the sci-fi novel “The Lazarus Taxa.” I’m quite new to writing, having only began a couple of years ago and independently published one book. I also work in ship design as a naval architect and have a love for fixing up classic cars.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

My fascination with paleontology was what originally inspired me to write. The rich and diverse history of life on Earth has always seemed like a treasure trove of creative inspiration which is woefully underutilised. I wanted to explore that source material in a way that others hadn’t.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

I have quite a varied selection of author who I love to read. Steven King was always my favourite growing up, but Philip Pullman and Douglas Adams are two very different authors who hold an equally special place in my heart.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

I love books which are bold and different. The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy was fantastic in how surreal it was; it’s such a fun read and never fails to make me laugh. At the other end of the emotional spectrum, I love I am Legend by Richard Matheson. It’s a captivating story and I always admired how Matheson didn’t shy away from the inherent bleakness in a post apocalyptic world; and the ending was a masterpiece.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

A character which always stuck with me was Bartimaeus, from the Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Shroud. He is a demon who is summoned by a child and reluctantly put into service. He’s full of sarcasm and resentment, but with some level of decency buried down deep. I think the author did an excellent job of making such a character with such inherently unlikeable traits so relatable.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW AUTHORS AND/OR ASPIRING AUTHORS?

Hire an editor. I think this is important for all author, but especially for new ones. It will completely transform your book into something fit for the marketplace.

IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A FILM OR TV SHOW. WHO IS YOUR “DREAM CAST?” AND WHO DO YOU ASK TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK?

I was considering this just the other day regarding my latest project, The Heart of Pangaea. I settled on a cast which includes David Tenant, Idris Elba, Mila Kunis, and Christopher Walken. I’ve ways loved a John Williams score, so that would be my ideal.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I’d love to share the world of prehistory! Whether it’s through my books or simply on social media, I’d love to connect and discuss the wonders of deep time.

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

You can find The Lazarus Taxa for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google Play.

As for me, I predominantly communicate with readers on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LindseyKinsellaAuthor

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My Thoughts on Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

My Thoughts on Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

One of my daughters is a fan of Kate DiCamillo’s work, and so I thought I would read Because of Winn Dixie and talk with her about why she loved it.

I enjoyed the plot. I enjoyed everything about the book, but to be honest, I enjoyed talking with my daughter about it the most. Turns out she loved the dog. Well, everyone loved the dog, so who can blame her.

I don’t know if any one aspect of the story, or the way DiCamillo told the story, really stuck with me on a writing level. But on a personal level, I was reminded that people are human, and that just because a neighbor strikes you as odd at first impression, doesn’t mean that your neighbor is a bad person. It is just means they are different from you, and can have a lot to teach you if you give them a chance.

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Amanda Muratoff

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Amanda Muratoff

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

Hi! I’m Amanda, and I am a writer and an artist living in Langley, BC, Canada. I used to work in the film/television industry as a 3D Artist, but I didn’t return to the industry after having my son, Nathan, in 2018. I still paint and do other artisty things, but my main focus now is the series I write with my friend and coauthor, Kayla Hansen. We published the first book in 2019 and never looked back. I love horseback riding, tattoos, and playing the piano!

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, and when I met my coauthor, Kayla Hansen, online, we hit it off. We got started twenty years ago with these stories, though we only started writing them in book format in 2019. Our characters evolved over the years until we finally started publishing the stories.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

I have a certain soft spot for Diana Gabaldon. She read part of my fifth book and said it was well written and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

Anything with elements of romance in it. As long as it’s well written, I enjoy anything that has a love story in it.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

I love Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice). Girl was ahead of her time, witty, and didn’t want a man unless they were in love, and you gotta respect that.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW AUTHORS AND/OR ASPIRING AUTHORS?

Slow down. Enjoy the process, and make sure you do it right from the start. You save a lot of grief and cash if you do your research about marketing before ever spending a dime. Don’t give up. Keep writing. Be gentle to yourself, and set daily, weekly, monthly goals to keep yourself on track. You cannot fail unless you stop.

IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A FILM OR TV SHOW. WHO IS YOUR “DREAM CAST?” AND WHO DO YOU ASK TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK?

I always thought Tom Ellis would make a good Kin, and Marie Avgeropoulos would make a perfect Rae. I would definitely get Paula Fairfield as the sound designer.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

We love hearing from you! If you have a comment about a book, or want a signed copy, contact us through our website!

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

www.pantracia.com

www.facebook.com/pantraciachronicles

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1403350093427347

Instagram @amuratoff_author and @khansen_author

Tiktok: @amuratoff

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My Thoughts on You Beneath Your Skin by Damyanti Biswas

My Thoughts on You Beneath Your Skin by Damyanti Biswas

The author, Biswas, invited me to read this book and share my thoughts on it. He asked me to do this a couple years ago now, but after I had my concussion in August of 2020, my reading time and ability really died down, while my frequency of migraines and other post-concussive symptoms intensified a great deal.

But on the bright side, after a few months of physical therapy, I am feeling much better and feel like I can read more once again.

So, back to Biswas’s story.

I do not read much contemporary fiction, but this was a wonderful story.

My greatest takeaways are, one, write locations you know. This book was set in India. I have never been to India, and anyone from New Delhi, or who had visited New Delhi, would know instantly that I have no idea how people talk, what the landscape is, at all. The author did a masterful job of showing me what life in New Delhi was like for these characters.

Second, character development. I thought the character development was well done. And while I disagreed with Anjali’s decision at the end of the book, I understood why she chose to do what she did.

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR John Bennett

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR John Bennett

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m a happy go lucky guy who writes to inspire. With a love for sci fi i wanted to create my first book as an underdog story to inspire young readers to accomplish their own goals. As for me, I have several hobbies I enjoy such as working out, playing golf with the family, or a game of pool, or even the occasional video game. All in all, I say I’m a pretty nice guy who’s easily approachable and can talk about mostly anything.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I love the idea of creating something. Maybe it stemmed from building Legos as a kid, or playing city building video games but what inspires me to write now is that I finally found my calling. Writing was always my calling, and now that I have realized that, I want to be the best.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Peirce Brown, author of Red Rising is my favorite author. Reading his work inspired me to write my own book hoping to make something better than what he has made. I owe a lot of my inspiration to start writing to him.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

As put above, the Red Rising series is my favorite. It has such a unique premise and great story telling along with awesome characters. From page one I was hooked.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

If I want to continue the trend, my favorite character is Ragnar Volarus from the Red Rising series. Being such a force to be reckoned with along with a great backstory, I rooted for him every step of the way.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW AUTHORS AND/OR ASPIRING AUTHORS?

Sure! Although I am new to the writing world, I cannot give worthwhile advice that can make you a best seller. However, I can give you my best way to beat writer’s block. It’s quite simple. You need to write. Just start writing. It could be absolute crap, it could be a conversation, it could even be a paragraph. Now look at it, do you like it? What else could it be? Get your imagination warmed up. That’s all you need to do. Now let’s say you don’t like it. Erase it, throw it out, try again. Eventually, you’ll find yourself going further and breaking through the writer’s block wall.

IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A FILM OR TV SHOW. WHO IS YOUR “DREAM CAST?” AND WHO DO YOU ASK TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK?

I have no idea on who I want to play the role of Carson Paul. Being that he’s young, by the time my book becomes a TV show, it would have to be a child who’s completely undiscovered. Which is exactly what I want. A cast of undiscovered hoping to get discovered because of the success of the show. Besides that, I’ve only ever pictured Vincent D’Onofrio as my main antagonist. As for a soundtrack… it would probably be mostly instrumentals.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

Don’t be afraid to do something you’re uncomfortable with. Go talk to that girl, go ride a skateboard, go on the rollercoaster. Conquer your fears, because all fear is, is excitement. Don’t be afraid to mess up, that’s how winners are born, by mistakes.

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

You can reach me on Facebook and Instagram. Just search, AuthorJohnBennett. You can find my book, The Path of a Titan: The Proving exclusively on Amazon.

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My Thoughts on Thrawn Alliances by Timothy Zahn

My Thoughts on Thrawn Alliances by Timothy Zahn

Thrawn Alliances is Book 2 of the New Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn, but due to my impatience and when my library had Alliances available compared to Treason, I actually read Book 3 before I read Book 2.

It didn’t seem to matter, because the two stories stand alone so well, while at the same time combining to tell an epic space opera.

Alliances is basically two stories. One happened in the past, one is presently happening. It is a form of story telling that I have been dabbling with, so I paid close attention to how Zahn did it.

While I was not able to crack any unseen code about how I can use the same style of timeline jumping, I did appreciate seeing it in action.

I mean, I love Thrawn, I love Star Wars, and I loved this book, but as an author writing this blog post, my biggest takeaway from Alliances was the jumping of timelines, and how backstory plots and present timeline plots can be used by the author to write a cohesive novel.

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Wayne Turmel

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Wayne Turmel

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m Canadian by birth but live and write in Las Vegas now. I spent nearly 18 years touring North America as a standup comic before having to get a big boy job. Now I’m the author of 10 nonfiction books and four (soon to be five) novels. Most of what I write is work-related in the area of remote work and such, but my real love is fiction. My latest novel is my first Urban Fantasy story, Johnny Lycan and the Anubis Disk. The sequel is out in December.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I write fiction to save what’s left of my sanity. You can only spend so long being a responsible grownup before your head feels like it’s going to explode. Turns out I vent into word docs that become novels and short stories. Also, it gives me an excuse to hang out with other writers. Here in Las Vegas that’s a pretty diverse community, but as an old cis-het white guy they let me hang out because I’m a writer too.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

SOOOOOOOO many. This is an unfair question. I think my first influence was Alexander Dumas- 3 Musketeers, Count of Monte Cristo and the like. Hunter S Thompson corrupted me early and taught me that there’s humor in everything. If I’m feeling high brow, I read Mark Helprin, just because his prose is so lovely it makes me feel unworthy. I think R F Kuang and Fonda Lee are two of my favorites right now.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

All time? That’s hard because i am bibliographically promiscuous (which is a nice way of saying I’m a book ho.) The 3 Musketeers has been my favorite book most of my life, I don’t know how many times i’ve read it. For the beauty of the writing it’s hard to beat A Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin but then I read a lot of silly pulp fiction stuff. The Dresden Files is a favorite, and a big influence on my Johnny Lycan novels.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

How do you not love D’Artagnan? Or Kipling’s Kim? I’m a sucker for young guys who think they are unworthy and become heroes despite constantly getting in their own way. If I had a therapist I’m sure she could explain that.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW AUTHORS AND/OR ASPIRING AUTHORS?

Read everything. Read outside your genre. Pick a book you’d never in a million years think you’d read but people seem to like and try to find out why. I don’t write romance, but I’ve learned how to write subplots that appeal to an audience outside of the usual suspects because people like my romantic interplay. Cross pollinating ideas is how you avoid writing cliches, especially in genres that are really trope-heavy.

IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A FILM OR TV SHOW. WHO IS YOUR “DREAM CAST?” AND WHO DO YOU ASK TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK?

That’s tough, because Johnny Lupul is a young guy, and actors keep getting older. Basically either Robbie Amell or Jon Cor from The Flash would make a good Johnny. Nurse Ball was always Yancy Butler in my mind. She’s the right combination of sexy and badass.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I hope the fact I write in multiple genres doesn’t scare anyone away. I’m as proud of my historical fiction as I am of my urban fantasy novels. I hope if they like the way I write they’ll go along for the ride even if it isn’t a story they thought they’d enjoy. Allow yourself to be surprised.

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

My website is WayneTurmel.com and focuses on my fiction. My Amazon page has all my work, fiction and nonfiction and you can find it at https://www.amazon.com/Wayne-Turmel/e/B00J5PGNWU/ of course, i’m on Twitter @Wturmel