BE NICE – an interview with the author David Portlock

Hannah Jenkins

David Portlock tells us where he got the inspiration for his book BE NICE and what advice he has for other writers.

 

 

Tell us something unexpected about yourself!

As I was writing my first novel, BE NICE, I was diagnosed with lymphoma. The last thing I ever dreamed of was having cancer. After six months of chemo, I was in isolation for three weeks undergoing stem cell replacement surgery, more chemo followed. I only mention all this because at no time did I stop writing. As far as I’m concerned…there are no excuses.

 

What novels affected you the most growing up?

“The Illustrated Man”, “The Martian Chronicles”, “I, Robot”, “The Outsider”, and anything Marvel Comics put out or Rod Serling put on The Twilight Zone.

 

Where did the idea for your current book come from?

After seeing the rise of student protests across the country, an idea came to me. What if everyone under thirty-five revolted and took over the major cities of the world and imposed martial law in the form of forced kindness? Racial hatred, any form of religious demagoguery, greed, criminal activity, or intolerance was cause for a visit by the local BE NICE group; and that visit was never a pleasant one. And then I asked myself what would happen if two members of the movement began to seriously question its violent tactics?   

 

Do you think there’s any way you could ever run out of ideas for books?

Never. I have a notebook full of ideas.

 

What is your routine for writing and has this method changed over the span of your career?

I only write when I’m inspired, when an idea strikes me. And then I go all out for however long it takes, be it months or years, to finish.

 

How important is marketing and social media for you?

Both are incredibly important. Marketing, especially on social media, allows you to reach hundreds of thousands of new readers.

 

What advice would you have for other writers?

Do not release a book until several copy editors have had a chance to go through it first. I can’t stress this enough. No matter what it costs, pay them!

 

What are you reading now?

Reading “Fahrenheit 451” again, and loving it.

 

What’s your next step?

Marketing BE NICE non stop.

 

Follow David Portlock on Twitter – @PortlockDavid

NightHawk Crossing – an Interview with the Author C. Edgar North

Hannah Jenkins

We recently caught up with C. Edgar North and interviewed him about himself and what he would tell other authors. Find out what he had to say below.

 

 

Tell us something unexpected about yourself!

Eclectic -worked in 30+countries as a “workforce development” consultant for numerous development banks, aid groups and private sector

 

What novels affected you the most growing up?

Conrad’s Youth, Ian Fleming’s Bond books, Sea stories, war history

 

 

 

Where did the idea for your current book come from?

Proximity to smuggling, also working in U.K., The Maldives, India and Kyrgyzstan

 

Do you think there’s any way you could ever run out of ideas for books?

Not yet but always seeking inspiration

 

What is your routine for writing and has this method changed over the span of your career?

Idea-blueprint-research/write-beta test-revise/polish

 

How important is marketing and social media for you?

I’m just learning – increasingly important

 

What advice would you have for other writers?

Write about what you know or have interest in – places, enlarging characters etc.

 

What are you reading now?

Stieg Larson’s The Girl Who Played With Fire

 

What’s your next step?

Learn how to market better (also have a new novel in process).

 

 

Meet the author – our interview with James Dick, author of Thou Shall Not Take Our Land: Volume 1: It Begins

Hannah Jenkins

We got talking to author James Dick to find out a little bit more about his writing and love of books

 

Tell us something unexpected about yourself!

Growing up as a city boy, I never thought I would enjoy country life. Now in the early years of retirement, I love the beauty, peace and serenity of rural America. This solitude makes it easy for me to escape into writing, free from a sometimes troubled world, at least for a short time.

 

What novels affected you the most growing up?

The Old Man and the Sea, Gone With the Wind, anything by Mark Twain, especially the Adventures of Huckleberry Fin, and Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater. With the first three, I tried to imagine being alive in the stories and I love both the sea and Civil War History (I’m a native Virginian). As for the Goldwater book, he was my idol as a high school student and he was a man ahead of his time. I was blessed to have the opportunity to meet him in person on several occasions in college. He was a truly honest and impressive man.

 

Where did the idea for your current book come from?

Over the years I’ve worked on several community action projects to save rural and suburban land from over development. We only have so much land and we need to protect that portion that serves a much greater purpose than just another strip mall which ultimately become boarded up as we move on to other areas. Small landowners are continually at risk from big government and corporate interests; this book is designed as a wake up call for the future. Sadly, we make the same mistakes over and over.

 

Do you think there’s any way you could ever run out of ideas for books?

No, I’m just getting started and with my interests in politics, conservation, my faith and my love of nature and all of her animal life, the list can take me almost anywhere.

 

What is your routine for writing and has this method changed over the span of your career?

Well, I can’t really talk about career as I started the endeavor in early retirement. But I’ve tried to look at writing like I did at business. You stay at it, you never give up and you try to learn as you go. I carry a notebook around so that when an idea pops us, I jot it down. And I write whenever it moves me, be it morning, noon or night. Having my own “catch all” website helps, because my blogging keeps the pen moving (or should I say the keyboard). You can access it at www.northfloridawriter.com and it contains information, an author page, regular almost daily blogs and lot and lots of pictures about animals. You’ve got to write every day to stay on top of your game, even when you don’t feel like it. The blog helps with that.

 

How important is marketing and social media for you?

Very important but marketing of books is a new world for me compared to business. It’s an area where I need help and that’s one of the reasons why I became a member. You can have the best story in the world but if you don’t get it to the right places, it will go nowhere. And social media is the future of news and almost everything when it comes to information, you just have to be careful and vet and analyze your sources.

 

What advice would you have for other writers?

Just do it. Every day, even when you don’t want to. Treat it like your daily work-out. If you do, it will get better and you will become more energetic about it.

 

 

What’s your next step?

To keep writing. Thou Shall Not Take Our Land is the first of a series which I call The John Argyle series. I also have a religious book, A Blogger Shares His Faith, coming out soon on Kindle. My faith has helped to push me forward and I think it is important to share it with others in the way that I live.

 

Rapier – An interview with author R.A. “Doc” Correa

Hannah Jenkins

We got chatting to R.A. “Doc” Correa, author of Rapier to ask him a few questions about himself and how he writes.

 

 

Tell us something unexpected about yourself!

I’m a retired US Army master parachutist and I’m qualified as a military parachutist in the British and Canadian armies.

 

What novels affected you the most growing up?

Starship Troopers, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Stranger in a Strange Land

 

 

Where did the idea for your current book come from?

My love of space science fiction stories and a secret desire to be a pirate.

 

Do you think there’s any way you could ever run out of ideas for books?

No.

 

What is your routine for writing and has this method changed over the span of your career?

I tell the story to a friend of mine with her acting as one of the characters. She injects her comments and responses to actions in the story. That becomes my outline which I flesh out into paragraphs and then chapters. Once I’m done a book is the result.

 

How important is marketing and social media for you?

Critically important, more so than I realized

 

What advice would you have for other writers?

Don’t give up, you’re writing because you have to write

 

What are you reading now?

The Fifty Shades trilogy

 

What’s your next step?

To finish Razor, the sequel to Rapier

 

 

 

Follow R.A. “Doc” Correa on Twitter – @RADocCorrea

 

 

Julia Dream – An interview with author Fabia Scali-Warner

Hannah Jenkins

We recently caught up with Fabia Scali-Warner, author of Julia Dream, to ask her a few questions about herself and her writing.

 

Tell us something unexpected about yourself!

I’m a I dan certified instructor of Vietnamese martial art Viet Vo Dao.

 

What novels affected you the most growing up?

The Lord of the Rings and 1984. I also loved The Wizard of Earthsea

 

Where did the idea for your current book come from?

A dream I had.

 

Do you think there’s any way you could ever run out of ideas for books?

Not really, I have ideas for books all the time – and many unfinished projects.

 

What is your routine for writing and has this method changed over the span of your career?

I used to write very late at night after work. In bed, by hand (because I feel my writing comes out way better when I write by hand, old fashioned as it may be). I’m trying to carve out more writing space.

 

How important is marketing and social media for you?

Very important. I have professional experience in field, but no time to dedicate myself full time to promoting my book – yet.

 

What advice would you have for other writers?

Don’t let fear of judgement stop you.

 

What are you reading now?

Le Mort d’Arthur

 

What’s your next step?

I’m currently working on the Italian edition of my book, then I’ll start seriously working on book 2.

 

 

 

 

 

Follow Fabia on Twitter – @fabiasw

 

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Sam – An interview with author Luke F Harris

Elisabeth Schaffalitzky

We recently had the opportunity to ask Luke F Harris, author of the novel Sam, a few questions about himself and his writing.

 

Tell us something unexpected about yourself!

 

I became a New Zealand citizen in 2015!

 

What novels affected you the most growing up?

 

Holding the Man by Timothy Conigrave

 

Where did the idea for your current book come from?

 

I had the idea while I was on holiday in Thailand.

 

Do you think there’s any way you could ever run out of ideas for books?

 

I’m not sure. It hasn’t happened yet, thank goodness!

 

What is your routine for writing and has this method changed over the span of your career?

 

I try to dedicate at least one day a week to writing, but protecting my writing time is always a challenge. Real life has a knack of getting in the way!

 

How important is marketing and social media for you?

 

Very important. Without good marketing, selling books is like trying to push water uphill.

 

What advice would you have for other writers?

 

Don’t give up.

 

What are you reading now?

 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

 

What’s your next step?

 

Finishing the first draft of my next novel, “1968”.

 

You can purchase Luke’s novel Sam through this link

 


 

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