Dead & Talking @DesBurkinshaw @Rararesources #Q&A

Dead & Talking @DesBurkinshaw @Rararesources #Q&A

Dead & Talking

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If a ghost appeared from nowhere, rescued you from suicide and then ordered you to start solving crimes to help dead people, what would you do?

When it happens to Porter Norton, he just wants to put his head in his hands and have nothing to do with it. But now he has to atone for the family curse that has seen all the men die at their own hands for five generations.

The Gliss, the sarcastic spirit that rescues him, says he can now and see and hear the Dead – if he’s close to their remains. Porter has to use his unwelcome gift to clear up past injustices. Or else.

Forced to investigate the murder of a WW1 British Tommy executed for spying in 1917, he begins to suspect the case has links to his own family history. Along the way, Porter enlists the help of a bickering group of misfits, who struggle to stay involved – because only fools believe in the supernatural, don’t they?

Full of pop culture references, banter and twists, the story takes us from present-day London and Flanders to scenes from World War 1. As Porter, The Gliss, and friends, get deeper into the explosive case, they discover their own lives and sanity are at stake. An evil from WW1 pursues them all.

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Hi Des, and welcome to my blog

Q1: What inspired you to write Dead & Talking?

I was in Hamburg watching the world go by on my way to a wedding in Sweden, and the basic premise occurred to me as I sat outside the same hotel the Beatles once stayed in. Once I had decided the premise, I spent six months researching various aspects of World War 1 and developed the plot from there.

Q2: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

Funny you should say that. My background is TV and various friends who’ve read it have all said it would make a good series. I’m not so sure. But if I had to pick an actor for the part of Porter, I’d say Martin Freeman

Q3: How many rejections did you get before you got a publishing deal?

I got 3 before I decided not to bother. All 3 agents I approached read my letter and sample and called in the book. All 3 said variations of the same thing: it’s great, very funny, great plot, terrific thriller – but which shelf would it go on?  I realised I had written something cross-genre and decided it wasn’t worth waiting for an agent – for this book anyway. Those three rejections took 4 months to pick up. I employed an editor, got beta readers to give it the once over and employed a proof-readers. That’s pretty much what a publisher would have done for me anyway.

Q4: How did you deal with them when you started out?

I’ve been a collaborative writer since I was 17. Everything I’ve done (millions of words) has been edited, sub-edited and re-written. I’m used to it and think it often makes work better to have someone really go through it. I’ve had stories spiked.

So getting those 3 rejections was no problem, but it made me realise (and the early readers have proved me right) that there’s nothing in my book a contemporary audience can’t handle.

Q5: Which authors inspired you to write?

The big writers who’ve always been a part of my life are Jane Austen, Conan Doyle, Douglas Adams, Roald Dahl, Raymond Chandler, PG Wodehouse, Dickens, Maupassant, Zola,  Greene. If you include re-reads, then I must have read 400 books by that list. I’m serious.

However, in the last 10 years or so I have been very influenced by Christopher Fowler, Ben Aaronovitch, Michael Connelly, Henning Mankell, Harlan Coban and Phlip Kerr.

Q6: What are your writing routines?

I must write for at least an hour each day, but it can be as much as 5 hours if my other responsibilities are covered.  I like to start the day by hiding out at the back of a coffee shop with my laptop, but have a great space I can hideaway in at home too.

That is my routine. Write every day.

Q7: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself

When I was 16 I wanted to write books but had no idea how to do that, so set out to become a journalist. I eventually ended up at The Times before moving onto the BBC. I thought being a journalist was the same as being a novelist. It so isn’t!  However, the experiences I’ve had as a journalist, very few get to have, so it helped in the end. I’ve been to post mortems, been shot at, interviewed the rich and famous, interviewed famous criminals, met war veterans and seen people die.  So my advice to my 16 year old self would be – it’s okay to start writing a novel now, but if you can bring yourself to wait a few years, it’ll be a lot better.

Q8: What would you say to someone who wants to write?

Write. But it’s not as easy as it looks.

Q9: If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

I’ve been writing for a living since I was 17! My first interview was with Michael Palin of Monty Python. I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited since. Even when I was in TV, I was writing thousands of words a week. But I am a musician and composer, which I do for fun, so I guess if I had to choose, I’d be a full time film composer. There are samples of my instrumental and group work on my website

Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?

I’ve sat side by side with both Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson, and played piano with them – Macca in his studio in Rye, Brian at his house in LA. My job takes me to interesting places.

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Born in the middle of the Summer of Love on a pre-fab council estate in Luton, teenage bitterness and a chance viewing of the Watergate movie, All the President’s Men, made him vow to become a journalist and bring down the government.

First he had to pay for his journalism course, so he became a civil servant. Literally the day he had enough for his fees, he packed it in.
Twelve years on from watching the film, he was a journalist at The Times and had a big hand in bringing down John Major’s government. News ambitions sated, he packed that in too.

Several years of working for Channel 4, ITV and the BBC as a senior producer saw him working across the world, but he eventually got fed up with asking bands how the new album was coming along, and packed it in.

He set up his own production company magnificent! in 2002 and simultaneously worked on the BBC Live Events team for another 10 years. But then six years of work on the Olympics came along, so he packed the BBC in. Again.

Des has jammed with many of his heroes from Paul McCartney to Brian Wilson, Queen to Nancy Sinatra. He has interviewed many A-listers, including David Bowie, Michael Caine, John Cleese and even Noam Chomsky.

He has directed/produced a fairly long list of people – Muse, Coldplay, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, produced BBC3’s Glastonbury coverage for a couple of years, made films about leprosy in India, comedy shorts with Miranda Hart and Lenny Henry and played guitar for Chas and Dave at the Hackney Empire.

He has made 300+ short films for the Queen, MI5, the BBC, Sky, Discovery, EMI, the British Academy and dozens of authorities, charities and private sector firms. His most recent publication was a series of interviews with leading academics like Mary Beard on the state of the humanities which was published as a standalone magazine by the British Academy.

Fed up with travelling and determined to be a half-decent dad, he now works in London as often as he can. He runs the Young Directors Film School making movies with young people and is about to head up the Digital Film and Video MA at Tileyard. An avid musician and producer, he releases his third album as Romano Chorizo (he plays drums, bass, piano, guitar and really bad sax).

He hates to be pigeon-holed, thinks creativity is a learned state of mind and wishes they would teach people memory and learning techniques at school.

Dead & Talking is his first novel, the first in a series of Porter & The Gliss investigations.

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The Sentinel’s Alliance @rogersonsm @Rararesources #Book3 #SilentSeaChronicles #Selfpublished #Q&A

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As the island of Kalaya and its people recover from civil war, a new threat surfaces. Invaders from the island of Elkena hunt the seas, butchering those who possess magic. Their scar-faced captain seeks the Fire Mage who it has been foretold will kill him and Tei and her people are in his warpath.

Tei and a band of Kalayans travel to Stone Haven, the home of their new allies, planning to restore magic to the dead island. But the Stone Haven Council have abhorred magic since their people were massacred by Elkenan invaders twenty years before. Commander Farrell must persuade his people to accept magic again, but his plans expose them to their biggest fear and he risks leading Tei and her people into danger, and jeopardising the safety of both their islands.

Under Farrell’s guidance treaties are forged, but is the newly formed Silent Sea Alliance enough to defeat the invaders and stop their bloodthirsty quest to destroy magic forever?

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Hi Suzanne,

Q1: What inspired you to write The Sentinel’s Alliance?

The idea for this book series, Silent Sea Chronicles, came about a long time ago. Growing up, I was always concerned with how man was destroying the world and its precious resources and wildlife. That idea morphed into a magical island dying because of man’s disregard and the people losing their connection with their home

Q2: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

I normally get stuck on these types of questions, but today I’ve been hit by inspiration. I looked at those actors and actresses who maybe looking for their next big show after Game of Thrones finished and thought they would be perfect to feature in the Silent Sea Chronicles star studded cast!

Tei – Sophie Turner (played Sansa Stark)

Brogan – Kit Harington (played Jon Snow)

Farrell – Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (played Jamie Lannister)

Callisa – Emilia Clarke (played Daenerys Targaryen)

Jaconn – David Bradley (played Walder Frey)

Kelbrin – Stephen Dillane (played Stannis Baratheon)

Of all of them, I think Emilia Clarke was born to play Callisa.

Q3: How many rejections did you get before you got a publishing deal?

I sent Visions of Zarua to a few agents and got rejected before realising the book wasn’t the best it could be. I rewrote the novel with a dual time and at that point decided to publish it myself. Two years later, a Czech publisher contacted me and wanted to publish the book, so I was delighted to accept their offer. That would never have happened without me self-publishing. I do like the idea of being a hybrid author, so I might send my next book to agents and see what happens.

Q4: How did you deal with them when you started out?

The best way to deal with rejection is to have a list and when one rejection comes back, send the piece of work out to the next person on the list. That way there is always something happening, and that one rejection is not the end of the world.

Q5: Which authors inspired you to write?

David Gemmell inspired me to write fantasy. I loved his characters and the way he made everyone matter in the story no matter how small their part. Making that connection with the reader is something he’s made me want to strive for.

Robin Hobb’s world building is amazing and so is G. R. R. Martin’s.

Q6: What are your writing routines?

I don’t have a set routine, it’s more like juggling. This year I’ve had several projects on the go at once, so I have to slot in the most urgent jobs first. I’ve been writing and editing book 3 – The Sentinel’s Alliance, working on edits to an audiobook for Visions of Zarua with my very talented narrator, Guy Barnes, I’ve been working on chapters of a new book that I recently pitched to agents at a writing festival. Plus I am a member of 3 different writing groups which meet and critique each other’s work every 4 to 6 weeks. There is never a moment I’m not busy with something!

Q7: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself

Just get on with it. Don’t wait for the right time, anytime can be the right time to write. Pick up a pen, open your notebook and see what happens.

Q8: What would you say to someone who wants to write?

Go for it.

It’s important to meet other writers so things like adult education classes can be great – that’s how I met my writing friends and beta readers. Also it’s good to learn the craft by entering short story competitions where you receive a critique. They can be a very helpful way to learn how to improve your writing.

Q9: If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

Not writing! I can’t imagine that! I would be doing some rubbish job I hate and I would probably be a very unhappy person to be around. If I break from writing for even just a few days, I’m sure I get withdrawal symptoms

Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?

I used to be terrified of flying, but now I love the idea of visiting other countries and wish I had more time and money to explore the world and its histories.

Thank You Suzanne

 

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

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Storm over Babylon @jennifermacaire @accentpress @Rararesources #Book4 #Q&A

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Storm over Babylon

Storms Over Babylon

The Time for Alexander Series Book 4

From the scorching plains of Persia to the opulent city of Babylon, Ashley and Alexander continue their sensuous and passionate journey through history.

Alexander the Great is now king of Persia and Greece – but his reign will be short.

Time-travelling Ashley knows when her husband will die. She’s determined to cheat Fate and save Alexander and her children, even if it brings the gates of time crashing down.

Following Alexander on a tour of his new kingdom, she plans her moves and bides her time. She must, however, convince Alexander to abandon his crown and his kingdom.

 

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I was really excited to hear more about Jennifer on this fourth book!!! of the series!

Q1: What inspired you to write Storms of Babylon?

Storms Over Babylon is the 4th book in the Time for Alexander series. It’s the pivotal part of the series, where the actual history of Alexander the Great comes to an end. Alexander, as everyone knows, died in Babylon, leaving his kingdom with no heir. The resulting wars split Asia apart. But since my book is science fiction, things don’t quite go as planned.

Q2: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

I think that Sophie Turner would do very well – she has that icy cold stare that would do well for Ashley!

Q3: How many rejections did you get before you got a publishing deal?

A ton – so many I could have wall-papered my bedroom. Now, that would have been depressing! Luckily I’m a pick-yourself-up and get-on-with-it type of person.

Q4: How did you deal with them when you started out?

Was sad for a day or two, then got back to writing and sending queries. Life is too short for dwelling on things you can’t change.

Q5: Which authors inspired you to write?

Ray Bradbury, Diana Gabaldon (of course!), and Dorothy Dunnett.

Q6: What are your writing routines?

Routines are for sissies ! – (just kidding) – my routine is getting enough coffee to keep me wired, making sure nothing is going to burn in the oven (that’s a live and learn thing), and trying to remember to stop and eat once and a while.

Q7: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself

Don’t plan on earning a living writing books. Just write because you love it, don’t stress about the small stuff, and don’t drink too much coffee.

Q8: What would you say to someone who wants to write?

I’d say “Read, read, read! Then think of a story and write it down – and most of all – finish what you start!”

Q9: If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

I’m working as an assistant for an orthodontist and I do translating as well – so when I’m not writing, I’m at work.

Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?

I grew up in the tropics. I lived in Samoa, in the Pacific, and on St. Thomas in the Caribbean. I’m fond of beaches, coconuts, and salt water. I don’t like tarantulas, sand fleas, or hurricanes – all of which go with the island life! Now I live in France, in a city, but I painted my bathroom blue and added fish, a pirate ship, and mermaids!

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Thank you for your questions – they were fun! And thank you for hosting me on your blog!

Thank you Jennifer it’s been fun X

Jennifer Macaire lives with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She loves cooking, eating chocolate, growing herbs and flowering plants on her balcony, and playing golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul high school in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modeled for five years for Elite. She met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.

 

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Instructions For Failing In Love @Blondewritemore #Q&A #selfpublished

 

Instruction For Failing In Love

 

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What would you do if your late husband left you a list of instructions on how to fall in love with someone else?

Pippa Browning is faced with this exact dilemma, three years after the death of her husband, Dan.

Buried at the bottom of a drawer are a collection of notebooks full of Dan’s advice on how to live without him.

Pippa’s notebook is red and contains his instructions on how to fall in love again.

But Dan does n’t just want Pippa to fall in love with anyone – Dan’s crazy suggestion is that Pippa should date his handsome friend, Mikey Stenton, a known thrill-seeking ladies’ man.

Reluctant to follow Dan’s advice, Pippa enters the world of dating. She embarks on a humorous journey of self-discovery, with the help of her children and two best friends.

It isn’t long before Pippa is finding it hard to ignore Dan’s instructions and Mikey Stenton.

Is Mikey really the man that everyone thinks him to be? Or was Dan right, and Mikey’s simply been misunderstood?

A heart-warming romantic comedy about motherhood, friendship and finding love, the second time around.

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I first became aware of Lucy through her amusing blog posts and then progressed to following her on social media platforms! I am forever screaming why hasn’t this women got a book deal!!!! So I was so happy to hear she was heading into the world of self-publishing and her book baby is HERE!

Q1: What inspired you to write Instructions For Failing In Love

In the second year of our marriage, my husband was diagnosed with Lymphoma; a cancer of the lymphatic system. At the time we were both 27 years of age. He went through many rounds of chemo and radiotherapy and he endured a lot of gruesome tests, scans and consultations. It was the most frightening year of our life together. We drank a lot of hospital tea, Googled the hell out of his illness, scared ourselves witless with what Google returned, relocated to Wales to be with his family, tried to carry on with normal life whilst he went for chemo, went to the pub a lot and laughed when we felt like crying. Twelve months later he got the all clear. He’s alive and well today and in 2013 he ran the London Marathon to raise money for the cancer charity he supports.

Mad as it sounds but the idea for my debut novel, Instructions For Falling In Love Again, started back when our life was in turmoil. But, I wasn’t ready to become a writer back then so I locked it away at the back of my mind.

When he ran the London Marathon, to celebrate 10 years in remission, back came my memories from when he was sick and so did the idea for a novel. My husband started carrying a little red notebook to record his training schedule. He also left  us all instructions on the fridge and creating wall planners to get us all organised. So, I decided to start writing Pippa’s story.

Q2: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself?

Not everyone will like your work. Some will and some won’t. Writing is subjective and getting hung up on this is a waste of time.

Q3: What would you say to someone who wants to write?

Write.

Q4: If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

Talking a lot and making people laugh. I think laughter is so important.

Q5: What are your writing routines?

I don’t really have one. All I know is that when a story comes to me I will binge write it in a few weeks. When I am writing I lock myself away in my head and drive my family crazy. I have been known to leave social gatherings, baby showers and shopping trips after getting an idea to write about.

Q6: Why did you decide to self-publish?

I always knew my writing path would be different. I had an inkling I would end up going in a different direction to others.

Becoming a Featured Romance author on Wattpad and my Roxy Collins series gaining 70,000 followers and 250,000 reads in 3 months, gave me some confidence to start out on my own.

This was fuelled by a lot of positive rejections from literary agents and publishers.

When I was suffering from anxiety and my life felt bleak I knew I had to let the light back in. Writing is my light. The day after I decided to go for it and self-publish, I won a competition run by Emma Mitchell and Sarah Hardy. The prize was a free proofread and blog book tour. It was like the universe was now on my side. Weirdly everything fell into place at an alarming speed. I met my book designer two days later and within a week I had my amazing book cover.

Self-publishing has brought the light back into my life. This is not about climbing the best seller charts. For me, it is about putting my art into the world and getting to talk romance with readers.

I now have eyebrows too 🙂 (see question 10)

Q7: What writing tools do use, and which one could you not live without?

  • The Emotional Thesaurus by Angela Akerman & Becca Puglisi.
  • 10 Steps to Hero by Sacha Black.
  • Writing friends

Q8: Which authors inspired you to write?

Nicola May. She’s shown the world what self-published authors can achieve and her books are excellent.

Q9: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

Pippa should be played by Jessica Biel. I think she’s naturally beautiful and even in old clothes she would still look amazing.

Mikey should be played by Liam Hemsworth. A handsome bad boy with a secret good heart.

Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know.

At the start of this year I lost my eyebrows and chunks of my hair due to stress. Up until this point I thought stress was something other people suffered from.

My life was filled with anxiety and dark feelings. It didn’t feel like I was in control anymore. So, I decided to change my life. I listed out all the things which were making me unhappy. One of them was letting my writing gather dust in folders after being showered with rejections. It felt like I was writing for my electronic folders. This was making me depressed.

So, I decided to be brave and grabbed control of my life. In one month I found another job (after nine years in the same role), got rid of my company car, went on holiday with my friends and sent my book to an editor.

By the start of May my eyebrows were coming back and my hair had stopped falling out. It is now June and I can’t believe how I have transformed my life.

Thank you Lucy x

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When she’s not working or writing, she can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine.

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When a British Diplomat is kidnapped in the heart of London, followed by a brutal double-assassination in Chelsea, MI5 braces for the threat of deep sleeper cells coming alive.

Hiding overseas with a price on his head, Sean Richardson is tasked to lead a deniable operation to hunt down and recruit an international model and spy. Moving across Asia Minor and Europe, Sean embarks on a dangerous journey tracking an Iranian spy ring who hold the keys to a set of consequences the British Intelligence Services would rather not entertain.

As Sean investigates deeper, he uncovers dark secrets from his past and a complex web of espionage spun from the hand of a global master spy. As he inches closer to the truth, the rules of the game change – and the nerve-wracking fate of many lives sits in his hands…

Tense, absorbing, and insightful, The Kompromat Kill is a gripping thriller leaving you breathless at the pace of intrigue, cleverly unravelled in a dramatic finale.

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Q1: What inspired you to write the book?

I was keen to follow up from my first novel, and provide a high octane novel incorporating some of the same the same characters, but taking the storyline from the failsafe query, on a new journey but keeping the golden threads of the agencies, politics, and ground operators. Hopefully, it will be seen as an insightful step forward. The novel can be read as a stand-alone, or as a follow on from the failsafe Query.

Q2: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself?

Learn from, and listen to other authors, and read lots to learn the tips and genius ideas that many authors have. Then create your own voice and style which I hope I have. The keep learning through reading, doing online research or attending courses

Q3: What would you say to someone who wants to write?

Play about with it – learn online and from courses about creative writing and all the tips that readers love to see in a novel. Write as if you are a reader wanted to be entertained, and wanting to turn the page at every chapter end – leave them if you can on a cliff-hanger. But have your own natural style.

Q4: If you weren’t writhing what would you be doing?

Climbing mountains and planning scientific exploration ventures across the world – age has suggested to me that writing is now a better career for me !

Q5: What are your writing routines?

Absolutely zero routine! I have a full time day job, a family with children, and a hectic life with social and sports that stops routine – I spend the first 3 months thinking and plotting a spy novel, creating linkage maps of characters and plots, then I create an outline plot with sub plot – plus more research and thinking. I like to intertwine topical political events, with current geo-political threats, and then build a story line and a character arc that merges the strategic politics with the frustrations and conflict of the ground operators. Then I’ll write for 5 or 6 months grabbing time at home wherever I can. The final 3 months is editing and preparing for publication.

Q6: Why did you decide to self-publish?

I spoke to a few authors who suggested it was great fun and gave better control. So I decided to dabble, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I enjoy creating my own marketing images and campaigns, formatting for kindle and paperback, typesetting for print, and planning marketing ventures. It really is a great journey to take the novel through from plotting to writing, then publishing with all the frustrations and drama it entails.

Q7: What writing tools do use, and which one could you not live without?

Very simple really – a laptop with office 365, a desk, a plotting book, and some great marketing software. I really need the software – else it’s back to the written word!

Q8: Which authors inspired you to write?

Tom Clancy, Wilbur Smith, Len Deighton, John Le Carre, Graham Greene.

Q9: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

For Sean, I think Tom Hiddleston or Luke Evans, and for Jack, probably someone like Michael Kitchen

Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know.

I work in cyber security and am a passionate rugby union fan and former coach of youth and children – I love all sports and represented Wales at Athletics and cross country in my youth.

Thank you Michael X

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Michael Jenkins served for twenty-eight years in the British
Army, rising through the ranks to complete his service as a major. He served across the globe on numerous military operations as an intelligence officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal Engineers.

His experiences within the services involved extensive travel and
adventure whilst on operations, and also on many major mountaineering
and exploration expeditions that he led or was involved in.
He was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical
Society for mountain exploration and served on the screening committee
of the Mount Everest Foundation charity.

He was awarded the MBE on leaving the armed forces in 2007 for his services to counterterrorism.

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Solstice Sizzle (Book 2)

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Johan Rogers is a sharpshooting family lawyer who is close to burn out. This is affecting his ability with the Magiks and his once reliable skill as a medium. On a whim, he’s come south to Edi’s shop, Crystal Sands, for a break over the summer solstice. He’s looking for fun, nothing serious, and definitely no commitment.

That’s how things start with the stunning Nova. But then a side of him he’s repressed to be a lawyer begins to emerge. Can he get a handle on his emotions, or will Nova help him to realize his full potential with the Magiks?

Nova McGinnis is struggling to find her unique skill with the Magiks. She’s been repressed too long, and despite Edi’s help, her ability is erratic at best. It’s been nearly a month of trying and she’s made minimal progress. Frustrated, she sees Johan as the perfect distraction.

It was meant to be just a summer love affair, but things are developing into something more lasting. Will a hot love affair prevent Nova from discovering her Magik ability, or help her?

 

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As a best selling Amazon Author, I was keen to learn more about Lilliana,

Q1: What inspired you to write Solstice Sizzle?

I’m writing a series, Pagan Pleasures, which is centered around some of the pagan celebrations in a calendar year. One of these is the summer solstice, so this became the source of my inspiration for the book, Solstice Sizzle. This along with my fascination with psychic abilities. I enjoy metaphysical theories, and I drew on my experiences, and knowledge to inspire this story, and make up the characters and their HEA.

Q2: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

Chris Evans would look great as Johan. Mila Kuinis would be fabulous as Nova.

Q3: How many rejections did you get before you got a publishing deal?

I haven’t counted. A lot of publishing houses never actually got back to me, so I had to assume their response was a ‘no’. It just got to the point where I was more focussed on sending my books out into the world, and then writing the next book.

Q4: How did you deal with them when you started out?

Chocolate, red wine, and friends! Then I would go and write my next book 🙂

Q5: Which authors inspired you to write?

I’m going back to my childhood favorites with this list! I really enjoyed books by May Gibbs, CS Lewis, and Enid Blyton.

Q6: What are your writing routines?

My main routine is to go to my favorite cafés, get a coffee, and sit and write for a few hours. I get my best work done out in a café, while drinking a flat white soy!

Q7: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself

To follow my intuition more than the advice out there. Each author’s journey is different, and it is about finding what works for me.

Q8: What would you say to someone who wants to write?

Go for it! Initially when starting out, try and make writing a habit, and write every day no matter what. Join some groups and connect with other writers. Work out who your audience is that you’re writing for, and above all have fun.

Q9: If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

I would be teaching!

Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?

I’m a Reiki Master!

Thank you Lilliana,

Lilliana is an Amazon Bestselling author, who writes romance in the subgenres of contemporary, paranormal, steampunk, and rural. She enjoys helping characters overcome problems, or issues, and the misunderstandings that often plague relationships, to help them fall in love. Whether it city heels being replaced with country work boots, or some magic beyond this world, or cogs and gears and corsets, each story shows how love can prevail.

Solstice Sizzle, is the second book in the Pagan Pleasures Series.

 

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Children In Chains

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Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling is determined to shut down the syndicate flooding Bradchester’s streets with young prostitutes.

When a child is murdered, Paolo becomes aware of a sinister network of abusers spread across Europe, and spanning all levels of society. But Joey, the shadowy leader of the gang, always seems to be one step ahead in the chase.

Has Paolo come up against a criminal he cannot defeat?

 

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I am on the blog tour for the third book in the series, so I was excited to get to know the author prior to reading the next book.

Q1: What inspired you to write Children in Chains?

Children in Chains deals with one of the worst crimes I can think of – trafficking children. I had to carry out a lot of upsetting research to make sure my facts were correct, but the more I delved, the more determined I was to bring to bring this hideous slavery to light. The reviews so far say I’ve dealt with the difficult topic with sensitivity. I hope that’s the case.

Q2: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

Ewan McGregor

Q3: How many rejections did you get before you got a publishing deal?

Oh wow! For my crime novels, very few. I was lucky and my series arrived in the right place at the right time. However, outside of the D.I. Sterling novels, I’ve had so many rejections I lost count years ago.

Q4: How did you deal with them when you started out?

I made voodoo dolls of the editors and stuck pins in them. Not really!

If the rejection came with some advice, I generally took it and tried to improve my work. If it was a generic rejection, I swore, stamped my feet, threw a hissy fit and then got back to writing again.

Q5: Which authors inspired you to write?

For a crime writer, this might surprise you, but my first ever writing inspiration came from reading Georgette Heyer as a teenager. She had the most amazing touch with characters, settings, dialogue and plots – in fact everything that is essential if we want to captivate our readers.

Q6: What are your writing routines?

I am involved in so many writing activities via my ‘day job’ that I have to fit in my own writing as and when I can. I try to write between 1,000 and 3,000 words a day, but don’t always achieve that. However, I won’t go to bed unless I’ve written at least 500

Q7: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself

Give myself easier writing targets. Getting down 500 words a day is much easier than trying to cram 3,000 words into a time slot that isn’t really long enough.

Q8: What would you say to someone who wants to write?

Advice #1: Do it! Open a page on a computer, buy a notebook, scribble on your study walls, but get those words down – and don’t listen to anyone who tells you to stop.

Advice #2: Buy a copy of Stephen King’s On Writing and follow his advice about not showing your early drafts to anyone.

Q9: What would you be doing if you weren’t writing?

I cannot imagine a time when I wouldn’t be writing. Even when I’m on holiday and nowhere near my laptop, I’m still writing in my head, making up dialogue and planning new plots.

If I really had to find something else to do, I’d open a small restaurant as I love cooking.

Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?

I am a grandmother and seriously hope my grandsons never read my books. It’s bad enough that I have shocked (and horrified – Mum writes about stuff like this?) my children, without doing the same to the next generation.

Thank you Lorraine, I can’t wait for the third book in the series to appear in my inbox

When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.

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