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Today’s madness has inspired this may you all live in peace and harmony

We struggle to understand the madness
We strive to comprehend the why
Religion teaches love not hate
So why oh why do they take innocent lives

God is known by many a name
His teachings teach us all the same
Love thy neighbour, thou shalt not kill
But unbelievers will do as they will

Keep your faith it’s yours to cherish
Love your life and live it well
Turn your cheek and strive to live
In happiness health and in god’s true grace

By Harvey Jones

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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR GRACE HUDSON

 

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Welcome to this month’s author, the lovely Grace Hudson

Harvey Jones
Hi Grace, please tell us a bit about yourself.

Grace Hudson
Hi and thanks for the interview! I live in bayside Melbourne, near the ocean and close to the city. I enjoy watching horror movies, I love classic cars, and I drink a lot of coffee.

Harvey Jones
Having read a few of your books I’d like to know how you came to write the series FERTS – which is marvellous by the way!

Grace Hudson
Thank you! I can’t recall if the acronym or full name (Fertility Emigration Resource and Training Supply) came first, but I remember it had a sense of foreboding about it and the story just grew from there. I looked at the title and it felt creepy, like that feeling you get when you see a shadow in the mirror or hear a strange noise at night. I grew up with horror movies and books so I knew after the first few lines that this story was going to be pretty dark. I also knew when I wrote FERTS that it was book one, but I wrote it as a standalone. When people kept messaging me about doing a sequel, I trusted in the characters and just went for it. All the books in the series are standalones but I’d still read them in order.
Harvey Jones
Do you have a preference for what you write, are you versatile in your writing?

Grace Hudson
I have written various articles, short stories, novels and flash fiction. My preference is novels – I enjoy having a bit of time to tell the story.

Harvey Jones
What book made the most impact on you when reading and do you have a favourite author?

Grace Hudson
I read IT by Stephen King when I was 13 or 14. It scarred me for life, but in a good way. I love Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Sylvia Plath and Shakespeare. Funny combination, I know. I enjoy horror that actually scares me. If I get chills or can’t sleep because of a book, I am officially a fan.

Harvey Jones
Self publishing is quite a minefield, what do you love and hate about the whole process?
Grace Hudson
I love everything about it. I am a megalomaniac so I like to control everything. But I’m a good megalomaniac. Really.

Harvey Jones
What are you working on now – can we have a sneak peek?

Grace Hudson
Haha! No. I never show anything until it’s done but I can tell you it’s a horror (yay!), it’s set in Lorne, Australia and it’s horrific in some parts and funny in others.

Harvey Jones
Can we have your links to your author page twitter etc

Grace Harvey
https://www.amazon.com/Grace-Hudson/e/B010TJ6XVG/
http://www.gracehudson.net

http://www.goodreads.com/gracehudson

Harvey Jones
What advice would you give a new author trying to publish?

Grace Hudson
I’d say read a lot of books and do a lot of research. Then write, write some more and publish. Then write some more and publish some more. Listen to feedback. Write more. Get better. Repeat.

Harvey Jones
Finally, where does your inspiration for your stories come from and which one of your books is your favourite?

Grace Hudson
I can’t pick one out of the books that I’ve done so far. I suppose my favourite is the one I’m working on, whatever that may be! As for inspiration, I like to observe humans. I love details, nuances in speech, body language, that sort of thing. The way people interact is the greatest inspiration for me.

Harvey Jones
Well thank you Grace for the insight into your world, we wish you much success for the future.

Grace Hudson
Thank you so much!

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AN INTERVIEW WITH ARLINE LOTT MILLER

 

Welcome everyone to another worthy author, we say hi to the lovely Arline Lott Miller

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Harvey Jones
Hi Arline, please tell us a bit about yourself.

Arline
First, let me thank you for this interview. I love talking but usually not about myself. I work full time as a project manager and write as my escape. I am a romantic myself so romance comes easily for me but I am also a mystery fan and that adds the suspense in my writing. I thrive on challenges and goals. My goal when I was a young lady was to write a book one day. I have written a blog since 2012 and love to encourage others to dream and see if that dream can become a reality. Family is important to me and my sweet romance with my husband gives me inspiration.

Harvey Jones
Have you always enjoyed writing and who or what inspires you?

Arline
I have always loved reading and from reading a variety of authors I was inspired to write. Poetry was the first avenue I took along with short stories. One of my English teachers, Ms. Moorman, used one of my book reviews as an example of how it should be written and she inspired me to see the writing gift I have been given.

Harvey Jones
When you’re writing what does your work station look like ?

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Arline
I guess that is an example of my ‘out of the box’ personality. I have a beautiful desk which is a wonderful venue for writing but both of my books were written from my laptop propped on my legs while I sat on my bed. I have a nice stand which I do use for the long stints. I love being comfortable and this position is relaxing but functional.

Harvey Jones
I know you have two wonderful romance books out now, A Mistress A Wife and Tell Me Lies Love Me Still, is there a third?

Arline
I have begun writing the third and final book in this Reflections of Love series and it’s titled Riddle Me This, Love or Bliss? I title my books before I write, which may or may not be the norm for writing but I set the mood from the title.

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Harvey Jones
Could we have links to your books and any other links you use?
Arline
A Mistress, A Wife
by Arline Miller
Link: http://amzn.com/B00ZPT6VIG

Tell Me Lies; Love Me Still (Reflections of Love Book 2)
by Arline Miller
Link: http://a.co/1vmFP6m

A Mistress, A Wife by Arline Miller
Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ZPT6VIG
FACEBOOK: @arlinemiller1author

Twitter: Arline Miller@arline_miller
Email: arlinemiller@bellsouth.net
My Blog: http://www.sippingcupsofinspiration.wordpress.com

My Website: http://arlinemiller7.wixsite.com/website
Harvey Jones
You also do a very interesting blog – what do you want to achieve through your posts?

Arline
My blog was inspired from my post messages on Facebook. Many people encouraged me to start a blog when I was unfamiliar with what a blog meant. It has developed from inspirational life lessons to a format of learning new ways to look at life’s issues, thought provoking focuses, and healthy eating pages. I have added pages to include a page of quotes I created. I want the readers to begin their thought process from a topic and develop their path of an enhanced life.

Harvey Jones
Would share an example of one of your blogs from your cups of inspiration?

Arline
The blog post which had the most views and is still one of my faves focused on the innocence and honesty of children. Here is the blog post:

TODAY THE WORDS are OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES. This topic is inspired by two of our five grandsons visiting us this weekend. We, as adults, try to express ourselves in a tactful way while children call it as they see it. There is a sense of innocent air when a child is in your presence and it is refreshing for a change. It is a lesson to all of us grown up kids, who some are more grown up than others to remember; innocence is a good thing. If a child likes something he or she is eating, the words yum or yummy; if they don’t they express that dislike as much. Adventures and new things are expressed with eyes wide open, smiles on their faces and they truly enjoy life at its best. They don’t have any trouble telling grown-ups if they are not ready to do things; they express when they are ready. Statements like Abram and Nolan were saying, “We don’t like spiders but we would go on spaceships” shows the broad spectrum of their imagination. It is easy for them to say I love Nana; I love Granddaddy but either of us may go up or down on the scale of love and we may score 100 or 500 at any given time. We work hard to get the 500 I can assure you and there is fierce competition between Nana and Granddaddy.
Now for the deeper thought. Innocence is sometimes lost in the adult world and I may not be advocating that we become children and say what always comes to our mind. Children can say things and it is looked at humorously, but what comes out of adult mouths should reflect others’ reaction to what we say. We should however be honest with our thoughts and intentions. Deceit is not healthy for young or old. Remember, children learn from adults and if they hear things that are not true or honest, they learn fast and therefore, innocence may be lost. God loves pureness, truthfulness, innocence, and most importantly, love. All parents, all grandparents, stop for a moment, and close your eyes…. think of one of the precious little ones who says openly and honestly, “I love you Nana Five Hundred.” Love is wonderful with life thrown in; Life is wonderful with love thrown in!
Harvey Jones
Do you write any other genre?
Arline
I haven’t written in another genre as yet, but I want to venture into non-fiction in the future. Several people have approached me with their stories of real life adventure, mystery and histories and this sparked an interest to tell their stories.

 

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Harvey Jones
What advice would you give to anyone thinking of writing a novel?

Arline
I think the best advice is to dedicate oneself to the novel completion. It requires dedication and sacrifice to see a book through to the finished product. It is a work of art and an individual masterpiece and whatever the product becomes, this will have one’s name on it. The thrill of seeing my name on my books is worth all the time invested in each one. When you read the finished book, stop and think, “Would I be able to put this book down if I chose to read it?”

Harvey Jones
Well I have to say it’s been a pleasure to speak to you and we wish you much success for the future and thank you for taking the time to chat to us.

 

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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ROSE CHANNING

 

Welcome back to our monthly interview. This month we are welcoming Rose Channing.

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Harvey Jones
Hi Rose, please tell us a bit about yourself.

Rose Channing
Why is it that authors can write hundreds of pages about the worlds inside our heads, and yet when we’re asked, “tell me about yourself,” we completely freeze? Probably because you already know the most important thing about me: I’m an author. I live for chasing magic and dreams, so questions people ask about my “real” life seem irrelevant. But, for anyone who wants to know, I grew up in Oregon, graduated with a degree in psychology, now I work in a grocery store, and… Who cares? Let’s get real.

I’m in love with Jenna Marbles. I can’t go a day without acapella music. I’m a hardcore, stereotypical introvert, and enjoy staying indoors on rainy days with a cup of tea and a book. My introversion can turn to a cynical attitude at times, but I’m also an optimist at heart. More than anything else, I want to share Crossworlds with this world—actually, to be honest, that was a secondary dream. The real dream is to actually live in a magical world, so bringing one to life here was only the next best thing. I also have a tendency to go off on tangents that can turn into rants. I also have an intense fear of running out of time, and I don’t know why because I’m only 27 years old. But, time seems to move exponentially faster as we grow older, and there’s so much I want to do and become before it’s over. I could go on, but you only asked for “a bit” so I should wrap this up. If you really want to know who I am, read The Mansion’s Twins. You’ll know me better than my own parents.

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Harvey Jones
What is your inspiration for writing and what genre do you focus on?

Rose Channing
I’ve always been in love with magic and fantasy, and anything that lifted me out of the real world. My desire to capture that led me to a lot of places, from childhood games and backyard exploration, to practicing lucid dreaming so I could capture and control an unreal world. I’ve been inspired by every part of the search. Dreams, games, books, it all played a part, and I discovered I could make something about of nothing. That, to me, is real magic. Once I discovered what daydreaming and playing around could lead me to create, I gave myself permission to go further, even though others considered it childish or lazy. Permission to play was my most powerful tool for inspiration. Obviously, my genre of choice was fantasy. I also wanted to stay in the young adult realm to capture both the magic of childhood, and the discovery and adventure of growing up.

Harvey Jones
How do you get into your characters to make them real and who is your favorite character?

Rose Channing
My sister used to make fun of me for having imaginary friends, thinking it was “just a phase.” I defiantly responded with “I’ll still have imaginary friends when I’m a teenager!” Guess who was right? I still have them as an adult. I would pretend Ellie and Savannah would talk to me through the mirror in my room, like they were talking to me from the other world, and that’s how I got to know them.

Character development has always been one of my favorite parts of writing, combining my love of studying people’s minds with my love of creating stories. When people ask me what I’m going to “do” with my psychology degree, sometimes I’ll laugh and say “character development?” like it’s a joke. Truthfully, it’s been very helpful to put myself into their shoes and really explore their perspectives.

I found the twins easier to form because of my many “conversations” with them, and because they have almost opposite personalities. I learned who they were by contrasting them against each other.

But, I think my favorite character is Eva. A dancer with purple hair, strong magic, and a dark secret? What’s not to love? She was one of those characters who always drew my attention back to her, who said, “hey, I’ve got something incredible going on! It’s even better than Ellie and Savannah! You need to tell my story too!”
Harvey Jones
Have you been influenced by any authors, and which author do you read most?

Rose Channing
I’m sure I was influenced by JK Rowling, as the Harry Potter series was the beginning of my love of fantasy. Another influential author is Cornelia Funke. I loved the idea of characters from a book coming to life in the real world, like in “Inkheart.”

But my all time favorite series is Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. It’s what first opened my eyes to the existence of other worlds. Wow, that sounded weird, but it’s the truth. These books stuck with me most for several reasons: They made other worlds seem perfectly real and plausible (I’ve believed ever since), I fell absolutely in love with hot air balloons and people who fly them because of Lee Scoresby, and these books smashed my heart to pieces in ways I didn’t even think possible. Really. That thing that happened toward the end of The Amber Spyglass was the most devastating thing I’ve ever read, and nothing has even come close to topping it. I’ve actually had to hide the books for years to avoid re-reading, simply because I know I can’t handle it emotionally. Also, these were the books that inspired over half of Crossworlds: I was reading The Golden Compass when I paused and thought, “I want to meet these people.” I then stared into space for about twenty minutes, and the second half of the Crossworlds series was born, where Rose meets her characters, and tries to figure out whether or not she has real power over their lives.
Harvey Jones
Do you have any hobbies and do they inspire any of your writings?

I’ve tried out a variety of creative hobbies, because they all help to keep my brain active and ready for new ideas and inspiration. I grew up with ballet classes, and soon included tap and jazz. I played the violin, and took some acting classes. I joined the dance team in high school, and sang in the choir. It’s a secondary dream of mine to be in an acapella group, but despite auditioning multiple times in college, I never made it in. But, maybe someday I’ll sing in my very own Summer’s Angels. Anyway… I also love trying to draw my characters, despite having zero talent for it. Whenever I find myself putting off my writing, I try to ease back into my world in another way, which is usually drawing or singing.

Harvey Jones
What are you currently writing and can we have a sneaky peek?

Rose Channing
Right now I am working on the prequel to The Mansion’s Twins, which will take us way back in time, all the way to the days of Claire and Dimitri. Stories of the Early Days will reveal what really happened between Claire, Lidia, and Dimitri, not to mention, you know, the entire start of existence in this magical world. I’ll go ahead and give a little glimpse:

“What has he been telling you?” Lidia said.
“What? Who?”
“Dimitri, of course. I heard all the strange questions your little twins asked, wondering why we even wanted immortality in the first place. Who wouldn’t? Aren’t I right, Claire? Don’t you still want everything we dreamed about?”
“I…” She paused. Lidia could see right through a lie. “I do, but…”
“But what?”
“If we go to the mansion, we can’t hurt anyone who lives there. It the center of the world’s magic, we don’t have the right—”
“The right? Don’t you think we’ve earned the right? I see what he’s doing to you. You think you love him, don’t you? But would you hold on to that for nothing in return? No one’s going to remember your name if you stay with him. He’s holding you back! I’m not asking you to hurt him—I’m not asking you to hurt anyone, all I want is to get inside the mansion. Why haven’t you even taken me there?”
“Lidia, I—I’m sorry.”
“You promised me no more secrets.”
“I didn’t want to put my twins in danger, I—”
“I know, Claire, I know. But now they’re gone. You’ve been to the center of magic, you can lead us there too!”
“I didn’t go alone,” Claire said. “I don’t know the way, not by myself.”
“Then we’ll find a way. But first, just between us… What was it like?”
“I… I don’t have words for it…”
“You don’t have to. I can see it in your eyes. Don’t you want that feeling back? What if you could have it all the time?”
Claire was silent. She couldn’t deny she wanted what Lidia described, but that didn’t matter. Dimitri was worth more. Wasn’t he?

Can we have links to your Facebook Twitter Amazon etc?

Rose Channing

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crossworldsauthor
Twitter: @RoseMChanning
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Rose-M.-Channing/e/B00L796XI6/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Blog: http://www.crossworldsbooks.com/

Harvey Jones
What do you find frustrating about publishing, and what advice would you give authors?

Rose Channing
I think the most frustrating parts have been learning to format my books and covers. Other parts of the process, the writing, editing, even the marketing, can certainly be frustrating, but they’re far more fun because I can still live inside the world of the story. Formatting and struggling to learn the weird techy side of it sometimes feels tedious and like a waste of time. Which of course, drives me up the wall because I’m terrified of running out of time. I should be building my world…

Anyway, I think the advice I’d give authors is to remember why we started. Remember the joy of it. If you set out to publish, and your first priority is fame and fortune, you’re doing it wrong. Of course we all want that, and anyone who says they don’t care about it is straight up lying. So, if that’s high on what you want, well, of course it is! That’s not really going to help or hinder you—actually, it might help if it drives you to keep going. But if there’s no joy, you won’t get far. Of course you want the fame and fortune, but I’ll bet that’s not why you started writing.

I’ll bet you set out because of something deeper. You fell in love with the magic of books. You fell in love with this magical ability to create something out of nothing, taking people to new worlds using only 26 letters. Isn’t that crazy? Doesn’t that make you believe in magic again? Whenever you feel that frustration, remember why you started, and what you’ve already accomplished. You have an actual magical ability. Be proud, and don’t give up.

Harvey Jones
What was your first attempt at writing, did you publish it or file it?

That’s hard to say, because when I first began “writing” I was only trying to capture a secret world so I could remember it later in life. I wanted to remember the magic of my childhood, and carry it with me. I thought I was terrible at “writing” because I was always limited to school work, I didn’t even realize I was already doing it! But eventually I realized scribbling in my notebook to keep these dreams and memories was my favorite part of every day. I loved talking to my imaginary friends through the mirror, pretending they were really coming from another world. I watched a story form, which turned into a book, which turned into two, and so on. Ellie and Savannah’s world was always my home, that’s where I began and that’s where I’ll stay. I think The Mansion’s Twins was my first attempt at writing, and many years later I did publish it.

Harvey Jones
Rose we thank you for this insight into your writing world and wish you success with all your books.

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An Interview with Author Lynette Ferreira

 

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We are back this week with the lovely Lynette Ferreira, author of numerous books including a series of short stories, The OtherWorld

Harvey Jones
Please tell us a little about yourself.

Lynette Ferreira
I was born in South Africa, but I now reside in Northern Ireland. I am hoping with all my heart to move just a few miles north, to live in the Republic of Ireland and maybe my wishes will come true before the end of this year. This year, I’ll be halfway through a century, and even though I am over-the-moon happy I have managed to survive all these years, it’s still daunting when considering what I’ve done with all those days, all those hours. Did I live up to my purpose? I write stories mostly for young adults, and I always try to keep it motivational. When young people email me, telling me, ‘It is as if I am meant to read your stories.’ it makes every dark circle under my eyes from lack of sleep, every wrinkle and every grey hair worth the effort. I don’t think I’ve ever grown up, really. I still remember my first crush fondly and it still upsets me that he never noticed how awesome I am. I still remember my first kiss, how it felt going to a new school, making new friends, everything. It is as if my mind stopped churning when I reached the age of fifteen, and only started warming up again when I wrote My Recycled Soul. Recently, my stories are starting to get a religious theme as well, but perhaps that’s okay and just maybe it ties in with the motivational theme. I like listening to boy bands, but recently I have considered that maybe it’s not because they are boy bands, maybe it is just the kind of music they sing. I like songs which are lyric driven with an amazing chorus, which I can sing out loud. I also like music from the 60’s and obviously, Country Music. Depending on my mood, sometimes I even listen to songs of praise. As I get older, I am supposed to start eating healthier, but I have developed a fondness for takeaways – the horror! I suppose it might be because I would rather write than cook.

Harvey Jones
Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Lynette Ferreira
I don’t want to lie, but I honestly don’t know. It just happens.

Harvey Jones
What book have you read that has left you with a lasting impression

Lynette Ferreira
The only book I have ever read more than once was From The Corner Of His Eye by Dean Koontz. I just love that story and I suppose there is something about the way it’s written which resonates with me. It’s about Bartholomew, who is born on a day of tragedy and all agree that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen. At the age of three, he is blinded when surgeons remove his eyes to save him from a fast-spreading cancer. As he copes with his blindness and proves to be a prodigy, his mother counsels him that all things happen for a reason and that every person’s life has an effect on every other person’s, in often unknowable ways.

Harvey Jones
I read ForNever and was intrigued by the storyline, how did you come up with this plot and is there a sequel?

Lynette Ferreira
There are two sequels to ForNever – hopefully published by the end of 2017. As you know, in ForNever, Heather has to choose between Jayden and Kieran. She has to choose true love to break the spell. In ForNever 2, it’s about revenge and dark magic, and a plot to have Heather murdered so that it can start all over again. In ForNever 3, Heather goes to the past. At the end of the trilogy, the series will be representative of the story, because as the reader finishes book three, they could start book one again, and it would always be a continuous circle.

Harvey Jones
What are you working on now?

Lynette Ferreira

For expanded distribution, I am working on re-publishing The Vampire Virus and Insight, both novellas which have been fleshed out and are now novels.
The Vampire Virus is part of The Vampire Pirate Saga, a series with stand-alone stories, and not necessarily following one after the other. It is a series with the same characters. In The Vampire Virus, they are trying to find the fountain of youth and inadvertently he becomes known as Jack the Ripper.
In Insight, Daryl has super-emphatic powers, while Samantha lives in an abusive environment. It is a teen social issues/romance kind of story.
For Amazon Exclusive, I am working on The OtherWorld, a series of short stories published weekly and available to read for free on Kindle Unlimited. It is about four girls who live in Strangely, who have powers of the magical kind. Eventually, they will have to go to New York to save Abby who has been stolen by Gorgon, where they will battle demons and try to save humanity.There is lots of love, drama, angst and all things amazing. *SPOILERS* Emily and Zara fall in love. Jenny falls for a demon she cannot and may never, ever have. Abby becomes so much more than just a girl who loves a boy. Also, this story has been classified as New Adult, so it will become steamy!
Harvey Jones
I know you self publish so what advice would you give to authors who want to self publish?

Lynette Ferreira
Be prepared to work very long hours; always study and learn to keep up with the latest trends about Social Media and advertising; learn to make promo banners and videos; become a bookkeeper; learn how to use PhotoShop; familiarise yourself with filling in tax forms; and a list of skills so long it becomes mind-boggling. Oops, I didn’t even mention actually writing the story. The majority of authors (self-published and house-published), will never live in a mansion, will not be able to retire rich, and most probably cannot afford to buy groceries without a partner who supports and feeds them or having a second income. Royalty shares are dismal and if you think you’ll get rich quick, you are going down the wrong route. However, if you don’t mind being dirt poor, and it is your dream to share your stories, just do it.

Harvey Jones
Who is your favourite author and why?

Lynette Ferreira
Am I supposed to say a classic author, like Shakespeare or Bronte, as so many other authors mention? Because truth be told, they aren’t – and to be honest I have never read any of their books, although I have watched the movies. When I was a young girl, I devoured Mills & Boons books. As I got older, in a time before eBooks, I only read Dean Koontz and Stephen King. Now, with so, so many books on offer, I don’t read a particular author any more. If the book has an amazing cover with a title that grabs my attention, I’ll read the story.

Harvey Jones
Do you enjoy doing all the work for your books, covers, editing etc?

Lynette Ferreira
I do enjoy having control of my stories, my writing style and the covers. A long time ago, I was published by another and I did not like the cover they chose, but I did not have a say and had to go with what others told me was right or wrong. Doing everything can be time consuming, and I would rather write and leave everything else to someone else. Maybe, one day, when I am rich I’ll have some people to assist me, but until then I have to do it all myself. Sometimes it is nice to pump up the volume on my playlist and just sit back to create some banners and book covers.

Harvey Jones
Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of your writing?

Lynette Ferreira
Does walking for a purpose count? If yes, I do enjoy walking. I love reading fiction, and I am one of those people who have an over-active mind which won’t stop solving the world’s problems so I have to read when I go to bed, as it focusses my mind on one thing and helps me to fall asleep (much healthier than having to take sleeping tablets). I used to work 24/7, but recently have started taking Sundays off, so I enjoy spending this time going for drives in the countryside with my family. Leaving the built up city makes my soul feel able to breathe. I can also watch nine years of a series in a week.

Harvey Jones
Would you give us a glimpse of one of your books – a little taster so to speak?

Lynette Ferreira
I’ll post the beginning of Unbreakable, due for release later this year:
He watches the amber, iridescent light of the street lamp above him shine down upon the old, grey side-walk. Pinkish, brown bubble-gum circles decorate the grey slate. The rain falls incessantly down and the glow around the street light grows larger and larger. Rivulets run down the slight incline toward the deep, dark throat of the city. All the pain, suffering, and sins are being washed into the cesspool down under. For a while, the city will have a clean gleaming look to it, until the persistent stench of humankind smother and taint it again.
On a step in an alcove to a barbershop, huddled against the door, he sits. His blonde hair is dirty and streaked with filth. It hangs across his forehead and clings to his neck; it curls over the edge of his used-to-be green sweater. His blue eyes are dull and tired. He struggles to keep them open and he has a dirty grey blanket wrapped around his shoulders. His legs are pulled up against his chest, because although it is summer, the rain falling relentlessly in the streets in front of him, has brought a chill with it.
His stomach hurts from hunger, because it is a struggle to get small change from most people. They think he will waste it on drugs. Considering they are all on their way home to a warm meal, a loving family, a cosy bed, so even if he used the spare change they dug out from the bottom of their purses for drugs or alcohol, would that not ease his own personal suffering. How judgemental they are. Tonight when they go home, they will swallow their prescription drugs and sleep the slumber of the righteous.
He is not here because he has a drug problem. He is not here because he has a drinking problem. He is here, because he has no family. He grew up alone.
Hungry and lonely – the faith and believe he once had in other people, soon proved to be empty hopes.
Sometimes he will see the pity and fear in people’s eyes. Fear that at any moment, in the blink of an eye, they could be plunged into the same situation as him. Mostly though they avoid him, quickly pull out a few cents, and hand it to him, putting it cautiously into his dirty outstretched hand.
When he ran away from the system. he went into the big, wide world with a basic education, no skills and nowhere to live. For fifteen years, he lived within the confines of the orphanage, only leaving every Sunday with all the other boys to go to church and then herded back through the large ornate gates back to his room. A room he shared with nineteen other boys. Meals were always served at the same time, every day, three times a day. A strict, scheduled day. Then suddenly it was all gone.

Harvey Jones
Please can we have links to your author page etc?

Lynette Ferreira
Lynette on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lynette-Ferreira/e/B002XZVFSQ
Lynette on Lulu Press: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/lynetteferreira
Lynette on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLynetteFerreira/
Lynette on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LynetteFerreira
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Harvey Jones
Finally thanks for sharing a little of yourself with us today. Is there anything else you would like to say before we go?

Lynette Ferreira
Thank you for taking the time to interview me and sharing it on your blog. It’s been fun 🙂

SPRINGTIME IS HERE

 

Come with me as I take a stroll along the costal path and woods. I’m taking my faithful companion Connie, my German shepherd, it is definitely a stroll as I’m not able to go as quickly as I used to with my artificial knee and the old arthritis. I have to laugh as Connie is the same as she hobbles along in front sniffing the new wondrous smells that assault her now greying snout.
We see the first amazing signs of spring snowdrops, they are beautiful dancing gaily in the breeze as white as snow under the shelter of the trees.

Connie continues to snuffle around as I spy crocus, a dark shade of yellow just opening to the pale spring sun. They too are under the trees and as I look up I see the new buds just starting to form here and there. There are a few hanging catkins swaying gently back and forth.

We wander on and come to the path that leads to the sea, our favourite place, the Old Harbour with its pebbles on the top part of the beach leading to the coarse sands.

Connie is now only interested in her ball; I throw it with the ball chucker and she runs fairly well to retrieve it. As she trots back she paddles in the small stream that runs to the sea, she loves it so much here splashing about and then lying down in the icy water, I smile – rather her than me!

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I sit on a low wall recovering my breath and she lies beside me panting with a lop-sided grin and her tongue hanging out. I scratch her head and talk my usual nonsense to her as if she understands every word I say – between you and me I’m sure she does.
Even with the sun shining it’s still a tad nippy but it’s just too nice to return. I watch the sparrows pairing up singing their love songs to attract their mate. There is a blackbird in a tree puffed out and trilling to his heart’s content calling for love, the sound of the birds singing is wonderful and puts a warm glow into my heart.
As I return to the car smiling I see daffodils, they are early and they stand to attention, proud heads up looking at the spring sun. I sigh, yes, the winter is coming to an end.

Ruffling Connie’s ears I let her into the car with a helping lift from me, I laugh at her comical expression, yes it’s time to go home and warm up on the outside because for sure what we have seen has certainly warmed the inside

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AN INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL E. WILLS

Harvey Jones
Hi Michael, please tell us a bit about yourself.

Michael
Goodness, when I consider how to describe myself I realise that am very much a ‘jack of all trades’, (and master of none!). I am a retired language school principal with so many spare time interests that I wonder how I ever had time to work. As well as writing novels, my interests include sailing, carpentry, electronics, (I’m a radio ham), walking and playing the guitar. I’m a granddad to nine little lovelies and I really enjoy the young company. Oh, I forgot to mention that I work part-time as an Ombudsman for a national organisation. I deal with complaints from clients.

Harvey Jones
What inspired you to write children’s books?

Michael
Now this is going to sound arrogant, but hand on heart I don’t mean it to be – I know I have much to learn as an author. I used to frequently read the children bed-time stories, (now I am surplus to requirements in that department as they can all read). Well, occasionally I found myself wondering how on earth some of the things I read ever got published. Often there was just no story, no excitement. Not just that, but I seriously wondered about how the language was filtered by the author, often there were abstract or obsolete words which were just not useful to young children. (My English as a Foreign Language background showing!)
I decided to have a go myself at writing stories with a beginning, a middle with some excitement, and a thrilling end. I tried everything out on my two oldest grandchildren, they took no prisoners! There were many re-writes.

Harvey Jones
Why Vikings, what is the appeal of this era?

Michael
I lived in Scandinavia for 13 years and for part of the time I worked in Uppsala, Sweden. This was the site of the last pagan temple; it was still in operation in 1050 when the rest of Europe was Christianised. I found the history fascinating. You just can’t live there and ignore it. The more I learnt the more I became aware of the enigma of the Vikings and the contradictions. They were courageous explorers, pioneering traders, extraordinary navigators and craftsmen who made exquisite objects, yet they were ruthless, cruel and totally merciless. I return to Sweden regularly to write; I have a small cottage just ten minutes from a Viking graveyard – inspirational!

Harvey Jones
Do you write any other genres? If so what?

Michael
Yes, within historical fiction I have written a novel about the American War of Independence – “The Wessex Turncoat”. Hurry, hurry it is available as a free download on my website at the moment.
However, about eighteen months ago I decided to write a thriller. I had had a story going round in my head for years and eventually I thought I must try this genre. The novel is called, “One Decent Thing”, and tells the story a self-centred, dissolute, womanising, university administrator who gets into a real fix with seriously violent men when his greed gets the better of him.
Harvey Jones
What influenced you to write?

Michael
I wrote a number of English language teaching books many years ago. I enjoyed the work, but it was very restrictive and was very tightly edited to fulfil the precise needs of curricula. I decided that if I ever got the chance, I would like to do things my way! Of course my editor still has much to say about what I write, but there is a lot more freedom.

Harvey Jones
What advice would you give a young writer?

Michael
That depends very much on the genre, but as regards historical novels I would have things to say about research. Read, read and read again the background material, but don’t stop there. Visit places relevant to the story. Try not to see them through the prism of modernity, but dream about what they were like then. Let your imagination run when you see artefacts from the period of the story, touch them if you can. Eat the food of the period, go to a costume museum to see what was worn, find out how people spoke and how they loved, lived and cursed. Transport yourself to the time you are writing about. Risk being an eccentric! It helps.
Harvey Jones
What are you working on at the moment?

Michael
I have three projects on the go! I am writing a Viking novella for a publisher who is starting a new venture. The story is based on a discovery I made in a tiny hamlet in central Sweden. I found two rune stones outside a church. They were made in the 11th C. and celebrated the daring-do of a local man who travelled to England three times with different Viking chieftains and each time they caused such mayhem that they were bought off by King Ethelred and paid to go away. My protagonist collected three piles of Danegeld over a period of forty years and lived very well on it.
I am also working on the fourth novel in my quartet of Viking stories for children – Children of the Chieftain.
Last but not least, I am trying to find a publisher for a young children’s story called “Sven and the Silver Purse”. I run children’s activities at some literary festivals and I wrote this for my story telling sessions. It is wonderful to see the big eyes and the open mouths when I get to the exciting bit!
My Face Book page is Michael Wills Author, you can follow me on Twitter at mwillsofsarum and there is lots of information about my writing and a catalogue of blogs on my website, http://www.michaelwills.eu

Harvey Jones

We thank you for this opportunity to delve into your mind and we wish you every success in your work.

An Interview with Author Kellie Steele

Welcome back to our author of the month interview, today we welcome a young inspiring author Kellie Steele

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Harvey Jones
Welcome Kellie please tell us something about yourself.

Kellie Steele
There’s not really much to tell about me, aside from the fact that I am an albino I guess. I have ocular albinism, which means I have the genes but not the red eyes.

Harvey Jones
Who is your inspiration, and what book left it’s mark on you?

Kellie Steele
I don’t really know if I have any inspiration other than that of my own imagination. But a lot of books left their mark on me. The Twilight series, the Harry Potter series and the Cirque de Freak series were all a main part of my reading while I was growing up.

Harvey Jones
Do you have a preference for your writing?

Kellie Steele
I prefer to write young adult, as it is most of what I read, and fantasy/supernatural/dystopian are the styles I do and will write in.

Harvey Jones
Which of your books have had a lasting effect on you as an author, and what character of yours is your favourite?

Kellie Steele
It’s hard to pick a favourite character, but as I’m reading the Shiver series at the moment, I would have to say Sam from those books. He is such a likeable character, and I feel a strong connection to him.

Harvey Jones
What hobbies do you have outside your writing?

Kellie Steele
I play a lot of video games, and I’ve just started recording them to put on YouTube as well. I like losing myself in a story, whether it’s a book or a game, if the story is strong, it’s a winner for me.

Harvey Jones
What are you working on at the moment, can you give us a brief insight?

Kellie Steele
At the moment I’m working on Chronicles of Araxx – Darkest Night, the second in the Chronicles of Araxx series. It continues the story of Lee, Adz, Jay and Gray as they attempt to find the object the Alpha werewolf Kane is searching for.

Harvey Jones
What advice can you give to young authors who are looking at starting ?
Kellie Steele
If you have a story in your mind, no matter how small, start writing. You never know, it may develop as you write. That’s what I do with mine. They start as a basic idea, then each book brings its own ideas, expanding the story and keeping things a mystery even for me.

Harvey Jones
Would you please supply any links so readers can find your works?
KS
My newest book is at http://goo.gl/rqkR9q
My Facebook is https://m.facebook.com/SteeleKellie/?ref=bookmarks
My twitter is @steelekellie

Harvey Jones
And lastly thank you for your time, we at Harvey Jones wish you much success.

Kellie Steele
Thank you for the lovely interview Jan.