Interview with Novelist Effrosyni Moschoud

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Welcome to my interview with novelist Effrosyni Moschoudi, author of The Lady of the Pier trilogy.
The first part, The Ebb, is only 99c on Amazon US at the moment and until May 31st. This is an ABNA Q-Finalist, a sweet romance with a paranormal twist that will enthuse romantic souls out there. Hurry and download a copy while the offer lasts!

frosso pic1Hello, Effrosyni,
I’m glad you’re here! First some fun trivia – give me some juicy details…! What is your favorite junk food vice?
A – Greek souvlaki of course, preferably chicken with pita bread – yum!

Q- Do you have a favorite book or film?
A – I have many favorites so I’ll choose one at random from each:
Favorite book: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Film: Dead Poets Society by Peter Weir

Q – Any movies that you really want to see?
A – That’s easy. The next one starring Robert Pattinson. He is the only actor that I will watch in any movie, no matter what it is, as I am such a huge fan. He has done two really bad movies in my opinion, both by Cronenberg, but some gems too, like Bel Ami and Remember Me. Luckily the next one out is bound to be wonderful: Queen of the Desert with co-stars Nicole Kidman and James Franco. Can’t wait!

Q – What’s on your reading list right now?
A – A bunch of awesome reads by indie authors, most of them co-members of the writer’s group eNovel Authors at Work. I also have a couple of non-indie books lined up, like the latest from Kate Morton and Victoria Hislop.

20150321_100358Q – Besides writing and reading, what is your most favorite thing to do?
A – Swim and sunbathe. I love the sea. Even in the winter, I need to feel near it, so whenever I have time, I’ll walk along the shore or in our local marina.

 

Q – Now for some general questions about your current writing. Who was your current novel dedicated to? Any particular reason?
lady of the pier, ebb no strap 533x800A – The Lady of the Pier – The Ebb is dedicated to my grandparents and I wrote the book as a tribute to them. Although the plot is a work of fiction, it is peppered with autobiographical elements. Like my character Sofia, I used to spend my summers in Corfu with my grandparents. I was an overprotected daughter and yearned for freedom, just like her. I have a myriad of blissful memories from my summers in Corfu. My readers tell me the descriptions are so vivid it feels like you’re there too. It pleases me immensely to hear that.

Q – What else do you have in the pipeline?
A – I am currently working on the sequels of The Lady of the Pier trilogy. The Flow (book 2) is in the last edits stage and will be published this summer. I am nearly done writing The Storm (book 3) as well and this will be published later this year. Once The Storm is written, I’ll start working on a chick lit story and a children’s story too. Last, I’ll be translating The Necklace of Goddess Athena into Greek as to try and sell it in this country, also to allow my family members to read it; my teenage nieces especially, who keep asking!

Q – Tell us a little bit about your approach to the writing craft.  What books have most influenced your life? NECKLACE OF ATHENA533x800
A – Books of esoteric philosophy and self-help. I have been working with myself for the past thirty years, trying to shape my thinking and my character in a way I choose as to find peace and happiness. The greatest achievement for man, I believe, is to master one’s mind, i.e. to learn to control your own thinking. So many people are victimized by the chatterbox of negativity inside their heads. I used mind control methods and meditation to get rid of it and my life has improved dramatically ever since. I’ve also learned to forgive through these practices and to practice gratitude every day. To name the three books that have helped me live a happy life the most, I’ll mention The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel, The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder and Radical Forgiveness by Colin Tipping.

Q –  What are your tips and tricks for other independent authors to get the word out about their books?
A – Reviews don’t sell books, and neither do posts on Twitter and Facebook. From what I have seen, two things only can grant you sales: 1) writing more books: The more you have out there, the more you’re getting heard 2) Doing promotion and advertising. No matter how long you spend on social media and writing blog posts, that won’t get you anywhere. Actually, if I had to choose one, I’d say putting more books out there is #1. After a while, the books almost sell themselves, especially when the Phoenix Effect kicks in, i.e. when your fans start buying your older books because they loved your latest.

Q – Why do you write?
A – Why does the fish swim? Why does the bird fly? A writer can’t help writing any more than these creatures can help doing these things. I think a true writer is born and not made. They pick up a pen as soon as they learn the alphabet and start writing, just like that. They don’t choose it, and they don’t need a reason to write.

Where can people learn more about you and your work?
http://www.effrosyniwrites.com
http://www.amazon.com/author/effrosyni
http://www.twitter.com/frostiemoss
https://www.facebook.com/authoreffrosyni
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7362780.Effrosyni_Moschoudi
https://plus.google.com/+EffrosyniMoschoudi
http://www.pinterest.com/efrosinimoschou/

A Big Warm Welcome to Laurie Bell!

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A big warm welcome to the one and only… Laurie Bell!

Laurie 3“I’m a writer, blogger and all round creative nut.
I muse and ramble and write whatever I feel like… Visit my blog www.solothefirst.wordpress.com, head on over to Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WriterLaurieBell or visit me on Twitter @LaurienotLori

I love a good prompt, love an interactive audience and love to write serials, novels and anything in between. I’m a huge movie/television buff and I think Joss Whedon is a genius!”

What is your favorite place to eat? Why?

Anywhere that is out and someone has cooked for me! I am an awful cook. It is my aim in life to not have to cook for myself!

I’m still waiting. Therefore my favorite place to eat out is a little restaurant about ten minutes from my house. A little Italian place that I love. They have the most amazing deserts!! Ahem and meals, the main meals are terrific too. Did I mention the deserts?

What is your favorite junk food vice?

Aha, chocolate and coffee. Honestly, I am not picky, any type of chocolate I will eat it. But I do prefer Australian Cadbury (I make the distinction because I have lived overseas and there IS a difference.) And I have a real weakness for Easter eggs. Yeah my fridge is usually full of eggs a good month before Easter and at least a month afterwards!

What does a typical day look like for you? On a typical weekend, what can we find you doing? Who are you with?

Typical day? Work unfortunately but one must pay the bills. At every opportunity I can be found writing in a little notepad or parked in front of the TV catching up on all the shows I missed during the week. It’s all research of course! In fact the best advice I ever read was an interview with Joss Whedon who actually said that. Everything you watch, read, do, experience can be considered research. (I’m paraphrasing of course.) As for a weekend? Well typically either out with the boyfriend or in front of the TV. If I’m not catching up with friends and their babies, I am out at a café by myself. If I am out by myself I can usually be found with a notebook writing away on my next story.

Favorite book or film? Why?

Well, these are two very different questions.

Favorite Movie is tricky – because there are so many, though at the moment it would be The Avengers – Joss Whedon. Seriously, my writing hero, you might have guessed that huh?

Book? Well, I guess my favorite would be Cyclops by Clive Cussler. I think I have read it several times. It just stays with me. Great tension in the action scenes… even more in the waiting for the action scenes. Dirk Pitt Bathtub – is all I’m saying.

What’s on your reading list right now?

Soooo much, I’m not sure I’ll get to it all. Book four of the Secret Watcher series! Haha but also several new books by friends who are authors (or soon will be) some amazing work coming out…. Keep an eye on Helen Valentina, and Linh Nguyen-Ng.

Oooo and I recently read a book called Boy Band by Jacqueline E. Smith… Very fun – I’m looking forward to book two.

What do you look for in a book when you sit down to read for fun?

If I can get lost in it. I think that’s probably the most important thing and if I can hear the character’s voices in my head. If I can continue the dialogue in my head after I’ve finished a book then I know it’s a great book!

Who is your favorite author?

I have a few – a lot of friends of course. I would change the question slightly and say my favourite writer is Joss Whedon (I’m sure I’ve mentioned that) Ha ha. I have a whole room of bookshelves at home. And you can find every style of book within. I guess the authors I am most sure of buying when I see a new release would be Clive Cussler and Janet Evanovich.

What 7 words would you use to describe yourself?

Creative, fun, nuts, professional, weird, Introvert, Extrovert. (You would think those last two can’t go together but I think they do. I am a very loud, chatty person in public and can make people laugh but I also love my alone time and can sit at home in front of my tv for days on end too.)

When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head to first? Why?

Scifi/Fantasy. But I can and will spend hours walking around a bookstore. I cover every area from young adult to kids, picture books to new releases, adult to romance. I spend two hours a day on the train. It gives me a lot of reading time. If I’m not writing on the train I am reading. I love books.

Did you get to quit your day job and become an author or do you still have a day job and writing is something you do for fun? If you still have a day job, what is it?

Still working. Am yet to publish though I do have two books at the editor right now. Keep an EYE out for White Fire and Blood Fever by ME.

I work as a PA (personal assistant) to an IT manager in an insurance company. Funnily enough I also volunteer at my local theatre, and often work as assistant to the director… I seem to assist a lot!

What do you do when you are not writing?

Reading, reading and more reading, a lot of TV and movies too… As Joss Whedon says, everything is research! And I’m very lazy, so yeah, TV mostly! haha, oooh and eating out, I’ve mentioned that before right?

Are you a plotter / planner or do you prefer to dive right in?

Ooooh, both actually. I roughly jot out chapters on sticky notes and then going off two or three points just start writing.

What am I working on?

Well I have two books I am working on at the moment. Two different series of Science Fiction/Action. Very Female James Bond meets Star Wars with a very Guardians of the Galaxy feel. One is a YA the other is a little darker and older.

Which is your favorite character in your book and why?

Mate, He is an android canine and the partner to my heroine. He is just my favourite character! I love his “Voice” and his loyalty.

Why I Like Reviews!

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Why I Like Reviews!
A funny thing happened on the way to the bookstore… Just kidding. I truly love reviews, the good, the bad and the ugly. It doesn’t matter. I bet you‘re asking yourself, “What is wrong with you?” I will tell you this; I did get my feelings hurt in the early days when I got a one or two star review. To me, five stars was like getting an A on a project, so therefore a one star was an F. An F, really? I spent months on that book, it has my blood, sweat and tears in it and you gave me an F? Why??? But I get it now, it’s part of life. Not everyone will like you and not everyone will like your work. So what can you do? Learn from it, my friend! Quit focusing on that low rating and look at your average. Read your reviews and see if they are telling you something. What messages can you use to improve your writing?
A five star rating still feels like a Christmas present or that feeling you get when you first pass through the gates at Disneyland, but all reviews have value. Some have way more than others. Still, at the end of the day, remember it is all a numbers game and listen to the averages not the extremes. What do most people want from you? Make an effort to be that writer but no matter what you do… ALWAYS be true to yourself.
Happy writing and may the muses always hold you in their favor! Red Mitten 2013

Want to see some of the reviews I’ve given and gotten?

Please visit me at:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5808133.Lauren_Lynne

Author Interview of Lisa Montanino

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Author Interview of Lisa Montanino
Welcome Lisa and thank you so very much for being here! You know me, fun stuff first! 18c5f30What is your favorite place to eat? Why? I don’t even know where to begin… between my staples on West and East coasts, that’s a tough one. I’ll mention a few from my favourite cities: London – Oxo Tower for the views alone, food’s okay and The Ledbury for extraordinary food. New York/Brooklyn – Il Mulino, Morimoto, The River Café quintessential Brooklyn, and I love Noodle Pudding in Brooklyn Heights, great Italian family run eatery. In Los Angeles – Little Dom’s for chill Italian and Ruen Pair, hands down the best Thai food in LA, despite it being in a strip mall.
What does a typical day look like for you? On a typical weekend, what can we find you doing? Who are you with? Usually starts with a home cooked breakfast and gobs of coffee. Then migrate to bike riding (depending on weather) to the beach and chilling out with my boyfriend/family… outdoors is a must. Having friends over for dinner or meeting them out. If inclement weather, usually home entertaining… playing cards or catching a movie or friends music show. The occasional sports game for my nephews. At some point in between I’m writing and catching up on my favorite shows like House Of Cards, Luther, etc. since I rarely have time during the week working. I’m not the typical chick who likes to shop at the mall all day… can’t stomach it! Though I do love to food shop.
Besides writing and reading, what is your most favorite thing to do? Pretty much any activity outdoors, especially cycling to the beach. Spending quality time with my loved ones laughing and cooking.
Who are your favorite authors? John Irving, Chuck Klosterman, Nick Hornby, Hunter S. Thompson, Agatha Christie… and so many others I can’t think of at the moment.
What 7 words would you use to describe yourself?
Compassionate
(Extremely) congenial (pride myself on getting along with everybody)
Reliable/stable/independent (for some reason I count this as one…)
Creative
Nurturing
Energetic
Intellectual
When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head to first? Why? Usually the psychology section… I guess because I’m fascinated with the human psyche and what makes us tick.
I also love it when my guest authors share about their approach to the writing craft. What are your tips and tricks for other independent authors to get the word out about their books? Promote yourself on Twitter, Facebook, and any other social media platform out there because they usually have other marketing options that are affordable and effective. Also, join a writers group if you’re not in one already… wonderful outlet for new readers and fellow creative folks that you can spread the word to. Promoting fellow authors on your social platforms.
What are some of your favorite genres to read and to write? I love chick and male fiction literature e.g. Chuck Klosterman – Killing Yourself to Live kind of books… humour, heartbreak, and hysterics all wrapped together. And as I mentioned before, I’m drawn to psychology and self-help books… love learning about that topic.
What is the most frustrating thing you have had to deal with as a writer? Most exciting? Editing by far takes the cake; it’s gruelling and takes way too long. Most exciting would be the how the audience reviews the finished product, how my readers like and interpret my work. I don’t find anything exciting per say about writing but the freedom is glorious.
When you sit down to write, do you do it the old-fashioned way with pen and paper or do you use a computer? Do you prefer one way or the other? I use both actually. Usually it’s on my laptop but when I’m out and about and get an idea I write it down in my journal. Aside from writing professionally, I feel everyone should keep a journal of their thoughts; it promotes wellness among many other positive things.
Compared to when you first started writing, have you noticed any big changes in your writing style or how you write compared from then to now? It’s just easier as the years go by… flows out more naturally. Nothing really has changed on my style of writing… self-deprecating narrative at your service!
For our writer friends: What advice do you have for authors looking to find and connect with a wider base of fans? What has worked well for me are my writing groups in NY and London… as well as my social networks. Word of mouth from family and friends, and traveling… I sold a few books just by other passengers noticing me writing on my laptop and learning I’m an author. And of course, promote fellow authors and work on your online outlets… I love doing it and it’s been very helpful ten-fold.
What advice would you give to a younger you? How has reading influenced you? Li Li, you should have started yesterday! Why did you put off writing for a while when you could have been on your third book by now. Reading has influenced me in being comfortable with what I like and don’t like. There was a time when you would hear about the “must read” from best sellers lists… interestingly some failed to deliver, especially the writer’s prose. Now because I’m immersed in the independent writer’s world, there are so many amazing books to choose from off the beaten path, like yours for example.
Aw, thanks! Flattery will get you everywhere. Now tell us; are you a plotter / planner or do you prefer to dive right in? Usually a planner but spontaneity is also a dear friend, especially in the last few years.
Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? If only half the readers of my book put their reviews on Amazon.com for me! I receive thoughtful emails with their feedback but having them cut and paste that into a review is like pulling teeth… I don’t know why? The ones that have been kind enough to review me, I’m in debt to. I recently joined a review swap with other writers where we read each other’s work and review… that definitely helps and I recommend it. Lauren, do you have any advice on how to get more reviews? I could use all the help I can get.
Why yes, I have a bit of advice. I’ll share it at the end. For now, how do you think you’ve evolved creatively? For me, life has been the greatest teacher and each day as I get older… each experience shapes me in one way or another which in turn helps me expand creatively with ideas and such.
Lisa Montanino 3Who was your current novel dedicated to? Any particular reason? John F. Coffey and Patricia Coffey, a second set of parents to me, who unfortunately are no longer with us. They shaped my life so much in the 20 years I had the fortune of knowing them. John was a Columbia County judge and partner of a law firm and when I tell you he treated a doorman the same as any judge he ever dealt with, that left a very positive impression on me. I abhor arrogance and a nasty demeanor! I don’t care how smart or rich you are, there is no excuse to treat anyone less than any way you would like to be treated. People with noses in the air not only aren’t respected, they’re pathetically pitiful. John and Pat felt the same and worked hard for their education and job status… and like my parents, their work ethic was unmatched. I pride myself following in their footsteps, especially in being a sincerely kind humanitarian like they were. They also inspired my charitable and philanthropic endeavors as well.
What do you listen to when you write? Do you find one type of music over another that inspires you to write? Why? Pandora is amazing… and Europe needs to have it! Some of my favorite stations are Genesis, David Bowie, Massive Attack, Pharell, The Beatles, Bebel Gilberto, Madonna, 2 Cellos, Nirvana, The Police, The Pretenders, My Morning Jacket, Duran Duran, Spoon, The Who, Fiona Apple, and countless others… though by the list I just gave, classic rock wins! I also play albums from my collections too.
Please tell me about your novel. Who or what was your inspiration behind it? My novel is a must read for anyone who wants to laugh, think, and be moved by a compelling story about a woman who is conflicted and needs to find her way back to stable ground. Life and the people in my world were the inspiring forces.
Which is your favorite character in your book and why? Shane Salinger, because he’s the most audaciously confident soul that lives life on his terms no matter what, completely true to his convictions. And he’s really… really funny!
Lisa Montanino 2What else do you have in the pipeline? Writing my second and third novels… one is the sequel to Feedback, my current novel for sale and a fictitious memoir of little vignettes from a fun disgruntled at times character. And promoting authors like yourself on my blog. I want to take this time in thanking you again for being lovely and interviewing me. It means so much to share my thoughts with you and our amazing fans – another source of inspiration! I can’t wait to read your next one.
Thanks Lisa! You made my day!!!
Lisa’s Links
Buy my book here: http://www.amazon.com/Feedback-Lisa-Montanino/dp/0615972500/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426207729&sr=8-1&keywords=lisa+montanino
Follow my blog here: http://lisamontanino.wordpress.com
Follow me on twitter here: https://twitter.com/LDMontanino
Friend me on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/lilmountain

Getting reviews:
1. Ask. AND I mean everyone. Be kind, and do say please and thank you.
2. The more you have the more you get so don’t give up. This is an oddity, but I think people are less afraid to leave a review when they see that you have some.
3. Encourage people to leave them everywhere that they are a member.
4. Become a member of Goodreads if you aren’t already. Join some groups and offer your book for their read for review programs. I did it for my first two books and I can really see the difference in the quantity of reviews.
5. Don’t take it all too seriously. Some people will like you and some won’t. It’s okay. Focus on your average and take into consideration what folks say. What did they love, what did they not love. Just remember to stay true to you. If you try to make everyone happy you will make no one happy.
6. Become a reviewer yourself. Be careful here. In the early days, I traded reviews. I ended up being bombarded and did not have time for my writing but we all have to start somewhere. Some books I read were truly amazing; others not so much. If I felt that anyone deserved less than three stars then I emailed them privately with my thoughts and declined leaving a public review. I want to be honest when I review and it pains me to hurt people’s feelings. Go with your gut on this one.
7. Use that social media. Recently I posted on both Twitter and Facebook that I offer free PDFs for anyone interested in trading for a review. That brought in a few new folks. All they had to give me was their email. I do not email them promo stuff after I send their PDF. If I get a decent review and they request the next book, they may have it.
8. Those are the things I’ve done that have worked pretty well. I do not consider myself an expert. I have published four books and I see some money roll in every month. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve seen regarding marketing is worry less about that part and write more books. The more books you have the more credible you look and the more you sell. Guess what? More books also means more reviews.

NOW, GO GET ‘EM and best of LUCK!!!

A Big Warm Welcome to Wendy Van Camp!

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A big warm welcome to fellow author Wendy Van Camp!

Wendy Van Camp HeadshotI love to start with fun trivia. Tell me, what does a typical day look like for you? On a typical weekend, what can we find you doing? Who are you with? I start my day in my home studio/office. I check email, do my basic daily marketing for the blog and tend to any questions that have come in via email. Then things shift depending on what I’m working on. If I’m drafting, I take my Alphasmart Neo to the local coffeehouse and draft 2K words or more. An Alphasmart is a lightweight, digital typewriter without internet connections. If I’m editing, I will work at home on my desktop. My writing program of choice is Scrivener. I also use copy editing software such as Rightwriter, Smart-Edit, and Hemmingway. I find that editing or writing short blog articles are easier at home. I like to take a lunch break around noon. When I return, unless a story is grabbing me, I’ll work on house projects, make jewelry on my bench, or even cook a gourmet meal for dinner. After dinner and a little television watching with my husband, I return to my office. This is when my true creative time is. I create the best stories late at night. I’m not sure why. At least my husband seems to accept my night owl behavior.
Besides writing and reading, what is your most favorite thing to do? I love to ride my bicycle or take my dog walking in the park. Connecting with nature is important to me and this allows me to feel the wind and the sun on my face.
Who are your favorite authors? Jane Austen, Robert A. Heinlein, Diana Galbaldan, Anne McCaffery, Andre Norton, Brandon Sanderson, Carla Kelly, Marion Zimmer Bradley.
Did you get to quit your day job and become an author or do you still have a day job and writing is something you do for fun? If you still have a day job, what is it? I am an artisan jeweler and have been in business for 18 years. I create jewelry from semi-precious stones, sterling silver, copper and handmade art glass. My work has a Celtic theme, but with contemporary style. I sell my jewelry at Highland Games, Science Fiction Conventions, and Concerts. I currently do not have a webstore and frankly I am not sure if I want one. While jewelry is my day job, I am more focused on shifting to being an author these days. I suspect that I will be making jewelry for years to come, but gradually I will be making items for myself and friends instead of being a business.The Curate s Brother Book Cover (blog)
When you sit down to write, do you do it the old-fashioned way with pen and paper or do you use a computer? Do you prefer one way or the other? I start with a fountain pen and a composition notebook. I brainstorm ideas for the story there. The next step is to write out an outline on paper based on the ideas that I’ve come up with. Once I have a rough outline, I use these to create files in my Scrivener program. I fill those files via my Alphasmart Neo, a digital typewriter that can send the text I type into any word processing file. Once the draft is completed, then I am working completely in Scrivener. When it comes to organizing a writing project and doing revisions, Scrivener is my tool of choice.
Compared to when you first started writing, have you noticed any big changes in your writing style or how you write compared from then to now? My writing style was learned before the age of the internet. Over the years, the rules for writing have changed. Today, authors include more white space, do not overwhelm the reader with large amounts of description and avoid passive voice at all costs. I’ve had to unlearn many writing habits over the past few years and still struggle when I fall back into old patterns. I ended up taking several refresher classes in grammar and I found that it helped counter the problems in my writing.
For our writer friends: What advice do you have for authors looking to find and connect with a wider base of fans? Person to person contact is best. Shaking a reader’s hand and talking one on one about your stories puts you in their mind and helps them to remember you. That is why I like to do speaking events or book a table at a festival. It gives me that personal branding. Social media is good too, but not as effective.
What genre are you most looking forward to exploring during your writing career? Why? I consider myself a science fiction and fantasy author. Most of my work falls into these two genre. I also dabble in regency romance connected with Jane Austen and the occasional memoir.
Who was your current novel dedicated to? Any particular reason? I dedicated my first novel to my husband. Although I started writing at a very young age, my parents were not supportive. They wanted me to go into engineering or be a teacher, something steady and respectable. My husband has always been supportive of all my creative efforts and this means the world to me.
Please tell me about your novel. Who or what was your inspiration behind it?
The Curate’s Brother is a short story about the relationship between the two Wentworth brothers as seen through the eyes of EDWARD WENTWORTH. It follows their romantic antics over one summer in 1806. This short story could be seen as a prequel to Jane Austen’s famous novel “Persuasion”.
Edward Wentworth lives a quiet, structured life as a curate in the regency era village of Monkford. He spends his days ministering to the sick and downhearted, which he considers his life’s calling. His comfortable life is shaken when his elder brother, COMMANDER FREDERICK WENTWORTH arrives on his doorstep for a visit. Frederick has returned to England after seeing action and commanding his first vessel, a prize ship won in the West Indies. He is awaiting orders and has the hope of commanding a ship of his own by the end of summer. His only goal is to pass the time with the only family he has left in England until his next assignment.
At first Edward is glad to see his brother. They have not spent time with each other for years due to his brother’s naval service. They are opposites in many ways. Frederick is bold and likes to take risks. Edward is shy and over-aware of social implications. When his brother flirts with SALLY MARSHALL, an outgoing beauty that Edward is used to viewing as “a child”, the young curate becomes aware that his viewpoint of Sally is sorely outdated. His peaceful life is full of turmoil as he observes Sally flirting with men at public assemblies and realizes that he does not like it.
Meanwhile, Frederick finds himself a celebrity in Monkford. Word from the London papers paint him as “the Hero of San Domingo”, where he won a commendation for his quick thinking in action. The men want to hear the story of his exploits, but Frederick would rather dance with the ladies. The Commander takes an interest in shy wallflower, ANNE ELLIOT. He pays no heed to Edward’s warnings that the girl is the daughter of a baronet and well above his station. Edward fears that no good will come of a union between his brother and the girl due to her family connections.
At the end of summer, a letter and a package arrive that will change everything for the two brothers. Which way will prevail, the bold action of the commander or the quiet manners of the curate?
What authors inspired you to write this particular novel? Why? Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. I love all her books, but Persuasion is my favorite. I started to read fanfiction based on Austen’s novels and eventually, ideas for a story of my own developed. Letters from the Sea was a Nanowrimo novel project a few years ago, but I was never happy with it and set it aside. However, I enjoyed the first chapter of the book where Edward Wentworth viewed his brother’s romance from afar and this became the bud that bloomed into The Curate’s Brother.
What else do you have in the pipeline? I am working on a sequel to The Curate’s Brother called Letters From The Sea. It is an extensive revision of the original project. Like The Curate’s Brother, it is more a character study than a true regency romance. I am also at work on my Opus, a steampunk science fiction trilogy, but due to its scope and length, it will be awhile before it is published.
Where can people learn more about you and your work?
No Wasted Ink: http://nowastedink.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/wvancamp
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/indigoskye
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nowastedink
Google+: http://www.google.com/+WendyVanCamp
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/wendyvancamp

Wendy, thank you so very much for joining us!

Guest Post by the Wonderful Myron Stenzel

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A Guest Post Poem by the Wonderful Myron Stenzel!

My Arms Are Wings, The Ocean is My Sky
White sands before my eyes stretch for miles along the sea shore.
Endless possibilities are countless as the shells scattered by the waves, my imagination couldn’t ask for anything more.
This strip of sand reminds me of a runway and my body is an explorer’s albatross seaplane.
I sit with my engine roaring on the threshold markings of the beach with no one around to call me insane.
I extend my arms away from my fuselage body as my feet begin to stir.
Sending myself in motion, I take off on a jog; in my mind, I’m racing down the sandy strip in a split second blur.
Feeling the wind rustle through my sleeves as I gain altitude on my aerial nautical quest.
I turn towards the waves of the ocean and visualize the albatross being pushed to the ultimate in aviation’s test.
I dip and sway along with the currents and the rising tide.
Ease and calmness grace my heart while I enjoy my oceanic ride.
My feet dance and skip in the water as the albatross pretends to land near a tropical island.
My arms are down by my side as the explorer in me reaches into the sea trying to discover something I want to learn and understand.
I pull from the depths of the waters a treasure chest in the form of a conch shell.
My imagination boards the seaplane once again, bringing back a nautical gem and my tales of triumph for stories to tell.
I tip my wings over the waters I have explored out of respect to the blue and majestic deep.
My treasures taken are the memories of my imaginary flight, forever will I keep.
My playfulness comes to an end when I land back in reality bidding adieu to the albatross which gave me a sea salt high.
My arms are wings, the ocean is my sky.
-Myron J Stenzel
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Please welcome my friend and fellow author, Myron Stenzel Myron Stenzel

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Welcome, Myron!
“Thank you so much Lauren. I’m very excited for the release of my second book, Save the Next Dance. It is my first children’s book and it will be released nationwide on February 10th. Let’s not forget about my first book, Keep the Light is available nationwide also.”

You just completed a book signing for your new release, Save the Next Dance and Keep the Light. How was it? Did it leave you feeling good?
“Yes, the feeling is quite amazing. As you know, hundreds of publications are issued every day. My work is a mere ripple on the ocean of books out there. At least I’m part of a wave that washes along the shoreline of shelves in some households and libraries. Every little bit helps.”

I know you are off to a good start. Being a new author is tough.
“I’m hoping the more books I publish, the more they will help the others. Of course, I work full time and I’m a one man show, so my marketing is not all that great. So, I welcome any opportunity to get my name out. In a way, I’m still trying to find my niche. Keep the Light was an idea I had years ago. It became reality in 2014. Is it perfect? No, nothing ever is, it is my first, but she will always hold a special place in my heart. Save the Next Dance was written for my daughter, Emily. I wanted to do something special for her. She loves the art of dance and this idea came to me. My next book I’m writing is a mystery novel with a western theme. Yes, my goal is to cater to as many readers as possible. It is such an honor and a true pleasure to talk with you. Your family has to be and is truly blessed to have an amazing woman with them. Tell them congratulations for me :)”
Back at you, friend! Now, let’s get going with some fun trivia! What is your favorite place to eat? Why?  “Seafood (Fresh fish, shrimp & crab legs) I love the ocean, even though I’ve been landlocked all my life in Kansas. Nothing beats good fish on the BBQ. I love BBQ meats; however, if I could have seafood every day, I’d be happy. Someday, I hope to call an ocean community home. Probably when I retire, years down the road of course.”

SND CoverWhat is your favorite junk food vice?
“Chili Dogs: Hey, it’s an American classic. Load em up with chili, cheese, peppers, onions, and sauerkraut, the whole works.”

You shall hence forth be known as my author buddy with the cast iron stomach! What does a typical day look like for you? On a typical weekend, what can we find you doing? Who are you with?
“I work a lot during the week at my job. Weekends, it depends. When I get the chance to light out of town, I do it. I love to go to my one time home in Kansas City. Yes, I miss it. There are the typical chores around the house when I’m home. I do my best to make it to church. God has blessed me with the gift of writing.”

Favorite book or film? Why?
“Book: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The sea has always fascinated me and I enjoy anything nautical. Movie: Major League. I’m a huge baseball fan. Love my KC Royals. 2014 American League Champions!! I was there for it.”

What’s on your reading list right now?
“Right now I’d like to read all of Lauren Lynne’s books. I read Visions, and it was an amazing read. It’s tough for me to work in a book due to working full time and writing when I can.”

*Blush* Thanks, friend! Glad you liked it. Besides writing and reading, what is your most favorite thing to do?   “I love to watch baseball in person and play it when I can. I live four hours from Kansas City, so I try and make as many games as I can in the summer on the weekends. I love to BBQ and create on the grill.”

Well of course you BBQ, you used to live in Kansas City for heaven’s sake. When I make it out your way, you do the cooking! I like to bake. What do you look for in a book when you sit down to read for fun?
“Comedy. I love to laugh and have fun.”

Good for you! Who is your favorite author?
“Jules Verne”

What 7 words would you use to describe yourself?
Passionate, determined, hardworking, fun loving, jokester, active, eager.

Nice! When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head to first? Why?
“History. I love learning about history on any topic, sports, engineering and design, American history, geography and especially nautical history. I love the sea and reading about ships and tales about ocean travel.”

I know what we’ll write together. A pirate novel! I’ve always wanted to do that. Did you get to quit your day job and become an author or do you still have a day job and writing is something you do for fun? If you still have a day job, what is it?
“I work 45-50 hours a week at my job as a transmission engineering tech for an electric utility company here in Kansas. I write when I can, most of the time when I should be sleeping.”

Let’s talk about your approach to the writing craft. What do you do when you are not writing?  “I’m a home body at times, just like hanging around the house doing odds and ends. I like to watch sports, baseball especially. I like to take a bike ride when I can for exercise. I enjoy going to a casino once in a while in hopes of hitting the “big one” off of my $20.  I like relaxing with a good glass of wine or microbrew beer.”

I wouldn’t know a good glass of either unless it jumped up and bit me. I just know what I like. Compared to when you first started writing, have you noticed any big changes in your writing style or how you write compared from then to now?  “I’ve learned a lot through the editing process of my first book, Keep the Light. I’m applying what I’ve learned to build on my strengths and pick up on my weaknesses. Yes, I’m evolving, slowly but steady.”

Aren’t we all? For our writer friends: What advice do you have for authors looking to find and connect with a wider base of fans?  “I’m still looking for that “fan base” myself. All I can say is to light up your social media and talk with people. The power of conversation is amazing.”

Indeed. Are you a plotter / planner or do you prefer to dive right in?  “I am very organized. When I write, I go off an outline I made, but I do stray away from it. I write what comes from my heart and soul and what I am feeling.”

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?  “I’m always up for suggestions. I ask anyone who reads my work to take a moment and give me an honest review. Good or bad, it always helps. All you can do is ask and hope people are inspired to write you one.”

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?  “I have a creative mind and a wild imagination. Things just come to me. I’ll never brag on myself; however, I feel I can write about any topic.”

Why do you write?   “I write to dream. My imagination carries me through life’s challenges. I lean on my writing to relax me. It is my hope that others who read my work are relaxed and enjoy a nice easy read. I write for you, the readers to chase the horizon of imagination. Always believe, always dream. I’m no English major, far from it. I’m just a common man who loves to spin a story in a poem or short story. I love being published and reaching something I never thought I’d be able to do. I learn and build off of my endeavors every day.”

Now let’s look at your writing. Who was your current novel dedicated to? Any particular reason?  “Keep the Light is dedicated to my 86 year old grandma. The strongest person I will ever meet. Save the Next Dance is dedicated to my 9 year old daughter, Emily. My current novel I’m working on will be dedicated to my parents and to those who embrace their imagination.”

What do you listen to when you write? Do you find one type of music over another that inspires you to write? Why?  “I can write while watching TV or in a quiet room. When my fingers are on the keyboard, nothing else exists to me. I am a part of that story. When you write a story, you live it. You are actually there, the feeling is amazing.”

KTL Book CoverWhich is your favorite character in your book and why?  “Jim Harris in Keep the Light. He takes a chance in life. He doesn’t let anything or anyone hold him back. He never gives up when others give up on him. He finds true love in life. Lauren, it has been a pleasure and a privilege speaking with you. Take care and may inspiration always shadow you in the sunlight.”

Myron, it has been my honor to have you here today. Happiness and success always,
Your friend,
Lauren

Where can people learn more about you and your work?
Website: myronstenzel.tateauthor.com
Twitter: @MJStenzel77
Facebook: Author Myron J Stenzel