Interview with Alan Joshua, author of The Shiva Syndrome

Title: The Shiva Syndrome

Author: Alan Joshua

Publisher: Champagne Books

Genre: Science Fiction

Format: Kindle

A secret Russian mind research laboratory in Podol’sk erupts, annihilating thousands and leaving a monstrous, one-mile deep crater in its wake.

Beau Walker, parapsychologist and reluctant empath, is coerced into joining a research team, code-named SHIVA, to investigate the enigmatic event.

Walker must fight his way past political and military deceptions and a host of deadly adversaries to unlock the riddle of the SHIVA syndrome.

Will he have the physical, emotional, and spiritual strength to defy the dangers he faces…or will they destroy him before he can come to a new, challenging understanding of the nature of reality?

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Thank you for your time in answering our questions  Let’s begin by having you explain to us why you decided to write a book?

Actually, I decided to write a screenplay, but it morphed into a book. From the reviewers’ comments, it still has a cinematic quality.

As to my motive, I’ve been exposed to parapsychological research and even conducted a published study. The SHIVA Syndrome is fact-based fiction. I extrapolated from parapsychological research and set it in a mythological framework. I wanted to entice readers to investigate real psi research: the facts are as strange as fiction. Stanley Krippner, an internationally known psychologist and parapsychologist said, “In The SHIVA Syndrome, the author (a clinical psychologist) skillfully and ingeniously interweaves altered states of consciousness and parapsychology with genetics, paleontology, mythology, and religion to produce a frightening, brisk, and film-worthy story building to an intense climax. The story challenges conventional notions of reality, ultimately concluding that human consciousness extends well beyond the flesh–and offers enormous potential for both creation and destruction.”

The story is so realistic that one Amazon reader captioned his review with “None of This Is Real! Really! I Hope!” This made me chuckle with satisfaction.

Is this your first book?

It’s my first published fiction book. I’d written one about genetics years ago but, due to personal pressures, never published it.

Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey?

It was lengthy, meandering, and filled with frustrations. Queries to agents and publishers was maddening. The book was too long, too filled with exposition, too much of this and too little of that. The worst rejections were those in which I was told that they liked the story, but not the “voice.”

My colleagues in arms were the editors who assisted me. They saw the story and believed the public should read it.

What lessons do you feel you learned about the publishing industry?

First, self-publishing has flooded the market with an enormous amount of material. Among these, some are gems that needed to be brought to public attention. Many books are unedited, poorly edited, and/or filled with spelling and grammatical errors. This deluge obscures some of the better books and authors.

Second, having spent much time writing non-fiction, I can now appreciate the ordeal serious writers experience to get published.

If you had the chance to change something regarding how you were published, what would you change?

One thing in particular is the first editor I hired. She misrepresented herself and was a waste of time and money. I would investigate more thoroughly. Through experience, I have a clearer idea of what makes a good editor.

Did you credit any person or organization with helping you get published?

I have to credit the Senior Editor at Champagne books. She read the manuscript and saw the value of the story.

What’s the best advice you can give to aspiring authors?

Be prepared to work at your craft and endure the blows—and the criticism. Allow flexibility for suggestions that are offered from those more experienced while still keeping a sense of personal integrity about changes you would rather not make.

Recognize that you must allow for a three-to-six month window for pre-publication promotion, especially if you are a first-time author.

There are other suggestions having to do with the writing process, but I write about them on my website at http://alanjoshua.com.

Thank you for allowing me to express my opinions. I hope they are of some help.

The Shiva syndrome, his debut fiction novel, is a science fiction/paranormal mystery and thriller.

Always curious about the unknowns of human experience, he is fascinated with creativity and paranormal abilities. This led to his involvement with Psychology and research into Parapsychology.

He has explored paranormal abilities using hypnosis and in-depth interviewing of a wide range of practitioners. Among his prized possessions are a shriveled, mummified banana (a product of one healer’s biopsychokinesis) and a small, curled Austrian teaspoon produced by a German healer while six people sat around him. (see http://alanjoshua.com/biopsychokinesis )
The Shiva Syndrome incorporates his knowledge of Parapsychology and experiences with healers, intuitives, “psychic” sensitives, etc.

Unsurprisingly, he is a science fiction fan and has been influenced by such writers as Asimov, Bradbury, Crichton, Heinlein, Serling, and the extraordinary genius of Phillip Dick.

As an avid Star Trek fan, he is fond of contradicting Gene Roddenberry, believing that human consciousness and its potentials are “the final frontier.”

If you have questions for me, I would be glad to answer them–time permitting. I’d like to hear from you if you’ve had any paranormal experiences.



For More Information

Visit Alan at his website


As a native Philadelphian, Alan Joshua (pen name) has the appropriate fondness for soft pretzels and cheesesteaks. He is married, has two grown children, and lives in the suburbs. He is currently a practicing Clinical Psychologist with a background in Forensic Psychology.

His diverse background includes working in a State penitentiary and mental institution, a sleep laboratory, and a pain management center.

Joshua has published many nonfiction journal articles.

Two Princes: The Biker and The Billionaire (Book Blast)

Title:  Two Princes: The Biker and The Billionaire
Author: Victoria Danann
Series: Book 1 – Sons of Sanctuary MC
Publisher: dba7th House Publishing, Imprint of Andromeda LLC
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
Format: eBook – 49 pages
ASIN: B00UY477QC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Book Description:

Two brothers, one a player, one a playboy, are on a collision course with destiny and a woman who thought she won a prize when she was allowed a look inside the Sons of Sanctuary MC.

Brigid Roan is a graduate student at the University of Texas. She had no trouble getting her thesis approved, but finding a Hill Country motorcycle club willing to give her access to their lifestyle was looking impossible. Then she got a lead. A friend of a friend had a cousin with family ties to The Sons of Sanctuary. What Brigid wanted was information to prove a proposition. The last thing she had in mind was falling for one of the members of the club. Especially since she was a feminist academic out to prove that motorcycle clubs are organized according to the same structure as primitive tribal society.
Brash Fornight was standing in line at the H.E.B. Market when his world tipped on its axis. While waiting his turn to check out, his gaze had wandered to the magazine display and settled on the new issue of “NOW”. The image on the cover, although GQ’d up in an insanely urbane way, was… him. After reading the article, Brash threw some stuff in a duffle and left his only home, a room at The Sons of Sanctuary clubhouse, with a vague explanation about needing a couple of days away. He left his truck at the Austin airport and caught a plane for New York, on a mission to find a mysterious guy walking around with his face.

Book Excerpt:

“Sir?” Brash Fornight gradually became aware that someone behind him in the grocery checkout line was trying to get his attention. “Sir?” He refocused and glanced behind him. The woman leaning on a cart overflowing with chip bags and cookie boxes nodded toward the cashier indicating that it was his turn to move forward. Brash looked her in the eye and had to give her props. Most people wouldn’t have the balls to try to herd a guy wearing Sons of Sanctuary MC leather.

The club employed a woman who cooked and did grocery shopping several times a week as part of her job description, but Brash didn’t like to explain his relentless craving for peanuts and he liked being teased about it even less. He didn’t know whether it was the Vitamin B or the fat or just because he liked the taste, but he couldn’t imagine going a day without them.

That’s how he came to be standing statue still In the grocery checkout line, being prompted by some woman with more nerve than sense. While he was waiting, his eyes drifted over the magazine display and settled on the cover of “NOW”, on the Most Eligible Bachelor edition no less. The debonair figure staring back was wearing Brash’s own face and body. He looked different with short hair and a four thousand dollar suit with the shirt fashionably open at the neckline, but the similarity was inescapable.

On impulse he grabbed the magazine and tossed it onto the conveyor belt with his week’s stash of peanuts.
He stuffed the bags into the saddlebags of his bike and roared toward home, nervously tapping his fingers on handlebars at red lights, riding on shoulders to keep from slowing down. He was anxious to get to the privacy of his own room and read about Branach St. Germaine.
Two beers, one jar of peanuts, and one “NOW” article later, Brash was sitting on the edge of his bed looking at the wall, seeing nothing but his own heavy thoughts. He pulled out his phone, looked up a website, and waited on hold for ten minutes to hear the time of the next flight from Austin to New York.
There was a flight to Newark in a little over three hours. He looked at his watch and calculated the time it would take to drive from Dripping Springs at that time of day. As he booked the flight, he stood up, walked to the small closet, grabbed a duffel bag, and began shoving stuff into it. Ten minutes later, he closed his door and locked it, threw the duffel over his shoulder, and headed straight for the office downstairs. He dropped the duffel on the hallway floor beside the closed door and knocked.

“Yeah?” Brash looked inside, glad that his dad was by himself, and stepped in. “What’s up?”

“I’m takin’ personal time, Pop. Gonna be gone for a couple of days.”

“What the hell is ‘personal time’?”

The gruffness made Brash smile. “It means I’m not gonna be here if you call and I’m not tellin’ you why.”

The Sons of Sanctuary President looked up at Brash, over the top of his readers, and narrowed his eyes. “You got a secret?”

“Everybody’s got secrets.”

Brandon Fornight studied his son for a minute. “True enough. Is it the kind of secret that could affect this club?”

Brash shook his head. “Don’t see how.”

“Well, then. See you… When did you say you’d be back?”

“I didn’t.”

“Bein’ purposefully vague, are you?”

Brash grinned. “That’s why they call it personal time. But I expect to be back Friday.”

“You gonna have your phone with you?” When Brash nodded, Bran looked back down at his ledger in a deliberately dismissive gesture. “Well, get outta here then.”

Brash parked his bike in the airplane hangar. The structure had already been on the property when the club had bought it and turned it into a compound twenty years earlier. They used part of it for vehicle maintenance and repair and part for parking.

Some of the guys who were working looked over and shot curious glances his way when Brash threw his duffel into his pickup and started it up, but it wasn’t their way to ask questions. The Sons figured that if somebody wanted you to know something, they’d tell you.

Brash took a cab to a midtown hotel, wondering all the way why human beings would choose to live in such a place. As he slid his credit card across the hotel counter to the agent on duty, he glanced at the name, Brandon Fornight. It seemed unlikely that it was a coincidence that that the mysterious look-alike’s first name began with the same four letters. He ordered room service and pulled out his laptop.

Getting intel on the guy didn’t take advanced ops. Within an hour Brash knew where Brannach St. Germaine worked, what kind of car he drove, what kind of women he dated, who his tailor was, and where he liked to dine. There was no shortage of photos online, but the one that grabbed his attention wasn’t one of the many with starlets or debutantes on his arm. It was the one taken with his arm around his mother as they were arriving together for some red carpet fundraiser. Brash had an almost irresistible compulsion to reach up and touch her face on the screen in front of him.

The knock on the door signaled that room service had arrived. It cost a fortune, but looked and tasted like shit. So he closed the computer and went out for a walk to clear his head and find something edible.
About The Author

Victoria Danann is the USA TODAY Bestselling Author of The Knights of Black Swan, which has won BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES TWO YEARS IN A ROW (2013, 2014). Reviewers Choice Awards, The Paranormal Romance Guild.

Victoria writes cross-genre with uniquely fresh perspectives on paranormal creatures, characters, and themes. She is making her debut into contemporary romance with publication of the SUMMER FIRE ultimate romance collection anthology. It contains a novella intro to the Sons of Sanctuary MC series. The first full novel of the series will be released June 16, 2015.

Contact Victoria at:

Website: http://victoriadanann.me/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorvictoriadanann

Twitter: https://twitter.com/vdanann

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/vdanann

Aeromancist by Charmaine Pauls (Book Cover Reveal)

About The Book

Title:  Aeromancist

Book 3: Seven Forbidden Arts Series

Author: Charmaine Pauls
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Publisher: Mélange Books
Publication Date: July 6, 2015

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Aeromancist-Seven-Forbidden-Arts-Book-ebook/dp/B010766W5S/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1435450290&sr=1-1&keywords=aeromancist





Book Description:

Passion always comes with a price.

All he could offer was thirty days of passion.

He condemned her to a terrible fate instead.

Now he’ll do everything in his power to save her.

He is known as the Weatherman. Lann Dréan is the last of his kind. A price on his head, chased for a power he should not possess, he can’t promise any woman forever. All he can offer Katherine White is thirty days of passion. But his uncontainable desire comes with an unforeseen price. Lann’s lust will cost Kat everything. Now he’ll do anything to save her from the fate he has brought upon her.

* This book contains adult content with explicit language and frequent, consummated love scenes, including light bondage, sex toys and breath play. Reader discretion is advised.

About The Author


Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a degree in Communication at the University of Potchestroom, and followed a diverse career path in journalism, public relations, advertising, communications, photography, graphic design, and brand marketing. Her writing has always been an integral part of her professions.

After relocating to France with her French husband, she fulfilled her passion to write creatively full-time. Charmaine has published six novels since 2011, as well as several short stories and articles.

When she is not writing, she likes to travel, read, and rescue cats. Charmaine currently lives in Chile with her husband and children. Their household is a linguistic mélange of Afrikaans, English, French and Spanish.

Read more about Charmaine’s romance novels and psychological short stories here on www.charmainepauls.com.
Contact Charmaine at:

Website: www.charmainepauls.com

Blog: www.charmainepauls.com/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charmaine-Pauls/175738829145132

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CharmainePauls

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AuthorCharmainePauls

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Interview with Wayne Zurl, Author of From New York To The Smokies


Title: From New York To The Smokies
Author: Wayne Zurl
Series: 5 Book Anthology Collection from the Sam Jenkins Mystery Series
Publisher: Melange Books, LLC
Publication Date: April 16, 2015
Format: Paperback – 163 pages / eBook  / PDF
ISBN: 978-1680460780
Genre: Mystery / Police Procedural

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Book Description:
Author Wayne Zurl is back with his popular Sam Jenkins Mysteries SeriesFrom New York To The Smokies is a 5 book anthology collection from the Sam Jenkins Mysteries Series!

THE BOAT TO PRISON

Seventeen-year-old Sam Jenkins is busy fishing and falling in love with a girl named Kate. But with a father involved with the union and a divorced mother, Sam often finds himself acting like the adult of the family. During a fishing trip off Long Island, Sam overhears a conversation involving dangerous plans that can land his dad in jail.

To keep his father out of prison, Sam teams up with detectives from the county’s rackets bureau and enlists the help of two friends to pull off an operation far beyond their usual high school curriculum.

FAVORS

Police community Service Aide Liz Lopez should be in fine spirits—she’s in line for a promotion to police officer and a raise. But her sullen demeanor tells her boss, Lieutenant Sam Jenkins, that Liz is anything but happy.

Jenkins begins an unofficial investigation to find out what’s going on. The detective learns of a bizarre home life and a dark secret Liz keeps under wraps.

FAVORS is a story of how the police take care of their own—in an honest and compassionate way.

ANGEL OF THE LORD

A killer is on the loose in Prospect, Tennessee. He strikes repeatedly, each time leaving a cryptic message for the police to find. By the time a fifth body turns up, Police Chief Sam Jenkins is under pressure—either solve the murders or bring in outside help.

But the chief’s ego won’t allow others to work his cases. And at the eleventh hour he tracks down a prime suspect, but death is only seconds away for the next victim.

MASSACRE AT BIG BEAR CREEK

A misunderstanding between hunters rapidly escalates into a battle not seen in Southern Appalachia since the Hatfield and McCoy feud.

As bodies pile up faster than evidence, Sam Jenkins and the officers of Prospect PD scour the remote hills and valleys of East Tennessee and North Carolina to solve a case that reads more like an old west adventure than a modern police drama.

ODE TO WILLIE JOE
Prospect, Tennessee Police Chief Sam Jenkins receives two reports of UFO sightings in three days. The gritty ex-New York detective doesn’t believe in coincidence…or space aliens, but he can’t find anything to explain a glowing spaceship and little green men—until he sends Sergeant Stan Rose and Officer Junior Huskey to Campbell’s Woods. They call in a startling discovery, and the investigation begins.
Book Excerpt:

From ANGEL OF THE LORD

The rain never stopped. From early
June through late August, it poured or drizzled almost every day. I thought if
I stood still too long I might begin to mold. It reminded me of the monsoons in
Southeast Asia.
Drops of rain falling from the brim
of my cap were exceeded only by the young woman’s tears.
“When did you see the boy last?” I
asked.
“Right after breakfast. He went
into the living room to watch TV, and I started doing laundry in the basement.”
“And when you came upstairs he was
gone?”
More tears rolled over her cheeks
as she stood there, wringing her hands. “Yes.”
“Was your door locked?”
“Lord have mercy, no.”
“Is your son’s rain jacket here?”
She shrugged and cried a little
more.
“Let’s look,” I suggested.
We walked to the mud room off the
kitchen. A small hooded jacket hung on one of the five pegs over an antique
wooden chair not six feet from the back door. A small pair of bright blue
rubber Wellingtons sat on the floor.
“You call for him outside?”
“Of course. I ran all around.”
Without the puffy eyes and fear
scarring her face, Emily Suttles would have been an attractive brunette.
“And then you called 9-1-1?”
“Yes.”
“What was he watching?”
“I don’t know. He knows how to work
the TV.”
“You turn it off?”
“One of the policemen did.”
“Let’s take a look.”
She stared at me as if I had two
heads. “Why?”
“Indulge me.”
Back in the living room, Emily
picked up the remote control and turned on a flat screen about the size of a
stretch van. The American Movie Classics channel came on playing a scene from Halloween 4.
“Did you or the cops look through
the house?” I asked.
“Yes, of course.”
“All over?”
“Every room.”
“Slowly or quick?”
“Quick. I was frantic.”
“Let’s try again. Where’s Elijah’s
room?”
“Upstairs.” Emily began to look
impatient. “I know he’s not there.”
We walked upstairs anyway. I looked
under the bed. Nothing. The boy’s mother called his name. More nothing. I
opened the closet. Huddled in the left corner, leaning against the wall, four-year-old
Elijah Suttles slept peacefully, a small flashlight in his right hand. I shook
his knee.
“Hey, partner, you doing okay in
here?”
He opened his eyes, blinked
rapidly, and looked frightened.
“Take it easy, son. I’m a
policeman. Your mom couldn’t find you and asked for some help.”
“Jesus have mercy, Elijah,” his
mother said, “you ‘bout scared me half ta death. You come out here right now,
young man.”
“Go slow, Mrs. Suttles. He probably
had a good reason to hide in here. Didn’t you, son?”
The little boy nodded, but still
looked scared.
“Something happen on the TV?”
Another nod.
“Ready to come out now?”
The boy stuck out a hand, and I
pulled. Once on his feet, he scrambled to his mother and locked onto her leg,
mumbling an apology.
“Some of these slasher movies scare
me, too,” I said. “He just ran from the killer on the screen. Wasn’t a bad
idea.”
Emily Suttles hugged her son,
looked at me, and said, “Thank you.”
“I’ll call the three officers and
let them know your son’s safe.”
I switched on the ignition in my
unmarked Crown Victoria and keyed the microphone. “Prospect-one to headquarters
and all units. The missing child has been found. Resume patrol. Five-twelve,
close out the call at 1015 hours.”
PO Johnny Rutledge acknowledged. “10-4,
Prospect-one.”
“Five-oh-nine, I copy that,” Billy
Puckett said.
After a long moment of silence,
Sergeant Bettye Lambert, our desk officer, broke in. “Unit 513, five-one-three,
do you copy?”
No answer.
“Anyone know 513’s 10-35?” I asked.
“Joey was goin’ house ta house,
east end o’ the street,” Puckett said.
“I’m probably the closest,” I said.
“I’ll check.”
Just as I shifted into reverse, PO
Joey Gillespie spoke on the radio.
“513 ta Prospect-one. Boss, ya
gonna need ta see this. 1175 Benny Stillwell Road, obvious 10-5.”
10-5 is our brevity code for a
homicide.
* * * *
Two men lay face down on the
kitchen floor. One with a shaved head made it easy to see the small caliber
bullet hole at the base of his skull—a .25 perhaps or more likely a .22. Blood
trickled from the wound down past his right ear, over a thick neck, and onto
the Mexican tile floor. The other victim’s blood oozed to his left. Funny, the
little details you notice at the scene of a murder.
“You call crime scene and the ME?”
I asked.
“Yessir, had Miss Bettye do it
right after I called ya.”
I nodded and looked around the
kitchen of a relatively new and expensive home. “Big house.”
Joey Gillespie nodded.
“At least 4,000 square feet,” I
guessed. “And quality. These guys had bucks.”
He nodded again and looked a little
queasy.
“The air hasn’t come on recently.
In this humidity blood tends to stink quicker. Smell bother you?”
“Yessir, I ain’t used ta this.”
“Nobody gets used to it, kid. You
just learn to ignore it.”
“I guess.”
“You search the rest of the house?”
“Jest looked on the first floor ta
see if there was anybody here.”
“Basement?”
“Nosir. On a slab.”
“Let’s go upstairs.”
I drew my old Smith & Wesson
from the holster on my right hip, and Joey pulled out his .40 caliber Glock.
“Look around, and pay attention.
Don’t watch me. There’s probably no one here, but we’ll do this by the
numbers.”
“Yessir. I’m right behind ya.”
We made a quick sweep of the first
floor, opening all the closets before ascending the stairs. The landing above
left us in a hallway with what looked like four bedrooms, two baths and two
closet doors. We found nothing in the guest johns or closets. A lack of
personal property in three of the bedrooms led me to believe they were set also
aside for guests. We looked further in the master suite and discovered two
closets holding clothing for two different people.
“I guess the two guys slept
t’gether,” Joey said.
“Yep.”
“Strange, huh?”
“Not strange, just a minority.”
“Uh-huh.”
Two car doors slammed out front.
“Let’s see who’s here,” I
suggested.
Jackie Shuman and David Sparks,
crime scene investigators from the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, had arrived
and stood in the foyer holding cameras and forensic kits. Moments later, Deputy
Medical Examiner Morris Rappaport and his assistant Earl Ogle pulled up in the
morgue wagon.
“How’d ya find these two?” Jackie
asked of no one in particular.
“I’s checkin’ the neighborhood for
a missin’ child,” Joey said. “Got no answer here, but there was two cars in the
driveway and the garage was closed. Figgered someone’s home, so I walked ‘round
back and seen them layin’ here on the floor.”
“Nice wheels out there,” David said.
“Audi S7 and an F-Type Jag,” I
said. “Pushing a hundred grand apiece.”
“And they’re relatively new,
right?” Morris asked.
“The Jag’s new, and the Audi’s not
far behind.”
“With these two sporty drivers, why
do you suppose there’s an oil spot on the concrete driveway?”
“Good question, Mo,” I said.
“Something for our ace evidence technicians to explore.”
“We’ll git’er done,” Jackie said.
“And take pictures of this table
top. Someone ruined a nice antique.”
Jackie looked closer at the numbers
someone crudely scratched into the mellow wood finish.
“Thirteen thirteen,” he said.
“Wonder what that means?”
“Two unlucky numbers,” Morris said.
“Two unlucky guys,” I said. “Has to
mean something. Finding out will keep me from playing in the traffic.”

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About The Author

Wayne Zurl grew up on Long Island and retired after twenty years with the Suffolk County Police Department, one of the largest municipal law enforcement agencies in New York and the nation. For thirteen of those years he served as a section commander supervising investigators. He is a graduate of SUNY, Empire State College and served on active duty in the US Army during the Vietnam War and later in the reserves. Zurl left New York to live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with his wife, Barbara.

Twenty (20) of his Sam Jenkins mysteries have been published as eBooks and many produced as audio books.

Zurl has won Eric Hoffer and Indie Book Awards, and was named a finalist for a Montaigne Medal and First Horizon Book Award.

His full-length novels are: A NEW PROSPECT, A LEPRECHAUN’S LAMENT, HEROES & LOVERS, and PIGEON RIVER BLUES.

The all new FROM NEW YORK TO THE SMOKIES, an anthology of five Sam Jenkins mysteries is available in print and eBook, published by Melange Books, LLC.

For more information on Wayne’s Sam Jenkins mystery series see www.waynezurlbooks.net. You may read excerpts, reviews and endorsements, interviews, coming events, and see photos of the area where the stories take place.

Connect with Wayne Zurl:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/WayneZurl

Author Interview


Welcome to Book Marketing Buzz. Can we begin by having you tell us a little about your book?

FROM NEW YORK TO THE SMOKIES is made up of five novelettes spanning more than forty years in the life of career detective Sam Jenkins, the most recent edition in my police mystery series of four novels and twenty-seven novelettes. My editor helped me trim and hone the summaries for the book jacket. I think they describe the stories best.
THE BOAT TO PRISON


Seventeen-year-old Sam Jenkins is busy fishing and falling in love with a girl named Kate. But with a father involved with the union and a divorced mother, Sam often finds himself acting like the adult of the family. During a fishing trip off Long Island, Sam overhears a conversation involving dangerous plans that can land his dad in jail.
To keep his father out of prison, Sam teams up with detectives from the county’s rackets bureau and enlists the help of two friends to pull off an operation far beyond their usual high school curriculum.

FAVORS


Police community Service Aide Liz Lopez should be in fine spirits—she’s in line for a promotion to police officer and a raise. But her sullen demeanor tells her boss, Lieutenant Sam Jenkins, that Liz is anything but happy.
Jenkins begins an unofficial investigation to find out what’s going on. The detective learns of a bizarre home life and a dark secret Liz keeps under wraps.
FAVORS is a story of how the police take care of their own—in an honest and compassionate way.

ANGEL OF THE LORD


A killer is on the loose in Prospect, Tennessee. He strikes repeatedly, each time leaving a cryptic message for the police to find. By the time a fifth body turns up, Police Chief Sam Jenkins is under pressure—either solve the murders or bring in outside help.
But the chief’s ego won’t allow others to work his cases. And at the eleventh hour he tracks down a prime suspect, but death is only seconds away for the next victim.

MASSACRE AT BIG BEAR CREEK


A misunderstanding between hunters rapidly escalates into a battle not seen in Southern Appalachia since the Hatfield and McCoy feud.
As bodies pile up faster than evidence, Sam Jenkins and the officers of Prospect PD scour the remote hills and valleys of East Tennessee and North Carolina to solve a case that reads more like an old west adventure than a modern police drama.

ODE TO WILLIE JOE


Prospect, Tennessee Police Chief Sam Jenkins receives two reports of UFO sightings in three days. The gritty ex-New York detective doesn’t believe in coincidence…or space aliens, but he can’t find anything to explain a glowing spaceship and little green men—until he sends Sergeant Stan Rose and Officer Junior Huskey to Campbell’s Woods. They call in a startling discovery, and the investigation begins

What is the first thing you did to promote your book once your publisher accepted your manuscript?

As soon as the contracts were signed and a target release date established, I began sending out “coming soon” promos on Facebook and Twitter. Once I had the final cover image, I added that to the advertisements.

After that, what happened?

I continued to play the Twitter and Facebook game as before, but having a good network of fellow writers on Twitter, I get LOTS of reciprocal “re-tweets” sending my promotions to their followers. I’ve got about 7,000 followers, but having other authors onboard with me expands the viewing audience greatly.

Once I knew the books were in fact available for Internet Sale, I scheduled a Virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book. I’ve used them before and will continue to stay with a good thing.

Next was setting up a few local traditional book siginings.

What did/does your publisher do to promote your book?

Melange Books, LLC began with my cover image and an abbreviated blurb shown on their Coming Soon page and in the mystery section of their website. When the book was officially released and all the usual sellers made it available, all that went to their home page as a new release. Additionally, they have a Facebook page that rotates all their author’s book covers on and off and they send out tweets periodically.

What’s your opinion on blogging? Do you see that it is helping sell your book or is it not making much difference in terms of sales? If you blog, do you blog often?

I don’t maintain a traditional blog. The closest I come is a section of my website ( www.waynezurlbooks.net/ ) I call a diary. Other writers may have good luck with blogs, but it just isn’t my thing. I received some necessary reinforcement from Stephen King in his book ON WRITING by hearing him say, if you’re blogging, you’re not writing. What do you want to be, a writer or a blogger? That may be overly simplified, and blogging may do wonders for some or many writers, but it suited my way of thinking and I like to quote King. Makes me feel better.

I understand using the social networks to promote your books is also an effective marketing tool. What social networks do you use and do you find any of them effective?

I believe promotions and effective marketing are one and the same. Unfortunately, I’m sadly lacking in modern marketing skills. I’ve always believed that if you produce the best possible product you can, have a selling price the same or lower than the next guy and potential customers know what you’ve got, your stuff sells. I’m told that in the 21st century old-fashioned methods are not good enough. The second unfortunate element in this equation is that short of taking traditional college classes on modern marketing, there are few quick and comprehensive indoctrinations available.

I’ve never really learned what sells the most books. I tend to think the efforts of the publishers, although who knows? Maybe my small contribution accounts for a fair number of sales. Amazons sales data figures account for only one segment of what may get sold. All the publishers I’ve been associated with pay royalties either quarterly or semi-annually, so I really don’t even know what months account for the most sales.

What I can say is that eBooks are the largest sellers, with hard copies and audio books flip-flopping.

Besides blogging and using the social networks to promote your books, what other ways are you promoting your book?

As I mentioned, before, I use Facebook and Twitter almost daily and seek out other writers or bloggers who offer interviews, reviews, book spotlights and need guest post essays to keep their blogs going.

If I have a few spare bucks, virtual book tours are a great way to get the paying public to know about you and what books you’re peddling. The publicists I chose showed themselves to be pros and have repeatedly done good jobs for me.

And if I can find some in my locale, I like to do speaking engagements and traditional “sit-down-and-smile-for the people” book signings.

If you had to pick just one book marketing tool that you’ve used to promote your book, which would you say has been the most effective?

Being a relatively lazy individual when it comes to doing a distasteful job—and all this marketing is too much like manual labor—I tend to do what’s easiest for me to get the most people to know who Wayne Zurl is and what he’s written. Twitter broadcasts thousands of promos all over the world. All you have to do is make your pitches catchy and memorable. Aim to get readers saying, “Jeez, that Zurl is nuts. Maybe he’s worth reading. I’ll guess I’ll give him a try.” You can’t capture a potential customer’s attention by just saying “Check out my books at…” I use oodles of 140 character blurbs, some general, some title specific. How about: “Elvis read a Sam Jenkins mystery every month. Well maybe not, but you can.” Or: “Sam Jenkins mysteries. Like NYPD Blue in the Smoky Mountains.” Then just add your sales link and hope it grows.

Interview with Ben Matthews, author of The Pursuit of Justice


Title: The Pursuit of Justice

Author: Ben Matthews

Publisher: Rushton Press

Genre: Legal Thriller

Format: Kindle/Paperback
“A satisfying, well plotted mystery that should please the court.” — Kirkus Reviews

Attorney Raymond Jackson is troubled by ethics charges, his failing practice, and memories of his still missing sister. When he agrees to resolve the ethics charges by taking on a case from the public defender, he gets saddled with a client nobody wants.

The client is charged with the murder of his former girlfriend, an exotic dancer who was pregnant at the time of the crime. Investigating the State’s key witness, Ray discovers several similar unsolved murders from the past few years. Needing help, Ray must turn to the man he trusts the least.

Ray also becomes involved in a money laundering investigation with his old girlfriend. As the bodies pile up, Ray finds himself framed for murder on the eve of trial. When the investigations collide, the cases become personal and Ray must choose between justice for his client or himself.
“Matthews…keeps the pages turning.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Let’s begin by having you explain to us why you decided to write a book?

I wrote a nonfiction book, Blended Family Bliss, a little over 10 years ago because I couldn’t find a book on the subject that I liked.  So when I started complaining about the novels I was reading, my wife suggested that I should write my own.  A little over 6 years later, The Pursuit of Justice was published.

I was concerned that I wouldn’t have the time or that I might not stick to it.  But I found that I loved it.  To me, writing is like reading.  It helps escape from the real world for a while.

Is this your first book?

It is my first novel.

Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey?

I submitted many queries to agents.  But getting little response, I decided to self publish and used Createspace.

What lessons do you feel you learned about the publishing industry?

They are inundated with submissions and they need to be pretty sure they’re going to make money on the book.  That doesn’t happen with a lot of first novels so they are very cautious with them.

My first book was published through a print on demand publisher but they really just dumped what I sent them into a format.  As I look back at it, Blended Family Bliss wasn’t well written but it did sell a few hundred copies on 3 continents.

Createspace was economical but it would have been nice to get a little more feedback about my selections for all aspects of the book.  It was very menu driven and I don’t feel that I got a lot more for choosing some of the premium items.  I am satisfied with the result.

If you had the chance to change something regarding how you got published, what would you change?

Wouldn’t it have been great to have an agent to help guide me through the process?

Did you credit any person or organization with helping you get published?

Not with getting published but The Editorial Department was instrumental in helping me get The Pursuit of Justice ready to be published.  I had to learn how to write a novel and it was a long journey.  I got help from writing groups, family and friends.  I bought and read books about writing and fought my way through a couple of workbooks.  I attended some seminars.  All helped me get to a place where paid help was worthwhile.  I found The Editorial Department to be reasonably priced and the services to be well thought out.  I worked my way from the introductory overview through several more detailed services.  Each time, I felt my novel had risen to a new level.  Jane Ryder, R.J Cavanaugh and Mark Febbo all taught me how to be a better novelist.   They also did a final comprehensive edit that gave me the confidence to publish.

What’s the best advice you can give to aspiring authors?

Learn your craft.  Listen to other writers, read how others have done it and don’t be afraid to get help.  Accept criticism, understand it and apply it.  I got a bunch of criticism along the way.  I didn’t always (my wife might say ever) accept it initially but usually my advisor had a point, or at least a partial one.  And it made me a better writer.

Ben Matthews is a native of South Carolina.  He is a graduate of Presbyterian College, the University Of South Carolina School Of Law and is admitted to the South Carolina Bar. He maintains a law practice in South Carolina.   His practice has allowed him to appear in the Horry County Courtrooms on many occasions.

Although he is not a resident of Myrtle Beach, he spent many weeks of summer, multiple spring breaks and a host of weekends along the Grand Strand where he learned to water ski, fish, crab, shrimp, scuba dive and party. It is still the number one getaway for him and his wife.

After Ozz by Bart Baker Book Feature!


Title: After Ozz

Author: Bart Baker

Publisher: CreateSpace

Pages: 254

Genre: Young Adult

Format: Kindle/Paperback

With her uncle, the President of the United States, presumed dead and her beloved younger brother, Ozz, missing, Dot Gale is whisked into an odyssey in a different, very strange dimension. With the aid of three friends she makes on this arduous adventure, Scared Crow, Heartless and half man/half beast, Lars, Dot must battle the diabolically deadly Empress West if she is ever to return home with Ozz. Can Dot survive the evil machinations of the Empress and return home to rescue the United States before her wicked Aunt Emily succeeds with her sinister plan to take over the country?

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Bart and his family, Pastor Joe Elvis and their two sons Isaiah and Emmanuel, moved to St. Louis, Bart’s hometown. For nearly 30 year, Mr. Baker resided in Los Angeles, where he worked as a writer/producer in the entertainment industry.

He has had two feature films produced LIVE WIRE for New Line Pictures, and SUPERCROSS for Fox, as well as eleven films for television, including CHILDREN OF THE BRIDE, which spawned two sequels, BABY OF THE BRIDE and MOTHER OF THE BRIDE on CBS, as well as the Christmas perennial, A DIFFERENT KIND OF CHRISTMAS for Lifetime.

Mr. Baker has worked on film and TV projects for Warner Brothers, Tristar, New Line, Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC, Lifetime, USA Network, Syfy Network, Fox Television, The Family Channel, as well as working on staff on the FX Network series, DIRT starring Courteney Cox.

Presently, Mr. Baker has two projects in development, HONEYMOON WITH HARRY a feature film based on Bart’s debut novel of the same name at New Line with Bradley Cooper attached to star. Mr. Baker has also completed his second novel, IMMEDIATE FAMILY.

Mr. Baker also has eight produced theatrical plays under his belt.

An avid fitness buff and political junkie, Bart enjoys spending his free time with his family and friends, and enjoys teaching film/television writing classes at Webster University.

Writing is his passion and he feels blessed that he’s been able to make a living doing what he loves and for all the interesting people and events that he’s been exposed to through his work.

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Interview with Judy Fishel, author of Straight A’s Are Not Enough



Title: Straight A’s Are Not Enough

Author: Judy Fishel

Publisher: Flying Heron Books

Pages: 320

Genre: Educational

Format: Paperback

Why do 5000 girls a year not get credit for AP Calculus? How do our mindsets affect our learning? Can we change our own brains, get smarter, or improve our willpower? What happens in your brain when you concentrate on learning? What is the major factor that divides freshmen who do well and those who struggle? These and other intriguing questions are answered in this book. Memorable stories, vivid metaphors, simple images and even a few comic strips reveal ways you can learn most effectively. Many straight A students memorize facts for exams but soon forget nearly everything. What a waste of your time and money! Wouldn’t you rather take charge of your own learning and get a great education? Straight A’s Are Not Enough is definitely not another book on how to make straight A’s. Students who use these powerful strategies will enjoy learning, get a great education, and learn skills employers want most. They can also make straight A’s.

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Thank you for your time in answering our questions. Let’s begin by having you explain to us why you decided to write a book?

While teaching in a summer program for gifted children, I asked the students to introduce themselves and share what they wanted to be when they grew up.

A sweet fourth grade girl then asked me what I was going to be when I grew up. I didn’t laugh. I thought a minute and said “When I grow up, I’m going to write a book.” My little fourth grade girl said seriously, “You don’t need to wait until you grow up, Mrs. Fishel. You could start now.” And she was right.

Is this your first book?

While I did have a short story published, this is the first book I’ve published.

Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey?

I started writing at least fifteen years ago. I took a few classes, read a lot of wonderful books about writing, and just kept writing. Although a few of my early submissions got nice comments from agents, nothing was published.

Then, I entered a short story contest and won first prize, $100. My next short story was published in a collection. The problem was that I didn’t really like writing short stories.

After some serious reflection, I decided to write something important, something that could make a difference in the world. And that something was a research-based book on learning strategies for college students. The book begins with question I had asked for years. “Why do I work so hard, make excellent grades, but learn so little?” “How can I learn more and remember it longer?” “How can I get a great education?” Straight A’s Are Not Enough answers these questions and more.

What lessons do you feel you learned about the publishing industry?
I learned that many literary agents don’t want to touch a book unless they believe it will be easy for them to sell to a publisher. After a year and a half of sending queries and proposals, even with an outstanding marketing plan, one kind agent finally explained that publishers don’t think college students buy books other than textbooks. Based on my proposal, she said I had an excellent book and that it might sell 250,000 copies, but that I would need to self-publish. I had considered self-publishing a last resort but I am now glad I did it.

I read everything I could find about self-publishing. I avoided any of the vanity presses including those who claim they are not vanity presses. I hired my own editor, book designer, and a publicist who is excited about the book. Now, I’m enjoying the next step, marketing the book. It can be scary at times but what an adventure it is!

If you had the chance to change something regarding how you got published, what would you change?
I wish I had given up on literary agents when the first 20-30 said ‘Not for me.”

Did you credit any person or organization with helping you get published?
There were a number of people. Certainly the agent who encouraged me to self-publish is on the list. A dear friend, Leona Bodie, who had already self-published and was doing well was a great role model. My husband supported me all the way, cooking meals as I wrote and acting as my unofficial business manager. My editor, Mark Woodworth actually made editing fun. My talented and patient book designer, Jim Bisakowski encouraged me to do as much as I could. With his help, I even created my own index. Finally, I cannot leave out Amy Collins and her team at NewShelves. Amy refused to take the book until we had a great cover. Jim and I worked on cover ideas for two weeks. It might take a village to raise a child but it takes a talented team to publish a great book.

What’s the best advice you can give to aspiring authors?

Don’t just write to get published. Write about something you are passionate about, something that might even change the lives of those who read it. Write what you love.

Judy Fishel was a seventh grader when she first asked the question why she worked so hard, made good grades, but learned so little. She struggled with this question through high school, college and grad schools, and for years as an award-winner teacher. Here she shares her discoveries and insights with you.

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Night Buddies Go Sky High by Sands Hetherington Book Feature!

Title: Night Buddies Go Sky High

Author: Sands Hetherington

Publisher: Dune Buggy Press

Pages: 144

Genre: Children’s Book

Format: Paperback

Young John Degraffenreidt and his red crocodile buddy, Crosley, show up at the Pineapple Cheesecake Factory and find Big Foot Mae lying on the floor, staring up at her Great Star Puzzle on the ceiling. Crosley only wants a new supply of pineapple cheesecakes, but what Mae points to on her ceiling will start the Night Buddies on a totally new fantasy adventure. A suspicious white dot has passed through the Corkscrew Constellation and is now moving underneath the Hound Dog Stars. Across the Borough, Crosley s brother Crenwinkle sees the same curious speck in the sky. It looks to be a long night for sleepyhead John, but thanks to the time spreader dingus with its sleep retardant setting, he gets right into their next escapade. Join the Night Buddies as they embark on another Program, this time taking them all the way into the stratosphere in their racing blimp.

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Sands Hetherington, the creator of Night Buddies series of chapter books, credits his son John for being his principal motivator. Sands and young John developed the Crosley crocodile character in the series during months of bedtime story give-and-take. They collaborated many nights on escapades starring John and Crosley, until eventually it occurred to Sands why it was that Crosley was bright red. That was when the first book came together.

Sands raised his son as a single parent from the time John was six. He read to him every night during those formative years: all of the classic children’s stories from Aesop through the Grimms, Lewis Carroll, Frank Baum, Tolkien and Dahl, with a lot of Dickens and Hugo thrown in. When school was out they got in the car and toured Alaska, Canada and most of the contiguous states. John still gets around. So far he has lived in Germany, Scotland, Russia, England and Spain.

Dogs have always been a part of the author’s life, beginning with Whiskers, a cocker spaniel. When his wonderful boxer Hube died, he despaired of finding a boxer who could match him, and instead got a Saint Bernard. He ended up breeding Saints for a number of years and at this point has had twelve as house pets. Sands says dogs can do you a power of good, and if you lose one, go out and get another the next day and you will be surprised at how fast your grief goes away.

Sands is also a Civil War buff. He would like to spend a month of evenings with common soldiers from both sides to see how they felt about the business. And eccentric generals like Jackson, Sherman and Forrest, and most of all Lincoln. Because Lincoln never gets to smile in his pictures.

The author was born in New York City but was transplanted a year later to Greensboro, North Carolina, where his maternal grandmother lived. He never really left the area and has a lot of the South in him. His grandmother was a prominent educator and became a great friend and mentor.

Sands majored in history at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and has an M.F.A. in creative writing and an M.A. in English from UNC-Greensboro. He lives in Greensboro now, and hangs out with his longtime friend Ann and their Saint Bernards Dudley and Maggie. He likes visiting ancient Mediterranean sites in Turkey and Italy, and most of all Greece.
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The Diary of a Nobody by Gaylon Kent Book Feature!

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From earning a living to getting the dog to poop to running for the United States Senate, The Diary of a Nobody chronicles the life of Sparrow, a funny, average man passing an average life.

In addition to Sparrow, you’ll meet The Wife, the cat, the dog, his friend Bonser and his rug rat Matt and Brian, Sparrow’s co-worker at the Doily Delivery Company.

The Diary of a Nobody is a real-time novel, updated daily at www.writersshack.com. It begins in October, 2013 and was inspired by a 19th century British novel of the same name.

Gaylon Kent, 49, is an American writer.

In addition to The Diary of a Nobody, Gaylon has written the novel The Regular Guys and Backstairs at the Monte Carlo: A Vegas Memoir. He also writes the columns The Daily Dose and The Bottom Ten.

All of Gaylon’s work is available exclusively at www.writersshack.com.

In past lives Gaylon has been, among other things, a radio announcer and a newspaper reporter, as well as working security at the Monte Carlo and Venetian/Palazzo hotels in Las Vegas and working a Brinks armored truck.

Gaylon was the Colorado Libertarian Party’s nominee for United States Senate in 2014, finishing third in a six-person race with a bit more than 52,000 votes. He is a two-time graduate of the Harry Wendelstedt School for Umpires and is an accomplished high school sports official.

Gaylon served on an old diesel submarine, the USS Blueback, in the Navy and still like his grandfather, Gaylon C Kent, commands his American Legion post.

Gaylon and his wife Marian live in Hayden, Colorado. He is originally from Los Angeles. He enjoys a wine pairing from time to time and is known to not wash his coffee mug.
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Interview with Seth Mullins, author of The Edge of the Known Trilogy

Title: What Casts the Shadow

Author: Seth Mullins

Pages: 240

Genre: Metaphysical

Format: Paperback/Kindle

A troubled young rock musician, a mystic mentor, and a generation of lost souls longing for a new voice to emerge from the wilderness…

When an altercation outside of a performance venue nearly proves fatal, Brandon Chane begins to realize how far his life is spinning out of control. His efforts to channel his pain, frustration and thwarted loves into his music may not suffice to save him. Then he meets Saul, a crisis counselor with the soul of an ancient medicine man, and a far-reaching journey of healing – one that may teach him how to steer away from the very edge of the abyss – begins.

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Title: Trust in the Unseen

Author: Seth Mullins

Pages: 234

Genre: Metaphysical

Format: Paperback/Kindle

“We’d all thrown our fates to the wind, trusting in the unknown – in the Unseen, as our EP so proudly proclaimed – and that leap had thus far landed us in a place where we couldn’t even grope our way forward in the dark anymore.”

Brandon Chane was beginning to realize that discovering his voice was only the first step of the journey. Now he must somehow learn to trust the depths from which it comes, and the unknown horizons that it may sweep him away to, even as every part of his personal world seems to be falling apart.

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Humanity's Way ForwardTitle: Humanity’s Way Forward

Author: Seth Mullins

Pages: 246

Genre: Metaphysical

Format: Paperback/Kindle

“The echoes of those scars can clearly be heard in Edge of the Known’s music. But one can also discern, quite distinctly, that other inexplicable thing that is within us all, the undying flame that transcends our wounds and sufferings…” Brandon Chane had always seen life through the eyes of an outcast, a misfit, a young man at odds with the world and with himself. Now they’re calling him a wounded healer; a shamanic Pied Piper for the throngs of alienated youth; a thief of fire. He wonders if he and his band can escape the claims that the world has suddenly laid upon them. But what about the cherished dream that he’s struggled so desperately to fulfill, the dream that finally seems to be coming to fruition?”

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Thank you for your time in answering our questions  Let’s begin by having you explain to us why you decided to write a book?

These books follow the trials, tribulations and triumphs of a brilliant but deeply wounded musician. I was inspired by a lifelong fascination with art and also with the people who create it. Why have so many of them, throughout our history, flirted with self-destruction? The Edge of the Known essentially questions whether the ‘suffering artist’ cliché is really inevitable. It also poses a vision of the creative life as one of healing rather than destruction.

Is this your first book?

It’s my most realized work, the work I’m most proud of. I did publish a couple of fantasy novels, each with a metaphysical slant, years back.

Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey?

This was my first time attending to all the details of the process myself, and I was a bit astounded to discover how many little details there were! I chose to self-publish, never even submitting the books anywhere, because I was concerned that someone else might try to soften the rough edges. I believe those edges are crucial; they need to be there.

What lessons do you feel you learned about the publishing industry?

Well, whichever route you take, the bulk of promotion falls upon the shoulders of authors. The trick in past decades was to win your way past the gatekeepers. Now, with all the changes that technology has wrought, the challenge is to win the attention of potential readers, all of whom are confronted with myriad choices and oftentimes no clear reason to choose one book over another.

If you had the chance to change something regarding how you got published, what would you change?

I vacillate on this one: I wanted the covers to in some sense reflect the jagged character of the prose. I wanted them to resemble the old pulp fiction covers. At the same time, I realize that something glossier would be more attention-getting. If I had to do it over again, though, I’d probably still steer the same course.

Did you credit any person or organization with helping you get published?

No, I’m a self-made author in that respect.

What’s the best advice you can give to aspiring authors?

Take time to uncover and explore your own unique voice. That’s where the most powerful writing comes from. And try not to get distracted from that pursuit by pestering thoughts that you should be cleverer, more verbose, etc. Just let the writing reflect the natural unfolding of your thought.

Seth Mullins first conceived of his dream to write novels in his early teens, and this one desire has stayed with him throughout all the other myriad twists and turns of life. His inspirations include methods of inner exploration such as dream-work and shamanism and his experiences as a songwriter and performing musician. He studied creative writing at Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico and Lane Community College in Oregon.

Seth has lived in Connecticut, New Mexico, Oregon and (currently) Vermont.

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