Anthony R Howard

1. Who are you? What do you do? I’m a bestselling, award winning author, and a technology expert for the premier global technology firms for over 15 years. Presently in Atlanta, I’m also a leading Technology Specialist for one of the world’s largest Information Technology firms. I was rated #1 IT Super Hero by InfoWorld (Wall St journal of the IT world) and ComputerWorld, was the winner of the National Federal Office Systems Award (FOSE – Nation’s Largest Information Technology Exposition Serving the Government Marketplace), and the winner of Government Computer News Best New Technology Award. Several case studies have been published on my solutions across the Information Technology industry. Currently I provide enterprise technology solutions and advisement for America’s most distinguished clients including a sizeable amount of work for the U.S. Defense Sector, Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security.

2. What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? No regular routine. It’s ends up just being how I’m inspired. With my first books, I wrote the book that I had always wanted to read but had never been read. With this book, I wrote the book that I had I always wanted to write never been written. It’s a journey for the reader. You have to ask yourself a question during the book: Are you ready to face your sins? For many people the answer will be no, which makes the book an even deeper journey as they realize where they fall in the battle of good and evil. Each reader will face their own internal journey. Some who are not familiar with any religion will hopefully want to know more as they look inside themselves. Even though the book is called Devil’s Diary, the book is not about evil. The second part of the title is the focus. The Coming.

3. Do you have any advice for other writers? With POD the publishing world is changing. The game is different. As both a “traditionally published” and self published author, I’ve had to learn the hard way which way to go. Now I coach others into how to be successful @ POD publishing/self publishing. I’ve become a bestselling author as a self published author The Invisible Enemy: Black Fox, The Invisible Enemy II: Vendetta, and landed spot on nationally syndicated shows such as the Michael Eric Dyson show . Because of the books I’ve written I was Named Super Hero by InfoWorld and ComputerWorld for several of the ground breaking projects I designed and architected for the worlds top organizations (Including Google, Dept of Defense and Major banks). They even gave a shout out to my bestseller The Invisible Enemy: Black Fox, which brought millions of additional readers to my website. I’ve been on nationally syndicated shows speaking on the writing process and my career and how to succeed as an author. Certain tricks such as “what is the right price for my book on amazon?” “When should I sell out to a major publisher”, “is my book deal good?”, “how many books can I expect to sell at a book signing”, or “Where is the money?” or “why is fiction so hard to sell”, “Mr. Howard, Do I have to create a cool movie trailer like you (http://www.anthonyrhoward.com/book.php) with explosions and special effects just to sell my book Every book is different, so every path is different. One fact remains the same unless you are a celebrity. You must shatter the literary genre. You book MUST be different, and you must have a platform to sell it. “Anthony, what do you mean?” I mean you book will not sell because you wrote it or because it’s good. For instance, I’ve shattered the literary genre in a major way with The Invisible Enemy: Black Fox. Since I work with the Dept of Defense and Homeland Security as a world class IT Architect, designing supercomputers, storage area networks and much more – I’m considered an insider, and people always want to know the real scoop on what’s going on behind the scenes. The once classified secret gov’t organizations in the Invisible Enemy: Black Fox are REAL. The next generation exposed in the book is REAL. People are longing for something hot, new, and different, and the media is looking for things that will keep their audience interested and even expand your audience, generating more revenue and popularity.

4. What is the message in your book? What are your readers’ reactions to it?Some say I made a transition from the suspense/espionage/action genre (The Invisible Enemy: Black Fox & Invisible Enemy II: Vendetta) to the religious fiction/thriller/speculative realm (Devil’s Diary: The Coming). In my mind I didn’t make a transition. This is actually the book that got me my first book deal. It was decided by the publishing company to come out with the spy series as a business decision because of my background with technology and the Dept of Defense, and the degrees and awards behind my name. I speak at technology conferences on a regular basis but I wasn’t a famous minister or “religious expert”. In their minds, I didn’t have a guaranteed platform to generate book sales. Do I hope my audience follows? I’d like to think I’ve built an audience who loves good writing, so I believe they will venture into this genre even if it’s a bit new to them, because they enjoy good writing. The point of writing of to bring people to something new. Something great. One of my goals in writing is to broaden the experiences of my reader community and add to the literary art form. It believe its key to not only present a fascinating story to the reader, but to bring value to the reader aside from entertainment. I believe that’s one of the key differences of my style of writing. Everyone loves to be entertained, so I’m obviously going to do that, and I truly enjoy it. Then a lot of people also value riveting, thought provoking idea’s. Topics where you finish the book and want to know more. Motifs that make you want do a bit of web surfing on the topics presented, or maybe dive even deeper.

5. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I learned so much during the extensive research of Biblical Prophecy in Devil’s Diary: The Coming. Biblical Prophecy is a touchy subject. It’s certainly complex. There are literally hundreds of interpretations and translations. I put them into 3 main categories during my studies. 1 The Past interpretations: meaning that some interpretation believe that the 2nd coming of Jesus has already happened. 2nd group is the Present interpretation, meaning that based on what is happening now, the 2nd coming is imminent, the 3rd group is the Future interpretation which pretty much follow the course the 2nd coming is off in the distant future someplace. I focus on the present interpretation. The book the Son of Man returns, but its not quite what you’d expect. This is not about the rapture. It’s about the war between good and evil. God vs His enemies

6. What are your current/future projects? The most current project is Devil’s Diary: The Coming. It’s about the literal and spiritual battle between good and evil. If the Creator returned tomorrow (which happens in the book), how would you react? What would you as a reader expect? Would you be ready? This novel appeals to the reader to look inside themselves and see where they fall in the battle of good and evil as they identify with the characters. As current times are as they have been prophesized in several holy books, including a general increase in anarchy, the demoralization of our society’s ethical fabric, the wars, and the persecution of those trying to worship, the stage has been set. Sides are being chosen. Angels and their worst enemies prepare for The Coming.

7. Is there any other information you want to share? I started a small studio, Brookline Studios for one reason. Because I wanted to change the way audiobooks were created. Traditional audiobooks are boring to many people. One narrator reads the entire 22 hour story in monotone can lull you to sleep. In the Invisible Enemy: Black Fox Audiobook a new genre is opened to new markets and the social media generation with over 2000 expertly placed sound effects, a cast of talented actors reading the major characters, and movie scores created for every scene/chapter, giving the audiobook a surreal movie theatre experience in additional to an exhilarating story. The new millennial generation want experiences to be vibrant, diverse, engaging, and interactive. Listening to one person for 22 hours can be exhausting. In the past audiobook listener have been a very particular audience and demographics. I believe that will change, and I’d like to be ahead of that change. With the evolution of I+s and mp3 players and other inventions, audiobooks can be listened to while jogging, at the gym, cleaning, running errands, eating, airports, and even while working is an option for some folks. I also want to create a personal experience that the reader/listener can plug into personally. Listeners are diverse and multifaceted. So should the cast in their experience. I bring a new experience to veteran readers and invite younger listeners as well, expanding into a different kind of audiobook market, combining sound effects, multi-cast actors, special effects, a great story, and sound quality into a different and unforgettable experience. To see what I mean, feel free to download or listen to the first chapter for free here. Invisible Enemy: Black Fox AudioBook Free Chapter

Author Website http://anthonyrhoward.org/

Jillian Hoff

Jillian Hoff

1. Who are you? What do you do? I am an author who primarily writes erotica.

2. What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine?

I try to tune out the world and write at least 1000 words every day. I like to write in public places with headphones on. Coffee shops are typical, but they work so well. The activity of other people inspires me for some reason. I write on my laptop and usually have quiet instrumental music playing in my ears. I try to get all of my writing down before noon so I can focus on other things the rest of the day.

3. What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers? I think the most important element is entertainment value (assuming you are reading for entertainment). Tools: a sense of humor and the ability to look at a situation/person/issue from many points of view. Basic grammar and proofreading skills. The understanding that a story needs a beginning, a middle, and an end. Even short stories.

4. What motivates you to write? The fear that the people inside my brain will have their way with me if I don’t let them be heard.

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? Rarely, but when I’m not getting what I want from my writing I try changing locations. A new view can bring new views, or something like that.

6. Do you have any advice for other writers? Learn to take notes and criticism. When you get the same note from multiple places, work on improving that issue. Write all your bad stories now so you can get to the better ones.

7. What is the message in your book? What are your readers’ reactions to it?My books are all erotica, so I’d like to think they are a celebration of human sexuality from multiple points of view. The sex in my books is sometimes complicated but always aspires to be joyful. I have had few reviews so far, but they have all been five-star good as of this interview.
8. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?That I could do it. And that simply having that completed manuscript was an achievement that nothing and no one could take away from me.

9. What are your current/future projects? I just finished Volume 6 of my GOOD FRIEND series of short stories and Volume 0, which is a bonus free book available only at my website. I am toying with a story about a secret society of spies and assassins told from a rogue female sex assassin’s point of view. The little work I’ve done on it has all the sex with an extra heaping of violence, so I guess it will be a dark erotic romance/action story. Is there a category for that? There must be.

10. What book(s)/author(s) have influenced your life and writing? When I was in jr. high this girl used to bring her mother’s hot romance books to school. We’d read them out loud in a circle on the grass at lunch. One of the stories had a girl who got raped and then immediately after killed the guy with his own switchblade. That pretty much shaped all of it for me. I don’t really like books with rape elements just for the sake of titillation, but I’ll read sex revenge books all day long. So yeah, I don’t know the author’s name on that one. I’ve read a lot of Anne Rice since I was young goth girl also.

11. Is there any other information you want to share? I like giving my stuff away so I’m running free days on my books in Kindle each week through the middle of Sept 2017. Barring that I have a free Ebook available at my website for signing up for my newsletter (which I basically never send out. The newsletter that is. I definitely send out the Ebook). I also have selections of writing from each book posted there. Please come give it a read!

Author Website http://www.jillianhoff.com

SJ Henderson

SJ Henderson

1. Who are you? What do you do?  I am just a guy who likes to get lost in my imaginations. I ended up writing the book Dear Love, Are you dead? because I thought of taking a vacation to an imaginary world filled with chaos and nightmares that I created.
2. What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine?  I don’t follow a regular routine. Whenever I feel like getting lost in my imaginary world, I open my word pad file and start writing the things I feel inside my head. Usually I write for six days a week.
3. What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers?  One needs to have passion towards writing and if authors are just gonna write books for the sake of money. I don’t think it will lead them anywhere. Dear Love, Are you dead? is a success because it was not written for the sake of money. It was written to impress a woman named Merlyn and later the passionate work paid off by getting more than 200 copies sold in the first two days.
4. What motivates you to write?  The reactions of the readers is what motivates me to write more. I enjoy the people getting fascinated with my work and getting thrilled at the scenes I created in the book and also laughing at the jokes I came up with. It gives me an immense amount of joy and happiness to see them react to what I have written. That motivates me to write!
5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?  I cant impress people of all ages. For the people who are into romance and comedy, I don’t end up satisfying them as my books are mostly about nightmares and chaotic situations filled with dark matter. There in lies my problem, but I don’t really focus on people of all ages. I have a specific set of audience to target and I am satisfied with the fans who love the way my mind works.
6. Do you have any advice for other writers?  Don’t write to earn. Write to learn.
7. What is the message in your book? What are your readers’ reactions to it?  Readers are fascinated by the book and they are waiting for the second part. Cally Taylor, one of the best authors of the best selling novel The Lie mentioned that my book is one of her favourites which delighted me a lot and her review in amazon attracted many readers to have a look at my book.
8. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?  I learnt how to spend hours writing without getting tired.
9. What are your current/future projects?   Dear Love, Are you dead? is a success. I am working on the second part right now, but I haven’t named it yet. Excited to work with this project since the second part is going to be a lot more darker than the first one.
10. What book(s)/author(s) have influenced your life and writing?  American Gods and The passage are the two books which inspired me to write.
11. Is there any other information you want to share?  I would love to thank my beautiful friend Merlyn who was the prime reason why I ended up writing a book. She helped me financially to get the book contesting in the annual book of the year competition and got many people buy the book. She did not buy the book however since she is playing the role of a witch in my book!
Author Website –  https://www.facebook.com/stephen.henderson.7777

A.J.Powell-Owens

A.J.Powell-Owens
 1. Who are you? What do you do?
An I.T Professional by Trade, A Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Adventure Fan by Night. Author and general technology junkie
2. What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine?
YES – try to write when it is not busy, life does get very busy sometimes, mainly a night owl.
3. What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers?
Double check everything, but actually its the story that is the most important part of the process. If you have this then the rest is mainly process or what I would term as the labour side of the development.
4. What motivates you to write?
Imagination, lifes experiences, really enjoy telling the tale.
5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
YES – I think any writer successful or not does, its part of the tale
6. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep trying, not everyone will get published, not everyone will become famous (I never made a million from it) forget the money side of the business, enjoy your telling of the tale. If people like it it will sell, if they don’t then it will not.
7. What is the message in your book? What are your readers’ reactions to it?
Talon – is a tale of deception, trust, relationships, horror, fear, magic and hope – I have ad many good things said by readers who have enjoyed it, and I hope others do also. most think it would make a great film (who knows?”) But I simply enjoyed the fact that others enjoyed reading it.
8. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
YES – Writing a Novel or book of any kind is only half the story, I am pleased it has been published and is free. But it is a hard process and not something that everyone will understand until it grabs you that your vision in your head is often very difficult to get to the blank page. But ultimately it was great fun.
9. What are your current/future projects?
Am writing another two books et in the Kingdom of Spelldome World and also looking at Producing a new SCI-Fi Novel named seeded, with a new character named “SEM” will not mention what SEM stands for just yet. Still much it is inside my head trying to break free. My I.T career also keeps me busy, obviously like many authors you need to play the balancing act.
10. What book(s)/author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
Stephen King, love his books ever since I was a young boy my favourite KING novel of all time was “The children of the Corn” Also I would say Tolkien and the LORD of the Rings Novels as well as C.S. Lewis. Strange mix horror and fantasy, but Sci-Fi also can be included in the mixture as the “RUNNING MAN” also a KING novel under a different name was a great influence
11. Is there any other information you want to share?
YES – If you have a great or even a good book inside you then let it free, ok you might not become rich. But at least it will be out in the world for others to read. Enjoy life and have a go at the things you want to do, sometimes it is hard to achieve things and you can be locked into a very dark place. But remember you are unique, much like a story.
Author Website
http://amazon.com/author/adrianpowellowens

Grace Risata

Grace Risata
  1. Who are you? What do you do?

I’m an indie author who publishes whatever random crazy ideas come into her head.

  1. What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine?

I get an idea, make an outline, and WRITE!

  1. What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers?

You have to be very careful to check spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

  1. What motivates you to write?

When an Idea comes into my head, I have to get it down on paper.

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

I do suffer from writer’s block on occasion. I take a few days off to clear my head and then hope good ideas return!

  1. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t EVER give up and don’t let bad reviews get you down.

  1. What is the message in your book? What are your readers’ reactions to it?

Life has a happily ever after…make sure to laugh along the way.

  1. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learned that it’s okay to let my mind wander and see where it takes me.

  1. What are your current/future projects?

Too many to list. So many ideas…so little time.

  1. What book(s)/author(s) have influenced your life and writing?

Stephen King, J K Rowling, Dean Koontz, and so many more!

  1. Is there any other information you want to share?

Thanks for giving my stories a chance!

 

Adam Mann

Adam Mann
  1. Who are you? What do you do?

I live and work in Vietnam, having worked as a Sustainable Livelihoods Adviser in developing economies for over 50 years, firstly in sub-Saharan Africa and then South and now East Asia. Now I have retired and enjoy writing romance novels, often based in countries where I have worked.

  1. What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine?

I usually think of the plot in the middle of the night, and then get up and prepare and outline, and character description. In the morning I start writing, and usually take ten days or so to produce a draft manuscript.

  1. What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers?

I like developing real characters, and not zombies or werewolves. They do what normal people do in relationships, with passion, misunderstandings along the way, and romance.

  1. What motivates you to write?

I just enjoy it. I would like an income from it, but I have a pension and income from investments.

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

Not really, but I am often too busy with Social Media outlets, so have to wait a few days to re-write or revise.

  1. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yes. Don’t worry, just get on with your writing, revise and edit it, and submit your final draft to publishers, and/or eBook publishers.

  1. What is the message in your book? What are your readers’ reactions to it?

Not really, just that sex and love are intertwined.

  1. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Yes, publishing and marketing are much more difficult than writing.

  1. What are your current/future projects?

I don’t think of writing as project.

  1. What book(s)/author(s) have influenced your life and writing?

I liked the classics like Charles Dickens and Mark Twain.

  1. Is there any other information you want to share?