Saturday, May 20, 2017

Books: Interview with best-selling author Joshua Dowidat



We had the pleasure to interview Joshua Dowidat, a talented writer, and Amazon best-seller author. Read on to find out more about his life, writing, and books!

Hi, Joshua, where are you from and what's your background?

I live outside the town of Vail, Arizona, just southeast of Tucson. I grew up in the hills of the desert country and have been there most of my life.

I started my career in construction but since then went back and finished my Bachelor’s Degree and I am currently pursuing a career in Green Energy and Renewables or Sustainability.

That’s interesting, so when did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing if your career is not related to writing?

I always liked writing, actually I liked story telling. When someone asks me if I am a writer I tell them I am in a way. I am the author of a book and soon to be more but I may be more of a storyteller. The writing comes at ease but the editing is very helpful. I would have a bit of a struggle if it wasn’t for my editors.

As far as when I knew I wanted to pursue writing, well it’s a funny story. I never really did know.

I had some random writings sitting on my computer one day that I was compiling into a story to pass the time that I don’t sleep at night. My younger brother read it one day that I had accidentally left it on the computer. I wasn’t really ready to show anyone. He thought it was good and asked about it. I told him about it and he suggested I take it to someone. I did some research over the next few months and decided that it was time to take it to a publisher. Now I hope I can eventually pursue this as a second or primary career as I enjoy it.

Awesome choice. What genre do you write and what's your target audience?

My target audience is yet to be determined. However, the first book is 12 and older. I like this age
group because the child imagination is still present enough but you can also turn up the eeriness of the story without concern of frightening a kid too much. I plan on writing some that are more adult-oriented as well to expand my style and to see what genre and age group I tell the best stories in.

I prefer an eerie genre as my style of writing. That area right between horror and fantasy that still is enough to send shivers down your spine but with leaving enough up to the reader’s imagination.

Sounds exciting.  How many books have you published so far? Have you been published in any other publications or journals?

So far I have only published the first book. Although I say “only” I do not mean that it is a minor accomplishment. It was such an exciting moment and learning experience publishing my first book. The second is in the making.

I have not been published in any journals or other publications yet except for some minor mentions and the like on social media. I look forward to the day that someone asks me. Fingers crossed.

By no means, it’ not a minor accomplishment at all! And you’ll soon be publishing the second!  What is your favorite quote and who wrote it?

My favorite quote is not a quote per say, but more of a few lines from a book. The book is Forever Odd, by Dean Koontz.

“When we hope, we usually hope for the wrong thing.
We yearn for tomorrow and the progress that it represents. But
Yesterday was once tomorrow, and where was the progress in it?
Or we yearn for yesterday, for what was or what might have
Been. But as we are yearning, the present is becoming the past, so
The past is nothing but our yearning for second chances.”
     
These lines remind me that we need to focus on the future but remember the past and not dwell on it.

Excellent quote, and very appropriate.  Do you have a favorite author? Who? Has this author or his book(s) influenced your writing in any way?

I would have to say that my favorite author at this time is Dean Koontz. I randomly picked up his book Forever Odd one day and read it. I was in a “down” mood and this was a book I read for no other reason but to read a book. From then on I kept reading and buying his books. I then got back into some authors that I read at one time in my life, whether it was for school or another reason. I have since followed many authors and expand my readings as the time goes by. One thing is certain is that I do judge books by their covers. I never heard of Dean Koontz before that book and if the cover didn’t appeal to me, I would have never picked it up that day.

Since you picked a quote from him, I’d be guessing you’d choose him as your favorite author. And if you could be a character from any book, who would you like to be and why?

Such a hard question because you have to wonder if the character will define the story that the character is bound to. So imagining that this is how the question works I would have to choose Sherlock Holmes.

I would choose Holmes because he is educated, lives a good life as a respectable detective but has an adventurous lifestyle. He can be down and dirty and blend with the most prestige of the social classes. He gets to travel but still works for his living. He has a brotherly companion that would follow him to the end of the world and a heart that still searches for true love but also fears it. He is thoughtful yet a stubborn mule at times and has a knack to be eccentric above most.

I like your choice! What are you working on now?

I currently am working on a second book that I cannot fully reveal yet because it might be a spoiler for some. I did have to put it on hold for some time while I finished marketing the first and worked with a production company on a Treatment for my first book.

I have however just finished the second proofreading on it and it is ready to go to the editors as soon as I get a little more free time. It’s been a busy year so far.

Congratulations!  Where can we find out more about you and your writing?

For more information, you can check out my web page at www.joshuadowidat.com. My book is for sale on several websites in paperback and several eBook formats. I also have an author page on Amazon and can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/joshuadowidat and on twitter @joshuadowidat. Another good place to find me as well as many other authors is on GoodReads.

Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
    
Yes. I think that everyone should try things and take a risk at some point in their lives. I never would
have thought I would be doing what I am doing right now with the book and the other areas it has taken me. My goal was to get a book published when it was brought to my attention. The rest is all extra now. I pursue it with a free spirit but with a realistic approach. I understand what could possibly happen but understand that nothing might. Still, I push forward seeing how far it will take me, I constantly learn and develop new skills. Skills I have been able to apply elsewhere in life.

So, plain and simple. You never know what will happen if you don’t take a chance. Life is full of regrets but try to live without ever regretting taking a chance that might broaden your horizon.

Thank you so much for your time sharing a little bit of your life and work with our readers. We wish you success with your upcoming release and in your writing career!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Blog Tour: Get Your Scare On for 99cents! Mister Jones Mystery Series by @macmillanjones #ASMSG #BookBoost #RPBP

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The Showing

His visit to the house has awoken that which was sleeping: how many must be taken before IT can be laid to rest?’

For Sale again is Mister Jones’ family home: a house he had known and feared since his childhood. On a nostalgic whim he decides to visit the house, with disasterous results. The house reacts to his appearance and the estate agent who is showing him around vanishes. Shortly afterwards the next agent appointed to handle the sale of the property also disappears.

Mister Jones wants nothing to do with the property. His visit has awoken old memories for him, and the memories are not pleasant. But it is clear that something else has also been awoken by his visit, and when he is begged to help find the young agent who has vanished, he can no longer avoid the responsibility of facing his legacy of evil, and dealing with the curse laid upon the house.

But what will happen when he faces IT, and who will emerge alive?

If you knew just how much of this story is true, how well would you sleep tonight?

Portrait Of A Girl

Does lightning ever strike twice? It would seem so for the unfortunate Mister Jones. After a harrowing encounter with the paranormal in The Showing, once again he again finds himself in mortal danger on the borders of that shadowed world.

An antique painting holds a strange fascination for him - and others. What does the girl in the portrait want from Mister Jones and from the others who become entranced by her beauty? And can she be stopped before she unleashes her ancient evil into our modern world in a lake of blood?

‘This is a great read. I literally devoured it in less than 24 hours. If you liked The Showing... it's better. Spooky. It reads a bit like Sheridan LeFanu or Guy de Maupassant. Awesome. Classic horror short story, except this isn't short. It's a full novel. Just wanted to clarify, it READS like a classic horror short story. Tight, spare and invoking tons of imagination.’

The House Next Door

Mister Jones thought that he was finished with the world of the paranormal: but the paranormal world hadn’t finished with him… His next door neighbour is attracted to a statuette and takes it home. Shortly afterwards, her mother is brutally murdered, - and that isn’t the only death. As the casualties mount and the dead roam free, can Mister Jones stop the tide of evil?

When Sheila Balsam finds herself compelled to buy a genuine antique in a strange little shop, she didn’t bargain for what came with the statuette - and Mister Jones finds himself once again drawn into the dangerous world of the paranormal : this time via the house next door.

An ancient evil has found a way to break from his enchanted prison and the only one who is going to stand in his way is the unfortunate Mister Jones, who seems destined to live in interesting times.

The Curse Of Clyffe House

It was supposed to be a holiday, time away whilst his friend and neighbour wrote a book about their last adventure. But as soon as Mister Jones arrives at the holiday cottage things start to go wrong, and waking up to find a skeleton in his bed is only the start. Terror stalks this cottage and before long Mister Jones discovers an ancient Evil is plotting to wreak devastation across the land; and it plans to start with his death.

Poison, fear, and a horrific Shadow from long ago stand between their survival: can Mister Jones and his friend defeat the Curse of Clyffe House and live?


Coming In The Summer Of 2017
Demon's Reach

Mister Jones discovers more about his family in this fifth novel about his adventures. A relative he had never known appoints him both executor of his estate, and the beneficiary should the main beneficiaries have died before him. Surprised and curious to learn more about his family and their past, Mister Jones journeys to the mist haunted eastern coast of England, and the village of Hawkstowe.

There he finds that his family have an unsavoury reputation locally for their dealings in black magic, and that his arrival is viewed with fear and horror. So scared are the locals that Mister Jones might herald a return to the dreadful times they experienced many years ago that they decide to burn down the house in which he is staying.

Mister Jones must confront demons, monsters, and members of his family both living and dead to escape with his life and his sanity intact.
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Meet The Author ​Will Macmillan Jones


Will Macmillan Jones lives in Wales, a lovely green, verdant land with a rich cultural heritage. He does his best to support this heritage by drinking the local beer and shouting loud encouragement whenever International Rugby is on the TV. A just sixty lover of blues, rock and jazz he has just fulfilled a lifetime ambition by filling an entire wall of his home office with (full) bookcases. When not writing, he is usually lost with the help of a satnav on top of a large hill in the middle of nowhere.
He writes Dark Fantasy, fantasy he fantasises is funny, and books for children. Some of his pieces have won awards but he doesn’t like to talk about that as it draws attention to the fact that other pieces haven’t.
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Twitter: @macmillanjones

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Books: Interview with talented fantasy author Alysia Seymour



I'm so thrilled to introduce to you this amazing fantasy writer. Get to know the talented Alysia Seymour by reading her interview below. 

Where are you from and what's your background?

I was born in San Diego, California and here I’ve stayed. I love San Diego, and all my family and friends are here, so I never had enough incentive to relocate. I graduated college with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and because I couldn’t find work in that field or get into graduate school, I fell into a banking job to pay the bills. It was during this time that I started writing to escape from the mundane -- and quite miserable -- life at my day job. But I’m thankful for this time because it was through that experience that I wrote my first novel, The Raven Dreams.

Everything always happens for a reason, right? When did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing?

For me, the realization hit me when I was reading my first run-thru of The Hunger Games. I realized how much I loved stories that really pulled me in, and that were written in a way that I became very attached to the characters and their journeys. It was in this moment that I first thought about writing something myself. I was about 25 years old when I first starting writing stories and my first attempt at a novel. Since that time (I’m now 33) I haven’t stopped writing. 


Writing can be quite addictive! What genre do you write and what's your target audience?

I love to write fantasy novels. I’ve always been a huge fantasy nerd myself so I naturally went in that direction with my own writing. The Raven Dreams is highly fantasy and it’s geared for young adults and adults alike. With that novel, my target audience is fantasy lovers looking for an escape into another world altogether. I’m currently working on my second novel, completely separate from The Raven Dreams, which I wrote over 5 years ago when I was at a very different place in my life.
Needless to say, my writing has changed a lot as I’ve grown. My second novel, which will be titled The Wonder Soul, is magical realism, also geared toward young adults and adults who enjoy a little bit of fantasy and magic in their stories.


Sounds exciting! How many books have you published so far?


I have one self-published book, The Raven Dreams, on Amazon. I also have a short story that I offer for free when people join my newsletter. It’s called The Quirky Old Couple. 

What is your favorite quote and who wrote it?

“A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone.” – Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Perfect quote for writers as well. Do you have a favorite author? Who? Has this author or his book(s) influenced your writing in any way?

My answer may be cliché but my favorite author is J.K. Rowling. The reason I choose her over all the great authors out there is because her books, the Harry Potter series, are what got me hooked on books. Harry Potter led me to some amazing friends and fun experiences too. J.K. Rowling has greatly influenced my own writing because she showed everyone that magic mixed in with powerful characters and well-written story can be so powerful. I’ve always loved fantasy – my entire childhood I loved it. But J.K. Rowling took it to an entirely new place for me I had not considered before and wrote a story that I will never grow out of.

She's indeed an amazing writer. If you could be a character from any book, who would you like to be and why?

I would have to choose Celia Bowen from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern because I think it would be fantastic to be able to physically manipulate people and things without having to lift a finger.

Great choice! What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on my second novel, The Wonder Soul. It’s a magical realism novel that follows Zoe Bennett, a 20-year-old girl struggling through life who reaches a breaking point when her boyfriend admits he cheated on her and calls off their relationship. From there, Zoe starts experiencing strange things that terrify her because she can’t explain them, and they only get worse. She leaves her hometown at travels first to San Francisco to visit her sister, then to Ireland where she meets an unlikely family who takes her in after a traumatizing event. Zoe is forced to grow even when she isn’t ready to and to be someone she never thought possible, all while facing shadows and creatures she can’t control. The Wonder Soul is scheduled for release Fall 2017.

Wow, that sounds intriguing! Where can we find out more about you and your writing?

You can find everything at my website at www.alysiaseymour.com. My blog and podcast are there, my social media contacts, and sign up for my newsletter to get my short story.

Fantastic. Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?

I’d love to be part of your world and community. I’m always looking to make connections with like-minded people. Feel free to contact me contact@alysiaseymour.com so we can get in touch. If you’re a fantasy and magic lover, like me, or you just enjoy weekly inspiration I also created the Wonder Scribes and I release a weekly podcast as well as blog posts simply to build inspiration and to help each other dream greatly. You can find out more on my website, and I look forward to chatting!

Thank you so much for your time, Alysia, and wishing you success with your next release!

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