Saturday, December 29, 2018

Books: Interview with British Author John Searancke


British author John Searancke gave us the pleasure of an interview. Read on to find more about him and his work!
 
John, tell us where are you from and what's your background?

I come from Ashby-de-la-Zouch, a small market town in Leicestershire. When I moved into hotel keeping in my early twenties, I moved further south, and spent the next 35 years or so running, then owning, a small country house hotel. My background is therefore almost entirely in the hospitality industry, though I do have legal training, which has occasionally come in useful. After retirement, my wife Sally and I moved to live in the Canary Islands.

It sounds like you may have lots of stories to share having spent a life time in the hospitality industry! When did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing?

For many years I had in the back of my mind that it would be interesting to write a book. Not until I had retired and moved to the Canary Islands did I realise that I could make the time, and that it really was “now or never”.

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


My three books could reasonably count as memoirs, though Prunes for Breakfast is a researched history of my father’s wartime exploits.

Sounds interesting. Although you already answered below, how many books have you published so far? Have you been published in any other publications or journals?

I have published three books so far. Two concern my life, and one is about my father in WW2.

What is your favorite quote and who wrote it?

Winston Churchill…”we shall fight them on the beaches…we shall never surrender.” It was clearly also in the mind of my father as he landed in Normandy that fateful June day.

Great quote and I'm sure your father shared many stories with you, that you were even able to write a book about it, which is fantastic. Do you have a favorite author? Who? Has this author or his book(s) influenced your writing in any way?

I used to read a lot of classics when I was at school. Now I relax with the likes of Bernard Cornwell and Manda Scott both masters of their trade and such skilled writers. I love historical fiction/non-fiction.

Good choices! If you could be a character from any book, who would you like to be and why?

Not been asked that one before! I suppose that it would be interesting to be in my father’s shoes during WW2 as he had some major adventures. I could perhaps skip the prison camp part, though!

Quite interesting! And what are you working on now?

I am doing absolutely nothing other than promoting my new book, The Reluctant Hotelkeeper, which has just been published. I am so indebted to my US publicist, Margaret Daly, for making things happen and getting the book to Amazon USA #1 in short order.

Congratulations, that's great news! Where can we find out more about you and your writing?

Here are some links:


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

I have enjoyed great satisfaction from my writing and if you feel that you have a book in you struggling to get out, then write it!

Thank you for your time and we wish you success in your writing career!

To purchase John's books visit him on Amazon:

  




Friday, December 21, 2018

Books: #Sales, new books, first in series, romance, and #free!


It's that time of the year to get some new books so check out this promotion with the First in Series with reduced prices until December 31st! Click on the link below to browse these fun books!

By the way, Olympian Passion is on sale on this list, so grab it before it's over!


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Happy Holidays!


 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Poetry: Interview with Poet Brian Sluga

Just in time for the holidays, we are interviewing poet Brian Sluga, who just released his first poetry book. Let's find out a little more about him and his work!

Where are you from and what's your background?
 
I'm originally from Peoria Illinois the heartland of America. I grew up an only child living in a good upper middle-class home. As an only child with many friend and was a track and cross-country star in high school. I was on my high school newspaper staff. I attended Bradley University as a public relations major. I graduated in 1997 with the BS. I married the love of my life 7 years ago. We both enjoy traveling the world and seeing all it has to offer.

Fantastic! When did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing? 

I realized when at university I had some good articles printed in the university newspaper. 

Nice! What genre do you write and what's your target audience?

I mainly write love, drama and free verse poems. 

How many books have you published so far? 

Not Just My Poetry...It's Your Life, Too: Brian T Sluga: 9781720214656: Amazon.com: Books is out on Amazon now. It is my first self-published book of poetry. 

Congratulations on your poetry book! Have your poems been published in any other publications or journals?

I have been published in the 2017 Poetry Marathon Anthology and the 2018 Word Fest Anthology.

That’s great! What is your favorite quote and who wrote it?

Life is a Beautiful Sport Written by directors/copywriters
Damien Bellon and Gabrielle Attia

Do you have a favorite poet? Who? Has this poet or his book(s) influenced your writing in any way?

Ernest Hemingway and Emerson, are my two favorites. They have made me think more of the written word as it is spoken.

Good choices! If you could be a character from any book, who would you like to be and why?

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I would love to be Charlie an underdog that gets his wish of a lifetime. Makes one think that dreams can come true. Plus, I love chocolate.

How fun, especially for a chocoholic! What are you working on now?

I am currently working on my second book of short stories of cities I have visited in my travels.  The name is yet to be announced.

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

Please check out this site with my latest poems. Please let me know your favorites. The Autoran link lists viewers’ favorites. 

Thanks for sharing! Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?

I have come to the time in life where my mind thinks I am 21, my childish emotions say I am 13 and my body is asking for a month off.
I also am a songwriter. Any groups or bands needing lyrics check my site. I 33 have Pop, Rock and Country lyrics for purchase. See me under My Write on Song bay

https://songbay.co/portfolio/22825



Thanks for stopping by to talk a little about yourself and your writing. Good luck with your writing career!