Friday, March 24, 2017

FRIDAY FLICKS and AUTHOR INTERVIEW: J. S. Andersen



I'll be doing things a bit differently today. One of our clients, J.S., Andersen, has just published her first YA fiction book through Idea Creations Press, and we're pretty excited about it.

We'll begin with her interview, and end with her book trailer.


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Tell me a about yourself. What got you started in writing?


     I started writing in 1st grade. When I was in 9th grade in my  English class we were supposed to write down 5 goals. One was to  finish a book. I pressed forward  and had it published. I had to 
     cross off that goal.


How do you schedule your writing time? When do you write?

I write when I find time. Most is at night and late in to the morning.

     How and where do you write? Do you prefer a lap top or some other method of getting your words down?

I use what even I can get my hands on when an idea pops into my brain. I carry a small notebook in my purse, a small recorder I talk into if I’m driving, and use my lap top when I get home or take it to a writers group.

     What's your favorite part about writing? Your least favorite part about writing?
                    
I love coming up with a story idea. My least favorite is fighting the writer’s block. I can go weeks without touching it. Poor MC gets a little angry at me.

     How did you come up with your book idea? How long did it take you to write your book?

In my 20s I finally found out what made the grinding noises at night down the street from the house I grew-up in. It was a rock grinder. When it ran at night to me it sounded like a ghost driving a tractor in the field across the street from my bedroom.

What types of marketing do you do to promote your writing?

Face Book, Blogs, Voice, Craft Shows, Book Signings and whatever else I can think of to advertise it.

What are you currently working on? Do you have a new book out?

I’m working on book #2 Secrets Revealed that carries on with Missy Mack in the 1st book Hidden Secrets.

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Do you have a project on the back burner? Tell me about it.

Another book in its 3rd draft, If I Only Knew, is planned to be done and out by the end of the year. I have a couple more plots on stories I’m working on.

What would you tell a beginning writer who wants to publish but doesn't believe he/she has enough talent?

Don’t give up. If you set your mind to it, then do it even if it takes you several years to get it done.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY: Success

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Jordan Ring

Tell me a about yourself. What got you started in writing?

I started writing only about two years ago. I first learned about blogging and the possibility of making money online while listening to Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income Podcast, and the idea that I could make money from home, from my computer stuck with me. Now, I have been writing every since and my 4th book is going to be up for sale on Amazon soon.

I love writing, and my dream is to become a full time author. I know that the only thing that is going to stop me from reaching that goal is if I actually stop trying to reach that goal. One day, I will be a bestselling author sipping pina coladas on the beach every day, but for now I work my butt off.



How do you schedule your writing time? When do you write?

I write whenever I can. I currently work a full-time 50 hour per week job. I write during my time off. I don’t have the luxury of taking any time or any days off, so I write whenever I get the chance.

This most often comes during my days off on Sunday and Monday, but if I can fit it in after I work I will do that.

How and where do you write? Do you prefer a lap top or some other method of getting your words down?

Definitely laptop. I occasionally write notes down, but I mostly use digital format.

Since I currently write only non-fiction I write best when I am using an outline.

What's your favorite part about writing? Your least favorite part about writing?

My favorite part about writing is definitely the finished project. I love seeing a book on sale on Amazon that I created. I literally created something from nothing and that feeling is pretty cool. I am also weird in that I love creating outlines and then using them to help write my books.

My least favorite part is the necessity of deadlines. I know they are important, but it can feel forced at times!

How did you come up with your book idea? How long did it take you to write your book?

I came up with the idea for “Now What? Getting Unstuck in a Sticky World” through life experience. I think that action taking is the #1 most difficult part of reaching any goal. I wrote this book to help people to bridge that gap. The book is for people that know what they need to do, but have trouble actually doing it.

What types of marketing do you do to promote your writing?

I try to keep a constant presence on twitter, as well as respond to any email that comes in right away.

I also pay for advertising, run giveaways, share on social media, and email anyone I can think of.

For my next launch I have cultivated a street team of 20 people to help me launch the book. I am excited to see what comes of putting together a team like this. My hope is that it will help the launch to take off!

What are you currently working on? Do you have a new book out?

I am currently working on a new book called “Peace with Sweets
The Healthy & fresh way to manage sugar intake and reduce sugar cravings”.

It will be out by the end of March of this year, and I am super excited about it.

Do you have a project on the back burner? Tell me about it.

I am slowly working on a fiction book. It is about an alien named Gee (pronounced Ghee). It is a family joke and a voice I use to make my brother laugh. Throughout my childhood we have crafted a character out of this voice and I would LOVE to get it realized into a book.

What would you tell a beginning writer who wants to publish but doesn't believe he/she has enough talent?

You NEVER have enough talent, because talent doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is perseverance and consistency.

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A question for me:

What is the best indie book you ever read and why?

Great question and one I have never been asked before. But it's also a tough one because most of the indie books I've read and loved I've published through my company, Idea Creations Press. How to choose?

I did enjoy Planet of the Gods by A.M. Johnston, because of its detail and engaging plot. I don't typically read fantasy, but was glad I was able to edit and read this one for Idea Creations Press.

I have also published a couple of true stories about cancer, a children's book about a seagull and an owl, and a contemporary fantasy written by a 16-year-old author, as well as others. 

All of of these books were excellent.

Thank you for the question.

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New author site- Jmring.com/books and health site www.fiberguardian.com


Monday, March 20, 2017

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Nestor Eguez

1.     Tell me a about yourself. What got you started in writing?

I’m an electronic engineer  who immigrated with my family from Uruguay, South America to California, twenty two years ago in search of a better life. Since then, I have been teaching at Adult and Vocational schools. I had always an interest in writing and one day 10 years ago while helping my kids with a school project, was the moment that my first story born.

2.  How do you schedule your writing time? When do you write?

Usually during the weekends, because I teach from Monday to Friday.


3.  How and where do you write? Do you prefer a lap top or some other method of getting your words down?

I use my lap top, but I prefer write on my desktop. I have a good view and I can listen music.


4.  What's your favorite part about writing? Your least favorite part about writing?

Well, writing is my true passion. I love the whole thing, and I can’t find something that I don’t like about it. Maybe, the editing process, because I don’t participate and at the end is going to be changes to do later.


5.  How did you come up with your book idea? How long did it take you to write your book?

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Took me more than ten years. I'm a technology teacher, and writing wasn't a priority in my life. Was more like an item in my bucket list. But one day helping my kids with a school project, this story came to me in a very special way. After that, a lot of things happened, good and bad, but I never gave up. Of course, in the developing of the story it changed a lot, but I kept the basic original structure.

6.  What types of marketing do you do to promote your writing?

On line : FaceBook and Twitter.


7.  What are you currently working on? Do you have a new book out?

Yeah, I’m finishing the second Vol. of  Kalima’s collection. Hopefully will be out around April.

8.  Do you have a project on the back burner? Tell me about it.

There are a couple of Non-fiction stories. Of course there are going to take some time researching, and for that is something that will see the light in a couple of years.

9.  What would you tell a beginning writer who wants to publish but doesn't believe he/she has enough talent?

I have a post on Niume, that I think will answer this question very well. https://niume.com/post/197170