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INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR PAUL J. JOSEPH | AUTHOR INTERVIEW

It is my pleasure to host author Paul J. Joseph my blog today.

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Me: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Paul: Yes I have. From an early age I wrote stories, even in elementary school. In fact, in middle school, while everybody complained about having to take typing class, I used it as an opportunity to speed up my writing process. In high school I wrote two novels and several short stories, which, though not my best work in hindsight, were good practice in the fundamentals. My writing took a back seat for a while as I worked to establish my career, but I had always hoped to integrate my creativity into everything I did. I ultimately chose to move to teaching full time because it gave me the flexibility I needed to devote attention to my writing.

Me: What made you pen down this book?

Paul: The Turing Files series is all about robots and the idea of artificial intelligence, something I’ve always been fascinated with. Like all my stories, Romo’s Journey, the first story in the series, started with a character, Romo, who I envisioned as an outsider looking in at humanity and trying to make sense of who we are and who he is. This exploration started on a colony ship bound for Mars and led to five other books, the most recent of which will be available on May 15th.

Me: How long did it take for it to become a reality from an idea?

Paul: I believe in the philosophy of always doing a little bit each day and more when I am particularly inspired. The first draft is always the hardest to write. Most of my books took less than six months to bring to a publishable draft.

Me: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

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INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR WHITNEY RINES|AUTHOR INTERVIEW

It is my pleasure to host author Whitney Rines on my blog today.

Me: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Whitney: I can’t say I was always in the mindset of being a writer, so much as I’ve always been writing. It didn’t really occur to me until my late teens that I might be interested in actually publishing my stories.

Me: What made you pen down The Wraith’s Memory?

Whitney: I wanted to build more on two important characters- Chiron and Kiyris from the first book, Dragonborn. I also wanted to fill out the world I’d created, and see what I came up with, in doing so.

Me: You have some wholesome, layered and multi dimensional characters. What’s the secret to creating them?

Whitney: I try to put myself in my characters’ minds as much as possible, act out their dialogue, plot out their motives, and puzzle out their relationships. It leads to a lot of conversations with the air.

Me: Tell us more about Chiron.

Whitney: Chiron is a favorite character of quite a few of my readers so far, from books one and two. He’s got a strong sense of family bonds and justice, he’s definitely a survivor, he’s very impetuous and impulsive, and he’s smart enough to get himself in trouble. As the story progresses, some of these traits change and grow stronger along with him, while others become skewed with his experiences. His journey truly starts in meeting Anstarra and Friedl, and takes him down a long path of both light and dark, and a lot of transformation along the way.

Me: The Wraith’s Memory also has a slow and vivid world building. Which according to you is harder: wholesome character development or a vivid world building?

Whitney: Thank you, and I would say they have similar degrees of difficulty in differing areas. I build my characters’ personalities and actions on the back of my world-building, so I really focus on what the world must be like to them personally, in order to give them that persona. Once I figure that out, it becomes a matter of being able to fulfill both sides adequately in my writing.

Me: How many books do you intend to release in this series?

Whitney: I have a tug of war for  between six and seven books. Four in the main story, and  two or three novellas, that tie in throughout to complete it.

Me: Did you have the whole story figured out at the beginning itself or did it evolve as you went on writing?

Whitney: The Wraith’s Memory evolved as I went along. It was initially a short story I was writing, as a fun break in between books one and two. It ended up growing into the story it is now as I became more interested in sharing the history of the world of Liansea.

Me: Are there any new projects underway?

Whitney: There are a few so far. The books in this series, and another universe I’ve been working on for a long time, and is more in the horror genre.


My name is Whitney Rines, I’m married with one son, two cats and a ball python for my pets. I’m originally from South Carolina and grew up in a military family with my mother, father, and brother. Moving to different places allowed me to experience vastly different landscapes, social settings, and people that would inspire my writing. I’ve had a passion for telling stories and creating different and fantastical, sometimes frightening worlds since I was a child. I’ve written several short stories, articles, and two novels so far. I plan to be writing much more in the future, and bring an enjoyable story or thought-provoking and educational article to many.


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INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR TALIAH MACK|AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Me: What sparked your initial love for poetry?

Taliah: My initial love for poetry started when I was young. We were told to journal in class as a daily mediation. I ended up writing poetry free verse. I haven’t stopped writing poetry since that day.

Me: What made you pen down Magnifying Winter?

Taliah: A friend of mine told me to write a book because the struggles I had journeyed could help someone else in the same dilemma. It turned out writing Magnifying Winter set me free from a lot of baggage I carried along the way.

Me: How do you develop your poems? Can you guide us through the stages?

Taliah: I develop my poems by writing. I write whatever on a sheet of paper or app I use and free verse.  I sort my poetry out once I reach my maximum limit. Have someone read my words by editing them. If the critiques are more positive than negative then I form my poetry into a book for my readers to enjoy.

Me: What should readers expect from The Embers Within?

Taliah: My readers can expect the same rawness they liked in Magnifying Winter. The authenticity I bring to my poetry books is the same authenticity I have in my daily life. I have good and bad days that my readers can either laugh or cry with me.

Me: How important is it to reflect on your heartbreaks and loss in the process of healing and self love?

Taliah: I believe reflecting on my heartbreaks, loss of people I cared for deeply, and healing let’s me be me. Allows me to give myself that self-love and grace that people need to do for themselves. It has taken me a long time for me to discover my feelings and to express them so openly. I write for my readers to let them know they aren’t alone with whatever they are going through. Their feelings are 100% valid.

Me: If it is not a problem, will you share a poem from it? A favourite of yours maybe?

Taliah: My favorite poem from the book Magnifying Winter is a poem called

Poetry

Poetry includes the words

Nobody can gracefully form into sentences

Out loud,

Unless they write the words out on paper, first.

It’s what captures the heart

To heal the soul.

Many poets have come before me,

As many poets will come after.

I just want to be known,

Maybe even remembered.

My written poetry,

Hopefully,

Will withstand as a contribution to my legacy

And,

A martyr

Of

Perseverance.

My favorite poem from my second book The Embers Within would have to be a poem titled…

Pile Up

Nerves ride sky-high

I have a lot on my plate-

Most of which, I added to distract my mind

From the unforeseen occurrences

That have caused me

Immense pain.

Who is to say this is an unhealthy coping mechanism?

As I face adversities,

I know I am strong.

But,

Sometimes, I need a break.

In order to clean up the debris

And,

Build something beautiful out of nothing,

So,

I can finally find peace.

They say the definition of insanity

Is doing something repeatedly,

But, expecting different results.

Well…

I beg to differ.

The definition of insanity

Is not to try;

Or worse, give up.

Even when things pile up,

Keep fighting.

Fighting is your only means to an end

In finding serenity.

Me: You have also written a poetry collection on the pandemic. How much does your poems draw from your personal experiences?

Taliah: The pandemic hit me like it has affected everybody. Just not in a sickly effect. Although I did write most of my second book while being in Quarantine. I was never directly hit or effected by the Coronavirus.

Me: Are there any new projects underway?

Taliah: Yes, my mind is always busy coming up with new ideas to write about. Just stay tuned because my readers have not heard the last from me.


About the author:

Taliah Mack is a poetess, overcomer, and on a lifelong mission to encourage her readers to chase after their dreams unapologetically. Through the power of poetry, she also strives to help people feel heard along their healing journeys. When she isn’t pouring her heart out on paper or studying for an upcoming exam, you can find this passionate writer going on adventures, listening to all kinds of music, and reading inspiring books. Above all, she loves spending quality time with her amazing fiancée.

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INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RYON OWNBEY|AUTHOR INTERVIEW

It is my pleasure to host author Ryon Ownbey on my blog today.

Me: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Ryon: When I was 11 years old I was introduced to an old school typewriter and I fell in love with everything about it.  The way the muscles in my fingers worked together to push down the hinged keys.  Then the way the type bars would slam onto  the paper in quick succession.  “Bang!”… “Bang!” “Bang!”  An audible percussion.  My letters would form words that remained etched in ink on paper.   A very fulfilling experience for what was this young person.   Men working a construction project make a lot of noise.  My typewriter and I make a lot of noise.  Well, I use longhand and a word processor now, but you get the idea.  Those construction workers tell a story (look at that awsome building!) with their tools.  I tell a story with my writing.  Turning words into sentences and sentences into paragraphs and so on.   All of this to form an entertaining experience for everyone, including me. I really do enjoy it.

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INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR J.D. STIMPSON|AUTHOR INTERVIEW

It is my pleasure to host author J.D. Stimpson on my blog today.

Me: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Stimpson: Since I was about 6.  I took breaks periodically when I was younger, but it has always been the dream.  I had to work my way up to complete novels; I started with short stories, and by the time I was in college, novels were something I was able to do.  As an adult, I’ve never really wavered in the idea that this is what I want to do.

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