Monday, November 30, 2015

Author Spotlight: C.R. Leverette




Author Spotlight

In this Author Spotlight I interviewed C.R. Leverette, author of, Trouble In Peaceful Haven, a Sci-Fi/Western novella.

 What is your book about? 
Movian Jenks is a man haunted by his past. 
On the world of Antridi, the Peaceful Haven settlement was established as a throwback to simpler times, modeled after the ideals of the Old West ways on Earth. But as the town was being built, a duo of bandits showed up and changed Movian's life forever.
Two years later, the town has thrived and life has continued, but Movian is haunted by his demons. And when troublemaker Darin shows up, things become even more complicated for all the townspeople of Peaceful Haven.
Set against the backdrop of an alien world, this sci-fi western offers a story of revenge, adversity, and, ultimately, forgiveness.


What inspired you to write this book?
I have been a lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy. I've always loved dreaming of alien worlds and space travel. Though I've written many short stories in the sci-fi genre, I wanted to try my hand at a longer format. Throwing in the western elements is simply a nod to another genre that I love.

Who is your favourite, and least favourite, character in the book?
I absolutely love Bill Conners. His wisdom and down-to-earth manner really endear him to me. As for my least favorite, I would obviously have to choose Darin. He's everything that I dislike in a person. I suppose that's appropriate for a villain.

What draws you to this genre? Do you write in any other genre?
Science fiction is an escape for me. As I said before, I've been a lifelong fan, even when I was very little. The idea of sailing across the stars and discovering new planets with new lifeforms is thrilling for me. I also write fantasy stories, and I've even been known to dabble with supernatural stories too. I'm also a poet.

Is this a standalone book, or can we expect more?
This novella is standalone. However, I am in the beginning stages of another book set on the same planet.

Tell me about you and what drew you to writing? Are there any authors who inspired you to become a writer yourself?
I was drawn to writing at a young age, although back then I would simply rip off books that I liked and tweak them enough to seem different. As I grew older and read more and more books, authors like J. R. R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury, C. S. Lewis, Pierce Anthony, many others, opened my eyes to amazing new worlds. I was hooked.

Other than your own book, what is your favourite novel?
Now there's a tough question! Of course, the Lord of the Rings trilogy has always been at the top of my list. But it's nearly impossible to narrow the staggeringly large list down.

Have you written other books we should know about?
Unfortunately, not at this time.

If you could advise aspiring writers on only one aspect of authordom, what would your advice be? 
Never stop learning your craft. Don't become complacent. You can always learn and you can always improve.

Where can we find your book?

Where can we find out more about you?

 

Author Spotlight: J.S. Frankel





Author Spotlight
In this Author Spotlight I interview J.S. Frankel, author of, Star Maps, a Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel.

What is your book about?
Seeing is believing, and when Carl Thornton, a seventeen-year-old UFO enthusiast and high school nerd, sees a double of his homeroom teacher, he knows that something is not quite right. Then again, he lives in Rachel, Nevada, an area known as "UFO Central". 
Formerly from Chicago, he came to live with his alcoholic uncle after the untimely death of his parents. His fondest wish is to gaze at the stars and see a UFO.
Wish granted on both counts, as he meets Grace Paxton, a high school junior, and a recent transfer student. Through a series of circumstances, he discovers that Grace is a shape-shifting alien, a Theriantan. Once he's with her and her people, he learns the real reason for Area 51, the secrets it holds, and the danger that lurks beyond.
  
What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve always loved science fiction and fantasy, and I always wonder “What if?” Stories about aliens coming to Earth aren’t new, but I think the twist I gave to this novel—the aliens have been living here for quite a while and they’re the ones who’ve been causing the crop circles and sending pictures of UFO’s and aliens and whatnot, sort of their inside joke—is what gives the novel a unique air.
The general public is also fascinated with the idea of discovering alien life. Movies and books are in the hundreds if not the thousands, and I wanted to do something a bit more personal. This novel is it.

Who is your favourite, and least favourite, character in the book?
My favourite character is Carl, the main character. He’s a bit of a geek, a nerd, but basically very decent, if somewhat na├»ve at first. In a way, he’s a lot like me—but younger.
My least favourite is the character of the evil Lieutenant. I wanted someone obsessed with detail, cleanliness and order, and someone who was deeply paranoid. In other words, a total jerk NO one could relate to. And the fact that everyone hates him shows me I’ve done my job. J

What draws you to this genre? Do you write in any other genre?
I always think “What if?” I always wonder about life existing elsewhere, what it would look like, how it would think and feel, and I realized that emotions are universal, as are the concepts of friendship and love. Writing S/F allows my mind to go free and I can imagine and dream up any world and characters I like.
I’ve written primarily YA Action/Fantasy. Although, as of late, I’ve had a romance novel published, Picture (Im)perfect. It’s the story of a young man who falls in love with a transgender girl. Very offbeat, but a subject I thought worthy of writing about. Trans-people have received a lot of negative press not due to any fault of their own. A friend of mine—the person I dedicated the novel to—is a transwoman, someone who’s friendship I value highly. If that novel can help people understand the trials and tribulations the LGBT set have to go through on a daily basis, and empathize with their struggle, then perhaps that’s a good thing. Acceptance begins with understanding.

Is this a standalone book, or can we expect more?
Star Maps is a standalone novel, although you never know. Someday…maybe.

Tell me about you and what drew you to writing? Are there any authors who inspired you to become a writer yourself?
Something my older son mentioned to me once, about five years ago, something about a talking tree, gave me the initial idea. I had a dream, a very vivid one, and that provided the impetus to write The Tower, my very first novel. It wasn’t that great, but it did get me started. I’d like to think I’ve improved since then. J

Other than your own book, what is your favourite novel? 
This is a good question, and I’d have to say Gone South, by Robert McCammon. I’d read his earlier works—horror, mainly—but this one was special. I loved the way he set up the action, the characters, and the conflict within the novel. For me, it was and remains the perfect read.

Have you written other books we should know about?
Some of my better known novels are the Catnip trilogy, novels that deal with transgenics. Action and romance abound in them. I’ve already mentioned Picture (Im)Perfect, and Mr. Taxi is another S/F novel I’m very proud of. The links are below.

If you could advise aspiring writers on only one aspect of authordom, what would your advice be?  
If I could give advice to anyone, I’d say stick with it. Get your idea and write! Make time, give up bar-hopping or television, and focus on your story. Lots of people have great ideas, but very few act on them, and even fewer carry through on their initial idea. You have to want to write like an alcoholic wants a drink. You have to want it like you want to breathe. Start—and don't ever stop.

Where can we find your book?
Amazon

How can we find out more about you?

Facebook
Twitter: @JessSFrankel

 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Author Spotlight: Tracey Champion





Author Spotlight
In this Author Spotlight I interviewed Tracey Champion, author of, Forget Cinderella, (True Love's Fairy Tale 1) A New Adult novel.


What is your book about?
Cara Mia
 It all begins with my story.
 I was Momma’s beautiful, happy, hippie princess. Then I was lost, sad and closed off. I wanted the fairy tale, I wanted to be Cinderella.
When I was preparing to start life on my own my story took on twists and turns I never expected. I decided to take some time to turn my story around. I wanted a happily ever after that was almost impossible until I met Amber, my friend, and she made me realize my story wasn’t where it was meant to be.
Then Jordan came along, my prince, and now my story is out of my hands. I’ve found what I was missing and I didn’t even know it, but it may all be taken away from me. I may even be taken away from this wonderful life I’ve built and the people I’ve surrounded myself with. My beautiful life could be gone and my fairy tale forgotten. I don’t even have a glass slipper to help me.

What inspired you to write this book?
I have always had stories play in my head. I actually had the beginning, middle and end to this book in my head. I wrote a 3rd person piece for a group for fun. A lady named Karen ask me for more and I ended up writing the book

Who is your favourite, and least favourite, character in the book?
I have 2 characters. 1 male and 1 female, I wrote my hatred for them into the story so that the reader could hate them as much as I do. 

What draws you to this genre? Do you write in any other genre?
I love romance and everything about it. The story should not be based on the sex alone, but the connection the characters have with each other.

Is this a standalone book, or can we expect more?
This is book 1 of hopefully a 6 book series. This is the only one that is a cliffhanger and that is why the cover art has no color

Tell me about you and what drew you to writing? Are there any authors who inspired you to become a writer yourself?
I love to tell stories. I learned I could tell a good story when I wrote an unfinished piece of work when I was 17 years old. As for authors that inspire me. Wow. That this is very long. I like many authors.

Other than your own book, what is your favourite novel?
Another long list. I think picking my favourite book of all time would be like trying to pick my favourite child. 

Have you written other books we should know about?
This is my first publish book, but I have plans for 10 other books

If you could advise aspiring writers on only one aspect of authordom, what would your advice be?
Start writing what comes to you and don’t stop. Don’t worry about what other’s think and do your best.


 Where can we find your book?


Where can we find out more about you?

Twitter @mrsmonkey829