Monthly Archives: December 2013

Author Interview with Andrew Scorah

We bid a warm welcome to Andrew Scorah

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I was born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire but moved to Swansea, Wales in 1999. my writing has appeared in Action Pulse Pounding Tales vols 1 & 2 alongside best selling thriller authors Matt Hilton, Stephen Leather, Adrian Magson, Zoe Sharpe and Joe McCoubrey. Having been raised on a diet of seventies and eighties Pulp Fiction, and no I do not mean the film, books like The Destroyer series, Mac Bolan, et al, I’ve intended my work to reflect those humble beginnings of my literary journey. My books are not the long drawn out War and Peace length tomes, and I make no apologies for this. I write pure escapist fiction for the general entertainment of the mass audiences, brain candy. Books that will take you out of the mundane everydayness of your life into a world of pulse pounding action and adventure, just like the old Pulp stories from back in the day.

Yes there is violence, sometimes extreme, yes there is bad language, and slang, but the worlds my characters inhabit, this can be the norm. Some people will love them, some will not, it is the way the world revolves, different strokes for different folks. All you need to do is sit back buckle up and enjoy the wild roller-coaster ride, then at the end you can get off and re-join your life. Do not read too much into them, they’re just for fun.

All my books can be found here on my Amazon profiles-
AMAZON UK http://goo.gl/zU3sjX
AMAZON.COM http://goo.gl/Qf5zf1

Andrew Scorah – Interview with Grey Wolf

1. How long have you been writing?

Thanks for having me in for a chat, I first dabbled with writing stories in my youth, but that’s all it was. It has always been a dream of mine since those days, a couple of years ago, 2011 I decided to have another shot at writing stories.

2. What is the earliest work of yours that you have published or intend to publish?

I dabbled with poetry as well as stories when I started out; my first published book on Amazon was a poetry book, titled A Collection in Time back in early 2012. I had posted the poems on the site Writers Cafe, and all had received great reviews. It was at this time I discovered Amazons KDP so I decided to take the plunge and publish.

3. Who were the earliest authors to be an inspiration for your writing?

My earliest inspirations were the likes of David Morrel, Eric Van Lustbader, Warren Murphy, and Richard Sapir who wrote The Destroyer series of books, Stephen King, Robert Ludlum to name just a few.

4. Which other authors do you consider to be an inspiration and for what reason?

David Morrel continues to inspire, I’m now Facebook friends with him and have had many conversations with him about writing, wonderful invention this internet thing. Others who inspire me are the likes of Stephen Leather, who I am also friends with, Matt Hilton who helped me reach a wider audience when he accepted a short story of mine for an anthology he was putting together.

5. Are you inspired by any landscapes or buildings, or even towns and cities?

I can’t say I am really but I came across a place called Camp Hero, a disused air force base in Montauk, there are several wild stories surrounding this location which fired my imagination, my short story, The Beast, available on Amazon, takes place here, Camp Hero also appears in Jericho Blues, also available from Amazon.

6. Which was the first book you published and why?

I’ve already answered this earlier. The next book I published was Eastern Fury and Other Tales featuring my character Chihiro Kitagawa, from the short story featured in Action Pulse Pounding Tales vol as compiled by Matt Hilton. The initial tale was about a Ninja warrior travelling to America in the 1800s’ in search of a renegade warrior who was wanted for murder back in Japan. A bit like David Carradines Kung Fu on steroids.

7. Have you been surprised by a negative reaction to any of your work?

No, we can never please everyone, and I will never try too, you love my stories or you don’t.

8. Other than authors (and friends and family) who are your heroes?

My heroes are those who strive to get by day by day, despite debilitating illnesses, or those who through no fault of their own have experienced violence at the hands of a partner and have managed to escape and make something of their lives.

9. If you could go back in time to learn the truth about one historical mystery or disputed event what would it be?

For me that would be the crash at Roswell, I’d hideout nearby just before the event to see what actually crashed there.

Andrew Scorah, Thank You very much!

Author Interview with Michael Mechant

We bid a warm welcome to Michael Mechant, erotica author.
Best selling author Michael Mechant uses his imagination to give the characters in his stories a much more interesting life than his own. Read along as he explores the limits of erotica by telling stories with a healthy dose of explicit sex.

Find him on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/michael.mechant.1
His books can be found here:

Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Mechant/e/B008EIVCPW/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_17?qid=1387342655&sr=8-17

Barnes & Noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/michael-mechant

Kobo Books
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/Search?query=Michael%20Mechant&fcsearchfield=Author

Smashwords
http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/MichaelMechant

iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/michael-mechant/id543188094?mt=11

Sony Reader Store
https://ebookstore.sony.com/search?keyword=Michael+Mechant

Michael Mechaant, author Take Jennifer Instead

Michael Mechant – Interview with Grey Wolf

1. How long have you been writing?

I started writing as Michael Mechant in June of 2012. I have been writing fiction under other names since 2004.

2. What is the earliest work of yours that you have published or intend to publish?

My first title was Her Friend’s Boyfriend.

3. Who were the earliest authors to be an inspiration for your writing?

I was inspired by Nick Scipio and Lynn Mixon.

4. Which other authors do you consider to be an inspiration and for what reason?

Nick’s Summer Camp series caught my attention because it was so well written. Later, I worked with Nick as a proofreader and learned from him before I started writing.

5. Are you inspired by any landscapes or buildings, or even towns and cities?

Not really, though sometimes things I see have inspired some of my stories. Mostly, inspiration comes from seeing people doing things, or from pictures.

6. Which was the first book you published and why?

My first book was Her Friend’s Boyfriend. I wanted to write erotica, and this story was inspired by some things I saw two couples doing at a hotel on a vacation. The women were letting their boyfriends pull their bikinis out of the way to expose them from the balcony of their room. Eventually, the manager threw them out of the hotel. I wondered what was going on behind the scenes and wrote about what I imagined they were doing.

7. Have you been surprised by a negative reaction to any of your work?

Yes, I have. Mostly, this comes from people who don’t want to read erotica. I don’t understand why people seek out and attack works they have no intention of reading.

8. Other than authors (and friends and family) who are your heroes?

I admire John F. Kennedy. He was assassinated when I was very young and I wonder how he would have changed the world even more if he had lived.

9. If you could go back in time to learn the truth about one historical mystery or disputed event what would it be?

The John F. Kennedy assassination.

Michael Mechant, Thank You very much!

Author Interview with Sai Marie Johnson

We bid a warm welcome to Sai Marie Johnson

A creative mind since childhood who began writing at the tender age of five, Sai Marie is an author, and a graphics designer who is in her final year of obtaining a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for Entertainment. She has several concepts coming out in the next year, and has already released three series titles, and one poetry book.

Sai Marie Johnson, author The Selkie Secret by Sai Marie Johnson

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Sai-Marie-Johnson/e/B00EE8A52W

Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/saimariejohnson

Twitter:
http://www.twitter.com/ladysai

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/saimariejohnson

The Dark Priesthood: Confessions of Malevolence Book 1 Lover Undefined:
http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Priesthood-Confessions-Malevolence-ebook/dp/B00EK84EQE

The Selkie Secret:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Selkie-Secret-ebook/dp/B00E7PIWL8

The Tales of Valisa: the Tamiran Elves Legacy Book 1 The Rebellious Princess:
http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Valisa-Rebellious-Princess-ebook/dp/B00EOAV4EI

The Writer’s Waterfall:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Writers-Waterfall-ebook/dp/B00EOSCK70

Sai Marie Johnson – Interview with Grey Wolf

1. How long have you been writing?

I started writing as soon as I learned how to do so. I remember writing my first story at five years old, and my dad still has that storybook. So I guess that means I have been writing nearly twenty-five years.

2. What is the earliest work of yours that you have published or intend to publish?

The first thing I published was a poem at the age of fifteen. It was called Reminisce.

3. Who were the earliest authors to be an inspiration for your writing?

The first authors I would say had a huge influence on me were Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, E.B. White, and J.R.R Tolkien.

4. Which other authors do you consider to be an inspiration and for what reason?

Since about my teen years I shifted to older audience books. I really never took to a lot of young adult series as a teenager, and preferred reading adult series by Anne Rice, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, and Mary Higgins Clark.

5. Are you inspired by any landscapes or buildings, or even towns and cities?

I have been influenced by towns, and cities. I would not say any buildings really have inspired me, but some landscapes have. I guess if we were discussing edifices I would say pyramids have been inspirational in many of my stories.

6. Which was the first book you published and why?

The first book I published was The Selkie Secret, and the reason why was because it was a story I felt many audiences would enjoy, and I wanted to captivate as many people as possible with my first publication.

7. Have you been surprised by a negative reaction to any of your work?

I have not really been surprised by any negative actions with my book save to say there was one person who was envious of me, and made some accusatory statements about me as a writer as a whole. It wasn’t really about the book, but more about my ability to write.

8. Other than authors (and friends and family) who are your heroes?

Authors who I can consider heroes are Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Laurell K. Hamilton. Laurell actually took the time to write me personally, and Sherri had her agent email me back when I inquired about their opinions on how to succeed as an author. I found that to be really encouraging, and I really appreciate them for that. As for family, and friends I would say my husband, Jerry, my mother, Darleena, and my father, Nathan. These three people have taught me more than I can ever put into words. My biggest hero is God, however, because there are many instances in my life where I was facing huge dilemmas, and somehow my faith came through every time.

9. If you could go back in time to learn the truth about one historical mystery or disputed event what would it be?

I would want to go back to witness the Trail of Tears, or the Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt. The reason why is because these are two events in history that have been extremely inspiring to me as a writer, and I would like to see firsthand what really happened. My great-great-great grandmother was Native American, and she traveled the Trail of Tears. I’ve considered writing a story about her account many, many times. What better way to do than then seeing it firsthand?

Sai Marie Johnson, Thank You very much!

Author Interview with Kayemba Yasin

We bid a warm welcome to Kayemba Yasin

Kayemba Yasin, Ugandan author

My name is Kayemba Yasin, aged 22 years. I am a Ugandan and a University student pursuing a bachelor’s degree of international business.

Kayemba Yasin – Interview with Grey Wolf

1. How long have you been writing?

It has been quite a long time since I started writing and this has been right from my pre-high school and after getting to high school. I have written a lot of work though majoring in short stories and I am frank that the FINAL TRIALS is my first novel. My popular short stories include, the cannibal, which caught a lot of attention and made headlines as it frequently appeared in the school magazine, the journey behind the road and journey to the world of the dead.

2. What is the earliest work of yours that you have published or intend to publish?

Well, my earliest work is a wonder woman and a sorcerer which I started writing a year ago, am proud of this because it is one of my best novels, I hope to publish it sooner together with the final trials. Most of my high school work was included in school journals and weekly news release but my first professional work as an author is commencing with these two novels.

3. Who were the earliest authors to be an inspiration for your writing?

Well, I was inspired by William Shakespeare by his most populous work like Romeo and Juliet and twelfth night. This was through his comical work through characters like Maria., J. R .R. Tolkien’s novel lord of the rings, Jonathan Swift’s novel Gulliver’s travels and Douglas Adams’ hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy.

4. Which other authors do you consider to be an inspiration and for what reason?

Ben Carson is one of my other inspirational authors, like in his novels; the blessed hands and think big. The way how he centers his work with God, and yet his think big work restores hope among his readers no matter what they do, historical background and ones status. Charles dickens novel Oliver twist which helps us the readers to understand that human being is not on earth by accident and deserves due respect centrally to how Oliver is treated in this novel.

5. Are you inspired by any landscapes or buildings, or even towns and cities?

Yes, for instance, I am inspired by the nature of some places like mountainous and hilly, valley and gentle scapes and areas around cities, these make a good scenical impression and it provide a clear view to the reader about the book especially when clearly matched with the novel.

6. Which was the first book you published and why?

As I mentioned above, I have not published any book as a professional author. I am currently working hard to have the final trials published soon. However, though I have been limited by financial constraints but I am doing my best to have someone to give me a hand towards.

7. Have you been surprised by a negative reaction to any of your work?

Of course yes, many people including my friends are doubting my ability; this very disappointing but I have ever remained strong and focused on my work. Secondary, Uganda is a poor country and author here are not willing to help therefore getting someone to help you needs a lot. This has indeed been a very big block towards my career.

8. Other than authors (and friends and family) who are your heroes?

H.E. Barrack Obama, the current president of the United States of America, he has done a lot not only sweeping out terrorists who disturb the U.S.A alone but stabilizing the entire world, for instance, having the long wanted terrorist Osama killed makes Mr. obama a great hero to me. And also being the first black president for the U.S since independence is extraordinary.

9. If you could go back in time to learn the truth about one historical mystery or disputed event what would it be?

One of the great mysteries I picked interest from is the Greek mythology. It talks about their cultures, the gods and traditionalism; and also the one eyed giants (Cyclops). And their gods like Zeus, Apollo and others; they are really interesting to learn about.

I would love to express my heartfelt thanks to your time and granting me this great opportunity to do this wonderful interview which I hope to really pass well, thank you so much.

Kayemba Yasin, thank you very much!

Author Interview with Yvonne Harlech

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We bid a warm welcome to Yvonne Harlech. Yvonne Harlech was born in Edinburgh and grew up in Montreal, Canada. She studied English Literature at Concordia University and now lives in Cheshire with her husband. She is the author of the historical novels Mistress of the Temple and Harp of Joy, set in ancient Egypt. The novels reflect her deep love for ancient Egypt, its dramatic history and rich heritage. The author is currently writing a novel about Romano-Britain, where great myths meet and cultures collide.

Author Website
http://yvonneharlech.com/
Amazon US
http://www.amazon.com/Mistress-of-the-Temple-
Amazon UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mistress-Temple-Yvonne-Harlech-ebook/dp/B0088JB9GO/
Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13598808-mistress-of-the-temple?ac=1
Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Yvonne-Harlech
Twitter
https://twitter.com/YvonneHarlech

Yvonne Harlech – Interview with Grey Wolf

1. How long have you been writing?

I always kept a journal as a child. I liked to jot down snippets of conversations. I began to realise stories were all around me.

2. What is the earliest work of yours that you have published or intend to publish?

My first published novel was Mistress of the Temple. I also have a few novels in a drawer, which I know will creep out one day.

3. Who were the earliest authors to be an inspiration for your writing?

Growing up I loved Lewis Carroll, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. Alison Uttley’s book A Traveller in Time was a great influence: about a girl who travels back in time to the 16th century. Perhaps that’s why I felt a connection with Dorothy Eady and her past life in ancient Egypt.

4. Which other authors do you consider to be an inspiration and for what reason?

While researching Mistress of the Temple and the follow up Harp of Joy, I was inspired by Christian Jacq, Isabel Allende and Michael Ondaatje. They show us how fiction can bring the past to life, fill in the gaps.

5. Are you inspired by any landscapes or buildings, or even towns and cities?

Whilst traveling around Egypt I was most inspired by Abydos and the sublime Temple of Sety I, which became the setting for part of the novel. The desert landscape was very evocative and reminded me of the inner ‘scenery’ of the imagination.

6. Which was the first book you published and why?

My first published novel was Mistress of the Temple, based on the life of Dorothy Eady and her incredible memories of a past life as Bentreshy, a priestess in 1300 BC. I immediately saw the fictional potential in the story: how two lives and time periods overlap, spanning three thousand years of history.

7. Have you been surprised by a negative reaction to any of your work?

A few people have been critical of the reincarnation and the afterlife described in the book, as not everyone believes in it. I try and focus on the good reviews and positive feedback. If the criticism is fair then I can often learn something from it. A writer friend reminded me you can’t please everyone, nor should you try to. Just remember your target readers: they are the ones who matter most.

8. Other than authors (and friends and family) who are your heroes?

Anyone who fights oppression with nonviolence. Mahatma Gandhi, for being a gentle lion and saying: ‘An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.’

9. If you could go back in time to learn the truth about one historical mystery or disputed event what would it be?

There is a mysterious building in Abydos called the Osirion, which was used for sacred rituals. Some scholars believe it’s older than the Pyramids and is the burial site of Osiris, god of resurrection. It played a part in my novel, as it represented the primeval waters and the island of creation. I’d love to know how it was built, take part in a secret ceremony, and to learn how much of the Osiris legend is true.

Yvonne Harlech, Thank You very much!