Taking A Bit of A Break

Hi folks,

Just in case you’re wondering by now, “Hey what the hell’s going on, Kev?” I thought, I’d better fill you all in. I’m taking a bit of a break from blogging to work on Miedo 2. Don’t worry, I’m not going to disappear completely. Besides, I have a special coming up

Starting on September 8th. I will be doing my first countdown deal ever for The Wizard, The Girl and The Unicorn’s Horn. Now I know a lot of you folks have wondered when I might do a deal on the first of my fantasy series. So, watch out for it folks. I’ll announce the full deal sometime next week.

Kev

Presenting, The DemonSlayer himself… Bobby Nash!

Kev’s Author Interviews Presents:

Bobby Nash

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Bethlehem, GA 

USA

Kev: In a generalized way, tell us a little about yourself. Where you grew up, siblings, family life, education, and how you got to where you are now.

BN: I’m from Atlanta, Georgia and have lived in Georgia all my life. It’s a nice area, but there are times I wonder what it would be like to live elsewhere. Maybe I should look into that one day. I have one sibling, a younger brother who I get along with quite well. Not much to tell beyond that. My non-writing life is pretty boring, I think.

Kev: How long have you been writing for?

BN: I started writing when I was a kid and in high school I wrote for school functions like the newspaper, yearbook, and literary magazine. After that, I kept up with it, selling my first published work in 1992. There were some slow years in there, publishing-wise, but in 2001 I was hired to script a comic series called Demonslayer. Then, in 2004 I sold my first novel, Evil Ways, which came out in 2005. It’s been pretty busy since then.

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Kev: Why do you write?

BN: I write because I love it. Also, deadlines. Deadlines are great motivators.

Kev: What is your genre?

BN: I am fortunate enough to be able to write in multiple genres. Crime thrillers, action, adventure, sci fi, horror, super heroes, mystery, westerns, whatever the publishers need.

Kev: Who would you say are your favourite/most influential authors and why?

BN: This is a list that can (and will) change depending on when you ask. I am a fan of and influenced by the books of Michael Connelly, Alex Kava, Christopher Golden, Van Allen Plexico, Jonathan Maberry, J.T. Ellison, Beverly Connor, David Mack, Michael Crichton, Stephen J. Cannell, and Howard Hopkins (sadly, those last three are no longer with us, but their work lives on). I could probably keep naming off some really talented writers, but this is a good list to start.

Kev: What is your latest (published) book called and what is it about?

GG FINAL CVR frontBN: My latest novel is Alexandra Holzer’s Ghost Gal: The Wild Hunt. Published by Raven’s Head Press, this is the first book in a series novels aimed at fans of YA and up.

Alexandra Holzer’s Ghost Gal: The Wild Hunt is the fictionalised story of real-life ghost hunters, Alexandra Holzer and her father, Hans Holzer. In their first novel adventure, The Wild Hunt returns to the land of the living looking for revenge against the man who banished them to the ether decades earlier, Hans Holzer. It’s up to Alexandra and her companions to stop the newly formed Wild Hunt before they take revenge on her parents.

Kev: Who or what influenced you to write it?

BN: Alexandra Holzer’s Ghost Gal: The Wild Hunt is based on Alexandra Holzer and Alex is involved with the novels as well. She and I talked about the plot, character development, and assorted odds and ends with our editor at Raven’s Head Press, Michael Hudson. The three of us worked together to craft the story and we’re planning book #2 now. It will be called Alexandra Holzer’s Ghost Gal: A Haunting We Will Go…

Kev: What challenges did you face while writing the story?

BN: The biggest challenge was writing real people. Even though the world of Ghost Gal is fiction, I was still writing about real people, some of whom are living. I wanted to make sure I was true to the characters, but also at the same time be able to write them for this fictional world. I was nervous at first, but all involved seem to like how they were portrayed.

Kev:  Did you do any specialized research for your story?

BN: Oh, sure. There’s always research to be done. Researching The Wild Hunt was a big part of that as our villains are based on an old legend. I wanted to stick true to those characters and then take them into the modern world. I also researched locations which appear in the story, plus I spoke with Alex often about her family to get a better sense of them as they are characters in the novel as well.

Kev: Is your book part of a series?

BN: Yes. Alexandra Holzer’s Ghost Gal: The Wild Hunt is the first book in a series of books featuring Alexandra Holzer, the Ghost Gal. Book #2 begins soon. It’s called Alexandra Holzer’s Ghost Gal: A Haunting We Will Go…

Kev: Which of your works do you like best (feel most proud of) and why?

Evil Ways cover FINALBN: Much like the favorite writer question, this is one with an ever-changing answer. For the longest time, my answer would be Evil Ways because it was my first novel and was well received. Now that we’ve put almost ten years past its release my answer has changed a bit. These days I usually point to Alexandra Holzer’s Ghost Gal: The Wild Hunt and Snow Falls as two of my favorite pieces.

Kev: Is there anything you would like to say to your readers at this point?

BN: Thanks for sticking around to listen to me ramble on about my books. I appreciate it.

Kev: What are you working on now?

SnowFallCover-wTitleBN: I am putting the finishing touches on a short pulpy private detective story to send off to my editor. I can’t say much about it yet as the project hasn’t been announced yet. Then I go back and finish up Snow Storm, the follow-up to Snow Falls, which follows the adventures of my character, Abraham Snow. After that I have a comic book script to write and then I start on a story for IDW’s V-Wars anthology vol. 5. My schedule is packed and I love it.

Kev: What new challenges are you facing?

BN: The biggest challenge right now is finding time to get everything on my To Do List done on time. 2014 is a busy one. Time management is key.

Another challenge is finding time to take an honest to goodness vacation. I haven’t had one of those in years.

Kev: Could you give us a little spoiler?

BN: Here’s a Ghost Gal spoiler from when we first meet Alexandra in the novel.

Alexandra Holzer dove for cover.

Recovering quickly, she was back on her feet in an instant, her eyes scanning the darkened rafters of the high ceiling above for any sign of her quarry. It was a tough one to follow as it faded in and out of the shadows. Like the previous attack, it happened fast, followed by an even quicker retreat. She thought it felt more like it was acting on instinct than following an actual plan of attack.

“Do you see it?” Joshua Gargiulo, her fiancé and partner on this hunt shouted as he sought cover next to a pillar along the far wall with their gear. There were five other similar pillars situated around the circular room.

“No! I…” Alexandra started, then she caught a glimpse of it. She pointed as the ghostly image came into view. “There!”

The ghost swooped down as if to dive bomb the both of them only to swerve at the last possible moment, just out of reach, and swoop back toward the rafters. She wasn’t sure what this creature had been when it was alive because it was hard to identify in its current state. Was this a human who took on a new form after death? Was it a supernatural being when it was alive? Was it a Stay Behind or something else? There really was no way to determine which, if either, scenario best fit, as the facts were limited. Only the ghost’s upper body seemed solid, although just barely so. Although she did not know the specifics behind this ghost’s story yet––and there was always a story––she recognized the being as a water spirit. Made up almost entirely of ethereal vapor, the ghost left a fine mist in its wake, which made it appear as though it had wings. Where its legs should have been was simply cloud-like streaks of condensation.

“What is that thing?” Joshua shouted.

Alexandra smiled. This was not his first encounter with the supernatural, and it was definitely not the first time he had seen a ghost, but some part of Joshua’s brain refused to accept the existence of ghosts at face value. Joshua was always looking for a rational explanation that could explain away the evidence of what he saw before his own eyes. She found his inability to take things at face value charming.

“Stay back,” she told him. “Let’s see if it’s willing to talk to us.”

“You want to talk to it?” he asked, incredulous at the thought. “Why would you want to do that?”

“Do you know another way to find out what it wants?”

“No.”

“Neither do I,” she said, tossing him a wink. “So… we try to communicate.”

Joshua shrugged. He knew better than to argue with her, especially in this area where her expertise clearly trumped his. “You’re the boss,” he said.

She smiled.

Learn more in Alexandra Holzer’s Ghost Gal: The Wild Hunt now on sale in paperback and ebook.

Kev: Do you have any advice for other writers?

BN: Have fun with whatever you’re doing. Enjoy it. Plus, if you want to write as a career, then you have to learn to treat it like one. That means hitting deadlines, working with editors, publishers, and other creators. It’s a great job and I love it greatly, but it is still a job I take seriously.

Bobby Nash’s Website: http://www.bobbynash.com

Bobby Nash’s Book Links:

Alexandra Holzer’s Ghost Gal: The Wild Hunt

Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00L9EWX9C/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_1TLQtb0WQW2D9

Amazon US

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L9EWX9C

More purchase links here: http://bobby-nash-news.blogspot.com/p/novels.html

Raven’s Head Press

http://ravensheadpress.blogspot.com/

More purchase links here: http://bobby-nash-news.blogspot.com/p/novels.html

 

Snow Falls

Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00J2CIVAS/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_zcx-tb0SQ4G4C

Amazon US

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J2CIVAS/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_ucx-tb1V3A7M7

Stark Raving Press

http://starkravingpress.com/products/snow-falls

More purchase links here: http://bobby-nash-news.blogspot.com/p/novels.html

 

Evil Ways

Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00A2TU8OM/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_yfx-tb1F3YY01

Amazon US

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A2TU8OM/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_Uex-tb1TK3KZH

BEN Books

http://ben-books.blogspot.com/p/evil-ways.html

More purchase links here: http://bobby-nash-news.blogspot.com/p/novels.html

 

Check out all of my work at http://www.bobbynash.com

 

Bobby Nash, everybody!

 

Bobby’s Bio:

Ghostbuster Bob

From his secret lair in the wilds of Bethlehem, Georgia, 2013 Pulp Ark Award Winning Best Author, Bobby Nash writes a little bit of everything including novels, comic books, short prose, graphic novels, screenplays, media tie-ins, and more.

Between writing deadlines, Bobby is an actor and extra in movies and television, including appearances in Deviant Pictures’ Fat Chance, FOX’s The Following, USA’s Satisfaction, AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, and more. He is also the co-host of the Earth Station One podcast (www.esopodcast.com) and a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers.

Bobby was named Best Author in the 2013 Pulp Ark Awards, his first professional writing award. Rick Ruby, a character co-created by Bobby and author Sean Taylor also snagged a Pulp Ark Award for Best New Pulp Character of 2013. Bobby was also nominated for the 2014 New Pulp Awards and Pulp Factory Awards for his work.

Please visit Bobby at:

http://www.bobbynash.com

http://www.facebook.com/AuthorBobbyNash

http://www.twitter.com/bobbynash

http://www.google.com/+BobbyNashAuthor

http://instagram.com/bobbynash14

http://www.pinterest.com/bobbynash

And more.

 

 

Presenting, The Excitable and Fun Loving… Judy Teel

Kev’s Author Interviews Presents

Judy Teel!

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North Carolina

USA

Judy’s blog with links to her wonderful books can be found right here

Presenting, The Devoted… Lisa C Miller!

Kev’s Author Interviews Presents:

Lisa C. Miller
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Fairbanks, Alaska
 USA
1 Tell us a little about yourself, Where you grew up, sibling, family life, education and how you got to where you are now.
Hi, I live in the beautiful state of Alaska with my family where the spirits of animals and men roam free.
I am married to a wonderful man and we have three children and we used to foster girls which brought us lots of joy. I am currently a full-time college student and I write inspirational poetry. I have published two books so far.
Titles are:
1 Godly Inspirations for the Troubled Soul
2 Inspirations  from Heaven’s Gate
Both are books of poetry with bible verses sprinkled within.They can be found on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
I am able through the help of The Holy Spirit to write about the beauty and simplicity of life. Through words I want to reveal the beauty of Christ to the broken and lost spirits of humanity. Through pouring out my heart and tears and trying to be transparent I want to encourage people to see we are in this together.
I enjoy reading, writing, blogging, walking, family, social networking, scrap booking and photography.
I started out in a military family my dad joined the Air Force  when i was little so the world has been my playground. It is where I learned to get along with other people and accept myself. I have four brothers.We are all friends.
I am very comfortable with books and pens and paper. I sometimes feel like I was born with a pencil in my hand and I started writing at six years old and it has just expanded from there. I have never passed a library or used bookstore that I haven’t liked. As you can tell I am very chatty about my life, books and writing.
I am a Christian lady who comes from a Christian background and family. I came to know the Lord on a personal level when I was 17 years old. Since then I have been on a quest to learn more about Him and myself. On my journey I have come to realize my purpose in life is to write what is on God’s heart and encourage the broken and lost souls of humanity with it.
Here are two quotes I think sum up my writing life:
“I am a little pencil in the hand of writing God who is sending out a love letter to the world.”
Mother Teresa
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
William Wordsworth
2. How long have you been writing?
I have been writing since I was six years old. I remember writing story about a pencil. I remember bringing it to the dinner table and everyone enjoying it. I also have been journaling since I was 12 years old. During this time I started writing poetry and have published two books of poetry so far.
3. Why do you write?
The reason I write is because I am a highly communicative person. I have found more freedom on the page than anywhere else.My thoughts flow much smoother and stronger from my pen to paper than even through talking. I feel God has given me the gift of communication and I fully use it  to glorify Him.
4. What is your genre?
I write inspirational poetry. and non-fiction.
5. Who would you say are your favorite authors and why?
Danielle Steele – It is when I started reading her books I decided I wanted to my name on a cover of a book.
Joyce Meyer – She writes the kind of books I want to write; encouraging and uplifting.
Julia Cameron – Her books are full of doable advice that anyone can use.
Natalie Goldberg – She has good advice for writers and she is an encourager.
6. What is your latest (published) book called and what is it about?
My latest book is a book of poetry with bible verses sprinkled throughout its pages.
Inspirations from Heaven’s Gate
I want to allow God’s light to shine through all the broken places in my life. One heart at a time I want to reach the spiritually disconnected and introduce them to Jesus through my writing so living an ordinary life is no longer an option. I want to share my daily struggle to represent God in my everyday life. I want them to realize they are not alone. We are in this struggle together.
I write about the beauty and simplicity of life and want to reveal the beauty of Christ to the broken and lost souls of humanity. I have been given the ability to write simply and honestly from the heart so it is understandable. I believe writing is a language of the heart and is a beautiful way to share one’s innermost feelings. I am an author working under the Holy Spirit’s daily direction. I focus on the Holy Spirit’s daily direction for my life and writing. I have enjoyed a creative partnership with the Holy Spirit for many years.
7. Who or what influenced you to write it?
God has given me the gift of writing. He gives me the words to write.
I want to encourage people through the written word with the help of the whispered power of The Holy Spirit I write about the beauty and simplicity of life. Through my writing I want to reveal the beauty of Christ. I listen for the Lord’s direction and write what is put on my heart to encourage the lost and broken souls of the world. I have been told that my writings remind people of the Psalms of David. I am similar to Ruth Graham Bell and Helen Steiner Rice. I have finally come to realize my purpose in life is to write what is on God’s heart and encourage them with it.
8. What challenges did you face while writing the story?
I have challenges with time. I am married, a mom and college student.
9. Did you do any specialized research for your story?
I do look up bible verses to put with the poems.
10. Is your book a part of a series?
No.
11. Which of your works do you like best (feel most proud of) and why?
I am most proud of my current book : Inspirations from Heaven’s Gate. The reason why is because it is better put together. I can see the maturity I have gained as a writer.
12. What are you working on now?
I am currently working on my third book of poetry and I am working on a memoir about how Aspergers Syndrome has affected our family.
Insights from Heaven
Prayer is a pathway to a rich and meaningful life in which time has no meaning.
Once someone starts a life of prayer they changed forever.
There is no going back.
The insights gained from the world around them are so powerful it is consuming.
When you have a life of prayer you have a huge responsibility for those around you.
prayer is the first line of defense for the heart and soul.
Otherwise they are left bruised and bleeding on the side of life’s highway.
Prayer is to the soul what oxygen is to the heart life.
Whether we realize it or not we are actually comforted in the knowledge that someone we hold dear; those who hold us up to the throne of heaven.
They care for us so deeply that they will seek daily solitude to strengthen their own. relationship with the Lord.
In doing so they touch heaven for us.
Our lives become more clear and focused. Throughout their lives they have learned to slip their hands into the Father’s hand.
They help us not drown in our daily struggles.
Our family, friends and neighbors uplift our concerns as much as possible.
Prayer will bring healing and strength to those who are weary. God’s love will flow from your heart to their’s to show that they are highly treasured.
His love has supernatural power and will bring life to those who honor Him.
Knowing the Father is always available is a beautiful gift He bestows upon us.
“For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing”
      2 Cor. 2:15 (NIV)
13. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Let your soul speak. Do not be afraid. It has something to say.Give it the freedom to speak up. Write about your interest/passion. Somewhere within your life there is a story waiting to be told. Your soul wants to be free and therefore lighter. Don’t let the shadows of yesterday block the light of today. 
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Woman of the North

This is a personal blog where I write about my life in Alaska other things that are of interest to me such as writing, college life.
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inspiration books by lisa

This is Lisa C. Miller’s author website where people can find links to her books and information about her. She writes poetry which uplifts the spirit.
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Visit Amazon.com’s Lisa C Miller Page and shop for all Lisa C Miller books and other Lisa C Miller related products (DVD, CDs, Apparel). Check out pictures, bibliog…
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Presenting A Very Special Post, With The Incredible… Mihran Kalaydjian!

Kev:

An Interview from Kev’s Music Blog. An author in a very different sense!

Originally posted on Kev's Music Blog:

Presenting:

Piano Compositionist…

Mihran “Mino” Kalaydjian! 

San Diego, Coronado Island CA 

Israel

http://youtu.be/IfJWjUUIit4

Kev: In a generalized way, Mihran, tell us a little about yourself. Where you grew up, siblings, family life, education, and how you got to where you are now.

I am originally from Jerusalem, Israel. I have half Armenian & Jewish descent..  My both parents reside in Jerusalem with my 3 youngest brothers and one adopted married in London. 

I graduated from College Des Frères in Jerusalem with an excellence grade, than I joined the Hebrew University for my higher education and obtained a B.A in Political Science and Islamic History.

My parents encouraged me from a young age to study hard and earn good grades so I enrol for Master Degree. For myself, getting into college wasn’t the problem; it was finding a way to win a scholarship.  The scholarship support I received…

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Getting Ready For A Car-Boot Sale

Well we’ve done it folks. Pat and I have spent a good part of the day sorting through… well, stuff.

We’ve created a nice little pile in the dining room and a bit more in the foyer. Now we just need to get rid of it and hopefully come home tomorrow with a few pennies. :D

DSC00540Rico did the usual ninja trick and disappeared during the process… wasn’t having none of that! (Hence no pics of Rico from today) He hates change. move anything out of its place and he eyes it suspiciously. Bring out mister noisy (no, not me, the bloody vacuüm cleaner!) and he does one. (before it’s plugged in) He gives it that, oh hell, no! look and he’s off. No flies on Rico! ;)

Aragorn, on the other hand, has to get into everything. We spend half of our time looking around to make sure we’re not going to trip over him. He loves the pile we’ve created… thinks he got a new pad. Unlike with the basket from our earlier episode with him however, he’s soon to find out different. I’ve tried telling him, he won’t listen. He’s a cheeky little bugger; check these out:

Presenting, Soon to be Author… Nina Karadzic!

Kev’s Author Interviews Presents:

Nina Karadzic!

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Adelaide

Australia 

Kev: In a generalized way Nina, tell us a little about yourself. Where you grew up, siblings, family life, education, and how you got to where you are now. 

I am a 19 year old quietly spoken girl from Adelaide, and the best I can liken it too is a small country town that resides in the South of Australia. Here, I live with my younger siblings and my mother. We also have two beloved dogs, Seymour and Pablo. And we love them.

Upon completing High School, I am now a second year full time university student, studying Journalism and Creative Communication. I also am a model, and have been so since I was sixteen.

I am also…

  • Highly intuitive, even as a child. It is as if I almost have some sort of foreseeability over others.
  • Trust, honesty and sensitivity are traits I admire in people the most.
  • I adore animals, and am equally passionate about their welfare and rights.
  • I speak little French, and autumn is the time of year I cherish the most.

I am where I am now after a special teacher of mine, prompted me to write.

Kev: How long have you been writing for?

Not seriously until a few months ago. I have written creative pieces during my studies, however, it was not until recently that I attempted to write for myself.

Kev: Why do you write?

That is a difficult question to answer as there is a whole plethora of reasons as to why I do so. But ultimately, I write because I love to study a world, and the worlds within those. Writing allows me to capture the beauty of minute things that others often overlook. A world could be about autumn leaves;

Muted sun lights the avenue,

Weakening the auburn leaves,

Drying out the sap.

To reveal veins,

Their course, an uncharted map.

It is the study of magnificence for me. But there is so much more to say, and I cannot express it.

Kev: What is your genre?

As I am in the very early and humble stages of writing, I have yet to nurture a genre. However my blog, Prolific Daydreamer, centres upon my daydreams. There, I write about dandelions in the sweltering summer, indulging in the darkness of nightfall; children falling asleep to their mother’s soothing voice. There, smudges of white fog mask trees, and in the winter, there are tears on leaves. I romanticise my writing because the subtle things, the unnoticed, haunt me.

Kev: Who would you say are your favourite/most influential authors and why?

Ian McEwan. I first came across his novel, On Chesil Beach a couple of years back and I have devoured more of his novels since. I have so much admiration for him. What McEwan is able to do so beautifully, so poetically, is create these vivid images in the reader’s minds, and create this feeling of familiarity. He can make the alien, real. To me, that is what constitutes a writer; to give reader’s the propensity to feel something through the words. I was left will total empathy for the protagonists by the end, and an outbreak of pebbled bumps rose off my skin. I knew something incredible just happened.

I also adore Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites. Again, she thoughtfully crafts her words to create a world where all the senses are experienced. She also is a source of inspiration for me, a glint of hope, and she comes from my hometown.

Kev: What is your book called and what is it about?

I have yet to publish my book, which most likely will be made available on iTunes. It is a short story concerning three adolescents in the Scandinavian mountains. It is called Fjällen, meaning “the mountains,” and draws on themes of appearance and reality, darkness and light, betrayal and love. Birds, setting and certain objects also play a significant role in portraying these themes.

Nina’s Blog and Twitter Link:

http://www.prolificdaydreamer.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/ninakaradzic

Nina’s Upcoming Book:

A Short Story: Fjällen

The Winter Series

 

Nina Karadzic, everybody!