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Top 10 Author Interviews for 2015


Top 10 Author Interviews for 2015

We decided to share our top 10 author interviews for 2015.  It was exceptionally challenging to choose only 10 as we interview hundreds of authors and dearly LOVED so many of them.  

This is not about the top 10 books, but rather the authors themselves and their interviews. Every single one of these interviews are ones you should put on your “must hear” list…and perhaps, you’ll put their books on your “must read” list 🙂

We’ve opted to share these on the show as well as here in the shownotes in order of interview date versus in order of our favorites.  

Tash McAdam


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Telepaths, torture, mindwipes … the Institute has it all, and they use each of their brainwashed children as weapons, the way they see fit. To control society, repress its people. To make certain that they stay in power, no matter the cost. Serena’s baby brother Damon is one of those children, and these days he’s so altered that he doesn’t even recognize her.

When it comes to getting Damon away from those who kidnapped him, there’s nothing Serena won’t do. Even if she has to kill him to save him. First, though, she must prove to her father that she has what it takes to be a soldier against the insidious threat of the Institute. Her first mission has to be perfect.

But with inaccurate intelligence, unexpected storms, and Gav Belias, people’s hero of the Watch, on the prowl, will she even survive? If she doesn’t succeed, they’ll never let her go after her brother.

And that would be unthinkable, when it was her fault that he was taken in the first place.

Slam is Tash McAdam’s first work with Glass House Press, and serves as a prequel to her series The Psionics, with the first book, Maelstrom, due in 2015.

Michaelbrent Collings


Book Description:

The Douglas family just wants to live their lives, and maybe find a bit of happiness. But when the ghost in their home breaks out of a centuries-long sleep, all hope for happiness will die. Because the thing that haunts them is not just evil… It is something much, much worse. Watching them from the shadows. Hungry to start killing once more. And thirsty for the blood of the children, the blood he has so long been denied. The thing that haunts them is not just evil. It is twisted.

Michael Modzelewski


Book Description:

A memoir of my life as a Cosmo Bachelor with some names and locations changed to protect the not so innocent along with the innocent.

Jane Carroll

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Book Description:

Bertha-Size Your Life! Is a book of personal transformation that reads like a series of entertaining and humorous stories. Bertha, a zany redhead, mysteriously appears in the narrator’s life during a walk in the park. Quicker than a man can hand off a baby with a dirty diaper, she has moved into the narrator’s empty nest and the fun begins. 

You never know what Bertha will think up next from flying a hot air balloon to singing to her begonia, she’s always up to something. Bertha delights in standing on her soapbox while dispensing down-home wisdom and perky advice, explaining The Law of Attraction in a refreshing, humor-filled, practical way that has the reader going aha! instead of humph! 

Throw in a conniving nemesis, an antagonistic cat, lime green spandex and high-heels and you’ve got a book that’s sure to tickle your funny bone and leave you wearing your thinking cap as you read and reread each vignette. 

James Goi Jr.

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How to Attract Money Using Mind Power may be the most concise, usable book of its kind. It sums up key points taught in countless mind power, metaphysics, and success books. It shows how to apply this knowledge to attract money. In twenty brief chapters, the science of attracting money is presented in such a simple, straightforward way, that any person of average intelligence will be able to grasp and use these profound teachings. Now, using the techniques given in this astounding little book, anyone can attract all the money they want by harnessing the power of their own mind.

Melissa Krivachek

Melissa Bold

Book Description:

BOLD Is The New Sexy! Everyone dares to be great but very few ever have the courage to step into their greatness.” Have you ever wondered what it was like to jump off a cliff and soar or take a leap of faith knowing it will work out? Following the principles shared within the book the authors have created the life and lifestyle they truly desired. But it wasn’t the titles, accolades, power, or money they’ve acquired that has made them BOLD because when they first started they had none of that yet they jumped anyway. 

Sharing their passions, stories, and expertise you’ll discover why BOLD is the new sexy! You don’t have to be smart, sassy, strong or sophisticated to be BOLD but as a result of being BOLD you become all of that and so much more. In fact you’ll find yourself running up the cliff without fear ready to take on the world as you explore opportunities you never knew existed while playing with a child-like behavior, and what was once just a dream soon becomes your reality. If you know you deserve better than mediocrity, excuses and the BS stories you tell yourself then…….. you owe it to yourself to get BOLD! 

Ernie Lojoi

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Book Description:

The Preyers, Lijoi’s latest blockbuster in his best-selling crime thriller series based on his true life service as a deep cover undercover cop using his guise of Eddie Pannoni, drug dealer and gun-runner extraordinaire.

Targeted for assassination because of his success in infiltrating the organized crime families, resulting in their arrests and imprisonment, Pannoni (Lijoi) has had enough. Five innocent people are killed as the drug lords from Columbia unleash their killer, seeking revenge. 
First they murder New England’s main narcotics connection. Then they take out his partner. Then it’s time to punch Eddie Pannoni’s ticket. But Eddie is no novice to the gun game. 

Eddie (Detective Ernie Lijoi, Sr.) and his partner Detective Jack Wade decide not to wait for the Columbians to send their henchmen, but to go after the drug syndicate with all guns blazing. It’s a fight to the finish and the devil takes the hindmost.

Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson

Designer Relationships

Book Description:

Contemporary relationships are in a state of rapid evolution. These changes can and should empower people with the opportunity to develop partnerships based on their own sexualities, understandings, and agreements. This makes it possible to create what Kenneth Haslam, founder of the Kinsey Institute’s Polyamory Archive, has called “designer relationships.”

Designer relationships may encompass: people who bond emotionally but not sexually; people who agree to be non-exclusive; single people who have occasional lovers or friends with benefits; multiple partner configurations where long-term bonds exist among all or some; partnerships in which people are kinky and that make room to explore kink.

The possibilities are limitless, and thinking about a partnership as something people can craft allows for flexibility and change. Relationships can open and close or have varying degrees and kinds of openness as circumstances demand. In the context of a designer relationship, decisions are made mutually, consciously, and deliberately. Best-selling authors and nationally known relationship experts Patricia Johnson and Mark A. Michaels are exemplars of this life choice, and have studied polyamory for over 20 years. This book explains exactly how you and your loved ones can design your own life and love.

Paul Margolis

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Book Description:

Three years ago, Jack was a brilliant young detective with the LAPD. Now he plays poker to make ends meet, and to forget the horrific event that ended his police career. Out of the blue Jack gets a call from his father Joseph Pearl, a distinguished Harvard professor who is in Los Angeles for a philosophy conference. The two haven’t spoken in years yet Pearl seems anxious to discuss some matter in person, behavior strangely out of character for the emotionally-distant dad who Jack still blames for the family tragedy that tore them apart. But when the philosopher fails to show up and can’t be found, Jack knows something is wrong and feels compelled to find him. 

As his shaky detective instincts kick in, Jack tracks down a beautiful yet troubled Yale grad student named Claire who was having a clandestine affair with Pearl. Together they search for the man they both have issues with and uncover secrets and lies in the world of philosophy, including a trail of murder and no shortage of colleagues who wanted Pearl dead. The more Jack risks his life for answers, the more he fights old demons and his growing attraction to Claire. Then just as he learns the shocking truth behind his father’s disappearance, Jack finds himself drawn back into the haunting, unsolved case that got him kicked off the force. 

Impossible to put down, THE NAKED PHILOSOPHER is a gut-wrenching, heart-stopping crime thriller about family and revenge that keeps the reader guessing to the very last page.

Bill Cortright

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Book Description:

In Bill Cortright’s new book, TRUTH: The Ten Minute Life Plan, we explore the real reasons we procrastinate. How diet, exercise, self-talk, childhood programs, and stress will cause us to procrastinate. You are going to gain easy-to-use tools that will help you break through and break out. If you claim any of these tendencies, this simple book will change your life. 

• Put things off to the point you rush in “panic mode” to complete them? 
• Daydream about what you are going to do one day but never seem to get it done? 
• Get lost with distractions such as computer games, social media, television, movies, etc.? 
• Start a new diet or proclaim the same New Year’s Resolutions every year? Do you lose weight and gain weight on a regular cycle? Are you overweight? 
• Make “To Do Lists” that are never completed? Do you feel overwhelmed with so much to do but get little accomplished? 
• Believe that there is a “magic time” when things will get done? 
• Put off what you should do now with a set time in your head for when you will make up for the lost time?

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to subscribe to Authors Talk About It via iTunes (or, rate and review the show and choose at least one of the above interviews to listen to.  Then, pick up a copy of their book!

The question remains – Will you accept your mission?

Rob and Janelle

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Bertha-Size Your Life

Today’s conversation was truly a blast!  We so enjoy getting to share these with you 🙂

Let’s give you a little insight into our guest today.  Directly from her website she states, I wanted to write a book of exercises to help empty nest women discover their true identities. It was a boring book. Thankfully, Bertha hijacked the book with her spandex, high-heels, big red hair, flamingos, lime green attitude and big ideas.

Jane Carroll’s Bertha-Size Your Life will offer you a ton of wisdom, but you will be laughing and giggling along the way.

Here is a short clip from Jane’s site.

Now stop messing around and go back up and listen to fantastic episode!

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Get your copy now!


Jane Carroll

Alabama author Jane Carroll gives a face, a wardrobe, and a flare to inspirational humor. Her writing weaves a rich tapestry of humor, inspiration, insight, southern roots, and friendship; perfect for readers in the empty nest period of life.

An advocate for life beyond 40, Jane’s words encourage, empower and motivate others who have seen trials and hardships. Readers pour over her words on her blog and in her book. They email and message her how a paragraph or sentence helped them through a difficult time, how her humor sparked a ray of hope and the will to go on, and how they found inspiration and healing.

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I was fortunate enough to have won a 10K word critique with Authors Talk About It through a Facebook draw. What I received back was the best advice I could have asked for, in regard to my writing and story. Janelle set me up with Coral for that first critique. Her comments, while honest and blunt, were just what I needed to hear to make my book better. It was satisfying and rewarding going through and correcting things that needed work. Even though it is never easy to hear the issues with your writing, I knew in the end, I was making my book better, and that is what this process is all about.
Needless to say, after I was done the first 10K words of my book, I was hooked. I needed the rest of it done too. Getting a critique is not cheap and an editor is more money. But, Janelle worked with me to find a way for me to be able to afford both! I honestly never thought I would be able to afford an edit on my book…ever. Janelle made that happen for me. Coral worked so hard editing and critiquing my book for me. I am a better writer because of her. Her comments, thoughts and edits have made my book come out better than ever.
I honestly have nothing bad to say about my experience. After everything, I feel better and more confident about my writing and my book than I ever thought I could. If you are thinking about getting a critique or an edit, I highly recommend Authors Talk About It. You won’t regret it!
Emory Gayle – Go to her website by clicking here.

I’ve gone from one bad experience to another, but then I finally found the gems I was looking for to help me take care of and improve my social media: Janelle and Robert. Not only are they kind and patient, they always make time to take care of all their clients.  They take the necessary time to understand their client’s branding and the direction of their marketing.  They ask the right questions and carefully listen to the answers. 

Robert and Janelle, thank you very much. You truly BOTH are incredible! I really really mean my words because you always take the extra step to make everything work perfectly no matter what time of the day it is. You’re simply some of the greatest professionals I’ve ever met. So looking forward to working with you for many many years in the future!  

-Patrice Bisiot, Celebrity Hairstylist, Author, Motivational Speaker – New York, New York


A great experience. Rob & Janelle enhanced my author experience. I was concerned about being reviewed. Would they actually read it? Would they like it? I know Rob & Janelle invested time in my book and gave a fair review. More importantly, they shared the content of my message with their loyal community. It is refreshing to work with people who put in the time to authentically help other authors.
-Darryl Lyons, ChFC, CFP® is Co-Founder and CEO of PAX Financial Group, LLC. and author of Small Business Big Pressure – San Antonio, Texas

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Inklings author, Meg Hafdahl’s interview was fun, easy to do, and a great marketing success. Inklings Publishing looks forward to more great promotions with you.

-Fern Brady Executive Director and CEO of Houston Writers Guild

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I had such a wonderful time talking with you both.  Thank you so much for having me on your show. You have an amazing gift that puts people at ease and brings out facets that most folks overlook. I’m still smiling from our conversation today. 

-AC Burch

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Thank you, Thank you Thank you!!!

I enjoyed the interview and can’t wait to listen & share it.  You two are AWESOME!!!

-Dr. Donald Ozello

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You are absolutely awesome!!  Thank you.  It is more clear to me now. I’m telling everyone about you.

-Nancy Nelson

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Thanks so much Janelle and Rob for interviewing me on your Authors Talk About It show. I really enjoyed chatting with you and appreciate your very energetic and refreshing interview style.  And your questions were great!  You really deliver on providing relevant content to your listeners.

Continued Significance!
– Chuck Blakeman
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I can’t make another move until I thank you. The podcast is awesome. YOU guys are awesome.

So, thank you for having me on your awesome podcast. Your show Rocks! I can’t wait to start spreading the word so others can experience what you guys bring to the table. You have a true talent for bringing out the fun side of an author, and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with you. BIG thanks! Johnny

Johnny Walker

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Thank you so much. I have to say it was probably the most fun interview I’ve had…I loved the energy that you both brought to the call.

Can’t wait for the live link!
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Hey Folks!

Just wanted to say thank for your interest in my books and me. Loved visiting with you!
Thank you for your time in wanting to showcase new authors and others who just need a boost.

I wish you Happy Trails in all your endeavors!

Juliette Douglas (her site is coming soon)


Dear Janelle & Rob,

Thanks to both of you for a great interview! It was fun, and it was nice being interviewed by true professionals.

Remember. Don’t over-indulge in healthy fruit salad!  :>)

Sincerely, Tom Cirignano


Thanks, Janelle & Rob! One of my favorite interviews EVER! You guys are great. We went deep, yet laughed all the while — best combo there is!! — Michael Modzelewski


Michael shared a gorgeous Florida sunset with us. We love how he is so connected to nature!

Michael shared a gorgeous Florida sunset with us. We love how he is so connected to nature!

It was a pleasure to serve as a featured guest on Drs. Janelle and Rob Alex’s Authors Talk About It show. They put me at ease right away, and we got a chance to talk about Indiana for a few minutes.  I had a blast! – Doug Hess

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Thank you, dear Janelle.  Thank you for all you and your husband and partner do for this world.

Pavel Mikoloski, Publicist

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Drs. Rob and Janelle Alex are amazing hosts!  This was my first live interview and they really made me comfortable in the conversation. I look forward to being on Authors Talk About It again. Sandra Ely
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Kudos! Janelle and Rob were some of the most friendly and relaxed hosts I’ve ever come across. They put me at ease right away, and the whole process was so much fun I completely lost track of time. Even the set up was simple and efficient. I’d come back any time. Thanks, team! – Tash McAdam

You guys were great! A lot of fun to chat with, and a much better way to spend an hour than, say, running away from zombie ninjas with sharks attached to their heads, or even getting audited!
In all seriousness, though, I appreciated the time and effort that went into our discussion. Not just the hour we spent, but the obvious time you had spent preparing for the chat beforehand, and your focus and astute observations in the course of our time together. Many thanks, and I hope to chat with you both again very soon!  Michaelbrent Collings

So highly recommend to authors/writers! Truly amazing people and they not only work hard but do so for others. Very selfless and professionals in every aspect of the word. S.K. Ballinger  (via Facebook post).

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It was a pleasure to serve as a featured guest on Drs. Janelle and Rob Alex’s Authors Talk About It show. As hosts of the program, they provided a warm and engaging atmosphere that fostered an exchange of lively conversation, information and inspiration. A recommended outlet for any author who has something valuable and passionate to “talk about!” – Maura Sweeney

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