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[Author Interview] Devyn Quinn | Rise of the Beast

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Devyn Quinn

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Devyn Quinn: I was born. I grew up. In between, I drank a lot of wine. No, seriously. I’m just a regular person with all the trappings of a regular life. I have a job, an elderly parent to care for and 34 ferrets in my ferret rescue. In between taking care of that, I occasionally try and write a book. Sometimes, I succeed. Unfortunately, in 2012 I had to take time out of my writing career to help care for a dying relative. That put a strain on my creativity, and I have found getting back into the groove of a writer’s life to be a challenge. I am just now coming back into the fold, and reconnecting with the things that had to lapse for so many years.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Devyn Quinn: Off and on for almost 30 years. In that time, I’ve written for Kensington’s Aphrodisia Adult imprint and NAL/Signet Eclipse imprint. I have also written for independent presses, which I am presently doing now. My hope is to find a new agent and begin submitting to the legacy New York publishers again. So if you are an agent looking for a client, drop me a line!

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Devyn Quinn: Rise of the Beast is the 4th book in my Keepers of Eternity series. It’s a dark southern gothic, with a hero who has a lot of secrets to hide. Well, you must be discrete when you’re a god in exile. Sometimes heroes wear black and smoke clove cigarettes. What can I say? Morgan Saint-Evanston is different, to say the least.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Devyn Quinn: Creating and destroying new worlds. And making characters miserable. In my books, nothing is easy and the people in my stratosphere struggle with the same things most people do in real life: mental illness, abuse, fear, etc… Only they get the happy ending.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Devyn Quinn: Juggling my hectic schedule. I have so much to do that finding to time to concentrate on imaginary persons sometimes stretches me thin and things just don’t get done when they should. I am trying to get better at it, but I sure could use a few clones.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Devyn Quinn: Anywhere. A line in a song, a scene in a movie, even something I see in real life. Suddenly, I will have a notion or idea, and then I will figure out a way to turn it into a book. It doesn’t always work, but it gets me going in the right direction.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Devyn Quinn: Sit. Think. Write. Hardest part is keeping butt in chair and fingers on keyboard.

ATAI: You write fiction and non-fiction, so this is a two-part question. Do your characters ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own? With non-fiction, has your message ever seemed to take over and go in a direction you didn’t expect?

Devyn Quinn: Yes, my characters have their own personality and identities. In fact, my editors and I often discuss them like they are real people, and have long conversations about motivations, actions and how such and such would go about solving an issue or dealing with a problem. You might say a few of them are alter-egos, as I would love to get away with some of the things they do in books. They can say and do things I can only dream of, LOL.

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

Devyn Quinn: I hate starting a book. And I hate finishing one. In between I am fine. But when I am living and thinking for imaginary people, I am in a totally different zone. My mind isn’t my own, and the stage inside is very crowded. As for favorite parts, I love it when Morgan Saint-Evanston (Eternity series) is being a jerk. Some of the stuff that comes out of his mouth stuns even me sometimes. It is like he has a life all his own (on paper).

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Devyn Quinn: I have a contract offer to expand my Romantic Times award winning book, Possession, into a series. I also have an offer to add more new books to a Native American cougar shifter series I began at Kensington, but unfortunately didn’t get to finish. That’s a total of 4 new books right there, along with a couple new series I have sent proposals out on to New York Publishers. I also have something brewing!

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Devyn Quinn: www.devynquinn.com Twitter: @devynquinn
Facebook: www.facebook.com/authordevynquinn

ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.

Devyn Quinn: Thank you for taking the time to interview me. It was a pleasure. Readers, be sure and visit my website and sign up for monthly my newsletter—get yourselves a FREE book, too! 😊

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[Author Interview] Brenda M. Spalding | Whispers in Time

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Brenda M. Spalding

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

BRENDA M SPALDING: I grew up in Newton Massachusetts. After I married I traveled with my husband who was in the USAF spending most of our time in England. We settled in Florida about twelve years ago. When I started writing and trying to market my books I found a great many writers living in the Sarasota/Bradenton area who were trying to achieve the same things. In 2012 a group of us met and founded ABC Books 4 Children & Adults, Inc which is now a 501c3. Two years ago, I started playing around with my own micro publishing company. I was self-publishing my own books so why not help others do the same.…

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

BRENDA M SPALDING: I wrote my first children’s story in 2010 so I’ve been writing about seven years now. It’s a rather unique story itself. A friend had written a story with her granddaughter as the main character. I figured I could do that and the next day I wrote my first story.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

BRENDA M SPALDING: My most recent release is Whispers in Time. It’s the second book in the Green Lady Inn series. It’s set in Salem Massachusetts and has a paranormal twist to it. Being of Irish decent I have a natural affinity for all things spooky.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

BRENDA M SPALDING: I love the research involved in getting the facts right. I try to have a bit of history in all my adult novels. I also have great fun at book signings and events where I can talk to people, tell them about my books. It’s wonderful when someone comes up to you and says they bought one of your books and really liked it.…

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

BRENDA M SPALDING: Finding the time to sit and write without interruption. I have a busy household. I’d love to be able to sit and write for hours to keep my train of thought on track.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

BRENDA M SPALDING: Most of my children’s stories are inspired by my grandson. He’s seven now. He loves nature and exploring the world around him. For my adult novels it’s just what ever take my fancy and I run with it.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

BRENDA M SPALDING: I don’t write an outline. I have an idea I want to explore and let the story lead me.

ATAI: You write fiction and non-fiction, so this is a two-part question. Do your characters ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own? With non-fiction, has your message ever seemed to take over and go in a direction you didn’t expect?

BRENDA M SPALDING: My characters take on a life of their own. What they will or will not do depends on their personalities. Are they mean and cruel? Then they would kick a cat. Are they young and innocent? They would take the cat and give it a good home. As to having an agenda, it’s self-preservation for the bad guys. Falling in love and having the happy ever after is the agenda for the good guys.…

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

BRENDA M SPALDING: I like working on the Green Lady Inn series. I try to find way to bring in the paranormal and make it seem real. I like bringing in ghosts. In book one, Broken Branches, ghosts appear in the last chapter. Book two there is a ghost from book one that has taken up residence in one of the rooms. I enjoy having her poke her nose in from time to time and give clues to solve whatever the crime might be.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

BRENDA M SPALDING: I’m working on a couple things. My next novel, Blood Orange, is about the 1980’s when the Medellin cartel was dropping cocaine into the orange groves of rural Florida. It’s with an editor now and should be out in a couple months. 

Book three in the Green Lady Inn series, Double Vision, is coming along slowly. I’m about half way on that one. 

I’m also having a new children’s book illustrated. Sailing Away to Nod, is being illustrated by Jacqueline Paske Gill who is a very talented artist and children’s author herself. She has illustrated all my children’s books.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

BRENDA M SPALDING: People can find me on my website, www.heritagepublishingus.com and also on Amazon and Kindle.

ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.

BRENDA M SPALDING: I do enjoy the creative process and learning the technology to be a self-published author. Being an author is fun for me. I don’t expect to get rich. I just want people to enjoy what I write.

Thank you for letting me share a bit about me and my writing.

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[Author Interview] Jess & Keith Flaherty | Always Darkest

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Jess & Keith Flaherty

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Keith and Jess: We are one of those married couples that sitcoms never get right. We’ve been married for twenty years and still can’t get enough of each other’s company. We’re lucky enough to live in the beautiful mountains of Vermont with our two children, three cats, a dog, and an immortal guinea pig.


Jess: I’ve worked in newspaper and art publishing, freelance writing, cake decorating, and at the moment in addition to my writing I work as a special education teacher and professional editor. I enjoy playing the ukulele badly, reading, and binge-watching unhealthy amounts of TV.


Keith: I spent many years as a chef and business manager and now I run a quaint country store. In my free time I enjoy writing poetry, reading, or cooking something that my family will think is amazing.


Keith and Jess: We love to cook together, go hiking, and spend time together and with our boys. Of course, we also love writing together.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Keith: I’ve only been writing seriously for about two and a half or three years.

Jess: I’ve been writing since I was a kid. I wrote pretty seriously in college for a while, then I got out of the habit, sort of lost the spark. When Keith and I started writing together a couple of years ago, I found that passion for words again.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Jess and Keith: Our novel Always Darkest, which is the first in a planned trilogy, came out on June 21, 2017. It’s the story of Ronoven, a demon dreaming of an escape from Hell. He finds an excuse for an extended vacation on Earth, where he pretends to be a young drifter called Ben. Everything is going great – until he meets Chris. This unassuming teacher is using an assumed identity, too. Cursed with immortality and named in a prophecy Ben thought was fake, Chris becomes an unlikely friend. Together the two of them discover the main subject of the prophecy, Mal, a young woman not only fathered by an angel, but also the last in the direct line of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Mal learns her true identity but is determined not to be forced into a corner by circumstances or some ancient scrap of paper. Falling in love was never part of Ben’s plan, but together he and Mal are drawn into conflict that could destroy them. Slippery ancient gods, as well as angels and their fallen siblings bring to bear all of their power to force Mal to their side. With the help of a small band of allies, Mal tries to shake free of the cage of prophecy and end Hell’s hold on Ben. It’s a story about a coming war, about choosing sides, about good and evil. And more than that, it’s about remaining who you are even when you are faced with things that are that much bigger than you.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Keith: I love the telling of the story. I played a lot of Dungeons and Dragons when I was younger, and I think that’s where it started. Whether I was the DM and leading other people through a story or playing a character myself, I loved the creation of it, the details, watching in unfold.

Jess: I like meeting the characters, figuring out who they are and how they’ll react to events, seeing them grow. I like to joke when I go to my desk that I’m going to go hang out with my imaginary friends, but in a way it’s not a joke at all. Our characters are, after a fashion, some of the best friends I have ever had or will ever have.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Jess: I have a hard time prioritizing other things that need to get done in my life. If I’m deep in a story I might forget to eat, or walk the dog, or get ready for work. I’ve nearly been late more than once because I made the mistake of starting to write before school. The challenge is not letting the work take over, I guess.

Keith: Finding the time, energy, and motivation to write can be a huge challenge, since I have another job. Coming home after an eleven plus hour day on my feet it can be difficult to then get in the right frame of mind to sit down and write, at least in a way that does the story justice.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Keith: I get ideas everywhere. I have diverse interests and I really enjoy reading about and researching them. The idea for our novel Always Darkest actually came from some research I had been doing into demonology. I read about a demon called Ronoven and thought he’d be a really cool figure to base a character on. So Ben was born, and from Ben flowed the rest of the story.

Jess: I know a lot of writers like to give clever or glib answers to this question, but I think what readers want is something more honest than that. Like Keith, I read a lot; fiction, non-fiction, weird and wild tales on the web, so some of it comes from reading, research. I also people watch a lot. And I love seeking out new experiences. Something as simple as a great meal has given me a story idea. Granted the last time that happened it turned into a flash fic about cannibalism, but that doesn’t make it less true.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Jess: I have an ancient desk top with replicas of various space craft from some of my fandoms on it. I like to sit at my desk in my beat up old office chair in the dark and clack away on my keyboard, usually with music much too loud in my earbuds, or if I’m home alone, on the big speakers from the TV.

Keith: I’m a paper and pen kind of guy. I like to sit on the corner of our couch, when it’s quiet, or as quiet as a busy household ever gets, and write long hand, preferably with a clicky-topped pen. I can write without the clicky top, but being able to fidget with that always helps me think.

Keith and Jess: We do a fair amount of collaborating aloud, in addition to passing our written work back and forth. So sometimes our writing process involves long conversations in our favorite chairs in our living room, but the real meat of the work has us separating to actually write, albeit in vastly different ways.

ATAI: You write fiction and non-fiction, so this is a two-part question. Do your characters ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own? With non-fiction, has your message ever seemed to take over and go in a direction you didn’t expect?

Keith: For me, I wouldn’t say that they do. Sometimes the story takes turns that I didn’t expect it to take and that impacts the characters in ways that I maybe didn’t expect or don’t necessarily like the outcome of. But the story is at the heart of that, not the characters.

Jess: I can’t give a solid yes or no answer to this. For me that characters are so very much their own people sometimes it feels a little like maybe they do. You know how when you’re watching a movie and sometimes you just can’t help yelling at the screen to try to get the character not to go down those basement stairs? Sometimes writing is like that for me. But ultimately, those basement stairs are there for a reason, and the character has to go down them.

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

Jess: I’m trying hard not to give too many spoilers with this, but there’s a scene between Mal and Ben in Always Darkest where they are lying in bed together and the truth of who they are and where they are headed sort of starts to come out. Their reaction to the situation, to each other, to an uncertain future is so perfectly … them. I love it because in essence it tells you everything you really need to know about them as people.

Keith: My favorite part, at the moment at least, is in Always Darkest when our characters Chris and Ben meet a certain biblical figure who finds his way into the story. It was so much fun to write.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Jess and Keith: We have a few things going on. There are a number of anthologies that we have stories coming out in from our publisher, Crimson Cloak Publishing. One is called Something’s Gotta Give and it’s a story about out character Ben years before the events of Always Darkest. We are putting the finishing touches to that and it will be coming out in a charity anthology called Tides and Tails sometime soon. Another short we are polishing up is called Fare Thee Well and it’s going to be coming out in an anthology called Crimson Endings later this year. That one is about Mal’s parents and the events leading up to her birth. We have really been enjoying doing some world building through our short stories, just giving readers more of the characters they are responding to that wouldn’t necessarily fit with the main series.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Keith and Jess: You can find us on our publisher’s site at: http://main.crimsoncloakpublishing.com/jess-and-keith-flaherty.html

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ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.

Jess and Keith: Thank you for having us and giving us the opportunity to tell you about our book. We think readers are really going to like Always Darkest and be excited for the whole series.

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[Author Interview] M.L. Ruscsak | The New Reign

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M. L. Ruscsak

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

M.L. Ruscsak: My pen name is M.L. Ruscsak but my first name is Melisa. Yes, it is spelled correctly.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

M.L. Ruscsak: I have always written little stories but I never sat down to pen a novel until 2015.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

M.L. Ruscsak: The New Reign is my first release and is the first book in a four-part series.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

M.L. Ruscsak: I love writing because I can let my mind wonder to faraway places and the charters never talk back.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

M.L. Ruscsak: My challenge is getting people to know about the book. For me putting words to paper is as easy as breathing. Doing the artwork for the covers a bit more challenging but majorly fun. However, advertising on the other hand is very tedious.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

M.L. Ruscsak: I honestly have no idea where the ideas come from. In the second book of my series I know where the outline came from. But where the first story came from I don’t know. 

ATAI: What is your writing process?

M.L. Ruscsak: Just write. Let my mind wonder and let the words flow. It can always be edited later.

ATAI: You write fiction and non-fiction, so this is a two-part question. Do your characters ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own? With non-fiction, has your message ever seemed to take over and go in a direction you didn’t expect?

M.L. Ruscsak: I write only fiction and my characters always have a life of their own. Several times I plan on going one way with story and the character who I’m writing about decides something completely different. Sometimes it works out, other times not so much. 

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

M.L. Ruscsak: I love the parts in my stories where the “hero” male or female comes into their own. That moment where they stop being what everyone thinks they should be and they embrace who they are.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

M.L. Ruscsak: Currently I’m working on the third book in the Of Lite and Darke series. But I’m also toying with a rewrite of the first novel that I ever penned.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

M.L. Ruscsak: I am all over from Facebook to Twitter.
https://www.facebook.com/OfLiteAndDarke 
https://twitter.com/M_L_Ruscsak
https://www.pinterest.com/melisalyonslynn
But to get the inside scope about my books including art work and background information about the charters you can find me at ofliteanddarke.my-free.website .

ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.

M.L. Ruscsak: Thank you for allowing me to talk about my work.

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[Author Interview] – Stephen Murray | Murder Aboard the Queen Elizabeth II

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Stephen Murray

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Stephen Murray: My name is Stephen Murray. The Nevada desert is a far cry from my birthplace of England and that of the countries in Southern Africa where I was raised. I am currently a partner of a small computer software company that was started in California in 1982, but was moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2003.

Besides writing, I enjoy traveling, and have been fortunate to enough to explore the world extensively, having traveled to all continents. Bhutan, Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands are just a few of my favorite trips. When I am not writing, I enjoy live theater, concerts, most kinds of music, and current affairs.

I am the author of the three fictional novels, The Chapel of Eternal Love – Wedding Stories from Las Vegas, the sequel Return to the Chapel of Eternal Love – Marriage Stories from Las Vegas, and for a change of tempo, Murder Aboard the Queen Elizabeth II.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Stephen Murray: I came to writing relatively late in life. I always enjoyed writing as a child, and as an adult I’ve written several articles focused on current affairs which have been published in assorted newsletters and online blogs. It has only been in the last ten years, that I actually discovered the joy of writing complete novels – and what a joy it has been!

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Stephen Murray: Murder Aboard the Queen Elizabeth II.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Stephen Murray: The creativity and imagination, no question about it. Conjuring up the story lines and the characters. It is wonderful when it all comes together.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Stephen Murray: Creating the characters. My books rely on very diverse cast of characters. When the characters have attributes or personality traits that are alien to me, it is interesting digging deep inside myself to see if I can create a realistic portrayal of whom I am trying to create.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Stephen Murray: My imagination. None of my characters are based people I know or have read about – at least not consciously. Of course, who knows what tricks the subconscious plays?

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Stephen Murray: Very disciplined. I do not write just when the spirit moves me. I try and set aside a certain time each week when I can have complete quiet. When I am not writing, I am formulating the development of the novels – this can be while driving to the supermarket, during commercial breaks of a TV show, while I am eating my lunch or even dozing off to sleep at night.

ATAI: You write fiction and non-fiction, so this is a two-part question. Do your characters ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own? With non-fiction, has your message ever seemed to take over and go in a direction you didn’t expect?

Stephen Murray: Most certainly the characters take on a life of their own. Especially when I am typing dialogue, and the angry voice of the character inside of me snaps “I would never say/behave like that.” I have to remove and replace the dialogue and replace with what ‘the voice’ tells me to write. I find this extremely gratifying. It signifies the character is well developed – well hopefully so, anyway. With non-fiction – when I initially wrote my biography, I was amazed at how many times the direction changed. Discovering what was important enough to include – and what to exclude – was incredible. The book shifted directions more times than I cared to count.

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

Stephen Murray: In both of the Chapel books, it’s definitely the last chapters, when the novels have come ‘full circle.’ At least, I hope they have.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Stephen Murray: Another fictional murder. This one set in Las Vegas.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Stephen Murray: www.authorstephenmurray.com

ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.

Stephen Murray: It has been a real pleasure. It is always a joy with Authors Talk About It. Good luck with this new venture of yours, and my grateful thanks for all you do to promote the literary community.

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[Author Interview] Janelle Alex | Soul Gap: Rediscovering the colors of your soul

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ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Janelle Alex: My name is Janelle Alex and I’m the Writer’s Shaman and founder of Live Alive. I work with passionate women writers who want to make a big difference in the world, but aren’t sure where to start. I help them discover what they’re being called to do. Together we create a doable plan that fits their lifestyle, so they can create change with their writing while doing what feeds their soul. I’ve written numerous books and am a best selling author on Amazon and iTunes. I’m also the co-founder of Authors Talk About It, which holds an annual international book award contest and offers support through trainings and editing services to authors – indie authors in particular.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Janelle Alex: I started writing when I was a little girl. Most of that was never published though it often grabbed the attention teachers and later my college professors. I released my first book after grad school with a strong focus on the transpersonal – Collaborate with Your Soul. It started out as a final project for my master’s degree. Since then, I’ve written numerous others and co-authored quite a few with my husband as well.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Janelle Alex: In December of 2016, I released Soul Gap: Rediscovering the colors of your soul and fulfilling your life’s mission. It goes hand-in-hand with the work I do with women as they move toward discovering what they’re feeling called to do – the bigger impact they’re wanting to make.



ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Janelle Alex: Wow, that’s a tough question. I love how the words flow through me – words I didn’t expect to see end up on the page. Writing has always been easy for me, which was something many years ago I didn’t realize wasn’t easy for most everyone else. The ideas just come to me as I’m writing.

But, I think most importantly writing offers a chance for the author to teach the reader something through story. Even writing non-fiction offers the author and the reader a chance to grow and expand through story. It isn’t always about teaching though. Sometimes, it’s about helping the reader escape their daily routine or helping them transform and create a teeny tiny change or a huge shift.

I have the tendency to be a natural leader, and whether authors realize it or not having written a book automatically creates a stage for them to step onto and lead from. Not everyone wants to do that, and it’s certainly not necessary, but for those of us who love the responsibility of being a leader and thrive on it while helping our audience thrive it’s a beautiful space to stand in.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Janelle Alex: Well, what I’ve heard from the hundreds of authors I’ve worked with and/or interviewed, marketing is the most difficult part of being an author. I can’t disagree that it can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be if you get some guidance -whether coaching or another avenue-, create a plan and be consistent.

Most challenging for me…I’d have to say is picking which story or book I want to write next. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve written a lot of non-fiction, but I’m currently working on a fiction novel. Of course, since the core of my work is about writing for change, I’m adamant that that is at the core of my fiction story. It’s such a different direction than what I’ve done before, but then after my year of travel and living a gypsy lifestyle with my husband and youngest son, I have people asking me to write about that. So…my list of “next” books grows – LOL.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Janelle Alex: My non-fiction work comes from my education, my personal experience and research. The book I’ve put on my list to write that focuses on my families travels will come from all the experiences we had – the good, the hilarious, the amazing, the bad and even the ugly.

My fiction series though initially came to me because I wanted to write a women’s contemporary fiction that followed our travels. That shifted a bit, but when we stayed in Panama City Beach for almost six months we connected with the Turtle Watch organization there. We ended up going to the assistant director’s house for a cookout even. I fell in love with what they do and the plot for my first book in the series started to develop in my mind. Then, I started writing down things I learned from the volunteers and interviewed some of them and the asst. director during the cookout. After that I remember standing in the kitchen of our townhouse and talking through some of the plot with my husband. Talking about it out loud brought it to life.

Those things helped me outline some of the basic points I wanted to touch on, but writing it and just allowing the story to somewhat create its own path is a lot of fun. I just do my best not to let it wonder too far off course or at least make sure I find a way to reconnect the dots.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Janelle Alex: Like I said above, I lay out a few bullet points and potential scene ideas I’d like to get in the story or for non-fiction I bullet point the main aspects, but other than that I let it flow.

I need total quiet. So, it’s best if I have an office to write in. On occasion I can put my earbuds in and turn on some of my favorite music, but that is usually only to drown out any noise my family is making if they’re around. I really prefer a super quiet space though.

The winner of last year’s Author’s Talk About It book award contest, AC Burch, has a writing shed in his back yard. That would be freaking awesome. I might just have to put that on my wish list.

ATAI: You write fiction and non-fiction, so this is a two-part question. Do your characters ever seem to have a life of their own or an agend of their own? With non-fiction, has your message ever seemed to take over and go in a direction you didn’t expect?

Janelle Alex: With my non-fiction, it just comes through – like it isn’t all coming from me. I open up and allow my guides and the Universe to bring forward the message that I’m feeling called to write about. Many times over the years, I’ve gone back and reread my work weeks or months later and thought “Wow! I wrote that.” Sometimes, it just shocks me 🙂

With my prior fiction work, I’ve never had that happen. However, with the current book, I’m intentionally having meetings with my characters to see what they want to say or how they feel about the direction things are going. Is that a little woo woo? Hell yes! After all, I am a shaman and it’s one of the things I teach my clients to do. So, yes now that I’m working on this longer novel, I’m listening to my characters.

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

Janelle Alex: In Soul Gap, I added what I call Active Participation pieces to the end of each chapter. You see one’s soul gap is defined as your soul’s mission minus your active participation. So, I give my readers the opportunity to step into active participation if they want to build a bridge across their soul gap.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Janelle Alex: I already kinda gave that away, didn’t I? Oops. I’m working on My Flip Flop Heart (working title). Both the male and female main characters are seeking big change in their lives. They’ve been very successful in their careers, but can’t quite put their finger on what or why they’re being called to do more. Past traumatic experiences have created deep wounds in both of them and neither are sure what should be next in their lives. Yes, there’s a bit of a romance, but the core is all about the female protagonist and her soul calling her to make a bigger impact. Oh, and there is a little paranormal twist to the story as well.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Janelle Alex: JanelleAlex.com and AuthorsTalkAboutIt.com

I have a Facebook group for Passionate Women Writers and another for Authors Talk About It. My books are on Amazon and some are on iTunes.

ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.

Janelle Alex: Thank you for letting me share in this space! Honoring you all.

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Brave New Mind

Today’s Featured Author and Book

Brave New Mind

Living in a Future-Science World

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Book Description:

Dr. Elliott Maynard’s master paradigm, Future-Science Technology, sets forth the quantum-field science for the future: a new conscious operating system for humans and the environment. His 25 keys to personal and planetary evolution form a living tapestry which reveals how anyone can access the quantum field to enrich their lives and expand their consciousness. His comprehensive model is flexible, evolvable and timeless. Elliott calls his living templates “enlightened pathways into the future.” Future-Science Technology is a distinctive system which inspires the development of a “Brave New Mind of Future Man, living in a future-science world.”


Elliot Maynard, Ph.D.

Dr. Elliott Maynard is a neo-renaissance, leading-edge consciousness  scientist and conceptual designer who walks his talk, lives his dream  and is driven to share this information with the world.  His background  spans the fields of Global Ecology, Coral Reef Ecology, Oceanography  and Tropical Rainforest Biology.  He earned a Ph.D. in Consciousness  Research, and has served on the faculties of Adelphi University and  Dowling College in New York.  He is a Certified Professional Consultant  to Management (CPCM) and has been active in the corporate world as  Founder, President and Technology Director for several corporations. He has been active in the Aerospace Technology Working Group  (ATWG), the Humanitad International Leadership Foundation, the U.S.  Psychotronics Association and the World Future Society.  Elliott also  serves on the editorial board for the Kepler Institute for Space  Philosophy.  In addition to his work as a world futurist, lecturer, author,  educator and global ecologist, Elliott is an accomplished artist, sculptor, musician, underwater photographer and documentary filmmaker.   Because of his unique abilities to bring future concepts into the present  and integrate them into the existing social structure, he is often referred  to by some of his colleagues as “The Human From the Future.”


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Peace and Love,

Rob and Janelle

 


Doors are open for the 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest! Deadline is 9/30/17

Book awards give you clout and credibility!

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Where We Fall

Today’s Featured Author and Book

where we fall

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Book Description:

By all accounts, Abby Holden has it all. She’s the mother of a beautiful teenager and the wife of a beloved high school football coach. And all it took to achieve her charmed life was her greatest act of betrayal.

Coach Ryan can coax his team to victory, but he can’t seem to make his wife, Abby, happy. Her struggles with depression have marred their marriage and taken a toll on their daughter, Juliana. Although this isn’t the life he’s dreamed of, he’s determined to heal the rifts in his family.

Chasing waterfalls and documenting their beauty has led photographer Lauren Sheppard all around the world. Now it has brought her back home to the mountains of North Carolina—back to the scene of her devastating heartbreak.

For the first time in seventeen years, a trio of once-inseparable friends find themselves confronting past loves, hurts, and the rapid rush of a current that still pulls them together…


Rochelle Weinstein

Rochelle B. Weinstein is an author, speaker, and former entertainment industry executive. Her highly acclaimed novels, What We Leave Behind, The Mourning After, and Where We Fall, uncover the heartfelt, emotional themes of family, friendship, and love. Weinstein lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and twin boys.  Her fourth novel, Somebody’s Daughter, follows a prominent Miami Beach family through a painful, public scandal. Visit her website at www.rochelleweinstein.com or follow her on social media.

 


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Peace and Love,

Rob and Janelle

 


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Axel America and the U.S. Election Race

Today’s Featured Author and Book

Axel America and the U.S. Election Race

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Book Description:

Is it 1776, or 1984? No, it’s 2016 – though Axel isn’t sure.

Axel single-handedly runs Truth Live, a patriotic freedom-loving news site with a cult following. His obsession with the New World Order tests his relationship with his family, and in election year, those bonds are about to snap.

Rump is a major shareholder of Faux News, a multi-billionaire and possible future President. His name is known in every city and he has the CIA on retainer. However, his corporate machinations are under threat from Axel , who soon discovers the dark forces he’s been warning about are coming for him.

Set against the 2016 American election, this is the hilarious tale of a conspiracy theorist leading his family down the Illuminati rabbit hole, two children pushed to breaking point, and a corporate network versus a man of the people, stopping at nothing for total domination.

Note:

With the recent interest in Donald Trump’s audacious run for the U.S. Presidential election, Axel America exposes awareness on the hypothesis that perhaps elections worldwide are not as free as advertised, and perhaps serves a global agenda, rather than nationalised participants. This is a hot topic that has many citizens worldwide watching with baited breath, their hands close to their hearts, and concerns.


Andy Luke

Andy Luke was born in Belfast in 1973. His short stories ‘Absence’ and ‘Flesh Mob’ have both won awards. ‘Brand of Britain’ was featured in twice Eisner Award nominated ‘To End All Wars’. Luke also hosted and co-produced NV TV’s ‘Invisible Artist documentary’, and has written for BBC’s Newsjack comedy show. 

 


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Peace and Love,

Rob and Janelle

 


Doors are open for the 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest! Deadline is 9/30/17

Book awards give you clout and credibility!

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Authors join our Creative Author Marketing Facebook group

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Traveling entrepreneurs, Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D. share a wealth of knowledge and info with authors all over the world.  

We help you develop 3 key things you MUST have to gain success with your book.

Your Mindset
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Cherokee Wisdom

Today’s Featured Author and Book

Cherokee Wisdom:

12 Lessons for Becoming a Powerful Leader

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Book Description:

In this book, Leadership Expert Cynthia M. Ruiz taps into her Cherokee roots to share profound advise on developing your unique Leadership Style. Everyone is different yet has the ability to be a powerful leader in many aspects of their life. These twelve lessons are powerful reminders of what attributes are needed to become a leader, which benefits yourself and others.

Cynthia is proud to come from blended cultures and feels she takes the best from both worlds, Latina & Native American. She has been know to say “ I get my passion for life from my Mexican side and my spiritualty and respect for the environment from my Cherokee roots”

She has received over 50 awards and accolades for her Leadership and philanthropy. Hollywood Chamber has named her a “Women of Distinction” and she appeared in the Discover the Gift with the Dala Lama, Michael Bernard Beckwith and Jack Canfield.

Cynthia has a Masters Degree in Counseling and has worked with people her entire life. She lives in Los Angeles where she enjoys the diversity of a metropolitan city. 

“Sometimes we complicate our own lives, ancient wisdom can remind us to keep it simple. One simple lesson many leaders miss the mark is humility.”


Cynthia M. Ruiz

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Cynthia M. Ruiz is an Author, Professor, Inspirational Speaker and Leadership expert. Receiving over 50 accolades and awards for her leadership and service to Los Angeles.  She currently serves as a Los Angeles City Commissioner overseeing a multibillion-dollar pension portfolio for City employees.

 She has received the prestigious Hollywood Chamber “Women of Distinction Award, the HOPE “Ray of Hope” award and the Weingart, “Women Building LA Award.  Twice the California Apparel News has listed her on their renowned List of Influential People and LA Weekly showcased her in their people addition.

Cynthia has over twenty years of experience teaching and public speaking. She is the author of two books , “Cherokee Wisdom- 12 Lessons for Becoming a Powerful Leader” and “Finding Sane Relationships in a Crazy World”. She appeared in Discover the Gift (movie/book) with such notables, as is Holiness the Dala Lama, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Jack Canfield and many more. 

Her career has placed her in many leadership roles including President of the Board of Public Works for the City of Los Angeles where she had oversight of 5,000 employees and a billion dollar per year budget. She has worked as an Executive at the number one container Port in the US and has successfully run her own business.

Coming from blended cultures (Latina and Native American), she enjoys a passion for life and an appreciation of the gifts of Mother Nature.

Cynthia knows the importance of giving back and always strives to stay humble. As a Latina she has a passion for women empowerment and started the Wise Latina Network.  Her Cherokee values have inspired her to teach others with her lessons.  She has does this through her books and workshops.

She lives in Los Angeles where she enjoys the diversity of a metropolitan city. 

http://cynthiamruiz.com

 


If you enjoy these author interviews be sure you subscribe to Authors Talk About It via iTunes or follow on Podbean and get your copy of Cherokee Wisdom.

Peace and Love,

Rob and Janelle

 


Doors are open for the 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest! Deadline is 9/30/17

Book awards give you clout and credibility!

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You get more than just an entry into a contest!  All entries that earn at least 3 Stars get promotion, too!

Are you ready for the chance to be an award-winning author?  

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Click here to learn more and enter!


Authors join our Creative Author Marketing Facebook group

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A place to share tips, advice and wisdom about marketing your book. Ask for advice. We’re here for you!

Traveling entrepreneurs, Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D. share a wealth of knowledge and info with authors all over the world.  

We help you develop 3 key things you MUST have to gain success with your book.

Your Mindset
Your Tool Set
Your Skill Set

Please like & share:

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