Greg Camp – Indie Author Interviews (Vol. 4)

Welcome to Volume 4 of our Indie Author Interviews blog series. In this edition, we’re chatting with Greg Camp. He’s an experienced writer, and author of A Draft of Moonlight, among many other works. Let’s get interviewing … Please introduce yourself, and talk a little bit about the genres of books that you write. I started out in love with physics, but physics just wanted to be friends, and the humanities ended up being my reliable standby as a career.  The first book that showed me the power of writing was Watership Down at age eleven, a book that I’ve read many times since the first.  That’s what gave me the need to write. My first short stories were third-rate Alfred Hitchcock Hour knockoffs, but people tell me that I’ve improved since my high school days.  When it comes to genre, I’m all over the bookshelves, since the type of storytelling that I like and keep striving for is good.  But if I have to categorize my work, it falls mostly into westerns and science fiction, with occasional forays into literary writing. My paying gigs have been in teaching, mostly on the community college level.  The department chair asks if I’d like to teach a class, and I bow and say “thank you very much,” regardless of what it is.  This summer, however, I became a staff writer at Guns.com, writing commentary on politics and the gun community. Tell us about any past writing experience. As I said, Richard Adams was an early influence.  Then I found out about Isaac Asimov.  And J.R.R. Tolkien.  And Douglas Adams.  The list goes...

Exercise Essentials

Download eBook This review may contain some spoilers. Exercise Essentials is a relatively simple guide to getting fit and staying that way. It’s written by Billy Goco Jr, a certified personal trainer. You don’t have to be a gym nut to follow this manual; it’s geared towards the beginner. The first stages of the book explain the best practise habits you’ll need to follow if you want to get the best results. It also explains the potential pitfalls that may arise, and how to overcome them. You’ll also find workout terminology, plus information on the muscular and skeletal systems. There’s also a workout program to help you get started. Or if you’re more seasoned, you may find the workout program useful to jump straight into. The information is presented clearly, with the use tables and pictures where appropriate. However, at times the information lacks character and reads like any Wikipedia article. The author interjects some humor here and there, but I think the work could benefit from more of a distinct personality, so as to separate it from the competition. If the author takes that informal approach to the content, I’d find the information easier to digest. The presentation is decent, and the work was largely free of errors. This is just one opinion. If you’ve read the book, why not leave your own rating below? Exercise Essentials 7.0 Total Score Users Score - (0 votes) Leave your rating Pros * This book is full of useful information, especially for beginners. Cons * Lacks some character and sparkle. Content 7 Delivery 6 Writing 7 Presentation 8 Content 1 Delivery 1 Writing 1 Presentation...

The Iron Gods

Download eBook This review may contain some spoilers. This is an intriguing fantasy novella crafted by an author obviously full of passion for the genre. It’s rough around its edges and reads like an early draft in places, but there is something here. We’re thrust into a fantasy world tempered with science fiction elements. Although nothing in this book struck me as being daringly original or unique, it carries a certain charm that helps get the ball over the net in so many places. The journey feels rushed. Character exploration is fleeting. We head-hop between characters endlessly, and while there is great care undertaken to consider a larger fantasy world at play here, we are merely flung from one stage to the next. The villain is passable, the writing ranges from striking to tepid, and then back again. Yet despite its shortcomings, there is talent here that will only bloom with the right practice, care and attention. Action is plentiful, and the dialogue shines in places. There are some twists and turns to keep you turning the pages. As for presentation, the cover is well illustrated, but needs color to capture the eyes of buyers. There were a handful of typos, but they did not ruin my reading. This snack should satisfy the appetite of fantasy fans between their main-course tomes. This is just one opinion. Don’t forget to leave your own rating below! The Iron Gods 6.5 Total Score Users Score - (0 votes) Leave your rating Pros * Full of passion* Rough stone that needs polishing Cons * Pacing needs work* Suffers from head hopping Story Characters Writing Presentation Story...

Pieces of Revenge

Download eBook This review may contain some spoilers. Pieces of Revenge is the first book in the Titanium series, written by Valia Lind. It’s a young adult mystery with traces of romance. It’s also unnecessarily long and suffers as a result. For the ground covered, there’s no reason for the book to be as bloated as it is; the author spends far too long in her main character’s head, mulling over the same issues, and it begins to grate. Anastasia, or ‘Tasia’ as she’s often called, juggles her thirst for revenge with her romantic feelings for a boy. She’s been molded by vengeance, and she carries herself as a Jason Bourne type figure, quickly able to evaluate any given situation and threat. I’m not sure that I was exactly sold on her deftness; sure, we see her disarming and brutalizing thugs, surviving breakneck car chases, but because of the reliance on her internal struggle between honoring her family, and succumbing to the charms of a young man, the credibility of her fortitude crumbles. An editor would help here to trim the excess, and get us moving swiftly from point A to B. The writing style is decent, but lacks sparkle. And that’s down to the material. It’s an interesting premise, but nothing much else stands out. Neither the plot nor the characters. The romance feels rushed and unearned. That may be partly because I didn’t care much for the characters. And that’s even more telling for Tasia, whose family are wiped away before the novel begins. While such an action urges this reader to emphatize with the character, it does...

Rebecca Howie (Indie Author Interviews Vol. 3)

Welcome to Volume 3 of our Indie Author Interviews blog series. In this edition, we’re talking to Rebecca Howie. She’s the author of ‘The Game Begins‘ a young adult detective novel. Let’s get interviewing … Please introduce yourself, and talk a little bit about the genres of books that you write. I’m from Scotland, I’m eighteen, and my first book, which I published a few months after leaving school, got to 16th in its category on Amazon. It’s a YA detective story about a girl who wants to solve the questions surrounding her father’s death, and I stick to the crime or mystery genre because I find it’s a good way to work at my descriptions and it gives me an excuse to read hundreds of history books for research. Tell us about any past writing experience. The first thing I ever wrote which wasn’t for school was a short story. I can’t remember what it was about but I know when I was given that notepad, I had a compulsion to fill in the blank spaces with whatever I could think of, and although my writing has progressed a lot since then, that compulsion is still the same. What motivates you about the content that you write? Any inspirations? I’ve been a fan of mystery novels and detective shows for a while, so there was no choice about what kind of story I’d write when I started The Game Begins. Crime novels are the books I spend all my spare time reading, and I wanted to put my own spin on it. My inspirations are people like JK Rowling and...