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...

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...

Indie Author Interviews (Vol. 2) RK Gold!

Welcome to Volume 2 of our Indie Author Interviews blog series. In this edition, we’re proudly presenting RK Gold! He’s the author of ‘Just Under the Sky‘, a novella, and ‘The Little Black Book‘, a short story collection. Be sure to click on through to check out his work. Let’s get interviewing … Hi RK, tell us a little bit about your background, including any past writing experience. I’m from Buffalo, NY. I earned an English degree from the University of Maryland. When I first started writing I mostly focused on poetry because it’s easier to submit 10 poems a week to 10 different journals and grow your writing resume than it is to focus on a novel for weeks or months. My passion is fiction, but I would not be where I am now if I did not get started with poetry. Please tell us a little bit about the genres of books that you write. I mostly write magical realism, but I do some crime, and satire as well. Satire sort of terrifies me lately though because I’m really starting to discover way too many people take it seriously, no matter how ludicrous an idea is; to make matters worse, they sometimes ignore the disclaimers! It’s way too easy to offend in satire. What motivates you about the content that you write? Any inspirations? Honestly, I don’t know where my inspiration comes from. I take my dog Logan for a walk and next thing I know I’m at my computer knocking out the first 10 thousand words to a new novel. But as far as the process goes,...

Shamelessly Promote your eBook!

Even if your book is note perfect, that’s rarely enough to help spread the word. It’s an incredibly tough and competitive world out there for indie authors, so we like to do our little bit to help where we can. Drop us a comment below and let us now why we should read and review your eBook. Better yet, let everyone know why they should read your work! Links are welcome! A little description, a title and a link will do just...

Indie Author Interviews (Vol. 1) Rivka Levy!

We’re kicking off our very first Indie Author Interviews blog series, and we’re very pleased to welcome our first author, Rivka Levy! She’s an experienced journalist and writer, and is the author of five books (including ‘The Happy Workshop‘ and ‘Causes and Cures of Depression‘), concerning spiritual self-help and holistic health. She’s also the founder of the Jewish Emotional Health Institute (JEMI) which provides holistic tools and techniques designed to transform mind, body and soul. Without further ado …   Hi Rivka! Could you describe your writing background, and also what inspired your books? Before changing track to God-based holistic health, I owned my own PR firm in London, UK, and before that, I was a top ghostwriter for some of the biggest names in the British Government. The deadlines and pressure nearly killed me, and I burned out at the age of 35, moved to Israel, and started looking for some real, spiritual answers to many of the health and personal issues I was facing in my own life. For a while, I couldn’t even so much as look at a keyboard, and I thought I was going to becoming a holistic health practitioner instead. I did course after course, and got officially certified as an aromatherapist, emuna spiritual coach and energy medicine practitioner specializing in the link between Chinese Energy Meridians and emotions. While I was learning all this stuff, I started to piece together a much bigger, holistic health paradigm that explained how happiness, holiness and health really fit together. Enough time had passed for me to return to my keyboard, and I realized that I could help far...

Five Awesome Books on Self-Editing

Following on from our latest blog about When and Why you need an Editor for your novel, I’m recommending five of the very best books on self-editing. These lifesavers have bailed me out of trouble countless times, and they’re recommended reading for any author. They will help get your book to the best that it can be in your hands, before you submit it to an editor, proofreader or beta reader.     An all-rounder … Revision and Self-Editing for Publication by James Scott Bell is designed for the writer who has finished their first draft. Now the fun begins! Bell explores a range of invaluable techniques relating to plot, structure, character, theme, etc. and includes ways to tighten your work to help keep readers hooked. This is absolutely my favorite book on editing. Perhaps that’s down to Bell’s experience as a teacher of writing, because his instructions are crystal clear, and once you’re done reading you’ll be clawing at the computer to get to your manuscript. This is one of those books where you know you’ve become a better writer just by reading it.   Getting the grammar right … Here’s one focused on the copy editing side of things. The Elements of Style by Strunk and White was first published over half a century ago and is as indispensable now as it was then. Frankly, this is a must have for any writer of any writing discipline. What’s the difference between a colon and a semi-colon? Am I using commas correctly? Can you refresh my memory about adverbs and adjectives? This book covers it all. And, quite...