Apr 12

Matched by Ally Condie

 

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Author: Allie Condie
Title: Matched
Available at: Amazon, Audible and Goodreads.
Rating: 3 of 5
Family Friendliness: 4 of 5

 

Synopsis by author:

“Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.”

Linda’s Review:

Yet another dystopian future novel. Unfortunately this one was not as well executed. This first novel in the series sets out to describe the perfectly, mundane, boring and controlled world that Cassia lives in. Unfortunately the descriptions of what the people were able to do, bored me to tears and pushed me over the edge of really being able to enjoy this love story. Everything was perfect, the threats to their existence was mollified and only superficial at best. The only action that took place was in the last chapter of the book. This works if you consider that this is part of a series, but as a stand alone book it was a brutal boring read. Nothing happens, the character growth is extremely slow, there is no action, just a lovely forbidden love romance that is not threatened until the last chapter. Frankly, you could have probably cut this first novel down to about a third of its current version, and you still would have had the basic story line going. The characters did the same thing day in and out, and I guess it was supposed to simulate how mundane their lives really were, but in the process made it mundane for the reader as well, not a place that an author really needs to go. People should want to turn the pages of your book to know what happens next, and not be like, okay their going to climb that same hill and have a sappy conversation for the 20th time in this book. Anyways, I can keep rambling about that, but I think I’ve made my point. As for family friendliness, this is not a book that little kids or tweens would enjoy, but is more suited for teenagers and older.

Apr 12

Glen Hierlmeier

Honor & Innocence Large Book CoverWhat is your name?

Glen Hierlmeier

What is the name of the book or series you’re promoting?

Honor and Innocence: Against the Tides of War

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I currently reside in Bakersfield, CA.

Tell us about something that has just happened or is about to happen in your life that you would like to share.

My book Honor and Innocence: Against the Tides of War will be released any day now. I am very excited about it.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 50 or less words, what would you say?

Honor and Innocence: Against the Tides of War, a historical romance novel by Glen Hierlmeier, will be released March 2014. This book takes the reader through the devastation left by World War II across the European and Asian continents following its main character Hank Fischer, who was drafted to the American Army in 1945 shortly after his high school graduation.

During his service, Hank befriends a German prisoner-of-war, Max, who tells Hank of his twin sister, Roberta, also in captivity. An unlikely romance buds between her and Hank, leaving Hank conflicted between his allegiance to the American Army and his love for Roberta. Hank decides to break out Max and Roberta, and together they make a desperate flight through war-torn Germany where they witness first-hand the destruction post-war Europe has endured. Leaving Max behind in Switzerland, they make their way to the port city of Trieste, where they board a ship and depart to the seas, dealing with pirates, facing adversity, making new friends, and desperately seeking a safe refuge in a place where their love can flourish.

Follow Hank and Roberta on their intense and captivating journey from country to country as they seek refuge. Read as they make their way through bombed-out cities filled with dead bodies, giving a rare glimpse into the tragic consequences of war, as they remain together bound by love.

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?

Yes this is the first book in the series. I am currently working on the 2nd book in the series.

What books have influenced your writing?

In high school, I was fortunate to be placed in advanced classes which included literature where we read many of the classics and learned to appreciate great writing.  I owe a great debt of gratitude to my teacher, Ms. Elizabeth Ritzman.  In later years, I loved the books of James Michener, particularly the ones that accurately presented history and geography, such as Poland.  I loved Isaak Dinesen’s Out of Africa and have wished I could write a book like Sacred Hunger by Barry UnsworthMore recently, I have been inspired by my wife, Dr. RuthAnn Hierlmeier, an avid reader and master of the English language who inspires me to be all that I can be.

Is there an author you would really like to meet?

I would most like to meet Tolstoy or Dostoevsky.  They combine an understanding of their historical, cultural, and political realities with enormous writing talent and creation of substantial characters.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I like hardbacks for serious, literary works that I want to keep in my library and pass on to my children.  I have acquired many of the classics in fancy leather bound volumes, and don’t mind paying the extra cost for books I love and regard as great writing, or meaningful stories.  If I am only reading recreationally, a paperback is fine, but I like to have a book in my hands, and I mark paperbacks up substantially in the margins, and highlight copiously, and I attach notes and page markers to my hardbacks.  Then I can go back and read the highlights in an hour or so from time to time and take myself back into the world the author created. Those are important parts of the process for me, so I do not read eBooks, though I realize that I can also make notes for them.  I also write extensively in longhand, selecting from a wide variety of pens—there is just something about having a fine writing instrument in my hand that helps me be creative, and perhaps feel a little like the great writers of old must have felt as they dipped their pens into ink wells.

Are you a self published (Indie) author?

I am an indie writer.  However, my first two books were actually published by Xlibris, so technically they are the publisher.  My latest book, Honor & Innocence: against the Tides of War is self published with CreateSpace as the printer.  One of my goals is to grow my platform sufficiently so that I can attract a major publisher.  In the mean time, I am working with a publicist and very much enjoying the process of marketing my book through social media, websites, and traditional media.

Do you have any advise for other writers?

Find a process that works for you and go with it.  There probably are not two writers alike.  Write about what you are passionate about.  The first writing doesn’t have to be the first line—start wherever your creative mind takes you and work from there.

Toilet paper over or under?

Always over the top—if it’s not over the top, I change it.

Do you believe in love at first sight?

You be the judge: here is a quote from a story I wrote about my wife-to-be, about my first glimpse of her. “She first appeared unexpectedly, quietly and softly as the early morning mist slowly rose to welcome the sun heating the earth along the seashore, gently lifting night’s coolness toward the heavens and drawing the salty breeze ashore; seagulls and sea hawks glided quietly on invisible risers while the shorebirds chorused in cacophony.  A lone figure, the way she wanted it, with the world entirely to herself for a brief escape into a mystery novel as her body soaked in the healing warmth of the sun washing over Bahia Beach.”  We were married exactly one year later to the day.

Where can readers stalk you?

Blog: http://glenthomasbooks.net/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glen-Hierlmeier/664924423550587
Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6035175.Glen_Thomas_Hierlmeier
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GlenHierlmeier
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Honor-Innocence-Against-Tides-War/dp/1495207617

Apr 05

A cat named mouse: The miracle of answered prayer by Anna Alden-Tirrill

 

a cat named mouse

Author: Anna Alden-Tirrill
Title: A cat named mouse: The miracle of answered prayer
Available at: Amazon and Goodreads.
Rating: 3 of 5
Family Friendliness: 5 of 5

 

Synopsis by author:

“First in the Annie’s Adventures Series. Annie, a twelve-year-old seventh grader, learns a lot about prayer and faith while searching for her missing cat named Mouse. Middle reader category.”

Linda’s Review:

This is a delightful children’s book with big font, many pictures and an enjoyable read.  The story does resolve around the basic theme as listed in the title: the miracle of answer prayer. Annie’s cat goes missing, and he learns about prayer, faith and patience while she waits on Mouse to be rescued. Although the story was delightful, the book is not very polished and still needs quite a bit of work before it will be ready for prime time. In many places the grammar is incorrect, and the tenses switch back and forth. Although this story is written from the perspective of a child, it is still unacceptable to have improper grammar, as other kids are learning to read. I also felt that the quality of the pictures in the book needs a lot of improvement. I could tell that many of them were hand paper and pencil sketches that had been scanned in and placed in the book. The quality of the images look pixelated at some parts, and the contrast is so poor in some images that I could barely make out what I was looking at. Not sure how the author expects kids to respond to picture that they can barely see. I would have rather just left those images out entirely than including them. I would strongly recommend the author get a professional illustrator to draw this work, and make the images higher quality.  Also, if this is intended to be a kids book, the ideal of course would be to have the pictures in color as that is what would draw kids to loving this book even more.  Also, there were some copy edit problems, as several times the text repeated it self verbatim, as if someone had forgotten to delete the additional text. The last 3 chapters in this book really need to be combined into 1. It literally summarizes all the lessons learned throughout the book, and did not hold my attention, so I doubt that it would hold the attention of a little kid, as it repeats itself, and there is nothing new to add.  Let the book speak for itself, there is little need to restate everything that Annie had already learned over 3 chapters.  Trust the book to do its job.  Overall delightful but the execution needs work.

Apr 05

Marilyn Dalla Valle

What is your name?Two Headed Snake of Key West

Marilyn Dalla Valle

What is the name of the book or series you’re promoting?

Two Headed Snake of Key West, the third in the Liz Adams Mystery series

Where were you born and where do you call home?

Torrington, Connecticut

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 50 or less words, what would you say?

Two Headed Snake of Key West is a murder mystery in which greed, power and jealousy thwart a cruising couple’s attempts to prove their friend’s innocence.

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?

I have plans to write the fourth in the Liz Adams mysteries.  Currently, I am deciding on the location.

What books have influenced your writing?

The Psychic Pathway, The Artists Way, Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes books

What are you currently reading?

W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

Is there an author you would really like to meet?

Sue Grafton

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

ebooks

Are you a self published (Indie) author?

Yes

What book would you like to read again?

The Psychic Pathway

Is there a movie you prefer over the book version?

No

Do you have any advise for other writers?

Write if you have the passion and story to tell.

Do you write under a pen name?

No

Do you have a nickname?

No

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?

Yes

What are your pet peeves?

Incorrect grammar, incorrectly set table, rude people.

Any pets that you would like to tell us about, share a picture?

Randy, 2 year old Sheltie.

White wine or red?

Cabernet in Winter. Chardonnay in Summer.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee in the AM, loose herbal tea in the evening.

Toilet paper over or under?

under unless the pattern is over.

Glass half full or half empty?

Half full.

What is your favorite meal?

Meatloaf, butternut squash, mashed potatoes.

Place that you would most like to visit?

Switzerland.

One of your favorite quotes.

If you give a man a fish, he eats for one day. If you teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.

Name 5 favorite movies. Why?

Sorry, do not watch many movies.

Name 5 favorite books. Why?

Bible-  Gives one a foundation of faith.   The Psychic Pathway-  Teaches one to listen to their inner voice.    The Artists Way-  Encourage one to listen to their inner child and be creative. Soul Lessons and Soul Purpose: A Channeled Guide to Why You Are Here. It teaches one how to live.     The Secret-  It teaches one to believe.

Are you a morning or night person?

Morning

If you could be a pair of jeans what style would you be? Why?

I wouldn’t want to be a pair of jeans. I’d rather be a sequins dress because I would sparkle and have fun.

You have multiple personalities, describe one of them.

I am a child at heart who likes to tap dance, play with the dog and ride a bicycle.

What are your favorite hobbies?

Boating, reading, dancing, walking, playing with the dog.

Do you believe in love at first sight?

No. I believe in attraction at first sight, but love takes time to know the individual.

Does Prince Charming exist?

Mine does. We’ve been together 47 years, married for 45.

List five adjectives to describe yourself.

I am loving, loyal, playful, compassionate and have a strong work ethic.

Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours.

Certain things have to be even or centered, i.e. towels in the bathroom, candlesticks on the table, tray in the toaster oven.

If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, comedy, romatic-comedy, action film or science fiction?

romantic comedy.

Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why.

Summer, my ideal temperature is 82 – 85 degrees.

What’s your favorite material object that you already own?

I do not put much stock in material objects except sentimental gifts from family and friends.

What item, that you don’t have already, would you most like to own?

A house on the shore.

Favorite place to eat?

The Village in Litchfield, CT.

Favorite meal at favorite restaurant?

Crabcake sandwich

What’s your favorite thing to do in the summer? fall? winter? spring?

Boating.

if you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?

Switzerland, my fahter’s birthplace.

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

House cleaning.

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

An awesome journey.

What’s your favorite Christmas memory?

When I was in eighth grade, my parents gave me silver, high heeled tap shoes.

How many handbags or pair of shoes do you own?

One handbag. I hate to change purses.

When people look at me, they would never gues that I…

…like to shoot.

What is your best scar? Tell the story of how you got it.

Scar on my knee. I cut my knee to the bone when I jumped off a dock onto a rock.

You win a million dollars, but you have to give half to a charity. Which charity do you pick, and what do you do with the rest of the money?

I give the money to the American Cancer Society and save the rest until I prioritize what I need and/or want.

If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?

Be a clown.

Describe your dream wedding where money is no option.

I used to be a wedding photographer. My dream wedding would be on a beach with close friends and family. A huge production would not interest me.

If you were a spy what would your alias be?

It would be my real name. If I were good, no one would suspect I was a spy.

If someone rented a billboard for you, what would you put on it?

Photos of my three books.

What’s your favorite sport?

Boating.

If you had to be a teacher of something, what would you teach?

Writing, photography, dancing.

What punctuation mark best describes your personality? Why?

! I like to make noise and speak with enthusiasm.

What was the first care you drove?

1958 Chevy Bel-air

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?

Watch over my children and grandchildren.

If you had to be a flower, which one would you be and why?

Daisy, they are sunny and unassuming.

 

Where can readers stalk you?

Blog: http://marilyndallavalle.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/marilyn.dallavalle
Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6896041.Marilyn_Dalla_Valle?from_search=true
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Marilyn-Dalla-Valle/e/B00ANSQ8A0/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1394245569&sr=1-2-ent

Mar 30

Beta Readers Wanted

Mar 29

Tori L. Ridgewood

Midnight Thirsts IIWhat is your name?

Tori L. Ridgewood

What is the name of the book or series you’re promoting?

The Talbot Trilogy, which includes: Mist and Midnight, Wind and Shadow, Blood and Fire, and Crystal and Wand.

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I currently live and work in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada, about eight hours north of Toronto. But when people ask me where I am from, I feel like the answer is complicated, because my father was a police officer and my family moved to a new town every few years, following his promotions.

Tell us about something that has just happened or is about to happen in your life that you would like to share.

I just released the 2nd book in the Talbot Trilogy last month, and am so excited about it! It’s called Blood and Fire.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 50 or less words, what would you say?

Blood and Fire: Book Two of the Talbot Trilogy.

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?

Yes, I am currently working on the third book in The Talbot Trilogy. It’s called Crystal and Wand. It should be released in 2014. I am hoping it will be an epic finale to the series.

What are you currently reading?

I just finished reading World War Z by Max Brooks. I’m not sure which book off my TBR list I’ll read next! So many options it’s hard to decide.

Is there an author you would really like to meet?

L.M. Montgomery or Stephen King

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I love them all! No specific preference.

Are you a self published (Indie) author?

My books are published through Melange Books.

Do you have any advise for other writers?

Yes, do not to rush the process of writing your book. Rushing means making mistakes, and you want to take your time to develop and polish your book. Also, it’s important to write often. I recommend writing a little bit every day. Lastly, write what you are passionate about. If you follow your passion, that love will shine through your words, and others will love it too.

Do you write under a pen name?

Yes

skittlesAny pets that you would like to tell us about, share a picture?

Yes, my dog Skittles. (picture attached). Skittles is a medium-sized mixed breed, a rescue animal who was found as a puppy on a cold winter night in a car port. The nice couple who found her couldn’t take care of her, so she was given to their neighbours, who were able to have her examined by a vet, fixed, given her shots, and they took the time to train her. By the time we were ready to look into adopting a dog, Skittles was about a year old. We believe she’s part Husky, part German Shepherd, and part Labrador Retriever. She has a lovely golden coat with a white belly, white socks, and big dark eyes like a seal. She’s a big suck, too — she loves to cuddle on our bed, follows me to story time when I’m putting my daughter to bed, and enjoys racing about our backyard. She won’t play fetch, but she loves pulling a sled in the winter!

Coffee or tea?

Tea, with sugar or honey.

Place that you would most like to visit?

I got to swim in the Bermuda Triangle when I was in grade 10 and on a band trip to Bermuda. I definitely fell in love with that country but I’ve not been fortunate enough to return there since that trip.

One of your favorite quotes.

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Rhett Butler, Gone with the Wind

Name 5 favorite books. Why?

Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitcehll

The Blue sword by Robin McKinley

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

The Stand by Stephen King

Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why.

The opposite of the season I’m typically experiencing? I enjoy the heat of summer but dislike sweating; winter is picturesque but requires so many layers to be comfortable; spring is lovely but messy, and fall is over too quickly, its beauty fleeting and sometimes as messy as spring.

If you had to be a teacher of something, what would you teach?

I actually am a full-time teacher at a local high school.

 

Where can readers stalk you?

Blog: http://torilridgewood.wordpress.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ToriLRidgewood
Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5760106.Tori_L_Ridgewood
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ToriLRidgewood
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Fire-Talbot-Trilogy-Ridgewood-ebook/dp/B00IDNJ7U0/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/404643
Lulu: http://www.lulu.com/shop/tori-l-ridgewood/blood-and-fire/paperback/product-21455589.html;jsessionid=A9600E373E55BAC5E4AEE2C642FD1264
Other:

Mar 29

Fanged Princess by Elisabeth Wheatley

 

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Author: Elizabeth Wheatley
Title: Fanged Princess
Available at: Amazon and Goodreads.
Rating: 4 of 5
Family Friendliness: 5 of 5

 

Synopsis by author:

“Hadassah’s father, the Vampire King, punished her harshly for her choice to love a human. Now her brother, the only person in the world who still matters to her, has fallen for a human girl. Determined to keep the girl safe, the three of them flee from their home in New England and find themselves cornered with their father’s minions closing in. If they want to escape, their only hope may be to join forces with the mortal enemies of their kind…”

Linda’s Review:

I really enjoyed reading this short novella. Definitely good for a summer afternoon read in the sun. It’s light, the writing style is easy to follow, and the action is thrilling and well executed. The story line although simplistic, draws you right into the lives of the characters and leaves you wanting for more. There were a few execution problems with grammar, and could definitely do with another copy editing. But besides these minor flaws there was really little I could find fault with it. A delightful book for tweens and up to read.

 

Mar 29

Pollenesia by Clyde Tosalini

PollenesiaAuthor: Clyde Tosalini
Title: Pollenesia
Available at: Amazon and Goodreads.
Rating: 4 of 5

Synopsis by author:

“Dalt Frisbie’s plans to build an amusement park are met with wondrous enthusiasm by the natives. But when Richie Rat starts marking his territory on his first visit to town, and Mr. $-ner arrives with all sorts of riff-raff, their simple lives are changed forever.

Populated with cartoon vermin, real vermin, people dressed as cartoon vermin, former Ratkateers, a momilogist, and a bevy of bikini-clad beauties (one very well-read), “Pollenesia” is a charmingly vitriolic satire of Florida, the tourist industry, and society in general. Told from the point of view of a native fortuitous enough to have landed a janitorial job at the park, this book is a lark for Florida-lovers and Florida-haters alike.

(Not to mention one of the most outrageous and disgusting climaxes in literary history!)”

Jon’s Review:

I should probably begin by saying that as someone who reads very little satire as a matter of course I can’t judge this book by its adherence to the norms of that particular genre. I was, however, familiar with the implied subject, and so agreed to read it out of interest.

Pollenesia is a satirical take on the Disney empire, specifically its operations in and around Orlando, where the company has been entrenched for well over four decades now. Recounted through the discovered memoirs of a former park employee, the story begins with the arrival of Disney himself and follows the park’s historic progress, culminating in a fictional account of its “liberation” in the aftermath of a violent hurricane.

The book is well written in terms of language, and it flows well. Although as a former native of the Sunshine State I do not necessarily share the author’s skepticisms, I can empathize with some of his views. Overall, I found the book entertaining, and in some cases, even educational. And while I did find some of the scenes a little too graphic for my tastes, this did not dissuade me from seeing it through to the end.

In conclusion, I don’t think I could be persuaded to part with the cash for a paperback edition, but the more reasonably priced Kindle Edition is certainly worth a read if you have an interest in the subject matter, and an appetite for satire.

Mar 22

Shadow of Wrath, Book one: Caged by L.W. Patrics

shadow of wrathAuthor: L.W. Patricks
Title: Shadow of Wrath, Book One: Caged
Available at: Amazon and Goodreads.
Rating: 3 of 5
Family Friendliness: 1 of 5

Synopsis by author:

“If survival meant murdering an innocent person in cold blood every week, could you do it? Are you able to stick the knife into your opponent’s heart while they look at you with fear in their eyes? Life in the Arena turns everyone into sinners.

When a starving and homeless boy is kidnapped and brought to a modern-day gladiator arena, hidden deep within the abandoned city of Bimini, he is forced to fight for his life. The crude death matches are a source of enjoyment for Ryker, who resides over the Arena as its vicious master. Given the name Dog, the street boy must find a way to survive, even if it means murdering other innocent kids in combat at the expense of his humanity. With every dead body he leaves behind in the pit, the blood and the violence threatens to wake a beast inside him.Allegra, a slave girl in the pits and a victim of Ryker’s constant abuse, is his only key to salvation. She has lost everything already — her family, her innocence, and her dignity — while her will to live hangs on by a thin thread. Can she save Dog’s humanity before she too succumbs to the horrors of the Arena? With death casting it’s long shadow over everyone, how can anyone survive?A tale about survival, tragedy, and human perseverance, SHADOW OF WRATH allows us a glimpse into the world of the Sins of the 7.

The novelette Caged is the first part of Shadow of Wrath.”

Linda’s Review:

This book was extremely predictable, within the first two chapters I already knew the ending. It was a hard gritty kind of novel and I suspected immediately that there would be no happy ending. Even the twists and turns in the plot was predictable, and it was hard to find anything that really made reading this novel unique. Also, the “interludes” and “epilogue” for the book only confused matters, in that it was written from the POV of people who we never even see in the main story, and so I could care less what they had to say on the subject. It was also evident that this book still needs some copy editing work, as many times there were mistakes littered throughout that distracted even more from the story. As for family friendliness, I would say it is highly inappropriate for young kids and tweens to read this. If I had kids, this would be a novel that I would not allow them to read. However, it would be appropriate for college students and older.

 

Mar 22

Bobby Triplett

great darkeningWhat is your name?

Bobby Triplett, though my pen name shall be known as R.G. Triplett.

What is the name of the book or series you’re promoting?

The Great Darkening - Book One of the Epic of Haven Trilogy

Tell us about yourself…

I think I would call myself an artist at heart. The way I cook, the way I write, the way I communicate and make music and tell stories – even the way I smoke a cigar and savor a good bourbon – always comes with the motivation to discover or uncover a new aspect of beauty. In each moment, with whatever medium I have access to – whether it be horses, or holy scriptures or hyperbole – beauty is what I hope to find, and frequently what I hope to create. Also, I would call myself a bit of an epic nerd. I love stories with layers of history and allegory.

What genre do you write and why?

Fantasy, because if I am honest, that is where I would probably most like to be… in a world where the battle lines are more distinctly drawn.

What was your inspiration for this book?

I had just finished reading The Singer Trilogy by Calvin Miller, and I loved the idea of telling the story of God, but without being so “on the nose”.

Do you have a favorite character and why that one?

There are bits of me and my heart in each one of the characters, parts of my story and those who have influenced me (whether good or bad). I think the character I love the most is Engelmann the Arborist. He is the sage that I never had in real life… the one that I have always prayed for. I guess since I never had an older man to want to walk with me through the minefields… I had to write my own.

Did you find anything particularly difficult in writing this book?

The writing… not really. However, the refining of it? That is a different story altogether.

What project(s) are you currently working on?

 Book Two of the trilogy. Just finished the 100th page.

Do you have any interesting writing quirks you want to tell us about?

I may or may not read back the story in a pretty crappy Irish/English voice. For some reason, without even thinking about it… this just happens every single time.

Do you have any advice for writers out there?

Create in a community. I have 2-3 trusted dreamers that help me process the plot lines and flesh out the motivations of the story. They make it better every time.

What made you decide to self-publish the book?

I originally thought I would go through the traditional publishing hoops, but after talking to several published authors and researching the industry, I discovered that I had access to a team of people that could produce a far superior product to most publishers out there. By self publishing, not only could I invite others into the process of this dream coming to life, but I could maintain creative control of the work that I spent a year of my life refining. And I could keep a lot more of the profits too! So… Lost Poet Press was born.

Any tips for authors who hope to self-publish their work?

A HUGE part of our process was kickstarter. We were able to raise over $12,000, which completely covered all marketing, design, printing, and distribution costs of the book. Plus, now we have an army of kickstarter backers who are excited to help promote the book and be a part of the dream. It’s been a really incredible process.

Where can readers stalk you?

Blog: http://epicofhaven.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/iambobby
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RGTriplett

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