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Today’s Tease…Natsuya Uesugi

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Natsuya Uesugi

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Natsuya Uesugi

Title of the book you are promoting:  grydscaen:beginnings

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.grydscaen.com

 Genre:  science fiction

Welcome  NU…I, LH have some questions for you 😉

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?

NU: A writer or a computer programmer

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?

NU: William Gibson and Anne Rice

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

NU: I think you would have to call me an Indie author

LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?

NU: I would like to be picked up by a traditional publisher. Right now I am self published and I like having complete control over my books including the cover art.

LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies!  Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?

NU: I think I would invite the Dalai Lama and not talk about Buddhism or China

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors.   Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?

NU: I think there may be too much exposure to violence in movies and video games in particular. Am I concerned about it, maybe a little but I am not conflicted

LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

NU: I would end discrimination. Everyone should be equal

LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?

NU: I think book covers are important; they are the first thing a reader sees sometimes of an author. I personally design and draw all my book covers because I want to highlight different characters from the work on the cover. I call myself a writer not an artist but I have had some glowing feedback to the cover of the latest book I released this year. I think it is important to have a say in the cover design

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?

NU: I have always wanted to write and I started drawing comic book pages with the characters from grydscaen in middle school, that is when some of the characters for what eventually became the grydscaen series were originally started. The characters evolved over time and were refined more in college and were finalized in art school where I studied animation – I was able to really visualize them in character designs. So I think you would say I have been writing since the seventh grade.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

NU: I think the storytelling is important; an uninteresting story can cause you to lose interest even with strong characters. Being able to believe in the story and the world the author creates is just as important as character development

LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?

NU: I have 4 books published to date in the grydscaen saga and the books nearly wrote themselves. Some of the characters were finalized in art school so I had a solid grasp on the characters, what they looked like and their personalities when I actually sat down to write the novels. This was important so I could focus on the story telling and creating the world around them. I draw from my background in information technology so the technology in the books and the hackers come from my related experiences. For grydscaen, I created a world and then inserted the characters that I was intimately familiar with into that world and let the writing lead me

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

NU: I am working on volume 3 of the grydscaen saga, and also finishing up on book 2 of a different trilogy about the occult and psychics

LH: I’m working on #6…5 have been published and the other is due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

NU: I have finished multiple books in the grydscaen series (but I don’t want to say how many there are just yet) with 4 currently published and another to be released next year which is already written. Plus I have written 2 other trilogies one is fantasy and the other is about psychics and the occult. I am also in the middle of a one-off vampire novel that is purely for fun

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

NU: I write to get a message out, so I guess you would say that is for fun.

LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?

NU: My family has an issue with some of the themes I write about in the grydscaen series. Though grydscaen is science fiction about technology and hackers, I touch on drug abuse, male prostitution, cyber terrorism, government oppression, and marginalized groups such as gay and transgender community and that culture. My friends don’t have an issue.

LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?

NU: I have not really experienced writer’s block but I have experienced something I would call “my characters don’t want to do that.” When that happens I take a step back and get into my character’s head and ask them, “what do you want to do instead?” That usually fixes the problem. Trying to write a character down a path they don’t want to go in can stop the story in its tracks I have found, so I try to listen to what my characters have to say, so that doesn’t happen.

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?

NU: Stick with it. Never give up. Keep writing and never stop believing in your message

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

NU: I was accepted to an elite music college out of high school and my parents would not let me go so I graduated from an Ivy League school instead. I don’t think I would necessarily change that since it would change who I am, but I am making up for it now by going to art school. So I have no regrets.

LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

NU: I would tell my best friend in high school who committed suicide junior year because he was being bullied for his sexuality not to resort to suicide. Then hopefully he would still be around today. Life is precious, suicide is never the answer. Didn’t mean to get depressing. I address this theme in one of the later books in the grydscaen series as a tribute to his memory.

LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?

NU: I think I would remain calm and probably be in shock for a while. I would tell my friends that I go to anime conventions with who like anime, since I have received some reviews that say my series is hard science fiction and “anime-esque.” And my cosplay friends have mentioned that they would like to dress up as some of the characters in my books. Yes, they are geeks and so that makes me a geek as well.

Thanks for that informative and interesting interview NU…Now…for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Unsweetened Iced green tea

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise

Favorite Color? Black

Take out or Dine in? Take Out

Camping or Hotel? Hotel

Sports or Chocolate? Sports

Dogs or Cats? Cats

Favorite Food? Thai

Favorite Song? Blasphemous Rumors by Depeche Mode

Favorite Movie? Hackers

Favorite Car? Toyota Scion

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉  Sex

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

LH: If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?

NU: I would take Tilda Swinton to Russia to stand in Red Square with a big rainbow pride flag to make a statement for equal rights and the end of discrimination. I think she may have done that already, but can always do it again

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Natsuya Uesugi’s

grydscaen:beginnings

at

http://www.grydscaen.com

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Today’s Tease…Sunny Shandilya

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Sunny Shandilya

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Sunny Shandilya

Title of the book you are promoting:  ‘Nav and the Ninth Universe- The Clock Of Time’

Link to purchase your Book: 

Amazon.com- http://amzn.to/14TL71b (USA)
Amazon.uk – http://amzn.to/167Ju05 (UK)

Flipkart – http://bit.ly/1dpXzNQ (India)

First chapter is available for download at http://www.sunnyshandilya.com/

Genre:  YA Sci-Fi fantasy fiction

Welcome  SS…I, LH have some questions for you 😉

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?

SS: First of all, I cannot thank you enough for giving me this opportunity to share here at your blog https://authorteasereadings.wordpress.com.

As for the answer for your question, I wanted to be a pilot, a genetic engineer, a software engineer in that sequence and later someone who people could recognize.

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?

SS: Well I all can say is same pinch. 😉 I too do not have a literary influence but it just happened and I am really happy that I could complete it.

Till date, I cannot believe that I have actually managed to complete a novel as I am a very impatient person in real life.

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

SS: This is my debut novel and I have got it self published.

LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?

SS: I would love to be published traditionally just because they take off a large chunk of your headache by taking care of the publicity. I do not write full time so it becomes a little difficult at times to promote it all by myself.

LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies!  Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?

SS: That is a really difficult question but I would like to invite all the ‘big’ literary agents and publishing houses and not ask about the reason behind the migration of Siberian cranes, instead I would like to ask them – Why is it that publicity is more important than the actual product? I mean I do understand that people should know about something new but it really hurts when lot of good literature goes unnoticed because of lack of publicity 🙂

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors.  Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?

SS: The visual medium has a deeper impact on the society but then it depends and I know this would sound cliché but we as humans are now exposed to much more information both in depth and in variety than we had a decade ago. We therefore should be at a better position to judge and act judiciously.

LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

SS: I have heard this often that money can buy most of the things if not all. Same goes for the problems. Money is the cause of most of the problems if not all. If there was a system in which people were to do work as their hobbies and not as a compulsion, the world in my view would be a better place. I feel the inherent desire to amass money leads to corruption, which is the main cause behind any crime.

LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?

SS: I believe in the saying – ‘Do not judge the book by its cover.’ Cover does play a big role in the initial attraction for the consumer but in the long run, it is the content which is the real hero.

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?

SS: I never believed that I had it in me to scribble even 10 pages but as days passed, I kept cementing the bricks and finally have managed to create a building.

I started in March 2011.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

SS: A good story always engulfs you and you start living with it. If a story does that, it is a winner for me

LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?

SS: In my part of the world, people are still obsessed with love story but I feel, as is mentioned in my acknowledgement – “Writing is a creative art and according to me, creation is when you write about the unknown or the unseen.”

In yoga classes, they ask you to think about a dot of light to improve your concentration but seldom people are able to do so. For everyone, the light is perceived differently. Same is the case with me. So it was a conscious effort to write a story which was woven through reality.

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

SS: The problem is that I am moody and I have a few plots in my mind. If you read the last line of the book, you would surely come to know what to expect soon J

LH: I’m working on #6…5 are published and last on is due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

SS: This is my debut work and even this would not have seen the light of the day had I not had the courage to get it self published in India.

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

SS: This was a piece of advice given to me by one of my friend Saiba – “Always right for yourself so that if you read it even after years, you would have the same excitement to read it.”

I just felt that I have something which needs to be told and once you are totally immersed in the story, you would have that ‘exciting’ feeling that yes, this could be possible. That feeling that I hear from my readers is my reward.

I lost my father at an early age. So for me, my mother has been my superhero. The day, God willing, I get any kind of recognition my mother and sister receives it , would be the only meaningful day of my life.

LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?

SS: I was not sure how would people take it so even my close friends and family came to know about it only weeks before the book’s release.

In India, the safest profession yet is either engineering or being a doctor. So I had to gather a lot of courage when deciding to go ahead with the book but my family and friends have really supported me.

LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?

SS: One of the primary reasons that I did not inform anyone was because I was not sure if this would turn out to be a complete story. I have faced it many times. In fact, my system crashed a couple of times and I lost the initial files too.

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?

SS: I am yet to experience both success and failure to be able to advice others but I believe writing a book is like opening a restaurant – you will always find takers no matter how bad it is and you would always have people to criticize no matter how good it is. So stop worrying and start expressing.

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

SS: Well, I do miss my dad. In fact, my mother and my sister miss them more. I would really want to go back and bring him back coz I really feel that life would have been very smooth for my family and I think I can afford to lose anything for them.

LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?

SS: First of all, I would nag the person because I know many of my friends would love to play this prank and when he truly convinces me that the call is genuine, well, I would just love it if someone would think if this was good enough for the sliver screen. In fact, may have already mentioned that they felt like watching a 3D movie.

I would definitely call my family and inform them first.

Thank you for that fun and informative interview SS…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage?

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble bath after a great workout session.

Favorite Color? Black and white both 🙂

Take out or Dine in? Take out

Camping or Hotel? Camping is more fun.

Sports or Chocolate? Playing to win a chocolate .. hehehe

Dogs or Cats? Sorry but I don’t like both 🙂

Favorite Food? Anything mom cooks.

Favorite Song? Many in both English and Hindi

Favorite Movie? Many in both English and Hindi

Favorite Car? Lamborghini any day

Sex or Chocolate? Chocolate while having sex 😉

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

LH: If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?

SS: This is a really difficult one and I have so many crushes to choose from but I would love to spend alone time with the Bollywood actress ‘Ayesha Takia’ in the world’s most romantic city – Paris.

I have such a big crush on her and I really adore her chubby cheeks.

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to get your copy of Sunny Shandilya ‘s

‘Nav and the Ninth Universe- The Clock Of Time’

at

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Today’s Tease…Stephen Landry

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with  Today’s Tease Stephen Landry

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Stephen Landry

Title of the book you are promoting:  Deep Darkness

Link to purchase your Book:  http://igg.me/at/DeepDarkness/x/3892584

Genre:  Science fiction / horror / military

Other Special Talents we should know about: I am a graphic designer with a 4 year degree, mixed media (acrylic, graffiti, chalk, sketch, etc) artist, and indie filmmaker. I also like to consider myself a professional video gamer J I’ve play tested several video games and even helped work on the artwork for a few mobile releases. 

Welcome  SL…I, LH have some questions for you 😉

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?

SL: I always wanted to be a film director. George Lucas was my greatest inspiration growing up. I still have a “Star Wars” collection of over a hundred figures and ships at my parents house that I am hoping to pass to my kids one day.

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?

SL: China Mieville. His work blew my mind. The worlds he created from nothing were amazing. I knew after reading some of his works that writing a book was the best outlet for my overactive imagination.

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

SL: Self published. I currently have some short stories on smashwords and a few other various websites.

LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?

SL: I would love to work with a traditional publisher because it would give me more time to write and world build.

LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?

SL: Guillermo Del Toro and we would not discuss politics.

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors. It’s kind of ironic that we’re in the business of selling sex and violence. Ever feel conflicted and if so why?

SL: I agree. It is conflicting. It feels like a double standard in a way. I think people do use media as an outlet though. A lot of my story is about overcoming violence and hardship as much as it is about survival.

LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

SL: If world peace is on the table then that is a must. Otherwise I wouldn’t children to go hungry.

LH: A little birdie told me you are a graphic artist…in fact, I know you did a beautiful book cover for my book “A Beautiful Liar” How did you get into that and is that your only artistic talent?

SL: I have been drawing since I was in diapers … it was mostly on the walls with crayons back then but after that it turned to spray paint then somehow shifted into CD covers, book covers, websites, t shirts and all things graphic design. I also shoot short films, work in vfx, and I can play guitar, bass, and drums.

LH: My mother was a wonderful artist; I however, cannot draw a stick figure! Where did your artistic ability come from or are you self taught? Will you indulge us with some of your favorite work?

SL: My mother is an amazing artist so I have to contribute that to her. I have also had training at a fine art college where I would paint, sketch, and design things forty hours a week.

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start? When did you decide that you wanted to start doing covers as well?

SL: I have been writing all my life. Deep Darkness is my first “real” novel though. I have always wanted create worlds and characters for other people to escape into.

I actually just started doing covers last year when a certain sound designer (that worked on Batman Begins) asked me to design a book cover for him. It was a great experience and I had so much fun with it I began taking on other opportunities. Indie authors are the best to work with hands down.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

SL: I am a huge fan of world building. Fantasy, science fiction, alternative fiction, steampunk, etc. All the greats create living breathing worlds down to the last detail, BUT if the story doesn’t have interesting characters and depth then all that world building is in vain.

LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?

SL: My stories play out in my head like movies. A lot of what my characters experience though are things that reflect my own life with the exception of the alien worlds, giant monsters, and space travel of course. Though I did sign up for the Mars mission. (application taken into consideration)

There are certain parts in Deep Darkness that the main character see’s into the past through another characters perspective. That character from world war 2 and his perspective is based on my grandfather and other war veterans I have had the absolute honor of meeting.

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

SL: I am working on a project with two other talented authors. We’re writing a science fiction book together.

LH: I’m working on #6…5 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

SL: I have published several short stories online and a novella. The first book I ever actually wrote I made when I was twelve. It was eighty pages and all about mechs fighting demons and other mechs in space . Only my parents get to read that one though. I have also written several short films some of which have been produced by independent companies and film scripts.

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

SL: Fun

LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?

SL: My family loves my creative side and I get it all from them but sometimes I know it’s scary for them. Some of my stuff can be dark. I have used writing as a release to cope with one of my friend’s death and that always makes it difficult. For the most part all my friends are just as creative as me so there is a great balance and support structure there. Many of us work on projects together.

LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?

SL: I’v never had writers block… Maybe the opposite where I map out a thousand different ways a story could go. I have books filled with unused plot lines, deleted scenes, etc.

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?

SL: Don’t ever EVER give up. Don’t let other writers get to you. Believe in yourself. Believe in your work. If it is something you enjoy reading and doing someone else will enjoy it with you.

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

SL: I would have saved some people.

LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

SL: I would go back in time and tell one of my friends how much he meant to me. How much I would miss him. I would tell him he was like a brother to me and helped me in more ways then he would ever know how.

LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?

SL: Once my novel Deep Darkness is published I am hoping to turn it into a feature whether that is live action or animated is still a ways off but I am brainstorming with several different studios now on various ways to do it. I am also working with a group of local artists/creatives to make a short film/movie pitch that we’re going to release either around the end of this year or the beginning of next.

Thanks for that fun and fascinating interview SL…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Huge fan of a homemade Mocha Frappe (mocha, vanilla ice cream, milk, and a pinch of sugar blended together with a small amount of crushed ice)

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble bath 🙂

Favorite Color? Blue… no green… no red… black

Take out or Dine in? Dine in.

Camping or Hotel? Camping

Sports or Chocolate? Depends on the sports. I enjoy skateboarding, snowboarding, and other extreme sports. I also consider racing, drifting, and video gaming a sport. J but I don’t like football, soccer, or baseball – they just aren’t for me.

Dogs or Cats? BOTH. I have both. I have a shepherd/husky mix and a Siamese mix

Favorite Food? Flatbread pizza

Favorite Song? Anything NIN, Tool, Deftones, Palms, Isis, A Perfect Circle, Imagine Dragons, Animal Collective, Bright Eyes, Tegan and Sara, etc. No one song can do it has to be a playlist.

Favorite Movie? Apocalypse Now, Hellboy, Dredd, Oblivion, 28 Days Later, Pans Labyrinth, Hunter Prey –  again there are way too many to name.

Favorite Car? I own it. 😉 Subaru WRX

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Both

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?

SL: I hate essay questions. I always draw here on tests. 😉

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Australia and it would be with my girlfriend aka the love of my life and muse for over three years. We would explore the outback.

 Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Stephen Landry’s

Deep Darkness

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Today’s Tease…DC Daines

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease DC Daines

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  DC Daines

Title of the book you are promoting:  The Star Crystal   https://www.facebook.com/TheStarCrystal

 Link to purchase your Book:    http://www.amazon.com/Star-Crystal-Dc-Daines/dp/1470917750/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331120952&sr=1-1

Genre:  Sci-fi fantasy

Welcome  DCD…I, LH have some questions for you 😉

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?

DCD: Up until I was 16, I wanted to be a writer.  Then my English student teacher told me I was bloody awful and I had to get better really quick or just plain give up.  So I gave up and decided I wanted to be a marine biologist.  It would seem the latter was less obtainable than being an author.

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?

DCD: John Marco was a great influence to me, however my writing just happened when I turned 34.  Got myself stuck in this massive drum heating oven, got claustrophobic and just went, “There must be more than this to life.”  Then the voice started in my head. “Before, before there was dust.  Before the air became poison.  Before the companies, we lived and we lived in peace.”  And from there came my prologue.

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

DCD: I am currently published through a small publishing company in Perth Western Australia.  Acashic publications.  However I may as well be self published as they are of very little help.  They did get me out there though so I am grateful for that.

LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?

DCD: I am the opposite, now I have been published through a small publisher, I am not really looking at doing that again.  I am very much going down the path of an Indie Author so that my fans can get the book at a reasonable price.

LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?

DCD: Funny you ask that.  I’ve not thought of this subject since I was 18.  I would invite my half sister who I have never met.  I would definitely not discuss why we have never met.

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors. Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?

DCD: I do believe that life in general is taking a more adult approach to everything.  Sex sells, simple and plain.  We may not like it, we may want to shelter our kids from it but inevitability says, we will all be exposed to it more than is required.  But then, that is human nature.  Most of us would prefer to make a buck than take the moral high ground.  Saying that, there is definitely a place for sex and violence in our lives, it is just not in our every day lives.

LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

DCD: In the Blink of an eye.  Sounds like my character Blink.  He teleports from one place to another looking for shinies.  I would probably be inclined to make it so our kids are safe.  Not from other kids, that is just part of growing up, but from adults.  Those ones that prey on little children.

LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?

DCD: The book covers are insanely important.  The first 25% of the persons opinion is formed on seeing the cover.  The next thing is the synopsis, then I believe the price.  There are observations I have seen in the market.  In person I believe it is the authors presence that sells the book also.

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?

DCD: Up until I was 16, I wanted to be a writer.  Then my English student teacher told me I was bloody awful and I had to get better really quick or just plain give up.  I was awful, just do not grasp the human language.  I started writing again on my 34th birthday and it is a good thing because all of that life experience has just added to my depth of story.  Also my writing was/ can be bloody awful.  However that is what edits, continual drafts and editors and friends are for.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

DCD: Depth of character and escapism.  Life can be hard enough without being reminded of it when you are trying relax.

LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?

DCD: Exactly the same way.  The voice started, then the pictures, not the voice and the pictures.

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

DCD: I am currently re-editing book 1 for kindle.  Book 2 (Die my son) is being re-edited for kindle and then release on paperback.  Book 3 (possibly titled, Dare to Blink) is being worked on and what I call a book 4 (my world not theirs) this one is based on me and my kids.  However the biggest project I am working on is called fatherhood.

LH: I’m working on #6…3 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

DCD: I have written two books, working on about another fourteen or so.  One is published.

LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?

DCD: I only write when I get told to write, however I tend to have over simulated writers syndrome.  I have 260 hours of voice recording I have just not had time to get down on paper and more times than not I have ideas floating around in my head trying to get out.

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?

DCD: Be careful, spend your time completing your novel and getting it right.  Don’t go into it blind and be very wary of any publisher that asks for money.  I have a whole page of new author tips on my blog if anyone is interested  http://www.thestarcrystal.com

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

DCD: I would stop hoarding stuff.  My house is not big enough for me and my kids.  LOL

LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

DCD: I am not sure, would life be the same if we did?  Would we have been born if someone had thought slightly differently.  Would we be slaves to ourselves, to the Russians to the Japanese, or maybe the Americans.  I  believe we have original personalities to shape our lives at the time, what would happen to you if you tried to shape it after the fact, isn’t that the age old question in all Sci-fi?  I know it is in my novels.

LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?

DCD: End goal!  As you said above, seeing the book in your mind is the way you write and so do I.  It is so much like watching a movie the ultimate accomplishment would be making it into one.  I would probably call a lawyer, then my publisher to get back my book rites LOL

Thanks for that fun and informative interview DCD…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Milo
Exercise or Bubble Bath? One after the other.
Favorite Color? Green
Take out or Dine in? Take away
Camping or Hotel? Hotel
Sports or Chocolate? Sports then chocolate
Dogs or Cats? Both, I love animals
Favorite Food? Coconut ice
Favorite Song? The theme song for my website, but it was made specially for me so I am biased
Favorite Movie? Flash Gordon color version
Favorite Car? Whatever gets me from a to b without breaking down and is safe for my kids.
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Depends on who it is with.  I’d better not let my wife read this 🙂

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?

DCD: Now this is where I am no fun.  There is nothing in this world that can be done that would not eventually come to light.  Even in a fantasy world. 

So that would eliminate my week with Jessica Alba in a first class hotel on some secluded beach to talk about her days in Dark Angel. The guilt would be far to intense to live with.

So I would have to say, I would spend the week with one kick ass typist/writer/editor/and she could always look like Jessica Alba and thrash out the ideas from my novels until all the novels I ever though of were polished to a high standard and my fans could then have all my books at once…

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of DC Daines’

The Star Crystal

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http://www.amazon.com/Star-Crystal-Dc-Daines/dp/1470917750/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331120952&sr=1-1

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Today’s Tease…Clifford W. Dunbar

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Clifford W. Dunbar

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Clifford W. Dunbar

Title of the book you are promoting:  Silver’s Treason

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/Silvers-Treason-Clifford-W-Dunbar/dp/1615724087/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1317780075&sr=1-1

 Genre:   Science-Fiction/Fantasy/Thriller/Military…  Take your pick.

Welcome  CWD…I, LH have some questions for you 😉

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?

CWD: My first choice was to be an astronaut.  My second choice was to be a millionaire.  Neither worked out.

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?

CWD: Probably my strongest literary influence was Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Tarzan is my favorite character ever, because of the fluidity with which he moves through human and great ape cultures.  If you’ve only ever seen the movies, you have no idea what you’re missing.  Edgar Rice Burroughs ignited my interest in animal communications and set me on my path to becoming a linguist.

And then there were the Nick Carter spy novels, written by various authors.  That’s where I learned about sex.

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

CWD: Both.  My novel Silver’s Treason is published by Damnation Books.  I self-published my novel The Manna Trail with Smashwords.  I’ve published some short stories and poetry through various webzines, and some through Smashwords.

LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?

CWD: Two factors influence my decision on whether to go with a publisher or go indie.  The first one is the fit.  Does my story fit what the publisher is looking for?  If so, I’ll run it past the editor and see what happens.  But if I think my story is too weird/unique/different I will take my chances on my own.  The second factor is word count.  I prefer to see longer works go to a publisher.

LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?

CWD: I would invite Isaac Newton but we would most definitely not talk about calculus!  I would pick his brain on his study of Jewish mysticism and his prediction that the world will come to an end in 2060.

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors.  Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?

CWD: I don’t have any issues with it as long as it’s not gratuitous.  It has to be part of the storyline.

LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

CWD: Only one?  Well, OK.  I would wipe out illiteracy.

LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?

CWD: I think book covers are as important as they ever were.  They should provide a glimpse of  the dominant emotion of the story and catch the prospective reader’s eye as it scans the page.  But I don’t know why they’re still frozen in stone.  They should have some animation or sparkle or something (visual media is so not my strong point).

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?

CWD: I’ve wanted to write since I was in second grade.  School, work, marriage, kid, divorce, work, more school, marriage, kids, divorce, work, work, work…  All that stuff took a higher priority.  I managed to squeeze a few things out along the way, and  I am optimistic about the future.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

CWD: I want the story to take me someplace I haven’t been before, or give me a new perspective on a place I know very well.  A story has worked its magic on me when it’s given me a new way of looking at the world.  I hope my stories provide that.

LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?            

CWD: I just get some general idea of what I want to say and then start writing.  And rewriting.  And so.  The process does not come easily to me. I don’t quit until I’m satisfied with the result.

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

CWD: Always.

LH: I’m working on #6…3 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?            

CWD: I’ve written two novels, some poetry and short stories, and one pedagogical article.  But many more stories lurk within, biding their time, dreaming of release.

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

CWD: I write because I have something to say.  But money is always nice.  😉

LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?

CWD: Yes, they do tend to point out similarities among characters and me and themselves too.  Usually they are spot on.  It doesn’t bother me at all.  Who cares?  I tell them.  It’s only a story.

LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?

CWD: Yes, I have; I overcome it by typing really really fast. 

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?

CWD: I can’t do better than Robert Silverberg’s three rules, which are basically:  Read a lot, write a lot, read a lot more and write a lot more.

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

CWD: The length of time I spent in my second marriage.

LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

CWD: I would tell the Roman Inquisition how wrong they were about heliocentrism and how cruel they were in putting Galileo under house arrest.

LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?

CWD: In no way would I freak about that.  I would welcome the news, and the first person I would tell would be my loving, supportive girlfriend.

Thanks for that honest and open interview CWD…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage?  Starbucks mocha frappuccino with cookie crumbles and whipped cream!

Exercise or Bubble Bath?  A walk or a bike ride.

Favorite Color?  Sky blue.

Takeout or Dine in?  Depends; who’s buying?

Camping or Hotel?  Hotel.

Sports or Chocolate?  Chocolate.  The closest I ever came to a sport was aikido.

Dogs or Cats?  Since Silver’s Treason features dogs in prominent roles, most people think I am a dog lover.  Maybe I was when I started the book.  Not so much when I finished it.  My answer is “neither”.

Favorite Food?  Sushi.

Favorite Song?  Dire Straits “Brothers in Arms”

Favorite Movie?  “The Ruling Class”

Favorite Car?  I like my SUV.  As long as a car is roomy and gets me there, I’m OK with it.

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉  Then “Both”!

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?

CWD: I would like to go on a nice long trip with my honey.  Time and place TBD.

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Clifford W. Dunbar’s

Silver’s Treason

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