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Today’s Tease…Jackson Paul Baer

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Jackson Paul Baer

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Jackson Paul Baer

Title of the book you are promoting:  The Earth Bleeds Red

Link to purchase your Book: http://jacksonpaulbaer.com/the-earth-bleeds-red/

Genre:  Literary Suspense

Welcome  JPB..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?

JPB: I always wanted to be a teacher. I actually spent seven years as a youth pastor and am close to finishing my degree to become a high school English teacher now.

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

JPB: Many of my professors inspired me and encouraged me to keep writing. Joyce Carol Oates, Junot Diaz, and Sherman Alexie are my biggest influences.

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

JPB: I signed with Pandamoon Publishing for the release of my debut novel. I’m excited to be working with them and have a lot of respect for all authors, whether they self-publish or go the traditional route.

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?

JPB: I’d invite Tim Tebow and not discuss Christianity.

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?

JPB: I definitely believe there is too much sex in our society but if it didn’t sell, they wouldn’t use it.

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?

JPB: While you could make an argument for world peace, I’d say that solving the world’s hunger problem would be my first change.

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?

JPB: I actually think you can judge a book by its cover. I’m guilty of passing over books when the cover doesn’t grab my attention. Just as important, however, is the title. A book has to have an eye-catching cover and an intriguing title for me to read it.

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?

JPB: I have always wanted to write. I used to write songs all the time and even a little poetry growing up. I started more novels than I can remember as a kid and as a young adult. It wasn’t until this past year, I’m 29 now, that I committed to writing and wouldn’t give it up for anything.

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

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?

JPB: Pretty much the same way though I do write out major points here and there so I don’t forget the thoughts when I have them. Usually, those points change when I actually write the story but they are still helpful for me.

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

JPB: Yes, my first novel, The Earth Bleeds Red, is due out at the end of August (2013). I’m about halfway through my second novel, The Lights Will Never Fade. It’s a literary psychological thriller.

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

JPB: I write for sanity. I absolutely have to tell these stories and I hope that readers will enjoy them and relate to the complex stories inside.

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?

JPB: Honestly, very rarely. When I do get writer’s block, I usually go back and edit and then new ideas pop into my head.

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

JPB: Yes, write. Write everyday no matter how much or how little. Don’t get discouraged by negative people or criticism. Instead, use it to make your writing better and know that the only person that can stop you is 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?

JPB: I would spend more time with my kids. The only thing I can’t get back is time and I’m determined not to waste it.

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?

JPB: I would tell my parents to start something called Google, 25 years ago J

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?

JPB: First, I would tell my wife. I would be incredibly excited but also nervous that the movie wouldn’t truly reflect the novel. Still, I’d love the chance to have my book turned into a movie.

Thank you for the awesome interview JPB…Now…for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Sugar-free orange Rockstar

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise

Favorite Color? Blue

Take out or Dine in? Take out

Camping or Hotel? Hotel

Sports or Chocolate? Sports

Dogs or Cats? Dogs

Favorite Food? Fried Chicken

Favorite Song? Adam’s Song by Blink 182

Favorite Movie? Dumb and Dumber… and With Honors

Favorite Car? 57’ Chevy

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

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?

JPB: My wife and I just celebrated our 10-year anniversary last year and we went to Ireland to celebrate. I want to go back to Ireland with her and stay as long as we possibly could. We married young, I was 19 and she was 22, but 10 years and 4 kids later, we’re still hanging on.

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Jackson Paul Baer’s

The Earth Bleeds Red

at

http://jacksonpaulbaer.com/the-earth-bleeds-red/

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Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Jackson Paul Baer

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Jackson Paul Baer

Title of the book you are promoting:  The Earth Bleeds Red

Link to purchase your Book: http://jacksonpaulbaer.com/the-earth-bleeds-red/

Genre:  Literary Suspense

Welcome  JPB..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?

JPB: I always wanted to be a teacher. I actually spent seven years as a youth pastor and am close to finishing my degree to become a high school English teacher now.

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

JPB: Many of my professors inspired me and encouraged me to keep writing. Joyce Carol Oates, Junot Diaz, and Sherman Alexie are my biggest influences.

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

JPB: I signed with Pandamoon Publishing for the release of my debut novel. I’m excited to be working with them and have a lot of respect for all authors, whether they self-publish or go the traditional route.

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?

JPB: I’d invite Tim Tebow and not discuss Christianity.

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?

JPB: I definitely believe there is too much sex in our society but if it didn’t sell, they wouldn’t use it.

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?

JPB: While you could make an argument for world peace, I’d say that solving the world’s hunger problem would be my first change.

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?

JPB: I actually think you can judge a book by its cover. I’m guilty of passing over books when the cover doesn’t grab my attention. Just as important, however, is the title. A book has to have an eye-catching cover and an intriguing title for me to read it.

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?

JPB: I have always wanted to write. I used to write songs all the time and even a little poetry growing up. I started more novels than I can remember as a kid and as a young adult. It wasn’t until this past year, I’m 29 now, that I committed to writing and wouldn’t give it up for anything.

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

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?

JPB: Pretty much the same way though I do write out major points here and there so I don’t forget the thoughts when I have them. Usually, those points change when I actually write the story but they are still helpful for me.

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

JPB: Yes, my first novel, The Earth Bleeds Red, is due out at the end of August (2013). I’m about halfway through my second novel, The Lights Will Never Fade. It’s a literary psychological thriller.

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

JPB: I write for sanity. I absolutely have to tell these stories and I hope that readers will enjoy them and relate to the complex stories inside.

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?

JPB: Honestly, very rarely. When I do get writer’s block, I usually go back and edit and then new ideas pop into my head.

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

JPB: Yes, write. Write everyday no matter how much or how little. Don’t get discouraged by negative people or criticism. Instead, use it to make your writing better and know that the only person that can stop you is 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?

JPB: I would spend more time with my kids. The only thing I can’t get back is time and I’m determined not to waste it.

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?

JPB: I would tell my parents to start something called Google, 25 years ago J

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?

JPB: First, I would tell my wife. I would be incredibly excited but also nervous that the movie wouldn’t truly reflect the novel. Still, I’d love the chance to have my book turned into a movie.

Thank you for the awesome interview JPB…Now…for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Sugar-free orange Rockstar

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise

Favorite Color? Blue

Take out or Dine in? Take out

Camping or Hotel? Hotel

Sports or Chocolate? Sports

Dogs or Cats? Dogs

Favorite Food? Fried Chicken

Favorite Song? Adam’s Song by Blink 182

Favorite Movie? Dumb and Dumber… and With Honors

Favorite Car? 57’ Chevy

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

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?

JPB: My wife and I just celebrated our 10-year anniversary last year and we went to Ireland to celebrate. I want to go back to Ireland with her and stay as long as we possibly could. We married young, I was 19 and she was 22, but 10 years and 4 kids later, we’re still hanging on.

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Jackson Paul Baer’s

 

The Earth Bleeds Red

at

http://jacksonpaulbaer.com/the-earth-bleeds-red/

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Today’s Tease…Rebekah L. Pierce

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Rebekah L. Pierce

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Rebekah L. Pierce

Title of the book you are promoting:  Murder on Second Street: The Jackson Ward Murders

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E3XWN82 (ebook); CreateSpace – https://www.createspace.com/4419407 (hard copy)

 Genre:  Historical Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Romance

Welcome  RLP:..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?

RLP: A writer. I have always wanted to be a writer. I used to get into so much trouble as a kid for always having my nose in a book. I’d get lost in the world of the stories I read. I loved to read, and I so wanted to put to paper the stories that came to mind when I’d read those lovely books. It has also saved my life literally and metaphorically. When I was 12, my father left the family and I went through a very dark period. I couldn’t express how I was feeling except on paper. So, journaling kept me going. And now, I am a writer. I am also an English teacher, teaching others how to write. It’s my purpose.

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

RLP: Okay, this is a loaded question for an English! I’ll try to be brief. I am a huge fan of and grew up reading Agatha Christie, Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys, Harlequin Romances and Louie Lamar westerns. I am deeply influenced in terms of narration and POV by Alexander McCall Smith’s “No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” series. With regards to humor and gum shoe detective stories, I absolutely love the style of Janet Evanovich. And for classic mystery/detective, it has to be Walter Mosley’s “Easy Rawlins” series. Of course, for the classics, the period I most identify with and generally love to teach/read, it’s the modernist period in America. Some of those authors are Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, John Steinbeck, etc. The use of imagery and language is powerful as well as the themes of their words: social justice, the loss of faith, redemption, and more. The mother-daughter duo of Mary Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft have had a huge impact on my work and my advocacy for women and children and for the portrayal of the frailty of humanity. For theatre, William Shakespeare, of course, Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun), Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman and The Crucible) and Aristophanes (Lysistrata).

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

RLP: I am an indie published author with aspirations of becoming a “traditional” published author. But if that does not happen, life is still good. There’s always a way to make your dreams come true.

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?

RLP: Langston Hughes and I would discuss EVERYTHING with him except food. I want to hear from him personally his philosophy on culture, jazz, the responsibility of literature and art to the community and what it was like to travel the world on a boat. I want to know what and who truly inspired him to pick up the pen. I think that would be an awesome conversation.

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?

RLP: Yes, I do, and yes, I am. As a teacher and parent, I am very concerned about what is being marketed as “family TV” when it is darn near close to pornography. I know our children need to learn about sex, but at the age of 5? I don’t think so. But because sex is viewed and portrayed as easy and no big deal, we now find ourselves having children having children. So, we must teach sex education early. My son’s school sent the letter of agreement home in the 4th grade. I dang near passed out! But it’s necessary, and as long as my husband and I can confirm what he has learned and answer additional questions within reason and age appropriate, I am fine with it. But, lord!

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?

RLP: I’d make racism disappear in a flash. Racism is a learned behavior, not an innate behavior. It’s a socially constructed ideology designed to keep people in a box and confined. It is so crippling to love. And that is all that matters, truly, in this world: love. There would be no hate and ignorance if racism were eradicated because then there’d be no fear. Racism was created out of fear and greed. I’d love to see it go away; then, imagine what a world we’d have!!

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? 

RLP: I have to disagree with you here. Visual rhetoric is everything. People purchase based on what their eyes are attracted to. I think a good, clear, specific book cover that relates to the storyline is IMPERATIVE to book sales even online. For me, if the book cover looks generic or poorly presented, I won’t take a second glance at it or read the synopsis. It shows a lack of respect and appreciation for the reader. So, yes, you still must have a beautifully, cleanly designed book cover, and preferably designed by a professional – even if that is the writer themselves. Editing and book covers are two keys to success for a writer in my humble opinion. If you want to be taken seriously,

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?

RLP:  Yes, I have always wanted to write. As I said before, my ferocious love of reading moved me to put pen to paper. I started writing stories at a very young age – 5, I believe. But it wasn’t until the 8th grade when I wrote and submitted my story to a book fair for middle schoolers that I knew for sure writing was my purpose.

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

RLP:  What interests me the most about story is the portrayal of humanity at its darkest, most loving or funny. I look for authenticity and an obvious pleasure in storytelling on the part of the writer. I love imagery and colorful, full language that paints a picture in my mind and moves me to action.

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?            

RLP: I firmly believe in the power of the muse. My stories are given to me by my muse. There are stories that must be told and artists/writers must be open to telling them. I have to tell the story, no matter how ugly or painful it may be. For example, in both of my novel series, Murder on Second Street and Sex, Lies & Shoeboxes, the protagonists are troubled individuals. Both suffer from PTSD as a result of horrific things done to them or experienced in their past such as abuse, murder, etc. So, writing about the frailties of humanity and demonstrating strength of dignity even in the moment of despair – that hope is always there – motivates me. I do the same for my plays. I don’t do happy endings because life is not over for these characters or for us. We do not know the ending yet. But I also do that because it’s probably who I am as a teacher. I am always s teaching, and so I want to readers to walk away affected by what they have read/seen to the point where they begin to evaluate their own lives in relation to what has been witnessed, and hopefully, come out the wiser and more connected for it.

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

RLP: Yes, I am working on the following: 1) a second book in the Sy Sanford series (Murder on Second Street) and the re-release of Sex, Lies & Shoeboxes, which was originally a novella, but I have since added book 1 & 2 together to create a novel in two parts. Super excited about that release coming in the winter of 2013. I have also released a collection of 6 of my short plays called, On the Cusp of Humanity, so if you love plays, then this book is also a great purchase. Several of the plays have been performed on Off Broadway and are award-winning pieces. So, I hope to produce more of those plays for the stage as well as my full length plays.

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

RLP: I write because that is what I was created to do. I love what I do, and when you love what you do and understand your divine purpose, then money will come from that love. That’s how the universe works. It gives in response to love. I know, I’m on a whole other level. J

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?

RLP: Well, not everyone is going to understand your vision in a work. I learned that a long time ago. What’s important is that you stay true to the story you were given to tell. My mother gave me the greatest gift when she said to me after I left her read one of my erotica stories and a play about transgendered males, “I never told you what you couldn’t write.” This is HUGE for me because we grew up strict Pentecostal. My mother was the First Lady of the church. What I write is not what many church folk want to hear, let alone read because it ain’t “Christian-like.” But I write what is given to me by the universe – I call him God. We aren’t supposed to preach only inside of the church walls and only church stuff. We are to go out into the world and minister. That is what I do in my work: I tell the stories of people on the outside…without judgment.

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?

RLP: No, not really. And I say this because I teach my students to practice free-writing. That is, just write on the page what comes to mind, even if it’s, “I have no idea what to write.” That opens up creative energy. Writing, or rather storytelling, is an exercise – a voluntary act. Whether we want to believe it or not, we are participating in the act of writing every day. But when it comes to creative writing, you just need to understand that it is voluntary; you do not have to open up to the creative energies of the universe. But if you want to be used by this energy to share tell your story, then you will relax, breathe and let the energy – the muse – deliver to you what it wants for you to have. You are voluntarily opening up to it. So, there is no “writer’s block” if you are open to what the energy wants, not necessarily what you want.

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

RLP: My advice to aspiring authors is to: 1) Learn your craft. Writing is a skill that needs honing and protecting. 2) Hire an editor for your team. Yes, you need a team to help you produce credible, quality work. That team could include: beta readers, editor/copywriter, PR/Marketing, book cover designer, etc. 3) Create a solid, clearly defined platform. Who are you? What do you stand for? 4) Have a strong support network. I call them the Crying Angel Network. These are the folks who keep it real with you and keep you uplifted in prayer not because they’ll get anything out of it, but because they believe in a higher power which guides our lives and purposes us for greatness. Finally, never give up, and be realistic. When that rejection letter comes in, and it will, don’t let it knock you down. Read it, take from it that which is true and go back to the work and make it better. Keep trying, keep writing, keep revising! Remember why you write: because it’s like breathing for 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?

RLP:  Nothing! Everything is as it should be. I am where I am supposed to be at this moment in time. The past helped to shape this moment. To wish to change something about my life is to regret, and I have learned to let that kind of thinking go because it holds one hostage to what was, what could have been, etc. I live in the present moment – the NOW. It’s a gift, and I want that gift.

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?

RLP: If I could have a conversation with someone from the past, it would be my ancestors. I would tell them “thank you” for holding on to what could be, what was promised to them. It is through their faith and self-sacrifice that I am here – that we are here. And I think it’s imperative to our present and our future that we honor our past: that we give thanks.

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?

RLP: Well, I already have two screenplays sitting on the desk of a buyer in Los Angeles. When I first got the call, I nearly passed out. It is what an artist longs to hear, but it can’t stop me from creating more work. It’s nice that they want to make my stories into film or made for TV, but I ain’t gonna hold my breath and not move on. Things take time, and we must not live only for that moment. So, yeah, I am super excited, but I’ve got to keep working. As for who I told first, my momma, of course! I know, I am a total momma’s girl! J

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

Favorite Beverage? Sweet tea & Diet Coke

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble Bath

Favorite Color? Blue

Take out or Dine in? Dine in

Camping or Hotel? Hotel

Sports or Chocolate? CHOCOLATE!!!!

Dogs or Cats? Neither

Favorite Food? French Fries and Cheeseburger

Favorite Song? “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” by Whitney Houston
Favorite Movie? Last Holiday – Queen Latifah & The Mummy – Brandon Fraiser

Favorite Car?

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Um, let me think about this…BOTH!!!

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?

RLP: If I could go anywhere for one week, it would the island of Oahu with Hugh Jackman – lord have mercy, Jesus! We walk on the beach holding hands, consume fruity drinks, watch the sun set and rise, eat tons of food and laugh our behinds off. And it wouldn’t hurt for him to have his shirt off the entire week. Yes!!!

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of  Rebekah L. Pierce’s 

Murder on Second Street: The Jackson Ward Murders

at

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E3XWN82 (ebook); CreateSpace – https://www.createspace.com/4419407

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Today’s Tease…Kat Flannery

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Kat Flannery

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Kat Flannery

Title of the book you are promoting:  LAKOTA HONOR

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/Lakota-Honor-ebook/dp/B00D0S530G

Genre:  Historical, paranormal, western, suspense, romance

Welcome  KF…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?

KF: I always thought I’d be a news anchor. I could picture myself sitting behind the desk with the blue screen behind me and telling the locals the news.

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

KF: Me either. Writing for me was a way to express myself when I was younger. I loved to write poems, lyrics (even though I can’t sing) and short stories. But I knew then that I wanted to write books. I wanted to touch people through words and stories.

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

KF: I’m traditionally published. I signed a contract with Imajin Books in June of 2011 for my first novel CHASING CLOVERS.

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?

KF: Oh, I love Johnny Depp too! But if I was granted this one wish I’d invite Jane Austen, or Leonardo D’ Vinci. I’d like a first account of what their lives were like. I’m getting goose bumps just thinking about it.

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?

KF: I agree with you, but I also think that we allow these things to influence us even when we know right from wrong.

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?

KF: World Peace a million times over.

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?

KF: I still think the cover plays a key role in selling books. Whether online or on a book shelf you’re first impression of the book is its cover.

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?                            

KF: Yes, I started telling stories when I was five and I haven’t stopped since. J

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

KF: The characters. I like three dimensional characters that have real emotions and problems.

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? 

KF: I get it spurts over a week or two. Once I have the plot and characters I write.

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

KF: No, I’m taking a break until mid Sept. I just finished releasing LAKOTA HONOR and am getting ready to release HAZARDOUS UNIONS with author Alison Bruce due out Sept 7th 2013. It is about twin sisters separated by the civil war. Alison writes one sisters story and I the other.                     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?

KF: I’ve written three books, and all have been published with Imajin Books.

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

KF: Adrian Meade says it best, ‘I write because I have to’ Some days it’s fun and others not so much, but writing for me is like breathing…it’s a part of who I am.

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?

KF: On occasion. When I cannot write I research. Since I write historical, research is key, and I always have way more than I need, but reading about the past usually gets my muse going and I can write again.

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

KF: Never give up and learn to take criticism. If you believe in yourself others will too.

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?

KF: Absolutely nothing. I’ve had my fair of rejections while looking for a publisher with my first book, but I wouldn’t change it. I learned from each letter I received. I love that it took me years to get here, and I will always stay humble because of it.

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?

KF: I’d go back and tell Anne Boleyn not to marry King Henry the Eighth.

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?

KF: I’d tell my husband and then probably do the same. I don’t mind conversing with fans, but I hate crowds and for that one reason I’d never walk the red carpet.

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

Favorite Beverage? Coffee
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble bath…even though I know I need to exercise.
Favorite Color? Khaki green
Take out or Dine in? hmmm, a little of both
Camping or Hotel? Camping
Sports or Chocolate? If it’s hockey I’ll take that. I love the game and love watching my sons play
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Favorite Food? Lasagna
Favorite Song? There are too many too choose from
Favorite Movie? Anything Johnny Depp is in.
Favorite Car? Don’t have one.
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Well, then BOTH of course, one before the other usually too. 😉

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?

KF: I’d go to Italy, and tour the whole country with my husband. 

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

LAKOTA HONOR

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http://www.amazon.com/Lakota-Honor-ebook/dp/B00D0S530G

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Today’s Tease…Winslow Eliot

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Winslow Eliot

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Winslow Eliot

Title of the book you are promoting:  The Happiness Cure

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/Happiness-Cure-Winslow-Eliot/dp/1939980011/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1368815285&sr=1-1&keywords=the+happiness+cure

Genre:  Romantic Suspenseful Contemporary

Welcome  WE…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?

WE: A writer!

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

WE: My parents were writers, my grandparents were writers (my grandmother write children’s books that I adored), my great-grandmother was a writer, my sister is a writer … I grew up reading and writing and reading and writing.

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

WE: I had the opposite experience: I was traditionally published by big-name publishers like Signet/NAL and St. Martin’s Press and then I “discovered” Indie Publishing! I have never been happier as a published author than when I went independent!

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?

WE: The joy of independence, control, owning the rights to my books, and investing and profiting from my own writing business outweighs any prestige of being published traditionally, in my opinion.

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?

WE: The writer Graham Greene – and I would not discuss all his former lovers. I’d want his attention focused on moi. 

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 offenders.  Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Which form of media do you think is the worst offender?

WE: My anger is mainly toward the excess of violence in our culture. I find it abhorrent everywhere, but especially in the marketing of children’s video games. Age-appropriate sexual content is fine with me!

LH: I’m a huge softie 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?

WE: World peace would probably do it. 😉

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?

WE: Probably not as important as they used to be – reader reviews are much more interesting to me – but I have to say that the cover to The Happiness Cure is utterly spectacular, and readers have said that they bought it for the title and the cover.

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?

WE: Before I knew how to write I’d fill up dozens of blank notebooks with squiggles and symbols and pretend letters, thinking I was writing! I wish I could make head or tale of them now.

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

WE: Yes, the heart of a character, but I adore a good story, that has you on your toes, but not engagingly and enticingly, not so that you’re holding your breath.

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?

WE: I have an idea for a story and then the characters themselves pretty much take over the writing of it.

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

WE: I just finished The Happiness Cure so I’m catching my breath.

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?         

WE: Written:  hundreds! LOL

Written and published: 5 novels. 5 romances. 5 non-fiction and poetry.

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

WE: Writing is my pleasure, and it is also my business. I do count on it and I couldn’t dream of a more wonderful way to make a living.

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?

WE: I haven’t really had any problems from family or friends. Incredible support – I am very lucky.

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?

WE: My writers block experience was one of the most difficult experiences of my whole life. It was a terrible downward spiral … BUT I overcame it by realizing that everything a writer does and experiences is “writing.” I relaxed my relentless inner pressure to put pen to paper, and instead allowed myself to “live” – even to (gasp!) enjoy life although I hadn’t produced any writing that day. Daydreaming, washing dishes, raising children, loving – it’s ALL writing. I hope I never again experience that pain of imagining I would never write again.

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

WE: It depends. I used to advise “Just do it. Pen to paper. Fingers to keyboard. Ass on chair. Get going.”

Now I’m more prone to advise them to give themselves a break. Be kind to themselves. Listen – enjoy – be alert and attentive to people, nature, books, art … let it feed your soul, and allow the writing to flow from that part of you.

Of course, it depends on the kind of person I’m advising. If you’re a procrastinator that can take over the actual activity of writing.

Perhaps I’d advise a balance. But definitely being kind to yourself. That is so important. Not sloppy, not unprofessional. But kind.

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?

WE: I something think that I really, really, really wish I could go back and change are all the times I hurt someone, even inadvertently. Like not dancing with a boy who liked me or not returning a phone call… It was never out of meanness but sometimes I might have been unkind out of integrity or thoughtlessness. I wish they had never happened.

Thank you for that honest and uplifting interview WE…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Fresh well water (my own)

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bath, every time.

Favorite Color? All of them – I love rainbows

Take out or Dine in? dine in.

Camping or Hotel? Luxury hotel.

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate, champagne, roses.

Dogs or Cats? I have cats, but love them both.

Favorite Food? Dolmades – stuffed grapeleaves.

Favorite Song? Something by Leonard Cohen probably

Favorite Movie? Romancing the Stone (of course)

Favorite Car? Electric Gem.

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

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?

WE: I’ve always wanted to do a retreat in the desert – with no one around, nothing to do, no connection to anyone at all – just stars and sunshine and emptiness. Yes, I think that is what I would do: I’d go to the desert, I’d do ‘nothing,’ and I’d take no one.

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

The Happiness Cure

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Today’s Tease…Jackson Paul Baer

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Jackson Paul Baer

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Jackson Paul Baer

Title of the book you are promoting:  The Earth Bleeds Red

Link to purchase your Book: http://jacksonpaulbaer.com/the-earth-bleeds-red/

Genre:  Literary Suspense

Welcome  JPB..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?

JPB: I always wanted to be a teacher. I actually spent seven years as a youth pastor and am close to finishing my degree to become a high school English teacher now.

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

JPB: Many of my professors inspired me and encouraged me to keep writing. Joyce Carol Oates, Junot Diaz, and Sherman Alexie are my biggest influences.

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

JPB: I signed with Pandamoon Publishing for the release of my debut novel. I’m excited to be working with them and have a lot of respect for all authors, whether they self-publish or go the traditional route.

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?

JPB: I’d invite Tim Tebow and not discuss Christianity.

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?

JPB: I definitely believe there is too much sex in our society but if it didn’t sell, they wouldn’t use it.

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?

JPB: While you could make an argument for world peace, I’d say that solving the world’s hunger problem would be my first change.

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?

JPB: I actually think you can judge a book by its cover. I’m guilty of passing over books when the cover doesn’t grab my attention. Just as important, however, is the title. A book has to have an eye-catching cover and an intriguing title for me to read it.

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?

JPB: I have always wanted to write. I used to write songs all the time and even a little poetry growing up. I started more novels than I can remember as a kid and as a young adult. It wasn’t until this past year, I’m 29 now, that I committed to writing and wouldn’t give it up for anything.

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

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?

JPB: Pretty much the same way though I do write out major points here and there so I don’t forget the thoughts when I have them. Usually, those points change when I actually write the story but they are still helpful for me.

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

JPB: Yes, my first novel, The Earth Bleeds Red, is due out at the end of August (2013). I’m about halfway through my second novel, The Lights Will Never Fade. It’s a literary psychological thriller.

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

JPB: I write for sanity. I absolutely have to tell these stories and I hope that readers will enjoy them and relate to the complex stories inside.

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?

JPB: Honestly, very rarely. When I do get writer’s block, I usually go back and edit and then new ideas pop into my head.

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

JPB: Yes, write. Write everyday no matter how much or how little. Don’t get discouraged by negative people or criticism. Instead, use it to make your writing better and know that the only person that can stop you is 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?

JPB: I would spend more time with my kids. The only thing I can’t get back is time and I’m determined not to waste it.

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?

JPB: I would tell my parents to start something called Google, 25 years ago J

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?

JPB: First, I would tell my wife. I would be incredibly excited but also nervous that the movie wouldn’t truly reflect the novel. Still, I’d love the chance to have my book turned into a movie.

Thank you for the awesome interview JPB…Now…for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Sugar-free orange Rockstar

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise

Favorite Color? Blue

Take out or Dine in? Take out

Camping or Hotel? Hotel

Sports or Chocolate? Sports

Dogs or Cats? Dogs

Favorite Food? Fried Chicken

Favorite Song? Adam’s Song by Blink 182

Favorite Movie? Dumb and Dumber… and With Honors

Favorite Car? 57’ Chevy

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

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?

JPB: My wife and I just celebrated our 10-year anniversary last year and we went to Ireland to celebrate. I want to go back to Ireland with her and stay as long as we possibly could. We married young, I was 19 and she was 22, but 10 years and 4 kids later, we’re still hanging on.

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Jackson Paul Baer’s

 

The Earth Bleeds Red

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Today’s Tease…J.J. DiBenedetto

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease J.J. DiBenedetto

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  J.J. DiBenedetto

Title of the book you are promoting:  Dream Student, Dream Doctor & Dream Child, Dream Family

 Link to purchase your Book: http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Student-Dreams-J-J-DiBenedetto/dp/1482716275/ref=la_B00BW6L9GK_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369230784&sr=1-1

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Genre:  Paranormal Romance/Suspense

Welcome JJD…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?

JJ: An astronaut.  Or Han Solo (who flew in space, so I guess he counts as an astronaut, too)

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

JJ: I’m kind of like you.  I can’t point to any one literary influence.  Although as I read through my writing, I do often see elements of whatever I was reading/obsessed with at the time it was written.

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

JJ: Self-published, hoping to be discovered myself!

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?

JJ: I would love to be published by a traditional publisher and see my books in every bookstore, etc.  Trying to market my books myself is incredibly difficult.  But I do like that I have total control over everything, as well.

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?

JJ: My paternal grandfather, Alfred DiBenedetto.  He died before I was born, and it’s only recently that I even found out what his proper legal name was (although I’m pretty sure it was actually Alfredo rather than Alfred before he came to America).  I’d rather get to know him than meet any famous person.  And I don’t think there’s any topic I would want to be off limits.

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?

JJ: I agree completely.  Sometimes I think that the old Hollywood production code that limited what could be shown actually was a creative benefit rather than a hindrance.  It forced Hollywood to find ways to get ideas across without showing endless parades of nudity or rivers of bloodshed. 

I definitely keep it in mind in my own writing.  The worst violence in my book is off-screen or implied rather than shown.  And the sex that happens is between two loving partners, and is pretty non-explicit.

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?

JJ: I’m along the same lines as you.  I’d say an end to cruelty, not just between one nation and another, but between governments and their people, and between individuals as well.

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?                                 

JJ: I wish they were less important, but I do think that people still place a lot of importance on that first impression.  I love the covers for my books; I had them hand-painted by an artist and I think she did an amazing job.  But some reviewers have said that they gave them the impression that these are children’s books, or otherwise books they wouldn’t pick up off the shelf.  So I can see that the cover is still a big deal.

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?                             

JJ: I have always wanted to write.  The first time I remember really writing fiction was in high school.  I had a (dreadful) story published in the school’s literary magazine.  I kept on writing lots of page 1’s of stuff, but ten or twelve years ago, I finally wrote a novel-length work, which was the first draft of “Dream Student”.  It wasn’t very good, and it sat on my computer until last year.  Then, one of my good friends sold her novel, and that inspired me.  If she could do it, why couldn’t I do it, too?  I went back to that first draft, rewrote it from word one, and before I knew it, it had turned into four books (with a fifth in progress right now).

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

JJ: A lot of different things.  For me the writing style is really important.  There’s no one style that I especially fall for, but it has to make me feel comfortable.  I tend to like stories told in the first person; that helps me identify with the character.

I’m also very plot-driven; I want to know “what happens next”, and sometimes I’ll peek to the end (I’m also a spoiler junkie with my favorite TV shows and movies).

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?

JJ: Sometimes it’s exactly like that for me.  And sometimes it’s just a single idea.  With the Dream books, it was just the concept of, “what if you could see other people’s dreams?” and what kind of problems would that lead to?  That’s how the plot of the first book developed.  Sara is seeing horrible crimes, but she has no physical evidence or even reliable facts she could go to the police with, so she’s basically forced to hunt for the killer herself.

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

JJ: I’m halfway through the fifth book of the Dream series.  Each book has brought a new challenge for Sara, and this one has possibly the toughest one of all – she’s facing someone else who can see dreams just like she can, but this other dreamer isn’t using her power for good, as Sara is…

I’m also working on a adventure/romance/comedy that’s I’d put in the same category as “Romancing the Stone”.

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?            

I’ve written four books so far, all in the Dream series, and they’re all published and available now.

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

JJ: I’d love the riches, but I wrote first of all just to get the stories out of my head.  The characters took on a life of their own and pretty much demanded I keep writing about them.

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?

JJ: I haven’t had any problems from family or friends; they’ve all been very supportive (fingers crossed that it stays that way!)

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?

JJ: I’ve had it for a few days at a stretch.  I didn’t do anything special to overcome it, it just passed on its own.

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

JJ: Sure!  First, just do it.  Write.  Don’t think about writing, or plan to write.  Just write.  Second, be patient.  As I’ve been reminded every day since my self-publishing adventure began, “it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

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?

JJ: If I could figure out the one thing to change so that I’d be less shy and often terrified in social situations, I’d change whatever that thing was.  But I doubt there is one thing that would do it.

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?

JJ: Mine would be a lot more personal.  I’d go back and tell my father to never have that first drink.

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?

JJ: I’d be thrilled beyond words.  I would tell my wife first.  And then I’d call my friend who’s an intellectual property lawyer and get his advice.

Thank you for that honest and sweet interview JJ….Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? RC Cola

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble Bath!

Favorite Color? Green

Take out or Dine in? Take out…I could go for a nice portion of chicken tikka masala right now…

Camping or Hotel? Hotel.  Why would you ever camp?

Sports or Chocolate? Watching sports, if it’s the Giants and they’re winning, I’d take that over chocolate.

Dogs or Cats? I love them both.  Right now I’m a cat person, or more accurately, a cat-owned person.

Favorite Food? Fondue.

Favorite Song? Steppin’ Out by Joe Jackson

Favorite Movie? Almost Famous

Favorite Car? Doc Brown’s DeLorean

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 One, then the other (not saying which order!)

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?

I’m going to have to give you the honest but boring answer.  I’d take my wife to Paris.  I’ve been there and loved it utterly, and she’s never been.  She loves art and studied art history, so I’d take her to the Louvre and the Orsay and probably visit Versailles.  We’d go to the opera, and go to Mass at Norte Dame, and walk along the Seine at all hours of the day and night.

Thank you for spending this time with us! Make sure to pick up your copy of J.J. DiBenedetto’s works

Dream Student, Dream Doctor & Dream Child & Dream Family

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