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Today’s Tease…Adam Knight

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Adam Knight

Your Name:  Adam Knight (Occassionally “Outlaw” Adam Knight)

Profession: Pro Wrestler, Independent Author, Stuntman, Publice Speaker, Smart-Ass

Name of your company: Knightfall Productions Inc

Links to where we can find you:
Twitter – @OutlawAK

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?

AK: An astronaut originally. All things space, fantastical and other worldly have always interested me. Then a Superhero. And then a cowboy.

Now as a Pro Wrestler I tend to be kinda super-heroic in the ring, plus wearing the leather and the hat satisfies the Western idea.

LH: I can remember wanting to be a movie star when I was a little girl, but alas…How did you get into this business?

AK: Writing? Well, I’ve been doing that my whole life. Once you get past the physicality needed in my ringside job, most of what I do there is storytelling as well.
That said, I sort of stumbled into both fields. I was failing at life (#University) as a young man and somewhat directionless when I got involved in the local (#Winnipeg) wrestling circuit. now, 19 years later, i’m still kicking ass and taking names.
As far as trying to show people my written work, it’s only been in the last year that I’ve felt confident enough in the self-publishing industry to even tippy-toe my way into it. So far, it’s been incredibly rewarding.

LH: I’ve heard that modeling/acting/show business is stressful and demanding. How doyou handle the pressure?

AK:I work out and swear a lot.

LH: I detest having my picture taken! What’s the toughest part of getting models/actors to do what you want them to do?

AK: Getting fools to put their egos aside and understand the the entire event / show is about pleasing the paying audience and NOT satisfying their need to feel popular or famous. Once you’ve beaten that into a few skulls, the word tends to trickle down.

LH: I write books and can be found all over the web…Give me a list of your favorite accomplishments.

AK: Nearly 1500 matches as a professional wrestler in Canada, the USA and Japan since 1995.
Best Actor – University of Winnipeg Film Group for “Haven” 2009
Completed and self-published 2 Novels and one novella so far (Check the links peeps).
Debuting in Japan in 2010 for SMASH Pro Wrestling.
So many more …

LH: I’m working on a secret project…Do you have any upcoming projects that you’d care to share?

AK: “Outlaw Justice” – Overdrive Book 2 is a bit behind schedule for it’s Dec 2013 e-Release, but I plan to be as close as possible to XMas to release!
LH: I LOVE to shoot pool to unwind and relieve stress. What do you do to wind down?
AK: Gym. Read. Relax with old friends. And – like any good Canadian boy, watch some hockey.

LH: A long those lines…When I was very young, I worked in the Special Events department at Caesars Tahoe and got to stay after a billiards tournament with Willie Mosconi and Minnesota Fats to knock around a few balls. It was one of my favorite memories from my time there. What is your favorite celebrity story?

AK: When I was just getting started in wrestling I was also just getting started in film work. There was a “TV Movie of The Week” being shot in town and Sean Patrick Flannery (The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, The Boondock Saints) was the star. Anyways, I thought it was hilarious just how much bigger than him I was. And apparently so did he. When we were between takes, he and the others actors were talking about “Turning this into a barroom brawl” and Sean took one look at me and said “I got him, the rest of you guys are on your own.” Good dude.

LH: I have always wanted to start a charity for terminally ill adults. Is there something special that you’ve always wanted to do?

AK: End spousal abuse. Full stop.

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/or violence. Ever feel conflicted and if so why?

AK: I did until I started to believe the people who told me that it was okay to be seen as an object worthy of sex thoughts. It doesn’t happen often, but through 18 years of pro wrestling its hard to avoid a few naughty comments from fans now and again. Whether wrestling, writing or acting I am in the entertainment business and selling an idea to people – if it turns them on, I’m cool with that. When it becomes vulgar, exploitative or abusive is when i take umbrage.

LH: It’s guilty pleasure time! Mine is Grey’s Anatomy. I get mad when the season ends, can’t wait for the new season to begin, will be devastated beyond imagination when it ends and find myself crying at some point in nearly every episode! What one television show is your “guilty pleasure”?

AK: I watch too much TV and am cool with the quality of most shows I enjoy. Though if I had to pick one, it’d probably be “Supernatural.” I avoided it like the plague for years, believing it to be “THe X-Files for teen aged girls”. Turns out I was right, but once I got past that the rock and roll tunes, the humor and the solid storytelling hooked me.

LH: I have things I want the world to know so I write books…Is there anything else you’d like the world to know?

AK: I think the fact that I write at all is scary. It’s completely baring my inner most thoughts and committing them to paper (er, digital bits and bytes) and leaving them out there for people to enjoy / scorn. So please, if you like my work – be vocal, it’s good for my self confidence. If you DON’T like my work – this is a time for quiet inner hatred.

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

Favorite Beverage? – Whisky and Mexican Magic (aka-Corona)

Airplane or Cruise ship? -Airplane. I spend enough time travelling from place to place. Cruise would be nice, but I’d rather get where I’m going.

Favorite Fruit? – Grapes. LOVE grapes.

Meat & Potatoes or Fruits and Veggies? – What, i can’t have it all? I’m a big dude and I eat a ton.

Exercise or Bubble Bath? – Exercise. I am WAY too big for most bathtubs.

Favorite Color? – Blue

Take out or Dine in? – Depends on the day. But take out’s good for giving me more home time with the family, my dogs and watching the game on my big screen TV.

Camping or Hotel? – HOTEL.

Sports or Chocolate? – Sports. I mean, I love chocolate, but I’ll have earned it after playing my sports. You know?

Dogs or Cats? – 2 Dogs. Adorable little fur balls.

Favorite Food? – Burgers.

Favorite Song? – “Sleep When I’m Dead” – Bon Jovi

Favorite Movie? – “Star Wars”

Favorite Car? – I’d kinda like a DeLorean.

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 – (Quirks an eyebrow mysteriously and refuses to answer while smirking slightly.)

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

Cowboy Ending (Book One of Overdrive) 

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and The Book of Korum

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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…Roy Huff

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Roy Huff

Your Name or Pen Name you use: Roy Huff
Title of the book you are promoting: Everville: The First Pillar
Link to purchase your Book: http://www.amazon.com/Everville-First-Pillar-Roy-Huff/dp/0988936402?&linkCode=wey&tag=royhuffsoffib-20
Genre: Young Adult, Epic Fantasy

Welcome RH…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?

RH: I wanted to be a meteorologist.

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

RH: I’ve been influenced by all the scifi and fantasy greats from J.K. Rowling, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and others.

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

RH: I am 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?

RH: It depends on the price point, creative control, and contract details.

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?

RH: I would invite Barack Obama and not discuss politics.

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?

RH: There certainly is a lot of sex and violence in society, but it is difficult to say if that is reflection of society, an influence on society, or a mixture of the two. It certainly would be nice to see options for those who prefer entertainment without innuendo and excessive violence. If I had to say where each were most prevalent, I would say sex in the movies and violence in video games.

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?

RH: That’s hard to say. I think the problems that we have often make us stronger for it. If I could eliminate one thing, it would probably be oppressive governmental regimes that restrict liberty and free expression.

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? 

RH: The cover is still extremely important, and I would say equally important as the editing, the story itself, and goes hand in hand with the marketing of the story. This is the reason that most blockbusters on the big screen are panned by the critics. If the people don’t like what they see, they won’t buy it. You have to sell the story, and the cover makes someone take a closer look.

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?

RH: Writing was never a strong desire, but it was something I felt I could do well, and I occasionally fantasized about writing a book.

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

RH: I like the main plot line. I like to see that plot line maximized.

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?

RH: I generally have a fantasy that lives in my head and I start trying to write it down. The details fill themselves in as I start tying in the plot lines.

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

I am working on my second book, the second in the current series.

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 and published one this year and hoping for the second in late Summer.

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

RH: I write for both, with the expectation that the latter may never come.

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?

RH: My biggest problem is restricting my writing so that it does not offend them. I don’t want to be creatively stifled, but it does feel like that occurs to a certain degree.

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?

RH: Not so much writer’s block as a lack of time to write. Promoting and the daily grind often get in the way of writing.

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

RH: Get a good editor, and never take no for an answer. Be patient, and don’t be afraid to promote yourself in person or through social media.

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?

RH: There are things that I would probably change, but I would likely never share that with anyone. In more general terms, I would probably say that I would take more chances and not let fear stop me from trying something new as it has in a few instances in the past.

LH: If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

RH: I would probably go back and tell the Navy at Pearl Harbor that Japanese were going to attack or the FBI just before 9/11 that we were about to be attacked.

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. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?

RH: I have already been approached, but I can’t go into any further details.

Thanks for that awesome interview RH…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Diet Mountain Dew.
Exercise or Bubble? Hiking.
Favorite Color? Purple
Take out or Dine in? Dine in.
Camping or Hotel? Hotel.
Sports or Chocolate? I’m not a huge fan of either. Individual sports and chocolate are just ok.
Dogs or Cats? Dogs.
Favorite Food? It’s impossible to limit to just one. I love Pizza, Steak & Lobster, Crab Cakes Benedict (that’s Eggs Benedict over crab cakes), Ikura, Mondoo, Gyoza, Mabo Tofu, Japanese and Thai curry, Pho, a good burger, and a lot more!
Favorite Song? It changes from time to time. I like top 40 and classic rock in general. Stairway to Heaven and the latest top 40 infatuation of the moment are a good bet.
Favorite Movie? Groundhog Day.
Favorite Car? I liked my old Lexus ES 330, but I want a black Rolls Royce Phantom with gold rims and a classy interior.

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 No comment.

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?

RH: I would spend a week in space with Stephen Hawking and discuss theoretical physics.

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

Everville: The First Pillar

at

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