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Monday, October 3, 2011

Author Spotlight with Terry Lloyd Vinson

Terry Lloyd Vinson

 Up close and Personal
1. What inspires you as a writer?  Everyday life-people I’ve known and experiences I’ve had.  Also, I’d have to say fellow authors and their works.  Sometimes, a complete novel begins with nothing more than a simple notion; a vague idea that blooms into a 90,000+word brain-flush. 
2.  When did you have that ah ha moment when you knew you were a writer? Not really sure I’ve experienced such a single moment of clarity.  I have to work at it.  There are days when every sentence, every written word, is a major challenge.  On such occasions, the back-space key is a true godsend.    
3.  What is your writing process? Once I lock in on a specific idea for a novel or short story, I will write a crude outline and do my best to follow it as the actual story-telling process begins.  Invariably I will veer far off-course from what I first intended to write.  As far as output, I try to put down at least 500 words a day if its novel-length.  
4.  Tell us about your favorite character and why you chose to write about them? I would have to say it’s the Benjamin Thomason character from ‘Desolation Island’ and ‘Desolation Outpost’.  He is my foul-mouthed, two-fisted alter-ego-an R-Rated ‘Wolverine’ from the X-Men, you might say.  Gruff, uncompromising and completely Un-politically correct.  Truly, my hero.  Oh, and he digs Asian chicks, like myself.
5.  What are you currently working on? I’m currently on the early edits of a completed novel entitled ‘Iron-Will’, a Sci-fi/mystery with horror undertones.  It involves a futuristic a grouping of over-forty competitors completing in the ultimate endurance race…to the death, of course.  A shock ending ensues.  Good stuff…I hope. 
6.  Any upcoming events? Hopefully some media-related interviews for the release of ‘Sidekicks Incorporated’.
7.  If you could be anyone you like, who would you be?  Abe Lincoln, vampire hunter.
8.  Do you have any advice for new writers and something that a seasoned vet can learn?  For newbies, it’s easy: the more you read, the better you write.  The more you write, the better the work.  For vets, I’d say to occasionally branch out into a genre you’ve never before attempted.  It refreshes the batteries.  I’ve done westerns, Sci-fi, suspense, and all-out horror.  I’ve even written several comedic short-stories. 
9.   Where can your followers find you?  My main lair is at www.authorsden.com/terrylvinson.  My personal site is entitled ‘Graven Imagery’ and can be perused at http://tvzoner.tripod.com. 
10.              Any last words?  Support your local authors…computers, printers and keyboards have to eat too, and I personally will ‘write for food’ if need be. 

Drafted at the tender age of fifteen to participate in a secretive military training program, Jake Weber is soon thrust into battle in war-torn Vietnam under the codename Kid Rage, fighting alongside future living legend Colonel Liberty, an ultra-patriotic super-soldier fated to be the young warrior’s mentor and crime-fighting partner for the next decade-plus.

Flash-forward nearly forty years, as a tabloid news crew travels to a remote, desolate island in the pacific in order to interview the reclusive, long-retired Weber concerning a series of brutal, sadistic killings that have recently rocked the superhero universe, the aged victims all past alumni of an eighties super-group known as ‘Sidekicks Incorporated’ and all former teammates of the man once known as Kid Rage.   
As stories of both past heroics and tragic failures are regaled in painstaking detail, a backdrop of building fear and unease soon emerges as a tangible entity whose lone agenda is the ultimate in final retribution.

Retribution to be extracted for a quarter-century old deed so despicable it serves to blur the fine line separating good from evil; teammate from enemy; hero from villain.

Long before the sun’s inevitable descent below the Pacific’s vast, swaying horizon, the mystery of exactly who survives the bloody carnage of a tabloid TV dream project gone horribly wrong will indeed be solved, though doubts concerning the validity of good truly triumphing over evil may forever linger…

GP: Okay so I went and downloaded this title. So far so good. A real page turner. I love the whole interview process. 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Author Spotlight-BK Walker

BK Walker currently lives in Central Pennsylvania with her three children, Brittney, Hunter and Danny, her dogs Rancid, Sadie and Haven, a cat named Whiskers and a goldfish named Fat Albert. She has always had a love for reading and writing, even as a child she created stories reading them to her stuffed animals. With a love for vampires and werewolves, you will not be disappointed with her writing as she mixes up the paranormal juice. Aside from writing, BK also supports Indie Authors organizing virtual book tours, helping them to market and promote their work. Her book review site, BWB Reviews, is just another small way she contributes to the reading world. With many stories floating around in her head, she writes when she gets the time between working as a Pediatric Home Care Nurse, being a single mother, and continuing her college education in Graphic Art Design. When BK's not fighting with her muse, Mouthy Mary, who has much to say way too often, you will find her at a baseball game with her children, or relaxing with a good book in her hand.

1. What inspires you as a writer?

Everything. I can get ideas from a conversation with a friend, sitting at a red light and looking at my surroundings, from TV, and from my dreams. Inspiration is all around us, we just need to grasp it and run with it.

2.     When did you have that ah ha moment when you knew you were a writer?

I'm not sure I've ever had that "ah ha" moment. There are days when I still don't consider myself a writer, just a good story teller. I'm still learning new things everyday, and maybe one day I will consider myself in that term, and it will hit home that I am a writer.

GP: BK, I have seen your work, believe me you Are a writer!

3.     What is your writing process? 

Man, my writing process is crazy. There are times when I write as a panster, other times I have to develop each character by conducting an interview, and plan out the plot with sticky notes on a poster board so I know where the story is going. It really depends on my muse, and the characters. Many times the scene will come to me in my dreams and I will need to get up and type it all out right away so I don't lose the feel of it. All in all though, I don't really have a set writing process.

4.     Tell us about your favorite character and why you chose to write about them?

Wow....I'd have to say that right now Keara is my favorite character. She's strong, and going through so much. She thought her life was perfect and well planned, but when her parents die and she starts experiencing things within her, and meeting new people that are trying to help her, she quickly learns that life is never what we expect it to be. Keara is a fun character to write because she goes through so many changes. As she learns more about herself, I learn too and the writing for her becomes fun and entertaining.

5.     What are you currently working on?

I'm finishing up the final touches on Broken Captive, about a girl who is broken by abuse and help captive by self inflicted pain. Serpent Seekers is in its beginning stages as well, another paranormal romance.

6.     Any upcoming events?

Romancing Your Dark Side tour will run until October 31. We have a couple of Live Author Chats and Live Book Signing events, just check the schedule for those at www.vbtcafe.com

7.     If you could be anyone you like, who would you be?

Hmmm. Now that is a loaded question. I don't really think I'd like to be anyone else other than me. There are many people I'd like to get inside their heads to see how their thought processes work, but I'm happy being me.

8.     Do you have any advice for new writers and something that a seasoned vet can learn?

For new writers - Don't ever let anyone tell you that you're crazy and it can't be done. If you can tell a good story, you can write a book. For seasoned vets - I think we all pretty much learned it and continue learning everyday. Always reach for your dreams.

9.     Where can your followers find you?

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1831525609
Twitter - www.twitter.com/bk36
Immorality and Beyond - www.immortylcafe.com
Virtual Book Tour Cafe - www.virtualbooktourcafe.com
Blog - authorbkwalker.blogspot.com

10.   Any last words?
Dream a dream and reach for the skies!

 Thank your for stopping by BK Walker.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Golden Literary Circle is going to Baltimore

Tiffany A. Flowers

For those who Stare at the Moon
Patterns are Everywhere

Omegia Keeys

Passionate Playmates
Can You Keep a Secret
Rise and Fall of a Track Star