Friday, June 17, 2016

S.D. Skye's Hell or High Water 365 Day Blogathon Post 214 -- Author John H. Gibson





Please welcome today…

John H. Gibson          


Tell us about your journey to become a published author?

During my formative years the television and movies were alive with spies and espionage and political intrigue, real and imagined. And then Watergate happened and I was completely and hopelessly stuck. Everyday after school, while my buddies were out playing basketball, I sat at the television, enthralled by the entire Break-in scandal. And I began to read thrillers that dealt with politics because of Watergate, and I was completely lost to reading thrillers. I read other good stuff, Harold Robbins, Sidney Sheldon, but nothing touched me the way that political thrillers did. Nothing has changed.

Tell us about your latest release.

TRACK THREE is about a top-rated investigative journalist, Elliott Lawder, and Katherine Lambert, a street-wise black British street urchin, that are thrown together by the untimely death of an NSA Systems Analyst. The story moves at break-neck speed from Washington to London to Brussels to The Netherlands as the two attempt to discover the answer to why every US Security Agency, including the NSA and the CIA, are trying to kill them.    

Give five words that best describe this book. What message do you hope readers get?           

Politics, suspense, thrills, mystery and family.

That lead characters in thrillers don't always have to be perfect. My lead(s) have a lot of problems, but they succeed n spite of those flaws.

Give us one or two of your favorite lines from this book.

This is the very first line in the book:

“. . . a shooting . . . ? a stabbing . . . ? a drowning . . . ?"      

Tell us about your writing space and your daily routine.

Not sure if this is unusual or not, but I write my first draft long-hand, laying on the carpet in my living-room; that long-hand copy is then transferred to a Word document at my desk in my home office.  That process is repeated for any subsequent edits following the first draft.

When I'm in writing mode, I write every day; Saturday and Sunday included. I don't have a scheduled time per day to write; I begin when I feel like it and then write until I'm tired. When I am in the mode I do very little other writing-related activities - marketing, blogging, etc.

What’s one of your favorite reviews/comments you’ve ever received about your writing (on this book or any other)? Who did it come from and how did it impact you?

Let me first say, that I appreciate any and all of my reviews. However, there are two that hold special significance. The first is from a friend and colleague, Dr. Fred Johnson. His review was impactful because Dr. Johnson I knew to be a fair but forthright person and would render a truthful review, whether favorable or not (it was a 5 star review). The second was from Night Owl Reviews. And it was important because this review was from a professional review site that was totally unbiased and selected my novel, TRACK THREE, as a Top Pick.       

What’s your biggest struggle as a writer (or what was your worst critique)? And how do/did you handle it?

My biggest struggle, like nearly all other not-yet bestselling writers, is marketing. I'm a writer, not a salesman, and marketing, for me, is a major struggle.        

What is the high point of your career, so far?

So far - getting published.   

What was the low point of your career? And how did you handle it?

Being rejected by a specific agent. She was very well known and very important in the agenting world; the sort of agent that could change your life if they accepted you as a client. We had developed a fairly cordial relationship, I was confident that she was impressed with my writing (she had said as much - I know, I know, they all say that, but she asked 3 times for my work), but rejected me because I sent the manuscript, for the second time, (a miscommunication) in the wrong format. I was devastated. That devastation remains.     

One reason for the rejection from the aforementioned agent was that I submitted to her both a novel and screenplay of the same project (I believe the main source of our miscommunication). In doing research on writing a screenplay, I read ADVENTURES IN THE SCREEN TRADE, by William Goldman. Not just a great book on the screen trade but a great read on its own. Highly recommended.    I am currently writing a novel that is a small departure from TRACK THREE and my first thriller, DUMMY. It is a sort of thriller/family saga hybrid. If it lives up to the images in my head it will be a very good book. I hope so.    

What’s your favorite book on the writing craft or your favorite piece of advice to writers?
Again, ADVENTURES IN THE SCREEN TRADE, by William Goldman. Highly recommended.   

To visit John online, go to...

Oaktree Press
http://oaktreebooks.com/Bookstore/Track%20Three.html

Goodreads giveaway:

Amazon Author Central

And to buy John’s books, check out…

Oaktree Press
http://oaktreebooks.com/Bookstore/Track%20Three.html

Barnes & Noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/track-three-john-h-gibson/1123184367?ean=2940158046896

Kindle
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019WT99T2?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

eBookBump
http://ebookbump.com/2016/01/27/track-three/

Audible:

http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Track-Three-Audiobook/B00U6HQ0BA/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srImg?qid=1454789481&sr=1-1

Thanks so much for joining us today! It was great having you. Come back when you release your next book!     

If you're an author and would like your thriller, mystery, romantic suspense, or suspense novel featured, please fill out the interview at: 


Friday, April 29, 2016

S.D. Skye's Hell or High Water 365 Day Blogathon Post 213 -- Author F. M. Meredith

Fiction Friday




Please welcome today... 

F.M. Meredith

Tell us about your journey to become a published author?

I've written since I could--probably began around 10 years old. Though I knew I wanted to be an author all my life, I didn't get serious about sending manuscripts to publishers until I was a grandmother. (I'd made some failed attempts much earlier, but rejections discouraged me.) My first and second books to be published were historical family sagas based on my own family genealogy, Next one after that was a mystery--and though I've written in other genres (horror of one sort or another), I've settled down quite happily with mysteries.

What sparked the idea for this series?


My Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series came about because of my son-in-law who was a police officer. He came to my house every day after his graveyard shift for coffee and told me what he'd done on the job. We also had many police officers and their families living in our neighborhood. I observed how the job influenced the families and what was going on in the family influenced the job. Besides the mystery, I  include aspects of the officers' personal lives. 

Tell us about your latest release.

A Crushing Death focuses on a religious cult, a horrifying accusation, and a criminal seeking revenge on RBPD's new police chief, and how her department protects her.

Give five words that best describe this book. What message do you hope readers get?

Murder, suspense, beach, police, family
How important family and friends can be in police work.          

Give us one or two of your favorite lines from this book.

It never failed. On a holiday or a scheduled day off, or right in the middle of a great night’s sleep, the phone rang, like it just did.

Without opening his eyes, Detective Doug Milligan reached for his phone and answered. “Milligan.”

Tell us about your writing space and your daily routine.

My office is never tidy. Around me and my computer are many books and ongoing notes concerning the manuscript I'm working on. I have a view of the foothills and mountains beyond from the window by my desk.

I try to write at least 5 days a week, and mostly in the early morning.  If things are going well, I may write any time that the thoughts are tumbling out. When I'm no actually writing, I do think about my work-in-progress and new ideas pop into my mind.

What’s one of your favorite reviews/comments you’ve ever received about your writing (on this book or any other)? Who did it come from and how did it impact you?

J. Michael Orenduff, author of the award-winning Pot Thief murder mysteries.

“F. M. Meredith’s has done it again, produced another immensely satisfying episode in her Rocky Bluff Police Department murder mystery series. Think Ed McBain’s 87th precinct series mellowed out in a California beach town. Dangerous Impulses, the eighth (?) book in the series, finds Gordon Butler orienting a new officer, the drop-dead beautiful Lizette Gibbs, and fans of the series immediately know the loveable but somewhat hapless Butler is going to fall hard…
“Meredith is the reigning master of ‘cop life’ stories dealing with how work and family push and pull on the psyches of officers. …Meredith weaves the personal and the professional into a story so seamless that we come to believe the people we are reading about are real.”
"With its terse prose, ingenious plot, heart -warming moments, suspense and satisfying wrap-up, Dangerous Impulses will keep Meredith’s fans happy and win her many new ones."
Because I love Orenduff's series, I'm thrilled he likes mine. I also like the fact he really understands what I've tried to do with this series.
What’s your biggest struggle as a writer (or what was your worst critique)? And how do/did you handle it?

Finding the time to promote as well as write is always a struggle. I try to write first--but sometimes, like when I'm doing a blog tour, the promotion must come first.

When I do get an unfavorable review, I don't dwell on it. The many good ones far outweigh any bad ones.          

What is the high point of your career, so far?

Anytime a reader lets me know that they've enjoyed a book, that's enough for me. I write because I have to, yes, that's true, and it's great to know that others are reading and enjoying what I've written. I've won a couple of awards, and of course that was exciting, but still readers' compliments are worth far more to me.    
What was the low point of your career? And how did you handle it?

When one of my publishers, who'd become a close friend, died. That was hard. I found a new publisher as soon as possible. I've had publishers who turned out to be crooks and a couple who decided not be publishers anymore, but the death of a friend was the most difficult.  

Give us the name of a recent book you’ve read that you would highly recommend to readers.

I absolutely loved Ordinary Grace by Wm. Kent Krueger. I enjoy his mystery series too, but this stand-alone was unique.         

What’s next on your writing journey?

Because I write two series a year, I'm usually promoting one while writing and editing the other. Keeps me busy--or as the saying goes, out of mischief.

What’s your favorite book on the writing craft or your favorite piece of advice to writers?

I have a collection of books on the writing craft. For new writers, be sure to read books in the genre you plan to write, and then write, write as much as possible.

Where can we find you online?

Webpage: http://fictionforyou.com
Face book: https:facebook.com.marilynmeredith
Twitter: http:twitter.com.marilynmeredith
Blog: http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com
Goodreads: http://goodreads. com/marilynmeredith"   

And where can we find your books online?

Here's the link for the first in the series:
And the one before the newest, Violent Departures: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00URUJAUE

Thanks so much for joining us today! It was great having you. Come back when you release your next book!    

If you're an author and would like your thriller, mystery, romantic suspense, or suspense novel featured, please fill out the interview at:



Friday, April 8, 2016

S.D. Skye's Hell or High Water Blogathon - Post 212 -- Author Nina Sadowsky

Fiction Friday--Featured Author






Please welcome today... 


Nina Sadowsky


Tell us about your journey to become a published author?

I came at writing a novel all backwards after a career as an entertainment lawyer, movie producer, film executive, screenwriter and film professor.  I wrote JUST FALL purely to reverse my eroding love for the craft of writing and have been thrilled with the book's reception. It will be released on March 22, 2016 by Ballantine Random House and rights have already been sold in Germany, Spain, Japan, France, Italy, Serbia and Turkey. I am currently writing a second thriller for Ballantine/Random House, THE BURIAL SOCIETY.          

Tell us about your latest release.

JUST FALL, my debut, is an exploration of the perils and pleasures of intimacy wrapped in a pulp

fiction, a lurid fever dream. Told in alternating chapters entitled "NOW," and "THEN," the novel takes the reader through a pulse pounding series of murders and other crimes on the tropical island of St. Lucia, while also diving into the anguished pasts of its major characters.

Give five words that best describe this book. What message do you hope readers get?

"Fast-paced. Sexy. Provocative. Chilling. Romantic.

I hope readers understand the book is an operatic metaphor for what we all experience as we fall in love and reveal ourselves to our beloved, and vice versa.  The books asks the reader to identify with two damaged people who only disclose their dark truths and ugly sides to one another after they have gotten married. Can they love one another? Redeem one another? Can any of us?

Give us one or two of your favorite lines from this book.   

Death. It follows her, swallows her, spits her out on the other side. Leaves her chewed and broken. And then circles back for another vicious bite.           

Tell us about your writing space and your daily routine.

My writing space is in a converted garage in my family's home (my desk shares space with exercise equipment and large scale telescopes). It's not beautiful (although I have hung a lot of art, both my own and others, on the concrete walls) and its not private, but once I am in the groove and the writing is going well, I could be anywhere.   

What’s one of your favorite reviews/comments you’ve ever received about your writing (on this book or any other)? Who did it come from and how did it impact you?

"What a terrific novel! JUST FALL arrived in the mail this morning and I read the book at one sitting, which I haven't done in years.  Nina Sadowsky’s premise is original. her voice is clear, her storytelling skills are remarkable, and her pacing is perfect.  I may have to sit down and read this one again."  Sue Grafton

The above advance quote supplied to my publisher was obviously a thrill. Grafton was the first writer not known to me personally who read the book and there is nothing not to love about her reaction!

What’s your biggest struggle as a writer (or what was your worst critique)? And how do/did you handle it?
           
My biggest struggle as a writer was learning how to speak in my own pure voice after a career that mostly saw me play the role of creative mediator to collaborators. I was used to, and invested in, my self-image as a peace broker and I had to learn to let go of that. I liken it to learning how to howl.           

What is the high point of your career, so far?

Publishing this book is the best thing that has ever happened to me!  I'm unabashedly thrilled and feel very humbled and grateful. I have done many things in my life including running companies and producing movies, but this process has been the most fun and the most exciting of them all.

What was the low point of your career? And how did you handle it?

The lowest point of my career was during and immediately after the 2008 Writers Guild Strike. At that time, I was newly divorced, paying alimony to my ex and supporting two small children. I had switched to screenwriting from the business side of the film industry just two years before and while I had been doing well up until that point, the strike completely upended me. It also forced me to think flexibly and creatively about my future career path. It was then that I joined USC's School of Cinematic Arts as an adjunct professor. It was also at that time that I put writing a novel on my bucket list.     

Give us the name of a recent book you’ve read that you would highly recommend to readers.

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen     I am writing a second thriller for Ballantine/Random House entitled, THE BURIAL SOCIETY.  It is a very different book from JUST FALL, but I think very much the same voice.      

What’s your favorite book on the writing craft or your favorite piece of advice to writers?

I love Stephen King's "ON WRITING." It's intensely personal about his journey to becoming a writer in part one, offers immensely practical advice in part two, and was the book he was writing when struck by a van and hospitalized, so part three perversely becomes like one of his novels.      
 
You can find Nina online at…
  
https://twitter.com/sadowsky_nina
https://www.facebook.com/nina.sadowsky

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25739093-just-fall?from_search=true&search_version=service
www.ninarsadowsky.com     

And pick up her book at…

Amazon:
http://links.penguinrandomhouse.com/type/affiliate/isbn/9780553394856/siteID/8001/retailerid/7/trackingcode/randohouseinc12034-20 

Barnes & Noble:
http://links.penguinrandomhouse.com/type/affiliate/isbn/9780553394856/siteID/8001/retailerid/2/trackingcode/PRH26C0F0B200 

iBooks:
http://links.penguinrandomhouse.com/type/affiliate/isbn/9780553394863/siteID/8001/retailerid/3/trackingcode/PRH26C0F0B200

Indiebound:
http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780553394856?aff=penguinrandom

http://www.randomhousebooks.com/books/246876/?ref=52A15DBDA042&utm_source=Random_House_Group&utm_medium=Other&utm_content=&utm_term=&utm_campaign=Just_Fall_Author_Site
                                                                                                                                               
Thanks so much for joining us today, Nina! It was great having you. Come back when you release your next book!     


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