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Missy Anne Moore – Author of Missy Anne Moore, Maggie Mae Figures It Out
What is your name, the name of your book? Missy Anne Moore, Maggie Mae Figures It Out
Tell the readers a little bit about yourself. Let them get to know you. I have always loved reading and began my love for writing in high school. I have my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from National University. I love music from the 1960s and enjoys mystery books and movies. I live with my husband, Brian, and my cat, Marmalade, in rural Iowa.
Who published your book and the year? If you are self-published, say that and be proud of it.: Simply Inspired Words Publishing, 2019
What is the reason you wanted to become a writer? To find something inside me and to straighten out my feelings since I was struggling so much.
Are there any authors who influenced you the most? If so, who and why?: Beverly Cleary has captured how feelings don’t always match how we act. Judy Blume explored all those hidden subjects. Even though Carolyn Keene is a pen name and many authors wrote under it, they created a character in Nancy Drew that was so wholesome and capable. I needed that in my broken world.
Who is your target audience? Why? My audience is ten to twelve-year-old girls who enjoy exploring new worlds and who enjoying befriending a main character who is flawed but fun.
Tell the readers what your book is about. It is all right to use your book’s synopsis, but if you make it personable, you are more likely to engage your reader. I set this story in 1945 at the end of World War II. Maggie Mae has lost her mother and her father is a conscientious objector. She has an extended family who keeps her sane. She needs this because her dad suddenly marries a new woman. She conflicts immediately with Evelyn, her new stepmother, and withdraws within herself.
Tell us a little about your protagonist – the main character.: Maggie feels the world upon her shoulders and can’t process her feelings.
Tell us a little about your antagonist in your book. Evelyn, the stepmom, is in her own little world. She is wrapped up in her own children and her new marriage. She is somewhat spoiled and unprepared for someone like Maggie.
What was the most challenging part of writing this book? My husband got sick with a heart condition and I had to stop writing for a time.
Where did you get your inspiration for the plot and the characters of your book? If it is non-fiction, where did your inspiration come from? I got the idea for the setting from a Judy Blume book which was set in 1947 so I knew I wanted to write close to that time. I just brainstormed the plot and did a lot of research to get a feel for the time period.
What would you hope a reader would get by reading your book? To open up and express her feelings. I also hope they find out more about the 1940s.
How do you deal with writer’s block? I haven’t had it yet.
Describe for our readers your routine of writing.: I like to get my laptop out, put on a movie, sit in bed and write.
Please list other books you have published. If this is your first, say it and be proud. This is my first book.
With so much competition and so many books, why should a reader purchase yours over another?: This is a unique time in history and readers will learn about a dysfunctional functional family.
What are your future plans in writing? Do you have something special up your sleeve?: I would love to write a sequel.
KEITH K LONDON, AUTHOR OF “GOING THROUGH”
Absolute Author would like to introduce to our fan base a new author from Tyler, Texas. Mr. Keith London. I am a native of Tyler. After retiring from his job of thirty-two years, he felt led to write his first book. He gave us a wonderful interview below and his book provides a wonderful message for today’s youth.
Tell the readers about yourself. Let them get to know you. This is my first novel. I wrote a short story, and I was encouraged to develop the short story into a novel. My experience along with a lot of research, helped me to complete my first novel.
Who published your book and the year? If you are self-published, say that and be proud of it. I am a self-published author.
What is the reason you wanted to become a writer? I became a writer because I believe I can help young people avoid making life-changing mistakes and live better lifestyles.
Are there any authors who influenced you the most? If so, who and why? Historians, Yosef Ben Jochannan, and Dr. John Henry Clark influenced me the most. I like living a life based on the truth.
Who is your target audience? Why? My target audience is young adults. It is important to make the right choices in the young adult years. Making the right choices leads to a better life as you grow older.
Tell the readers what your book is about. It is all right to use your book’s synopsis, but if you make it personable, you are more likely to engage your reader. My book is about a young man who wanted to be a baller. His love for the streets and influence of reality tv created a fictitious lifestyle that could hurry him to his fate. He was a married man with no sense of responsibility. His wife could no longer tolerate his behavior. She took the kids and left. To his surprise, she stepped out on him and became the queen of nightlife. Missing his family, he decided to man up. He had to change and became the man he was meant to be.
Tell us a little about your protagonist – the main character. He is an early 30’s male who is easily influenced by superficial lifestyles of society. He can’t seem to grow up.
Tell us a little about your antagonist in your book. He wants to be the God Father of the underworld and will kill anyone who tries to stop him from reaching his goal.
What was the most challenging part of writing this book? It was challenging to research and find religious information to guide my characters to their true calling in life.
Where did you get your inspiration for the plot and the characters of your book? If it is non-fiction, where did your inspiration come from? I get my inspiration from watching young African American males and females going to jail, prison and even dying from the negativity that is avoidable.
What would you hope a reader would get by reading your book? I hope the reader will see himself/herself or a relative and redirect his or her course in life to a more positive sustainable lifestyle.
How do you deal with writer’s block? When I stop writing for the night, I leave an open sentence. That gives me a place to start and continue my writing. But I only write when I feel there is something worth writing. I always pray before I write.
Describe for our readers your routine of writing. I am a night person. I start writing at 11:00 p.m. and continue until I am finished for the night.
Please list other books you have published. If this is your first, say it and be proud.: This is my first book and I am happy with the way it turned out.
With so much competition and so many books, why should a reader purchase yours over another?: Even though my book is fiction, it is based on facts that can sustain an improved lifestyle.
What are your future plans in writing? Do you have something special up your sleeve? Keep writing stories that influence positive change. Also, never talk about your plans until those plans are implemented.
What is your link to your author website?: http://www.keithklondon.com
Connect to the author on Facebook.: http://facebook.com/atodaystorypublishing company,llc
Author – Deb Rhodes
What is your name, the name of your book? Brightwood Street Chronicles by Deb Rhodes
Tell the readers a little bit about yourself. Let them get to know you. I’m a nana who has been writing since I was seven years old.
Who published your book and the year? If you are self-published, say that and be proud of it. I self-published it in 2018.
What is the reason you wanted to become a writer? I wrote my first short story at the age of seven in an attempt to process my parents’ divorce.
Are there any authors who influenced you the most? If so, who and why?: Beverly Cleary, Laura Ingalls Wilder
Who is your target audience? Why? Women who are sexual abuse survivors. I write about my own experiences with this type of abuse as a means of speaking my truth and encouraging my fellow survivors to do the same.
Tell the readers what your book is about. It is all right to use your book’s synopsis, but if you make it personable, you are more likely to engage your reader. This book is a collection of poems I wrote describing the many facets of the abuse I endured as a child, and how it influenced my daily life.
Tell us a little about your protagonist – the main character. That would be me. I’m a writer, a dreamer, mother of five and nana to seven (and just recently I’ve gained a great-grandson.)
Tell us a little about your antagonist in your book. My stepfather was my abuser.
What was the most challenging part of writing this book? Writing my truth without becoming melodramatic or self-pitying.
Where did you get your inspiration for the plot and the characters of your book? If it is non-fiction, where did your inspiration come from? I first felt the urge to write at the age of seven, months before my stepdad began to abuse me. As the years have gone by I’ve longed to give myself a voice, something I was robbed of during those years. And I’ve known and read about many women who have had their own similar struggles and have been inspired by their determination to get beyond mere survival. So that was a driving factor in my growing desire to share my truth.
What would you hope a reader would get by reading your book? For the reader who hasn’t experienced childhood abuse, I would hope there would be a new perception of what it is like to grow up in such a violent household. Perhaps in understanding compassion can grow for all those who, like me, struggle to live in the aftermath of sexual terrorism. And for my readers who have suffered the same, I give my own account of my sufferings as a way of saying, you too have a voice. As a child, you didn’t but as an adult, you can speak out against the darkness and depravity.
How do you deal with writer’s block? I find some other creative outlet until I’m able to write again. I struggle to write about my childhood because I was always being threatened to not tell. So writer’s block when dealing with this subject has been quite a challenge.
Describe for our readers your routine of writing. I don’t have a particular routine, I don’t think I could stick to one very well.
Please list other books you have published. If this is your first, say it and be proud.: I published an earlier version of this book of poetry about eight years ago.
With so much competition and so many books, why should a reader purchase yours over another? My poems won’t appeal to just anyone. But for someone who is struggling to process their own childhood abuse my poems might be a step in the direction towards growth and healing.
What are your future plans in writing? Do you have something special up your sleeve?: I’m working on my memoir and I have three novels in the works.
Do you have a book trailer?: No
What is the link to your book’s website?: http://squeakydryer.wordpress.com/
What is your link to your author website? http://www.debrhodes.com/
Connect to the author on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/writingtheworlddown/
Where can our readers purchase your book?: https://www.amazon.com/Brightwood-Street-Chronicles-revised-Rhodes/
Author – Sheryl Grace
Sheryl Grace is a native of St. Gabriel, Louisiana who currently resides in North Texas. Sheryl fuses her life experiences and mental health background with her imagination to create relatable and unforgettable characters. She is also a mental health advocate, speaker, and host of the award-winning internet radio show, “The Authors Lounge.”
What is your name, the name of your book, the genre, and if it is fiction or non-fiction? Sheryl Grace, Latest release- King, Duke, and Prince, and falls into the genre of contemporary fiction.
Tell the readers a little bit about yourself. Let them get to know you. I am a contemporary fiction author of two books. Additionally, I educate the community on mental health concerns. I also host an award-winning radio show, “The Authors Lounge”
Who published your book and the year. If you are self-published, say that and be proud of it. I am a self-published author.
What is the reason you wanted to become a writer? It was birthed in me since my teen years and never went away. I wanted to become a writer to introduce the world to different characters and situations
Are there any authors who influenced you the most? If so, who and why? Yes, there are many including Carl Weber, Maya Angelou, Kimberla Lawson-Roby, Mary B. Monroe and BeBe Moore-Campbell
Who is your target audience? Why? Women and Men, 18 and up,
Tell the readers what your book is about. It is all right to use your book’s synopsis, but if you make it personable, you are more likely to engage your reader.: King, Duke, and Prince are about three half-brothers who share the same father. The Brothers are forced to navigate their way to manhood without a father while dealing with the questionable choices of their mothers. Their father has not been in their lives due to being in prison. Unbeknownst to them, their father was released early and has reinvented himself as the best selling author and motivational speaker with a new family.
Tell us a little about your protagonist – the main character. King relies on his looks, charm, and sexual prowess as he methodically plans to find the next successful woman to support him.
Tell us a little about your antagonist in your book. His antagonist is internal as he begins to face consequences for not taking personal responsibility for life.
What was the most challenging part of writing this book? Making sure the story flowed well among the different characters and making sure I was authentic in developing the personalities of each of the three brothers.
Where did you get your inspiration for the plot and the characters of your book if it is fiction? If it is non-fiction, where did your inspiration come from? I was inspired by watching self-help “gurus” and wondering what would happen if their public persona was totally fake.
What would you hope a reader would get by reading your book? I hope they would connect with the personal struggles of each character. I also deal with male emotions in this book that I hope will resonate with readers.
How do you deal with writer’s block? It’s hard!! But I try to first identify the distraction that is causing the block. Sometimes, you need to change writing locations in order to refocus and get back in the writing zone.
Describe for our readers your routine of writing. I don’t really have a set routine. I began by developing an outline and character profiles that will refer to as I write. I determine how much time to devote to writing each week.
Please list other books you have published. If this is your first, say it and be proud. My first novel is “He Calls Her Blue”
With so much competition and so many books, why should a reader purchase yours over another? I believe my books address taboo subjects like mental illness, trauma, and dysfunctional family dynamics in a thought-provoking manner that lingers with the reader. Others may write about similar topics but, not the way that I do it.
What are your future plans in writing? Do you have something special up your sleeve? My next book will be a historical picture book for youth. This project is extremely special because it’s based on the life of my grandmother.
Do you have a book trailer?: Working on it
Connect to the author on Facebook.: https://m.facebook.com/Sgraceauthor/
Amara L. Russell – Author Interview
What is your name, the name of your book, the genre and if it is fiction or non-fiction?: My name is Amara L. Russell, the title of my Novel is, A Rare Diamond, which is an Inspirational Fiction book.
Tell the readers a little bit about yourself. Let them get to know you.: I currently attend Full Sail University, pursuing my BFA in Creative Writing. I am recently engaged to a great guy, I have two beautiful children, that I am so proud of, and an amazing and very smart grandson. I have one sibling, she never seems to amaze me, and two beautiful nieces, and a handsome nephew. I absolutely love spending time with family, sharing in laughter, fun, and creating new memories. My hobbies include writing, cooking, and watching movies. I am also fascinated by unique and creative artwork, I love distinctive pieces. I wear my heart on my sleeve and I am a sucker for true love and romance. I absolutely love treating myself to “Spa Day”, it’s my way of exhaling…
Who published your book and the year. If you are self-published, say that and be proud of it.: My Novel was published by, Palmetto Publishing Group, out of South Carolina, in 2016.
What is the reason you wanted to become a writer?: Writing is my passion, I have been writing since the age of ten. It is who I am, It’s what I do. I love creating characters that my readers can relate to and developing storylines that leave lasting impressions
Are there any authors who influenced you the most? If so, who and why?: Yes, two of my favorite authors are, Kimberla Lawson Roby and Eric Jerome Dickey, why because their books are real. I am intrigued by their style of writing, their characters are relatable and their books always leave me wanting more.
Who is your target audience? Why?: My target audience is women, young and old. Why, because they will see themselves in my books and be inspired!
Tell the readers what your book is about. It is all right to use your book’s synopsis, but if you make it personable, you are more likely to engage your reader. A Rare Diamond is a life-changing and fulfilling read and is for anyone who needs the motivation to break through life’s setbacks and sadness to the other side—where it’s possible to discover how to truly connect with life’s experiences. Readers will meet Celeste, the novel’s startling wise, kind, smart, and inspirational main character, and will follow along with her as she navigates the ins and outs of growing up, all while her faith is tested through many challenges, pain, and suffering. Having lost her mother at the age of five, Celeste was raised by her father and three older brothers. Like many of us, Celeste suffers setbacks—tragedy, broken friendships, and discovering true love, to name a few—yet she learns from her mistakes and always overcomes, as she takes on life by being the light to those around her.
Tell us a little about your protagonist – the main character. OMG…my Protagonist, Celeste, readers will fall in love with her. She’s a Millennial, driven, filled with ambition and very inspirational. She speaks her mind. Her heart is filled with so much love. Readers will laugh with her, cry with her, and most definitely be inspired by her.
Tell us a little about your antagonist in your book.: My Antagonist, Michael, is selfish and very arrogant. He’s a womanizer and will do whatever it takes to get what he wants. He wants Celeste!
What was the most challenging part of writing this book?: The most challenging part was writing the beginning and chapter seven. It was hard having Celeste lose her mom, that tore me apart. Having lost my Mom three years ago, allowed me to go back and rewrite that storyline, as I was then able to relate to my character. And chapter seven, I still cry… going through the motions and having to feel her pain in order to bring that experience of being raped to life was hard. That chapter broke me down. And editing, I hate having to edit my own work.
Where did you get your inspiration for the plot and the characters of your book if it is fiction? If it is non-fiction, where did your inspiration come from? My inspiration to write this novel came from life itself, bits and pieces of my life are in the book, and also just from observing and watching those around me. I wanted to write something that women, of all ages, could relate to and be inspired by
What would you hope a reader would get by reading your book? I hope my readers will be inspired to follow their dreams or learn something from the lessons in the book and turn their lives around for the better.
How do you deal with writer’s block? I pray!
Describe for our readers your routine of writing. I create an outline for all my characters. I brainstorm and research different settings and locations. I’m always taking notes. Then, I just allow my creativity to flow. I don’t concern myself with grammar, punctuation, or spelling at first, because, If I stopped to correct every error I would never finish. My goal is to always just get it all out. Once completed, I do a brief edit searching for errors, then I send it off to my beta readers to proofread before submitting to my Editor.
Please list other books you have published. If this is your first, say it and be proud.: I published a Trilogy to A Rare Diamond, Book I Shattered Dreams, Book II California Love, and Book III Faith Family Love, and I published a devotional, titled, Nspired.
With so much competition and so many books, why should a reader purchase yours over another?: They will connect with my heart.
What are your future plans in writing? Do you have something special up your sleeve.: Hmmm… absolutely! I’m always working on something. 🙂 Currently in the works, is my book for couples on relationships, Faith, Wine….and Patience. I’m also putting the finishing touches on my children’s book, Precious Stones.
ELIZABETH BROMKE – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
What is your name, the name of your book, the genre and if it is fiction or non-fiction?
My name is Elizabeth Bromke, and I just released Christmas on Maplewood Mountain a fictional holiday romance.
Tell the readers a little bit about yourself. Let them get to know you.: I am a mother and wife and a teacher of ten years.
I have written stories since I was a child, but I finally took the plunge to start working on publishing this fall. I enjoy baking, movies, family time, and (of course) reading!
Who published your book and the year. If you are self-published, say that and be proud of it.
I self-published this title in November 2018.
What is the reason you wanted to become a writer?
I have always loved writing, probably because of how much I love reading. I really started dedicating myself to the craft when I noticed that, simply put, it gave me a spark! An added happiness.
Are there any authors who influenced you the most? If so, who and why?
I would say that Beverly Cleary, Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, and Mitch Albom were influential for me. I love reading their books so much, that I wanted to do what they do!
Who is your target audience? Why?
Women ages 20-199 who love happy endings
Tell the readers what your book is about. It is all right to use your book’s synopsis, but if you make it personable, you are more likely to engage your reader.
It’s December, and Mary Delaney has little to show for her tenth year at Wood Smoke Lodge. Her business has been steadily dwindling. Her relationship prospects, too. But, her sister, Anna, has an idea that just could change Mary’s luck. Unfortunately, their own sisterhood might be working against them. Worst of all, it’s all coming to a head during the holidays, making Mary feel lonelier than ever. Meanwhile, Kurt Cutler is living the high life in the tech world. Fresh on the heels of wild success in the uncharted world of cryptocurrency, he looks for a way to ensure his young company doesn’t lose its grip. When his right-hand woman suggests a get-away at her sister’s snowy mountain retreat, he jumps on the opportunity to unplug and unwind. If Mary’s sister, Anna, can back off, Mary has every chance of enjoying the magic of the holidays. But when Mary and Kurt have to choose between love and their own priorities, what will win? Find out if a wintry weekend can become more for people from opposite worlds in Elizabeth Bromke’s heart-warming romance, Christmas on Maplewood Mountain.
Tell us a little about your protagonist – the main character.
Mary Delaney is a hard-working, independent woman who has carved out a life for herself in her hometown. She’s proud of the fact that she didn’t run away to chase a pipe dream. Instead, she has made her own happiness. But she sees that she could do even better, which is why she lets her sister help her with business decisions. She’s not looking for love, but she welcomes it.
Tell us a little about your antagonist in your book.
Mary’s sister, Anna, is adamantly opposed to Mary being interested in Anna’s boss. It’s uncomfortable, but also- Anna has a secret crush on Kurt.
What was the most challenging part of writing this book?
The editing process became more drawn out than I had anticipated. Working with a deadline became stressful, but it was also exciting.
Where did you get your inspiration for the plot and the characters of your book if it is fiction. If it is non-fiction, where did your inspiration come from?
I was inspired to write a sisters story because I come from a big family with lots of aunts… but no sisters! I always wanted a sister growing up. I am fascinated by family dynamics.
What would you hope a reader would get by reading your book?
I hope a reader gets a sense of contentment and feels geared up for Christmas.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
Frankly, it has yet to be an issue for me. I just write through it any time I become stumped. It’s worked out so far.
Describe for our readers your routine of writing.
First, I put together a general outline and family tree/character tree. Then, I sit down and get to it. I save revisions and edits for once I have a complete manuscript. Then, I send it off to my beta readers and editors. I do a final edit before hiring help with formatting.
Please list other books you have published. If this is your first, say it and be proud.
This is my first published novel, and I am proud!
With so much competition and so many books, why should a reader purchase yours over another?
This title is a quick and easy read and has already earned all five-star reviews on Amazon. It’s a safe bet for a good story and a happy ending.
What are your future plans in writing? Do you have something special up your sleeve?
I’m finishing the Maplewood Sisters Series now. After this series, I might work backward and add a prequel.
What is your link to your author website? http://elizabethbromke.com/
Connect to the author on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/elizabethbromke/
If you are a Goodreads author, provide author link. https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18554673.Elizabeth_Bromke
Where can our readers purchase your book? Available on Amazon
Dr. Melissa Caudle – Author Interview
Tell me about yourself and how many books have you written?
I am an American Author best known for my series, The Keystroke Killer which has six parts. Part I – Transcendence published on Halloween in 2018.
I grew up a very small town called Emory, Texas and earned an Associate Degree from Kilgore Junior College, my B.S. Degree in education from the University of Texas at Tyler, my Master of Education degree from Stephen F. Austin and my PhD from New Orleans University. I live in New Orleans, LA with my wonderful husband and two cats. We have three daughters who blessed us with eight grandchildren.
When did your fascination with books begin?
I wrote my first novel in the seventh grade called Sunshine My Love with my best friend, Anne Danielson and never looked back. I started reading at the age of three and loved to read ever since. I was more than a bookworm. I’ll never forget those book clubs in elementary school where you could order your first chapter books, you know the ones that looked like your mom’s and dad’s novels because they had chapters in them. The first thing I always did when they were delivered to the classroom and handed to me was to hug it, then I had to open the pages and smell them. Don’t ask me why, but I love the smell of a new book. I guess that is why I fought for so long not to have any of my books in E-Book form, but I did give in.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Absolutely. The first thing in the morning I make a large pot of coffee and begin writing. I usually begin with writing down the dream or dreams I had the night before as many of my scenes, screenplays, and novels have come from my dreams or nightmares. In other words, I get it out of my system and shake it off.
From there, I write something for my blog even if I don’t intend on publishing it that day, at least I always have backup content.
Then, I start either writing or editing my next novel which is called Never Stop Running. Now, here is where the unusual habits come raging through. Every time I get up to go to the bathroom or to eat or get something to drink, I do some kind of chore around my house. It could be putting in a load of laundry, making the bed, sweeping or dusting. I do something not only, so my house can get cleaned but to use my muscles. I only do it about fifteen minutes at a time, sometimes, not even that. The goal is to do something and move. I find, that whatever I had just written, I think about it and develop it while I’m doing this which is a benefit because when I sit back down to write, I have clarity.
What are you working on now?
I am currently in the process of fine tuning my next novel Never Stop Running. This book is based on a true story of one woman’s incredible journey. This is the mini-synopsis -Waking up from an eight-month coma, Jackie cannot remember anything about her life suffering from Retrograde amnesia. David, her husband, convinces her to seek the help of a hypnotherapist only to remember her past lives. Her journey is a mental time travel across the ages with a psychological twist. Based on a real-life story. A must read novel.
I am also writing at the same time my next novel A.D.A.M. which was inspired by the NASA finding by Dr. Felisa Wolfe-Simon of a microbe in Mono Lake, CA that thrives off arsenic. That’s the real part that inspired this novel. I took her scientific discovery to the science fiction level after I had a dream about it. Think about this book in terms of the movie The Shape of Water. A.D.A.M. is an acronym that stands for Arsenic Driven Astrobiological Microbe.
Here is the short synopsis about it – Meet Dr. Sandra Eve Bradford, an astrobiological researcher in charge of the A.D.A.M. Extraction Team who discovered a microbe which thrives off of arsenic on the bottom of Mono Lake in California. General Anbar, Chief in Charge of the U.S. National Defense, orders his team to confiscate the samples and her research. Dr. Bradford enlists her fellow researchers, Dr. Greg Peterson, and her undergraduate assistant, Jessica Parker, to retrieve a new sample which sets off a series of events and consequences. In a government research facility, the microbe transformed into something alien. Once it becomes apparent to General Anbar, the life form presents a national security risk, her orders his to kidnap Dr. Bradford and holds her captive in an underground facility to continue her research. The life form over a seven-day stretch morphs into a human-like lifeform aging every moment toward death. His journey makes him question – What is life? What is love? What is hate? And, is there a God? This a story of possibilities and raises the questions-Are we alone in the universe? What else could be out there?
What inspired you to write The Keystroke Killer: Transcendence?
About eight years ago, I wrote a short film which was produced. I had no idea at the time that people would become fans, but they did. Before I knew it, people were begging me to write the screenplay. So, I did. I wrote The Keystroke Killer, pilot screenplay, with the expectations of getting it produced. I had a serious setback with my health and basically shelved the idea. Then, during my recovery, I just started writing and before I knew it, I had sixty-seven episodes written for television. Whoa! I got a bite on it, got funding, then disaster, my funder died of a heart attack. So, I was back at square one. Then, I was encouraged to turn the screenplays into a novel series. THE KEYSTROKE KILLER: TRANSCENDENCE PART I covers the first thirteen screenplays or if it were a series, Season 1. The entire inspiration for the book came as a result of that short film.
Why did you want to become a writer?
I think I’ve always been a writer since I learned how to print my name. I wrote my first book when I was in the seventh grade with my best friend. After that, I just kept writing. I love being able to travel and go places anywhere in the world my mind takes me. I am not bound to the here and now, rather I can time travel and go to outer space. That’s why I wanted to be a writer.
What was the hardest part of creating The Keystroke Killer saga?
The hardest part for me was two-fold: adapting from screenwriting and editing the final version. I had worked years on the character’s and the plots and had everything down in screenplay format. But, learning how to write like a novelist is like comparing apples to oranges. Although you can each both pieces of fruit, they are nothing alike. It took me a while to get into learning how to write like a novelist, but I took classes and read just about everything I could.
It only took me two months to write KSK, but it took ten months of editing. Between the focus group and beta readers, from the line/copy editor, I did everything possible to make KSK the best. I think the time was well worth it.
What do you hope people gain from reading it?
Entertainment value and a desire to want more. The novel itself is very dark, twisted and deep and it contains adult situations that portray what happens in today’s society. For example, the darkness of the scenes dealing with the serial killer is dark. I wanted it real. In order to do that, I interviewed four serial killers on death row and six survivors from serial killers. It was difficult to hear and listen, but it needed to be right. So, if people get anything out of this besides the entertainment value, I would hope it would be to step in and help if someone is getting kidnapped or if you suspect someone is involved in sex trafficking. Both of these subjects are hard to take but are realities. I hope I can open someone’s eyes.
Why should we buy your book?
This may sound weird for an author to say, but I wouldn’t say this book is for everyone. If you are faint of heart and have nightmares easily, don’t buy it. But, if you love psychological thrillers, mystery and crime or novels on serial killers, then this one is for you. I’ve been told by my beta readers that THE KEYSTROKE KILLER makes SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and FIFTY SHADES OF GREY look PG. With that said, it is for mature audiences only. It is not recommended for teens or below. I won’t even let my grandchildren read it until they are eighteen.
Do you have a book trailer for your books?
Yes, I do. I have two trailers and flipbook trailer for The Keystroke Killer: Transcendence and one trailer for Never Stop Running. Readers may watch them here just click on the title of your choice.
Are you traditionally published or a self-published author and why did you choose?
I would say I am a hybrid author. My first books were traditionally published, but all of my novels will be self-published. I chose to self-publish because basically after twenty years of writing, I had a great grip. However, I still invested in a professional editor, professional cover creator, and professional marketers.
Tell me how writing The Keystroke Killer: Transcendence the novel was different from writing one of your screenplays?
Let me begin by saying it is like taking a bite of watermelon and expecting it to taste like an orange. Oh my, I didn’t know what I was in for turning my screenplays into novels. The two styles of writing are not the same. In fact, I had a huge learning curve in the transference. For instance, in a screenplay, I could simply write – INT. MATTHEW’S APARTMENT – NIGHT. Then maybe a couple of scene descriptions. In a novel, I had to bring the reader into the apartment, what it smelled like, what it looked like and well as Matthew’s guest impressions. Whoa! A huge difference. The same thing with dialogue. In a screenplay, I just left the dialogue alone and let the actors and director interpret it. In the novel, I got to express every thump of their heart, the tension in their body, facial expressions. I had to learn to do this by taking courses, studying, joining groups etc. But, in the end, I am very happy with the results of my new book. It was honestly the most challenging experience in writing that I have ever had which means a lot since I have published dozens of nonfiction books.
Tell me a little bit about your next novel Never Stop Running.
Waking up from an eight-month coma, Jackie cannot remember anything about her life suffering from Retrograde amnesia. David, her husband, convinces her to seek the help of a hypnotherapist only to remember her past lives. Her journey is a mental time travel across the ages with a psychological twist. Based on a real-life story. A must read novel.
You will discover:
- A mental time travel where my main character discovers past lives that take you events from 1200 BC to 1942 and of course present day.
- The stories behind the stories and what makes Jackie who she is today.
- Epic historical events through the eyes of commoners and the wealthy which can be as far back as the Black Plague up to War World II.
- A story that will leave you wondering if this is real because it is based on a true life story. Only you can decide.
COMING WINTER 2018
I want to hear more on Never Stop Running. How did you decide to write this and how much of it is true?
First, it is true based on a real-life story of a very brave courageous woman’s past life regressions. She shared with me the tapes or her sessions with a renowned hypnotherapist and simply put, they were remarkable. I did some fact checking on the stories she recalled, and they were accurate. I mean things that there was no way she could have known.
Who are your target audiences?
This answer is tricky because I honestly have to say not everyone should read The Keystroke Killer. It is really dark, deep and twisted; whereas Never Stop Running is intriguing and examines reincarnation. In researching NSR I interviewed a Catholic Bishop, I interviewed a Buddhist Monk and several regression hypnotherapists. Because I wanted to make sure I balanced the concept of reincarnation factually as did Jackie, my main character when she was on her discovery path. I also interviewed several people who experienced past lives in their regression sessions. It was an amazing experience.
Now, on the other end of the spectrum, for KSK, I interviewed scientists and physicists including the great Stephen Hawking who spoke his head off to me on his M-Theory and his theory of the universe has multiple dimensions. I wanted that part of KSK correct. I also interviewed three serial killers on death row, six sex trafficking victims and victims of a serial killer who escaped. I needed to get that right too.
So, my target audiences are different for the two books. Yes, someone who loves KSK can get excited that I have another novel and read NSR and find themselves asking is it even the same author. Because NSR is that dark, deep twisted psychological thriller. To sum this up, I’d say the audience for KSK would have to be those who love psychological thrillers, crime and mystery, and serial killer books or movies and I’d say sci-fi lovers. It has just enough sci-fi to be sci-fi without it thrown into your face. It’s a great coupling.
The audience for NSR would include people who have experienced past lives, experienced de je vu, have interest in the subject, and also who like to read historical novels. I’d also have to include those who doubt reincarnation because of the religious bantering inside the novel. I don’t tell a reader what they have to believe, but I do balance both sides of the equation.
How much of Never Stop Running is true?
I think you have to ask me how much of The Keystroke Killer is true too. So, I start with the first one. Many of the scenes I included in KSK are based off real events that either occurred in my life or to someone I know. I’ll start with an easy example that won’t be a spoiler alert. The scene from the chapter The Great Escape, where Milo hitchhikes to Kenner, LA after escaping from Angola Prison, the truck driver who picks him up, Mr. Bill, is actually based around my father. He was a truck driver for years. When I was five or six, he was a prison guard at Folsom Prison, yes, the prison where Johnny Cash was imprisoned. He guarded death row. That made my father different. When I became an adult and authored my book Crisis Alert System Implementation or CASI for short, a book on establishing crisis response teams for schools, I talked with my father a lot about those days he guarded death row inmates and serial killers. I wanted his ideas on safety measures. If it worked for prison, it had to work for a school for juvenile delinquents. So, back to that chapter and Mr. Bill. The entire conversation between Mr. Bill and Milo Evans, the serial killer is based on my father’s stories of picking up hitchhikers. He also had a very dry sense of humor and told jokes all the time that I never thought were funny. So, I combined all of that into that scene and while I was at added real-life facts about my family. For instance, the part where his two older children died from cancer and getting hit by a train really happened to my beloved brother Dennis and my sister, Livia, was killed by an Amtrak train. Oh, I named the character Livia, after my sister. I channeled her for the character.
There are dozens of examples from my real life in KSK. You’ll have to join my blog to read more stories like these at www.drmelcaudle.blogspot.com
Now, for NSR, all of the past lives recalled in this book came from real past live regression sessions. The main character Jackie, who I based this book from, wasn’t a third-grade teacher, but was a teacher, then became an assistant principal. The relationship between her husband and mother are real, but he didn’t work at Higgins Shipyard. I made that up. The Family Antique & Treasures store is real, but it is my families store. But, the antique scene is real. In fact, it’s very hard for the real Jackie to even go into an antique store anymore. Just a couple of months ago, we went to one. She picked up an item, clutched it, and her eyes swelled with tears. When I looked at her, she said, “This was mine.”
I’ll tell you a freaky incident that happened to me with my daughter Jamie. Last summer, I went to spend the month with her and her family and went camping in Canada. Great trip by the way. Now, I had just finished the first draft of Never Stop Running, gave it to Jamie to read as she serves as my developmental editor. Back to the scene in the book with Jackie and her mother. When they first enter, Aunt Susie greets them. She tells Jackie that she can have one item free of charge and that she’ll know it because it will speak to her. This scene was based on the woman who inspired the novel. But, here is the freaky part. Jamie and I went antique hunting, something I love to do because I collect antique marbles and my family has an antique store. Jamie and I passed an antique store, it called my name. I had to go in. She pulled over and we went in. The owner greeted us, “Good morning.” Then she said, “You can have one item free that speaks to you.” I almost fell over and had to catch my breath. My daughter and I got chills because she had already read NSR and knew what was in there. So, coincidence or fate or destiny. That really happened. I walked away with a marble that I have never seen, and I own probably 40,000 marbles and can identify them. It called my name. My daughter walked away with a beautiful ring with a tiny wizard holding a crystal ball.
With all that said, as a writer, I tap into my life and my environment and write about what I know. I guess, a lot of my writing I’d call faction.
Let’s talk about the Elephant in the room, the #METOO movement and your graphic scenes of murder, rape and sex trafficking. Are you afraid they are going to come after you and accuse you of glamorizing violence against women?
I’ll say this much, as a society we can’t turn a blind eye against these horrendous crimes and I certainly will not. I have several friends who have been raped and I know women who escaped from sex trafficking. These crimes were not their fault. So, by me using scenes in my book in this manner, I hope that I can bring light to the fact that these things really happen. When we hear these crimes in the news, we don’t get the details or how they felt or what these women went through. When you listen to them, it is gut-wrenching. I felt it important to put these in there for authenticity and just maybe, it will get somebody upset enough to get involved and help someone if you suspect a girl or boy is about to get kidnapped or is involved in sex trafficking, do something. As for serial killers, they can be your neighbor, the deacon of your church, your spouse. Look at the serial killer Dennis Radar, the BTK serial killer, who bludgeoned, tortured and killed for more than thirty years. He had a family, a wife, children and was a leader in his church. Everyone was clueless. I live in Louisiana, which by the way, is rank seventh for having the most serial killer deaths. And, even closer to my home, Todd Lee, Sean Vincent Gills, Jefferey Guillory, and Ronald Dominique. All killed within a 100-mile radius of my home. The scary part, the Jennings 8 serial killer who killed just outside of Baton Rouge is still at large. So, If I bring attention to the forefront serial killers are out there, that sex traffickers are out there and make people aware, then I’d say, I have written the right thing for the right reason. That was my point in the first place, I wanted people to know what really happens. How do I know, I interviewed the victims and I interviewed serial killers who loved to talk about how they killed someone and took their last breath?
DO you have any advice for new authors?
Boy do I. I’d have to say I’ve been there done that and made many mistakes with my first books. The first advice is to edit, edit and edit. Then, edit, edit and edit. Then edit once again. Next, send it to a copy editor. After you receive that back, edit, edit and edit and then send it to a line editor. I hope they get my point. New authors tend to rely on their friends and family to edit. That simply won’t work.
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