Authors Interviews

My Conversation with Author Martin Kloess

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Tell us a little more about yourself?

I have lived a long and truly remarkable life. I joke about how I lived other people’s dreams. I came to San Francisco, from Germany at the age of 6. My plans were to become a music teacher. I earned my BA degree at San Francisco State College. Somehow I found myself working for an oil company. They sent me to the San Francisco Academy of Arts to learn graphic arts for the printing field. This all lead to a job with almost limitless creative potential.

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Authors Interviews

My conversation with Jonathan Geffner {Author & Ventriloquist}

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Tell us a little more about yourself?

I have been a (mostly full-time) professional ventriloquist for the past twenty eight years. I’m also a pianist, screenwriter, martial artist, Yiddish teacher/translator and single dad to two teenage daughters whose myriad talents dwarf mine.

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Authors Interviews

My conversation with Author Ann Marie Zagorianos

 

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Tell us a little more about yourself?

My name is Ann Marie Zagorianos. I was born in Alexandria, Egypt and grew up in the Sudan. I come from Rhodes in Hellas, where I live.
I teach English. I love children and I know they love me, too. If only we, adults could listen to what they have to say, I am sure life would have been a lot better. I fight hard to retain the child in me.

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My Conversation with Author Sam Reese

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Tell us a little more about yourself?

Well, I live in Kingston, TN with my wife, 2 dogs, and a cat. We had a guinea pig, but sadly he passed away recently. I like reading, writing, movies, philosophy, religion, and going on adventures and exploring. I write horror and sci-fi/fantasy, although recently a friend told me I should write romance, but I don’t know. To me, romance is part of the story, and I like to think there’s some in my writing, but I’m not really interested in writing books with thinly-veiled innuendos or really terrible erotica.

Quickly, tell us about your upcoming releases?

Well, my novel “Immolation” was just released by J. Ellington Ashton Press. It’s a horror/supernatural thriller about a girl named Lydia whose father is a very wealthy man but who began abusing her at the age of 10. When she was 14, she found out about some latent pyrokinetic abilities. The story is about revenge, forgiveness, mercy, love, and the pieces we have to pick up when we fail.

Do you have any specific inspiring incident that turned you out as an author?

The book that made me realize I could be a writer was “Bag of Bones” by Stephen King. It was my first King novel, and I thought it was absolutely wonderful, but it almost made me think, “I could do this.” So I did. Along the way, Mr. King, Madeleine L’Engle, and Neil Gaiman, as well as a plethora of people who know who they are, helped me keep writing and pursuing a publishing contract.

Who designed your cover art? How did you choose the image?

Michael Fisher designed the cover, and what a great job he did! The idea I had was something akin to Samara from “The Ring” with fire in her eyes. Fish took that idea and really ran with it, making it even better.

Do you outline your work before you write?

I almost never outline. The best writing comes from letting the story tell itself. To me, writing is spiritual and I feel that I am an amanuensis for the characters within. They tell their story through me.

How do you like spending your leisure hours?

Reading, writing, watching movies, walking my dogs, going out on the boat and exploring. Lots of times, I imagine myself in some place like Middle Earth while I’m driving or on a boat. It helps me think and relax.

Which genre is far more appealing to you as a reader?

Horror and Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I read just about everything, but I spend most of my time in those sections of the bookstore.

What inspires you to write? Is there any level of similarity with the events or characters in your book and in reality?

To the first question, inspiration comes in a few forms. I usually have a dream, read a story or watch a movie or TV show, or I might see a picture. Sometimes it’s a turn of phrase. My muse shows up in the most unexpected places.

To the second question, there are some similarities, mostly in characters. Michael and Lydia in “Immolation” are kind of like two halves of me. The character Pablo, who owns the comic book store in Sherman’s March and is a very minor character is based on a friend of mine who also owned a comic book shop. Connie, Brittany, and Jessica are sort of an amalgamation of a few girls I went to high school with. Michael’s parents are somewhat my mom and stepdad. So there are similarities, yes.

Which is your current read?

I read about ten books at a time, but currently some of the things I’m working through are “Plebs” by Jim Goforth, “The Waste Lands” by Stephen King, “Dwarves” by Markus Heitz, “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins, and about 6 or 7 more.

What, in your opinion is the toughest part while carving your book?

Sitting down and writing the thing. I don’t get writer’s block very much, but making time to write can be a chore for me. I think it is for anyone.

Share a word of advice with our readers and authors, if any?

Remember, everything you do is writing if you let it be. If you’re reading, you’re honing your craft. If you’re observing people, you’re building your characters. Whatever you’re doing, do it with the eye of a writer. And write good stories. The world needs them.

Share one of your favorites from your music band collection, if any?

Well, I love music, especially extreme metal. Hmm, let’s see. I guess I’ll go with “Volcano Girls” by Veruca Salt. I know it’s not extreme metal, but I really like the song and it makes me happy when I hear it.

If you’re a foodie, tell us about your favorite dish?

I’m not really a foodie, but I love steak and macaroni and cheese.

List any giveaways or surprises in mere future?

None at this time, although once my website is up and running there may be a few.

Where can we find your books?

On Amazon for right now. Here’s a link:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KTOTVB6

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My primary form of social media is Facebook, and my page is here:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sam-Reese-Author-and-Adventurer/140116649427941?ref=hl

However, I have a work in progress website, which can be found here:
http://www.supernaturalsam.com