Author Spotlight – Jan Sikes

Welcome!

1.            When did you start writing?

I began my writing journey after my husband passed away in 2009. For years, people would come into our home and our lives and say to us, “Someone needs to write your story.” We always agreed and thought someone would. I awoke to the realization one day that if someone else wrote it, I would have to tell them the whole thing. So, I got busy, took writing classes, and dove into the project. It took four books to tell it. Then I published a book of poetry and art and thought I was done. Wrong! Six novels and ten short stories later, I can’t find a way to stop.

2.            What motivates you to write? 

Story ideas are my biggest motivators. It is my belief that when I am given the inspiration for a story, it is my duty to the Creative Gods to do something with it. As long as the story ideas keep coming, I will keep writing.

3.            What genre do you write in and what made you choose this particular genre?

This is a hard question to answer. The first four books I wrote were biographical fiction – true stories told in fiction format with fictitious characters. Then I launched into writing short stories in varied genres. I experimented with everything from sci-fi and young adult, to a western. My current series is in the romance genre. Ghostly Interference is a paranormal romance and Jagged Feathers is romantic suspense.

4.            What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

My writing goal is simply to affect someone’s life, to perhaps give a different perspective on situations. Each story I write has a theme or message. I like to make someone stop and think “what if?” My dream is to get my true story made into a movie. That would be amazing!

5.            Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

I can’t say I have ever suffered from writer’s block, but I have hit some brick walls. Often, I find if I stop and take a walk or listen to music, I find where I need to go with the story.

6.            What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors? 

Write! If you have the inspiration for a story, write it. Then what you do with it is up to you, but the most important thing is to just start. Statistics show that most people who venture into writing a book do not finish it. It is not easy. It requires the 3 p’s, patience, preservation, and persistence.

7.            Please, tell us about your work.

The White Rune Series is my latest work. Book 1, Ghostly Interference, was published in December 2020. I actually got the idea for this book when I was writing book two of my true story series. But, I couldn’t stop what I was doing at the time, so took some notes and wrote one chapter, then put it aside until I completed the true stories. After I finished Ghostly Interference,  I decided to try and find a publisher for it instead of self-pubbing. I pitched for three years before the Wild Rose Press picked me up. That was a huge day for me and a big step in my writing career. It is a paranormal romance, with the paranormal aspect being that of a ghost.

The second book in the White Rune Series is Jagged Feathers and is romantic suspense. The release date for Jagged Feathers is January 31, 2022. This book deals with some big subjects like PTSD and amputation as well as psychic visions.

The third book in the series is Saddled Hearts and I have finished it and signed a publishing contract for it. It should be released later in 2022.

I’ve started a new series I am calling The Magnolia Series. It is different from anything I’ve ever written and look forward to the challenge. The first book in the series will be entitled, Bitter Magnolia.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!


Connect with Jan:

WEBSITE: http://www.jansikes.com

BLOG:   http://www.jansikesblog.com

TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/jansikes3

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorJanSikesBooks

PINTEREST: https://www.pinterest.com/jks0851/

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7095856.Jan_Sikes

BOOKBUB:   https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jan-sikes

LINKEDIN:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jansikes/

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE: https://www.amazon.com/Jan-Sikes/e/B00CS9K8DK


Jan’s New Book:

Vann Noble did his duty. He served his country and returned a shell of a man, wounded inside and out. With a missing limb and battling PTSD, he seeks healing in an isolated cabin outside a small Texas town with a stray dog that sees beyond his master’s scars. If only the white rune’s magic can bring a happily ever after to a man as broken as Vann.  

On the run from hired killers and struggling to make sense of her unexplained deadly mission, Nakina Bird seeks refuge in Vann’s cabin. She has secrets. Secrets that can get them all killed.

A ticking clock and long odds of living or dying, create jarring risks.

Will these two not only survive, but find an unexpected love along the way? Or, will evil forces win and destroy them both?

UNIVERSAL PURCHASE LINK:

https://linktr.ee/Rijanjks

BOOK TRAILER LINK:  https://youtu.be/CwGRyRVMyLE

Author Spotlight – Bobby Nash

Welcome!

Please introduce yourself.

Hi. I’m Bobby Nash. I write novels, comic book, audio scripts, screenplays, and whatever else pops into my head. I work in multiple genres, but most of my work falls in the thriller and crime fiction camp.

1.            When did you start writing?

I dabbled in writing and drawing comic book stories as a kid and into my teenage years. I also write and drew for the high school newspaper and yearbook. I also supplied comic strips to a local magazine that ran for twelve years. I turned my family into comic strip characters. That was fun. Eventually, I realized that while I enjoyed drawing, my art was not up to professional standards, so I focused on writing and eventually sold my first story to a publisher. In my 20’s, the idea for a novel hit me and I tried it. I finished a story, and it was awful, but I enjoyed writing it, so I did another, which wasn’t horrible. Eventually, it found a publisher. Evil Ways debuted in 2005 and I’ve been busy ever since.

2.            What motivates you to write?

Part of my motivation is to tell the stories. I do enjoy coming up with characters and plots and seeing how they work out, solving problems, and getting to know the characters. That’s what motivated me to start and it is still part of me. Now that writing is my job, deadlines motivate me. Deadlines are a huge part of my daily routine. When writing was a hobby, I could wait for the muse to strike, but as a career, I have to put my butt in the chair every day and write, even on those days I don’t feel like it.

3.            What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I am lucky in that I have been able to play in multiple genres. I like writing sci-fi, horror, super-powered characters, action, adventure, pulp, westerns, and more. Most of what I write falls into the crime fiction and thriller category. I love these types of stories as a reader and writer. I also integrate action into my stories. That’s just fun.

4.            What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

A few years ago, writing became my “day job” and I am fortunate to be able to write for a living. It’s not a wildly luxurious living, but I get by. I have many goals. I set attainable goals. Some are simple like “finish this story on time” while others are more long term like “I want to be a New York Times Bestselling Author” one day. Another goal is to reach more readers and introduce them to my work. I do a lot of things to try and reach new audiences.

5.            Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

No. I almost always know what I need to write. There are times when I get stuck on a story point, but that’s not writer’s block. When that happens, I jump over to another story while my subconscious works the problem on the other story. What I do run into from time to time is that there are days when I just don’t feel like writing. Like any other job, there are days you’d just rather do anything else. That’s not writer’s block, but it is a hurdle I have to overcome. I schedule days off because we all need to rest and recharge. I can’t take off too many though. Those deadlines are still hanging out there and need to be met.

A friend once said of writer’s block, “Plumbers don’t get plumber’s block. Drivers don’t get driver’s block. Painters don’t get painter’s block. So, why should writers get writer’s block?” In any job, you can’t just stop. I agree with him. You have to keep working.

6.            What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

First and foremost, I always stress that you should have fun with your writing. If it’s not fun, you’re going to end up resenting it and stop or your work will suffer because you aren’t enjoying what you do. That’s step one.

Determine where you want your writing to take you. Not everyone wants to write for a living. Some are happy to write as a hobby. Others do it as a side hustle. Once you determine the path that is best for you as a writer, set attainable goals to help get you there. Goal #1 can’t be “become New York Times Bestselling Author.” You need to have other goals like finish a story, finish a novel, write X number of words a day, things like that. Then, when you meet those goals, celebrate them. They are a big deal.

7.            Please, tell us about your work.

I write a few different series that come out at varying intervals. My crime fiction/thrillers from BEN Books are my main series.

Snow is an action/thriller about a former undercover government operative turned p.i. There are currently 6 novellas in the Snow series. They are also collected in 2 collected editions. There are also 7 Snow Shorts, $.99 ebooks available as well. More to come in 2022. I’m currently working on Snow Hunt, book 7 in the series.

FBI Special Agent Harold Palmer headlines Evil Ways (my first published novel) and the upcoming Evil Intent (January 2022). These are suspense/thrillers. I’m already planning a third book for 2023.

Homicide Detective John Bartlett and reporter Benjamin West don’t really like each other, but their jobs keep bringing them together against cold-blooded killers looking for their time in the spotlight. Deadly Games! is their first action/thriller. They return in Deadly Deals! later in 2022.

Tom Myers is the sheriff of Sommersville, Georgia, a growing county east of Atlanta. Evil Ways and Deadly Games! took place in Sommersville and now the sheriff and his deputies have their own series at last. There are currently 2 books in this mystery/thriller series: In The Wind and Such A Night. Book 3: Standing on The Shadows is slated for summer 2022.

Other ongoing titles include the pulp/action of Lance Star: Sky Ranger, the comedy/horror of Hunter Houston: Horror Hunter, and more. I also write the occasional media tie-in work, which is always fun.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

My pleasure. Thanks for having me. This was fun.


Meet Bobby:

Bobby Nash is not a man of action, a detective, or a hero, but he loves writing about characters who are all those things and more. Bobby is an award-winning author of novels, comic books, short stories, screenplays, and more. He is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers. On occasion, he acts, appearing in movies and TV shows, usually standing behind or beside your favorite actor. From time to time, he puts pen to paper and doodles. For more information on Bobby Nash and his work, please visit him at www.bobbynash.com, http://www.ben-books.com, and across social media.


Connect with Bobby:

www.ben-books.com

www.bobbynash.com

http://www.abrahamsnow.com

http://lancestar.blogspot.com

www.facebook.com/authorbobbynash

www.twitter.com/bobbynash

www.instagram.com/bobbynashwrites

www.patreon.com/bobbynash


Bobby’s Books:

Author Spotlight – Marjorie Mallon

Questionnaire for authors:

Welcome!

Thank you so much Aurora for the kind invitation to visit your blog.

Please introduce yourself.

I am a YA paranormal fantasy author who also writes poetry, flash fiction and short stories in multiple genres. I blog about a variety of topics, and review books at my blog: https://mjmallon.com

1.            When did you start writing?

I published my first book about four years ago but have been blogging for about seven years. I think… I lose touch! Lol. I need that reminder from WordPress when they say Congratulations you have been blogging for …. years.

2.            What motivates you to write?

Writing takes you out of yourself. It makes you a much more perceptive person. I like that, I like to see the world in a new light and that fascinates me.

3.            What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I am primarily a YA Fantasy author but I write in multiple genres including horror and ghost short stories, poetry (all types,) and flash fiction (In which I’ve even tried a touch of murder! )

4.            What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

To entertain and my goal at the moment is to grow and develop and hopefully get some accolades along the way. Recently, I was delighted to receive two awards from Amazon Influencer and book reviewer N. N. Light who awarded the first book in my Curse of Time series Bloodstone with a finalist in the Fantasy category. She also awarded me finalist in International Author, which was a nice surprise and a welcome one.

5.            Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Rarely, if anything it’s more of a case of trying to stem the flow of ideas from getting too out of hand! But I reckon a good brisk walk using mindfulness techniques – being in the moment – and a touch of eavesdropping does wonders for writer’s block.

6.            What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

Stick with it! It is easy to be disheartened and overwhelmed by it all. There’s so much to learn and not just writing wise. Marketing is the worst part for me but with the help of my friends I hope to overcome that. Word of mouth goes a long way, as it does in any marketplace, books are no different. So, big piece of advice make lots of author/blogger and book reviewing friends!

7.            Please, tell us about your work.

My most recent release is the 2nd in The Curse of Time series published by Next Chapter Publishing. 

Golden Healer is The 2nd in The YA Paranormal Adventure Series – The Curse of Time.

I didn’t think my life could get any weirder, until the dreaded rollercoaster…

Amelina Scott’s destiny is to be a Krystallos: a magician of light, chosen to learn the ways of crystal magic on her 16th birthday. Located on a river pathway in a mysterious part of Cambridge, the Crystal Cottage is guarded by mythical beings.

Unfortunately, there are those who seek to harm this haven of light. Learning of Ryder – a Shadow Sorcerer with hypnotic powers – Amelina discovers that her own magic is now threatened, and that the Curse of Time might be unleashed again.

As secrets abound and the creatures of the Chronophage come alive, can Amelina become the true magician she needs to be?

A unique, imaginative mystery full of magic-wielding and dark elements, Bloodstone is a riveting adventure for anyone interested in fantasy, mythology or the world of the paranormal. NOTE: this book contains mention of self-harm, mental health issues and alludes to the potential dangers of sexual attraction, which may trigger younger/sensitive readers.

It is a two part series but I may write a third… I’ve left the ending open for that possibility.

Next Chapter Publishing

Golden Healer (The Curse of Time Book 2)

Buying Link:

https://books2read.com/u/mgjY67

Bloodstone (The Curse of Time Book 1)

 Buying Link:

https://books2read.com/u/bOyrgW

https://www.nextchapter.pub/books/bloodstone

 

Kyrosmagica Publishing

Mr Sagittarius (Poetry, prose and photography)

http://mybook.to/MrSagittarius

This Is Lockdown (Anthology/Compilation

Kindle: http://mybook.to/Thisislockdown

Paperback: http://mybook.to/Thisislockdownpb

Lockdown Innit: Poems About Absurdity (Poetry Collection)

http://mybook.to/Lockdowninnit

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-J-Mallon/e/B074CGNK4L/

Contributor to:

Writing Skills Anthology

100 Ways to Write A Book compiled by Alex Pearl: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09PHHC2YX/

Chasing Driftwood’s A Year of Writing Through Lockdown: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stay-Home-Writing-Through-Lockdown/dp/B09JF88YHW/

 

Short Stories in Anthologies:

Bestselling horror compilations

Nightmareland edited by Dan Alatorre

Scrabble Boy (short story)

Spellbound edited by Dan Alatorre

The Twisted Sisters (short story)

Wings & Fire  edited by Dan Alatorre

The Great Pottoo (short story)

 


 ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheros!

M J Mallon was born in Lion city Singapore, a passionate Scorpio with the Chinese Zodiac sign of a lucky rabbit. She spent her early childhood in Hong Kong. During her teen years, she returned to her father’s childhood home, Edinburgh where she spent many happy years, entertained and enthralled by her parents’ vivid stories of living and working abroad. Perhaps it was during these formative years that her love of storytelling began bolstered by these two vivid raconteurs. She counts herself lucky to have travelled to many far-flung destinations and this early wanderlust has fuelled her present desire to emigrate abroad. Until that wondrous moment, it’s rumoured that she lives in the UK, in the Venice of Cambridge with her six-foot hunk of a rock god husband. Her two enchanting daughters have flown the nest but often return with a cheery smile.

M J’s motto is to Do what Your Heart Desires.

And her favourite genre to write is fantasy/magical realism because life should always be sprinkled with a liberal dash of extraordinarily imaginative magic!


Connect with Marjorie:

Authors Website: https://mjmallon.com
Authors Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-J-Mallon/e/B074CGNK4L

Buy Link Bloodstone (multiple platforms): https://books2read.com/u/bOyrgW

Next Chapter Publishing Author Page:https://www.nextchapter.pub/authors/mj-mallon
Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon – https://twitter.com/Marjorie_Mallon 

Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Club on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1829166787333493/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17064826.M_J_Mallon

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/m-j-mallon 

Author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjmallonauthor/

Bookstagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjm_reviews/

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

Thank you so much Aurora, I really appreciate it.

Author Spotlight – Isabella Steel

Welcome!

Please introduce yourself.

My name is Isabella Steel. My wife and I live in Oceanside, California.  Bonnie is a cellist. We both love to garden, raise chickens and Koi. We have a maltipoo, named Bella and a Shiatsu mix named Cookie.

1.            When did you start writing?

I began writing seriously about seven years ago when I was in the hospital for an extended time. Ironically the book I was working on then, Ghost Witch, was just released this past September.

 

2.            What motivates you to write?

It is quite fun for me to create a world that people can escape into.  If someone can forget their troubles and lose themselves in my writing I consider that to be the ultimate compliment. It is what I aim for when I write. Publishing is secondary.

3.            What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I have written in multiple genres. Fantasy, Horror, Political Thrillers and Science Fiction. A story comes to me and I am off running to make it work.

4.            What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

I want the reader to be able to forget their surroundings, feel as if the characters are real enough to interact with them.  As a child I always loved that feeling of getting lost in a book, totally unable to put it down. I want others to feel that way too.

5.            Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Oh, Fates yes. I hate being stuck, almost as much as having to leave the writing to break the logjam.  I find putting it down for a while and going out to the chicken coop and koi pond for a while helps. Gardening is another tool. Nothing clears my mind better than digging bulbs in the dirt and listening to the birds.

6.            What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

Write for yourself. Pay attention to your craft, there is a lot to learn in getting that story out of your head and on pages for readers. Talk to other authors, they have tricks and info you never think of. Use Beta-readers, you just get to close to your work.

7. Tell us about your work

Ghost Witch is part Native American folklore and part horror story with a unique timeline. While researching the locale I came across the Passamaquoddy legend and it fit right in.  You have to admit the legend is more than scary, of course I added more macabre elements but I felt it was worth writing.

Laying out the backstory for the legend was paramount to the present day characters and how they interact with the Ghost Witch. Using the history of the property allowed me to present those facts without appearing as exposition.

I hope, the readers of Ghost Witch will understand that lesbians are just like anyone else. We love, worry, hate just like everyone else. Sexuality should NOT be a defining factor regarding CHARACTER.  All my stories reinforce that theme.  Powerful people who are women and also lesbian.  In “The Silicon Gambit”  both the protagonist and the vice-president are lesbians.

I did research by spending a month reading books on the Passamaquoddy, the native americans of that area and others.   The Mi’kmaq called themselves L’nu’k, meaning “the people


Connect with Isabella

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/142055951-isabella-steelhttps://www.goodreads.com/user/show/142055951-isabella-steel

OnlineBookClub                   https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelves/shelf.php?u=2666907

Medium: https://medium.com/@isabellasteel2000

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabellasteelwriter/

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/isabella-steel

My Website   www.BlackRaptorBooks.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChpI8dXd37Ivi9Jvp9nkoLA

LibraryThing: https://www.librarything.com/profile/IsabellaSteel

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/isabellasteel2000/isabellas-books/


Isabella’s books:

https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B09FH7P51C

Featured Author – Interview – The Return Of Allan Hudson

It is a very special pleasure for me to welcome you back on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’. In your former visits we learned about your writing, your writing process and asked for some advice. But there are so many more questions to ask! 

Let’s see what you can tell us today: 

  1. Are you still writing in the same genre as you did before, and if not, why did you switch – or would you ever think to change genres?

 I started writing action/adventure stories because they appeal to me as a reader but my most recent release was a historical fiction set in 1911 in Scotland. It follows the life of a young man forced to leave his home to live with a bachelor uncle. I also have a collection of short stories that include a variety of genres.

I enjoy historical fiction and am continuing with the series and am working on Vol, 2. But sticking with my original action/adventure genre, I also have a new Jo Naylor adventure series and book 2 is being launched mid-February. Book three of my Drake Alexander series will be published in the fall.

 

2. Please, tell us a little about your writing process.

I have a special spot in my converted garage. Formerly a workshop, I redesigned a specific area for my laptop and notes. I write almost every morning now that I am retired. I start early and write while it is quiet. I prefer silence when I write and I find I get distracted with music or other noises. I do my research as needed and have a trusty note pad as my side to keep track of my characters and events.

  

3. What is important to know for young, new authors and writers?

 The one thing I might suggest, besides what every writer will tell you – to just write, is to decide before hand how you’re going to publish your story. It can be confusing to a new writer with so many options and everyone new to the industry needs to be warned of the con artists promising to publish your book when you pay them a lot of money. Talk to your author friends and get advice before you start looking for publishers. Get professional help – editors, beta readers and cover designers if you are considering self-publishing.

  

4. Your experience in the writing world, do you think it has already taken you where you wanted to go?

 I like this question. My writing has taken me beyond any expectations I might’ve had when I started writing. I write as a hobby and it has been tremendously rewarding to see a following grow, people wanting to purchase and read my stories. Leaving uplifting reviews. To hear someone tell you how much they enjoyed your work is the greatest reward. I’m so appreciative of their support.

 

  1. Are any of your books part of a series?

Yes. I enjoy a series and have three on the go. The first is my Drake Alexander Adventures of which there are two books now and the third is in editing, due in the fall. I hope to continue this series as long as I have ideas and oddly enough, I have the last of the series already planned but not sure how many will appear before then.

My latest series is the Shattered series, Jo Naylor adventures. Book two – Shattered Lives – is out last week and number three is in development at present. The publication is targeted for January 2022. This is a planned series of five novellas. I decided on novellas because I wanted the action fast-paced and short fiction. It has been well received and I’m pleased with the outcome so far.

Prior to the release of Book two of the Naylor groups, I published a historical novel in 2020 – The Alexanders – which will also be part of a series. Volume 2 is also in the works. Hoping for publication in the summer or fall of 2022.

  

6. Please, tell us about your projects again. Was there progress since the last interview or are there even completely new projects?

There has been a lot of progress with my writing since my last visit to the Treasure Chest. In addition to my historical fiction – The Alexanders – as I mentioned above, I’ve since written the Jo Naylor series which I am excited about. It will be a series of five action packed novellas. The Shattered series. Book two, Shattered Lives is coming this month. I don’t have enough time to write all the stories in my head, but I’m working on it.

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

 It is my absolute pleasure to be your guest, Aurora. I appreciate the opportunity to be here. Thank you.


Allan’s new book:

Jo Naylor is on the run. Wanted back in Canada for questioning regarding her father’s suicide. She has no intention of returning. With a new identity, she takes up temporary residence in a foreign country.

She may not be a detective any longer but once a cop, always a cop. A distraught woman pleads with Naylor to find her daughter. Should she help? She doesn’t know anyone in Thailand, doesn’t know the geography but that doesn’t stop Naylor from sticking her nose where it shouldn’t be.

Naylor and her new sidekick, an orphaned girl, join up with a local PI. There’s more than a missing child at stake.

Get the book here

Shattered Lives: A Jo Naylor Adventure – Kindle edition by Hudson, Allan. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.


Connect with Allan:

www.southbranchscribbler.ca

https://www.facebook.com/southbranchscribbler/

 https://twitter.com/hudson_allan

 https://plus.google.com/u/0/+allanhudson1953

 https://www.wattpad.com/user/allanhudson

Promote On Writer’s Treasure Chest

It’s 2020 and ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ is five years old.

I am very proud to have this blog up and its success and progress are significant. I thank all followers and readers for making this such a pleasurable experience and great adventure for me.

There is, however, one thing that I’d like to extend even more: The chance for many other writers to use “Writer’s Treasure Chest” as a promotional platform.

Do you feel like trying how it is to publish blog posts?

Do you have anything important to say?

Would you like to show up on this blog?

Do you have a book to promote?

Use “Writer’s Treasure Chest” and contact me for

a Blog Tour

a “Featured Author Interview”

a “Guest Post”

So many things are possible, and I’d like to give you a chance to introduce yourself and your work here!

For once I used the contact form within a blog post and hope you will use it!

 

Generally, ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ does have a contact form on the right side, as a widget.

It is always there! Check it out and contact me, I’ll be delighted to work with you on your plans, your guest post, your blog tour or send you the sheet with the interview questions!

I will be proud to have you as a guest on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’.

Author Spotlight – Raymond Walker

Hello, please introduce yourself.

Hi, My name is Raymond Walker and I am a writer. I write under a few aliases as well as my own name so some of you may know me as “Ray T Walker”, Maeve O’Connell, Robert Anderson, June Rutherford and Elijah Plane but most of my books are written under my own name; Raymond Walker.

1. When did you start writing?

I started writing, way back in the mists of time, the seventies, little more than a child, I was raised on a farm in the middle of nowhere and there was little to do other than work study and read. A village lay close by; Peninver (Pro peneever) and it was there I attended school. As is the case with most writers they were raised a reader. I started reading for myself at a rather young age but no more so than many others. I was no savant, rather just a young boy with little other to do than read.
I remember reading Alan Garner’s, “Weirdstone of Brisingammen, Jack London’s “Call of the wild” and White Fang” My very first of the, sagas, “Njals saga”, “Lord of the Rings”, “Watership down” when I was barely into double figures.

I started writing in my teens but most of the tales told were not worthy of notice. A country boy from a farm in the middle of nowhere, I had to travel across the country to College and ended up in the capital. Beautiful, filled with history, the site of the new renaissance, the Athens of the North, I was only Fifteen when I picked up sticks and headed east. University took up some time, but I think that I learned more from the people and streets of Edinburgh than I did from my tutors. I was studying Polymer Process Technology under some of the luminaries of the age but the ancient hoariness, the Gothic spires and dreadful history of Scotland’s capital seeped into my lonely country bones. Already imbued with a taste for the “Horror” story, the dark and unusual, the environment, the dark wynds, the overwhelming mystery, could not help but fuel my taste for the macabre.

I qualified with no problem but was disappointed with the course even as I was studying it. Science was never to be for me I thought at the time.
Whilst in Edinburgh I found “The Science Fiction bookshop” and met some cool people and through them I started working for the magazine “Uncanny Tales” part time, whilst still studying Polymer process technology and later, Mechanical engineering.

My first published story “A Shiver” appeared in “Astounding stories, Amazing Tales” and “Wondrous Tales” in 1980. In 82’ “Nut Brown Eyes” was published as a novella and serialized in “Uncanny Tales”. A version of the same tale appeared later in the noted mystery magazine; “Tales of mystery and imagination”. I wrote for many mag’s at the time and was regularly published but only earned a little. Married, and then with children I put writing aside and looked to earn a living and so entered the business world. The less said about that the better.

2. What motivates you to write?

I have very little motivation to write. I enjoy the creation of something new and original but have not the impetus of those wishing to “make it” or “write the great novel” rather I just like telling a good tale that others appreciate. Generally I write because it is in my nature to do so. (be glad of a short answer) The idea sits in my head, it hatches and I try to write it. Sometimes that is easily done, at others it is a dreadful misery and I do not get it right.

3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I am never drawn to genres, I always think; that is to my detriment. My very first novel, as you may expect, was a tale of the unexpected. “Nut Brown Eyes” a narrative tale set around the wild woods of Northern Scotland. My Second “My Peculiar Guinevere” a fantastical historical piece done in snippets of each of the characters lives. I have written historical fact, historical fiction, fantasy, contemporary romance, faerie tales, generic fantasy, Ghost stories, Science fiction, horror and even political comment over the years. Genre matters little to me. I always think that a good story will be a good story wither it is of birds in the sky or dragons in the mist. I have never found a genre I do not enjoy reading in.

There are some genres I prefer more than others, as Is the case with all readers but I have read fantasy that has fascinated me, Erotica, that has aroused me, Science fiction that sent me in deep stasis, thinking, others that have bid me soar.
Crime fiction that has assaulted my senses, Philosophy that has made me understand a little more of what I am and so on. I shall pause there, I may be assaulting your senses and ability to be bothered listening to me for much longer. Lol- but I have much more to say. I shall just finish his by saying that there is little difference between Hard Sci-fi and a bodice ripper. The good writer will tell the tale well no matter what it is; the bad……..

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

Many of my peers have ambitions. once I also had the same dream, the great writer, the bestseller, the Nobel prize (lol), writing the perfect novel. To be honest, I am aware of my abilities, I am a good writer (not great) many enjoy my tales, and hopefully always will. I look to make each one better than the one before. I sell a few books here and there. I no longer look forward to the bestseller, the great book. I keep writing because it is now a habit like smoking or drinking, it courses through my blood and I suspect that it will until my blood and internal organs are replaced with formaldehyde. Something that I suspect will happen in the not too distant future.

 

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

I have never suffered from writers block, I cannot imagine anyone so afflicted. I have a large ring bound book into which I place ideas for new books, new stories, short or long, That book is not only filled but there are many other sheets of paper, folded and added with outlines and Ideas I will not live long enough to tell. It does not really matter wither your struggle is writing the next tale or deciding which tale to write next. Just get on with it. Others may disagree. The big thing is telling what tale you wish others to read. As often you will get this wrong. I know I have, Often.

Those that I wish others to read, may one day be written but I suspect that I will complete few of them, and perhaps not even the ones that I wish to before my demise.
Each day I come up with ideas for new books, still untold. Some I will write, others will die with me. I hope however, to tell many more tales over the years remaining to me.

6.  What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

To new Authors I would offer only two pieces of advice; Learn your trade.

Write short pieces first, write for newspapers, magazines, periodicals and even business papers. With a little ability and a great deal of reading even the most mundane of us can become great writers.

The Second piece of advice, I know, Seems to contradict the first. Spend time writing your best work, let the world pass by and do not rush. Wait for the right words at the right time. When those words are not coming, write something else. On Facebook, an article, a newspaper story, for the printed press, a column, a contradictory piece, a short tale for a magazine. It is difficult to make your living as a writer. You need to be hard-working, capable and clever. Of Course your cool novel may suddenly make you rich but In my experience it rarely does. So you spread yourself and work and if willing to put the effort in and talented enough (and I am not that good) you make a living.
Then you have the time to wait and see if people like your books.
Some will. Some will not. No book is wonderful to everyone.

7.  Please, tell us about your work. 

I enjoy writing, even when it is difficult and you review what you have just produced and decide that it is terrible, unworthy of what you imagined when you set out to write whatever, whichever tale you imagined.
Yet the opposite also applies.
I recently started putting together a collection of tales and realized that it was a little short. So I thought to add a tale from a little read book to complete the collection. This tale I found delightful, well written and approaching wondrous. So I know that I can produce a great work.

Thank you very much for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here. Please come back anytime!


Connect with Raymond:

Main author site; www.raytwalker.com

The new Novel website; http://sheweptblacktears.yolasite.com/

Another author site; http://www.raytwalker.wixsite.com/raymond-walker

Online Presence for the Wondrous Tales and Mercurial Tales magazines (under construction though visible); www.mercurialtales.com
For Horror tales only go to; http://raynayday.weebly.com
For Fantasy Tales only go to; http://raymondwalker.weebly.com
To read my blog go to; http://www.raytwalker.wixsite.com/stories

Amazon Authors page go to; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Raymond-Walker/e/B002CB59VA/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

E-mail; raytwalker@googlemail.com


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Author Spotlight – Allan Krummenacker

Welcome!

Please introduce yourself.

My name is Allan Krummenacker, and for the record “I am not a number, I am a FREE MAN!” Anyone who gets that reference please give yourself a Gold Star. Also the first 5 people who post where that quote comes from down in the comments section can get a free copy of “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” which is being released October 1st.

Okay now that I got that out of my system, let’s get down to business. As you already suspect I’m rather silly and full of nonsense, which are great qualities in writing. I was born and raised on Long Island, NY and moved to California in 1985. Here I met my wife, a great set of friends, got into sci-fi and fantasy fandom (including costuming and fanfic writing). I currently reside along the west coast and am working for the county which gives me and my wife the security to pursue writing.

When did you start writing?

I’d done a lot of silly Marx-Brothers style of short fanfics, back when I belonged to a Doctor Who Fan club, and a Star Trek club. But I only really got serious around 2008 when my real estate career started a serious decline thanks to the bubble that led to the Recession. At the time my wife and I were binge-watching the original 1960s Dark Shadows series, which I learned had been partly written “On the fly”. Originally series was slated to end after 6 months but after the vampire Barnabas Collins got introduced the ratings shot through the roof and they were ordered to keep it going. So some of the continuity got messed up along the way. So I started amusing myself with re-writing and correcting some of the issues, but also came up with some original concepts as well. Soon the original ideas got so fleshed out, I realized I’d strayed so from Dark Shadows that I could easily re-populate these original ideas into something new. And thus, the Para-Earths concept was born.

What motivates you to write?

That is a very good question, and I guess the best answer is that I’ve always been writing stories in my head. I wasn’t the most popular kid at school, usually the target for bullies and others who just didn’t understand me. I wasn’t great at sports, which I found out was linked to the fact that I already had Fibromyalgia which meant I got hurt very easily physically and tears were often involved. So I spent a lot of time on my own with my GI Joes and other action figures and created storylines for their adventures. Plus I spent a lot of time inside my own head keeping myself amused as music and tv shows inspired more ideas in my head. I became a very thoughtful child as a result and found I had a better rapport with adults than I did kids my own age because I asked a lot of “grown-up” questions.

What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

Tough question here, I basically write a strange blend of paranormal/science fiction with touches of horror and mystery thrown into the mix. I suspect this comes from my younger years of being fascinated with the classic Universal Studios Horror Monsters and the original Dark Shadows which were my earliest paranormal influences. As for my science fiction fascination I have to credit Dr. Who, the original Twilight Zone, and the original Outer Limits. I found the stories and the worlds they introduced the audience to so fascinating and wondrous. I kept finding myself asking “What if?” questions after each episode, which in turn would get me thinking about story ideas to play with the few friends I had as well as with my toys.

What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

This is going to sound weird but I don’t know if I ever really think seriously about where I’d like all this to go. I mean I just love writing stories and hearing people tell me how much they enjoyed them. Of course I’d love to see some (if not all of them) make to the big screen and be brought to life for millions to see. But then I also tell myself if Hollywood ever comes knocking because they’ve run out of re-makes and re-boots (which I despise immensely) and want original new material, I think I would say “Yes”. Then I’d take the money and go write more stories and try not to pay attention to however they mangle my creation, because I’m not J K Rowling so I’m not going to get creative authority in what they do.

Of course people ask me if I want to be the next J K Rowling or Stephen King, to which I answer “No, because they already exist. I want to be Allan Krummenacker, the guy who gets as popular as they are and make the kind of money they do. Mostly so I can keep telling more stories to fascinate and hopefully inspire others.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Oh yeah! Me and writer’s block are old acquaintances. And more than once I’ve gone search of a jackhammer when he shows up. I even have an idea for a short silent film I may make for YouTube one of these days about dealing with writer’s block. Think along the lines of an old black and white Charlie Chaplin movie.

Anyway, how I deal with it… I’ll take long walks along the beach, into the woods, or just go out and have fun. I know part of my brain will still be mulling over the issue and I might spot something that suddenly gives me a breakthrough. If not, then I’ll start working on another writing project entirely. You have to keep writing, that’s my motto. And sooner or later I’ll either watch or movie or be talking with my wife Helen (another author) who might suggest something I never thought of and then… BAM! Writer’s block is gone and the story is moving on again.

What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

Two words “KEEP WRITING”!

Never stop. Take a rest if you need to, but keep the ideas flowing. Brush up on your grammar skills, take a class in creative writing at a local community college and keep doing it. They say practice makes perfect and its true. Also be ready for criticisms from friends, family and of course others. The words may hurt at first, but don’t let that stop you. Once you put the hurt aside, think about what was said and look over your work. Is there any validity to some of the critiques? Perhaps you need to rework some of the phrasing or how you present the characters or situations. Or, they may all be way off and just weren’t the right audience for your work.

There is so much to writing. Not just creating the story but also finding the right audience for your work is just as important as creating the tale. Learning what criticisms to take on board to improve your work versus those who just didn’t get the idea you were aiming for.

I’d also recommend doing lots of reading of other works in the same genre you’re working in. Study how other authors construct their stories. How did they build tension? How did their characters come across to you? Did they grow or evolve in the course of the story? Do the same thing with shows and movies you watch. Really see what worked or didn’t for you as an audience member and take those lessons on board as you work on your writing. For me, my stories play out as a movie inside my head and I try to basically transfer all the details onto my computer in words to paint the images I’m seeing.

Please, tell us about your work.

With my wife Helen’s help, I’ve created the Para-Earth Series (which is up to 4 books). These tales are reminiscent of the old Twilight Zone and Outer Limits shows. In each book the readers and the characters encounter beings or actually get to visit alternate versions of Earth where evolution took a very different turn because of changes in how those other Earths formed. You might encounter an Earth with 2 moons, or none at all. There’s even been one Earth where the planet has rings like Saturn. But with these changes in the planet’s early development, different life forms evolve. Some can be hostile, some friendly. Others may simply be lost in this reality and want to go home. You never know.

In fact, we’ve had life-forms that readers compared to the creations of HP Lovecraft, Dean Koontz and Stephen King. And there are many more on the way, as well as recurring characters readers have come to adore and are eager to see more of. Which is all to the good in my opinion because this is an open-ended series, not a trilogy or something with a definite end. I much prefer things that can be built upon for years to come.

But the doors between realities don’t just open one way. Occasionally a person from this reality might land up in one of those alternate worlds and come back altered in some way. One of your favorite characters from our series, a certain Union soldier name Nathaniel Eoghan Steward, got blown into one of those alternate Earths. And as you know, he came back to his world just a few days looking the same but is now to all intent and purposes a vampyre, only he’s not undead.

He’s one of my favorite characters to write about because he’s like Doctor Who, living for over 150 years and just experiencing history, making friends, and helping people along the way. With such a long lived character, I get to have him interacting with all kinds of people, both famous and just regular, so there’s an endless supply of stories to write around him. Your readers here can meet him in “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” which will be released October 1st of this year. Technically it’s being re-released as it’s been re-classified as the first Young Adult installment of our Para-Earth Series. (Links can be found beneath this interview).

The reason for the re-branding is because many readers felt that it belonged in that genre as most of the story is told by two teenage girls whose lives are deeply affected by Nathan’s presence, and both them and their families become very dear to him.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

Thanks so much for having me. I really enjoyed it. And to everyone reading this interview I’d going to close it with the words I use at the end of every entry at my blog about writing, keep writing!


Connect with the author:

Blog: https://musingsof2creativeminds.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/akrummenacker

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allan-krummenacker-76994a23/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/akrummenacker/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Allan-Krummenacker-Writer-171432612892924/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Allan-Krummenacker/e/B00B1W8TEU?ref_=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000


Allan Krummenacker’s newest book:

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MDO8SLO/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Nook:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-vampyre-blogs-allan-krummenacker/1124855249?ean=2940153799605

AmazonUK:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MDO8SLO

AmazonCA:
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01MDO8SLO

Smashwords:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/647499

Kobo:
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-vampyre-blogs-coming-home


 

Author Spotlight – Dayron Maxwell

Welcome!

1. When did you start writing?

I started around 2011 during my freshman year in college.

2. What motivates you to write?

One part is simply catharsis and is to inspire others with my novelty.

3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I write fantasy and coming of age fiction. I chose these two particular genres because I was always captivated by otherworldly elements like spirits and alternate dimensions. I enjoyed psychological development of characters and how they choose their lives in any given social system.

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

I would like it to eventually become a movie or a series.

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

No

6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

Believe in yourself and never try to be like another writer

7. Please, tell us about your work.

My series is about a young boy named Narvix who undergoes a journey across dimensions to discover his origins and change the fate of his own race forever.

Thank you for being my guest. It was a pleasure to have you here!!


About the author:

Dayron Maxwell is an author who writes fantasy and coming of age books. He is currently working on a series that will span six books. His hobbies include writing, traveling, and occasionally a good movie.
To learn more follow him on his website Dayron Maxwell and on FACEBOOK


Books

World of the Chimera (The Adventure of Narvix Book 2) by Dayron Maxwell

 

The Battle of New York has become a catalyst for many things. The hatred for Narvix, Mia’s alienation from human life, two teenagers a nascent understanding of their father’s goal, and the life of all intertwined with the nature of the Arzos. As Narvix’s power begins to frighten him, He journeys to a city hidden in another planet to learn about his heritage. Yet, what of the lives ultimately affected by him? What of the mothers who holds the corpse of her winged child, horned children praying for a peace muffled by brooks of blood and dying men? What of an old foe who vowed to destroy Narvix and the rest of his family? In the second book, Narvix must prepare for an inevitable conflict by immersing himself in a world shaped by the lives that he has neglected.

ON AMAZON

Those Who Swallowed God (The Adventures of Narvix) by Dayron Maxwell

Life is hard when you got red skin, scimitar-shaped horns, and twitter labels you as a Section 8 archangel. Life is even harder when your psychotherapist dismisses the choir of angels fluttering outside your gate as a form of psychotic depression.
When divine judgment wears a tailored suit and leads an army of winged humans, Narvix’s mundane life of retro PC gaming and afternoon snoozes during fourth-period calculus erupts into a roller coaster of dodging lightning bolts, facing a flaming woman, and preventing genocide from reaching his street address.

On AMAZON

Author Spotlight – Ann Harrison-Barnes

 

Welcome!
Thanks for having me.

Please introduce yourself.
My name is Ann Harrison Barnes. I love writing fiction and have also written for many professional websites and freelance clients. Some of my hobbies include listening to music, podcasts, and audiobooks, spending time with my family and crocheting.

1. When did you start writing?
I started getting serious about my writing in 2003, although I dabbled in it since I was in about the fifth or sixth grade.

2. What motivates you to write?
Motivation and inspiration come in various ways, from something as simple as a snippet from a podcast or part of an episode from an old TV show to the windchimes out on my front porch and conversations with my characters.

3. What genre do you write in and what made you choose this particular genre?
I write mostly Christian mysteries, although my mysteries are turning into Christian thrillers. However, there are times when I throw in a romantic twist. I have published one children’s book and have two more that I’m working on.
The reason I write in genres like this is because I love to read Christian fiction and I love a good mystery. I often like to drift back to a time when life was simple by reading children’s books, so what better way to do this by writing them as well.

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?
My goal in writing is to share the message of God’s love through a simple, yet deep story. If I can touch the life of one person through my stories, then I know I’ve done my job.

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?
Though I hate to admit it, I do have those moments when the muse refuses to talk to me. When I can’t think of what to write, I go outside and sit in the porch swing, if it’s warm enough, and let the windchimes, melodies within me and often times my characters talk to me. Sometimes, I have to do something else for awhile in order for the muse to take me by surprise.

6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?
If you have a story idea that’s been bugging you for a while, especially while you’re trying to sleep, don’t be afraid to put your butt in the chair and your hands on your keyboard and start typing whatever comes to mind onto the blank document before you. If handwriting is your thing, keep a notebook close by, so you can jot down little tidbits or story ideas that come to you. I don’t care what you write, just write something to start with. The more you write, the better you can hone your craft. I’m not saying you should write every day, although this process works for many authors, but write as often as you can. I also advise new authors to join writers’ groups or connect with other writers either online or locally. The support you get from your writing friends is valuable as your own writing improves.

7. Please, tell us about your work.
My full-length novel entitled A Journey of Faith, is about a young girl who has been plagued by vivid nightmares and a voice crying for help for the last sixteen years of her life. She takes a journey to discover what tragic accident she witnessed at the innocent age of twelve, so she can conquer her fear of climbing. Was this incident an accident or was it murder?
Stories Outside the Box is a collection of tails ranging from mystery, to stories filled with a bit of heavenly magic and more. One of the mysteries will take you into a twisted digital glitch.
Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure, An Electric Eclectic Book is a charming little Fairy tail with a bit of mystery and adventure as you ride along with Maggie and her friends on a fun and exciting gravy train journey. The biscuit wheels roll seamlessly down a cookie track.
Inner Vision, An Electric Eclectic Book, is a Christian fiction novelette, with a bit of mystery, adventure and a little sweet romance thrown into the mix. Kelly wakes up in a strange hospital after what she’s been told is an operation. However, when she tries to get some information about the operation, no one can tell her anything, except for one doctor who searches through her medical history to find out why she lost her sight. She and her best friend Anna must go back to the scene of the accident, in order for her to learn how to use her Inner Vision.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!
It was a pleasure being here, thanks again for having me.


Ann’s bio:

Ann Harrison-Barnes is the author of four books: A Journey of Faith, A Stepping Stones Mystery, Stories Outside the Box, Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure, an Electric Eclectic Book, and Inner Vision, an Electric Eclectic Book. She has also been published in several anthologies. Aside from her work as a Christian fiction author, Ann is a professional writer and she also crochets bookmarks and book covers to promote her books. To learn more about Ann and her work, visit her website at www.annwritesinspiration.com


Connect with Ann:

https://annwritesinspiration.com

http://bit.ly/visitEEbooks

https://www.facebook.com/annwritesinspiration

https://www.facebook.com/ElectricEclecticBooks/

https://www.twitter.com/annwrites75


Ann’s books:

Stories Outside the Box:

 

 

 

 

 

Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure: An Electric Eclectic Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inner Vision: An Electric Eclectic book

 

 

 

 

 


A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery
(Kindle)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H7SCQNM
(Paperback)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1720213240