Guest Author Dr. Gary M Vasey

Today our guest is Dr. Gary M Vasey author of yesterday’s book The Last Observer. Here is a link to the post if you missed it. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5gU

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Let’s find out more about Gary.

1) Where is your home town?

I’m not sure I have one to be honest. I am originally from Hull and I am a rabid Hull City supporter but I have not lived there since 1978! The last 26-years I have lived in Houston and Dallas, TX and then Brno and Prague, Czech Republic. I constantly have itchy feet and so I could be moving again soon. I have never put down roots and I am sure I never will – until I do literally push up daisies.

 

2) Can you tell the readers why you wrote this book?

I am fascinated by the nature of reality and also very interested in the esoteric and magic. My son and I were in a pub and discussing how science and metaphysics seem to coming together and the idea was born right there over a beer or four. The idea was that some people observe reality better than others and that if you could kill these people off you might be able to hijack reality. We thought what a great idea and wouldn’t that make a great movie! After we had finished casting it the idea died for about 4-years until my son asked me if I had written it yet. I hadn’t but I started the project right there and then.

 

3) Please briefly explain how magicians think the Universe is formed?

Gosh – that’s not an easy answer and I am not sure I can purport to represent others in my answer either to be honest. We would in simple terms, see a world of ideas or thoughts as being behind the physical world – its been called the astral plane by some. There thoughts take on form and can become reality. It is really much more complex than that but we would see the Universe as mental.

 

4) Stan has a wonderful gift, how does he see an ordinary cup of tea?

He sees or tastes an ordinary cup of tea as like a second best version of tea he can imagine! I guess the idea I was trying to get across there is that we can and often do imagine something as being so much better than the actual reality of a thing.

 

5) When in Yorkshire, your characters went to a stone circle, did you base this on any particular circle in Britain today?

No – just a generic stone circle but I wanted it to be in the Moors and I naturally thought of the North Yorkshire Moors as I am familiar with them. There is just something about The Moors isn’t there? Raw, natural and yet beautiful.

 

6) In the book the characters discuss “Sleepers” can you briefly explain to the readers the definition of a “Sleeper”?

It’s not a nice term is it? It’s akin to being a muggle really and that’s not a nice term either is it? It means asleep to the reality or actuality around them. They are sucked in to the realism of the material and physical world and all of their focus is on it as opposed to the spiritual world. We are all asleep for most of our lives I think and when we awaken its probably through a spiritual experience or an initiation in which suddenly we realize we have been lied to all of our lives. You start to look harder and question harder and not just accept what you are told.

I actually think you can sleep on multiple levels. For example, you can be so occupied with worry that as you walk through a city you really see nothing of it at all. At the other extreme, you are asleep to what you really are and what is really around you and you fail to see the spiritual side of reality. In the book of course, it is used in a derogatory manner because the person who is making the observation is essentially full of herself….

 

7) Zeltan is angry with the world of science. Does he believe that science is stumbling towards revealing secrets of the universe to the mass population?

Yes – Zeltan believes that Science is creating an easy route to making magic and that it is on the very verge of understanding the basis of magic. In essence, science is about to prove what philosophers have proclaimed about reality for more than 2000 years. He doesn’t want ordinary folk – sleepers – to have access to such power especially when it has been hidden for centuries. I can’t say much more without giving away the plot I am afraid.

 

8) What talent does Alison bring to the group?

Alison is a polar opposite to one of the protagonists but in character she feels superior and she is vain. Not quite the right qualities for a super magician…

 

9) The 4 elements; Fire, water, air and earth are important in the balance of the universe. Which characters match these elements?

Again, I fear if I answer this question it gives too much away… Let’s just say that the elements are the building blocks of reality and each is counterbalanced by the others. Similarly, the elements within each of us dictate to some extent the kind of person we are and so we work upon the elements and metals within us as the Great Work in order to perfect ourselves.

 

10) Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

They can visit one of my blogs at www.garymvasey.com or www.asterothsdomain.com and there they will find masses of further reading.

The Last Observer: A Magical Battle for realityFind a copy of this book here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Thank you Gary.

Guest Author Paula Martin

Today our guest is Paula Martin author of yesterday’s book Irish Inheritance, here is a link to the book if you missed the post. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-591

Paula Martin

Let’s find out more about Paula.

1) Where is your home town?

I’m originally from a town called Preston, in Lancashire in North West England, but at eighteen I moved about 35 miles away to study at Manchester University, and I’ve lived in the Manchester area ever since.

 

2) How long have you been writing?

Since I was about eight or nine. I was a voracious reader as a child, and made up stories about the children in my favourite books. That led on to writing about my own characters, and later, when I was in me teens, to very cheesy romances! My first novel was published when I was in my twenties, followed by three more. Then, with a young family to bring up and my career as a teacher, I had a break from writing novels, although I still wrote short stories and articles. I came back to romance novels a few years after I had taken early retirement from teaching, and have had six books published since 2011.

 

3) What genres do you like writing most?

Contemporary romance is my ‘natural’ genre, and I haven’t yet stepped out of my comfort zone. As I used to be a history teacher, people sometimes ask me why I don’t write historical novels, but maybe it’s because I know how much research would be involved to make sure I didn’t get something wrong!

 

4) Is this your first book set in Ireland?

Yes, although it’s about eight years since I first visited the west coast of Ireland, and fell in love with the beautiful Connemara area of County Galway. I’ve been back to Ireland ten times since then and visited other parts of the island.

 

5) What is it that makes Ireland a romantic setting for many books?

Its scenery, its history, and its people. I love the mountain areas I’ve visited, like the Wicklow Mountains and Connemara, which have a wild beauty, and the west coast of Ireland is stunning with its cliffs and rocky shores, and some lovely bays. Wherever you go in Ireland, you’re surrounded by history, ranging from prehistoric tombs to medieval monasteries and castles, and then to the more recent history of the Irish potato famine, and the struggle for independence. Last, but not least, I love the friendliness of the Irish people, who greet you with a cheerful, ‘How are ye?’ everywhere you go.

 

6) Can you give the readers a hint about some of the family research that Jenna and Guy must undertake?

I’ve done a lot of my own family history research, so I knew their initial research would be from census records, and birth, marriage, and death lists. Many of these can now be found online so it’s much easier to find out your family history than it used to be. I did discover, however, that the 19th century Irish census records had been destroyed, so Jenna and Guy only had access to the 1901 and 1911 censuses. These records only contain basic information, and the next step is to buy copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates which can provide more detail. Older people’s memories are also invaluable, as Guy and Jenna discovered when they met people who remembered the family they were researching.

 

7) Tell us a little about the house in the book called Mist Na Mara.

I know exactly where I wanted Mist Na Mara to be situated, with a view of the bay on one side and the Connemara mountains on the other. There’s actually a ruined castle near where I imagine the house, but I wanted it to be Victorian. So the house is partly a figment of my imagination, and partly an amalgam of various old houses I’ve either visited or seen in photos, movies, or TV dramas. I wish it was real!

 

8) Tell us a little about some of your other books

‘His Leading Lady’ is set in London’s theatre world when Jess agrees to impersonate her twin sister and take the lead in a new musical show in the West End. She falls for the show’s director, Kyle Drummond, but discovers he had been dating her sister, and starts to wonder if he is using her as a substitute in real life as well as in the show.

‘Fragrance of Violets’, set in England’s beautiful Lake District, is a story of forgiveness between Abbey and Jack who fell out as teenagers but meet again ten years later. However, Jack is hiding a secret that threatens to destroy the fragile resumption of their relationship.

‘Changing the Future’, again set in the North West of England, is another ‘reunion’ story. Lisa meets Paul again after their acrimonious breakup six years earlier. Resentment still lingers on both sides, but so does their mutual attraction. They can’t change the past, but a life-threatening volcanic eruption may help them to change the future.

‘Dream of Paris’ tells the story of school teacher Anna who has a dream of going to live and study in Paris, until Matt Carlton comes into her life. When Anna discovers the reason for Matt’s strangely inconsistent behaviour, she is sure there is no future for them, but maybe Paris can still work its magic for them both.

‘Her Only Option’ was inspired by my visit to Egypt several years ago. Neve, a tour guide on a Nile cruise ship, meets archaeologist Ross McAllister. As a result, she breaks up with her Egyptian boyfriend, but when Ross’s work in the famous Valley of the Kings seems to be under threat, she has to make a heart-breaking decision.

 

9) Are you working on a new book at the moment?

My current ‘work in progress’ is a spin-off story about Charley, who was Jenna’s best friend in ‘Irish Inheritance’. It takes place about three years later, when Charley, after a personal tragedy, unwillingly returns to Ireland. She meets Luke Sullivan, an Irish veterinary surgeon, and is drawn into a web of intrigue linked to Luke’s ex-wife.

 

10) Where can fans find out more about you and your work?

Irish Inheritance

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My website is http://paulamartinromances.webs.com and my personal blog is http://paulamartinpotpourri.blogspot.com

You can also find all my books on my Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/1o9biew

 

 

Guest author William J Crisel

Today our guest is William J Crisel author of yesterday’s book Fairy and Blood: Lilac. Here is a link to the post if you missed it. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5f0

William J Crisel

Let’s find out more about William.

1) Where is your home town?
I was born in Charleston, South Carolina.

2) How long have you been writing? What is your favourite genre?
I have been writing since I was a teen, although I didn’t get around to publishing until 2013. My favourite genre has to be fantasy or dark fantasy. Though I’m not opposed to other genres.

3) What was the one idea behind Fairy and Blood which sparked the book?
The idea behind the book was actually a simple one. To take an unlikely character who is seen in different respects or roles and put them in another that might be unexpected. I also like the concept of struggle, often I see a good book that tells a creative and compelling tale but puts the issue of struggle on the side as more of an inconvenience.
4) Why did you use a fairy as your heroine?
I point you to the last question and my response but I suppose giving more detail on it doesn’t hurt. I chose a fairy because they always seemed innocent. They have been portrayed as healers, guides, omens or voices of wisdom. I haven’t seen one take a heroic lead unless you count on tales that still sugar coat their nature. I wanted a fairy that was strong. I wanted a tale of a fairy that was willing to put her life on the line for something greater then she or something she believed was worth putting herself in dangerous situations over. I wanted a no-nonsense character that while acting on her ideals held onto not just a physical struggle but an inner struggle as well. I wanted a fairy that wasn’t just a fairy but a heroine.
5) Why was Lilac all alone?
She was alone because of her characteristics. She is generally stubborn and I suppose because of that trait would be unwilling to seek out help. There is also the issue that her kind had been scattered from so long ago and had a general distrust of others.
6) Which was your favourite seasonal sprite and why?
I would have to say Fall. He had the ability to communicate with all living things but was so desperately craving companionship. The character was pretty much a villain but all that villain wanted was love.
7) Can you briefly tell the readers about the star?
The living star. Without giving to much away about her, I will say she was the catalyst to the fairies difficult lifestyles. I would also say she could be misunderstood in what it was that she did or was trying to do. Her appearance is brought forth by Lilac taking on more struggle than that of any other of her kind.
8) How would you describe your target audience for this book?
This book was targeting in my view, teens to young adults, as well as adults. It does have words that aren’t often seen or used. But I feel it doesn’t hurt to discover a new word that could expand your vocabulary. Words can be beautiful wondrous things and deserve to be seen and used.
9) What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on the sequel to this book. I want to expand upon this world and answer a few questions that are left with the audience after reading the first book. I want to show the aftermath of Lilac’s actions from the view of another, although the character in the sequel has his own issues he must discover and deal with.
10) Where can readers find out more about you?
Well if they are willing to put up with my odd sense of humour, they can find me on G+ under the name william crisel. Or if they want to know more they can always email me directly and ask me questions. My email is Vegette@comcast.net
Fairy and Blood: Lilac
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Guest Author Jo Sparkes

Today our guest is Jo Sparkes author of yesterday’s book The Birr Elixir. Here is a link to my book review if you missed it. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5dY

Jo Sparkes

Let’s find out more about Jo and her writing.

1) Where is your home town?
Rison, Maryland. Right next to Washington, D.C.
2) How long have you been writing?
Since before I could read. I actually use to scribble on paper, and tell my mother I was writing. I wrote my first full length book when I was twelve years old. For some reason, it was rejected by the publisher.
3) Do you have a favourite genre to write in and why?
I don’t think so — although there are those I doubt I’ll ever attempt. I get caught by a situation, a character in a circumstance. Somehow everything else springs up from that. I do think there should be various elements in any good story — some humour in a drama, adventure in a horror, etc. That lends it depth.
4) What was the one idea which sparked the Gamesmen Legend series?
I knew a very great athlete — and was mesmerized by his spirit. I suppose it was an easy step to create a young apprentice, a girl trying to make her place in the world, who reaches past her ability to help him. And in doing so triggered an amazing adventure.
5) How many books are you planning for the series?
Three. The second one, The Agben School, comes out end of July.
6) Can you tell the readers a bit about Mistress Britta, was she an Agben?
She was in the past, but had left. In the second book, we may wonder exactly what her role was in the kidnapping of the Prince.
7) For readers who might be tempted by the book can you give us a quick guide to the game of Comet?
There’s a basket and four balls. The basket is in the centre of the field of play, and each ball is worth certain points when sunk — but that value is hidden beneath a sticky dust that slowly comes off as the game is played.
And there are four teams of four men — which can make it a rather violent game.
8) Why is the Mark of Health necessary for travel in this world?
On the Great Continent, the Skullan race is disdainful of the Trumen race in general, and believe Trumen from the desert continent to be little above animals. They claim they fear some sort of desert disease, although the cost of gaining such a mark is so high it naturally keeps most from ever leaving the desert.
9) Can you give us a few hints as to what to expect in the next book? Do you have an expected publication date for it?
Tryst gets to Missea — but finds getting into the Palace to see his father is not easy. The conspiracy goes to the highest levels. For Drail, his dream comes far too easily — and then blows up in his face.
And Marra finds herself in deep trouble after trying to help Tryst — and has nowhere to turn but the mysterious Agben School.
Book 2 is called The Agben School, and will be released soon — at the end of July.
10) What else have you written? Where can readers find out more about you?
I have a few non-fiction books, including Feedback  How to Give It  How to Get It. It’s what I’ve learned in writing for some interesting producers — about handling feedback properly.
You can find more about me here: http://josparkes.com/  or talk to me on twitter, @Sparkes777.
Thanks, Rosie. It’s a pleasure talking to you.
It’s been a pleasure Jo, Good Luck with the next book.
The Birr Elixir
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A Change of Heart by Adrienne Vaughan

A Change of Heart (The Heartfelt Series, #2)A Change of Heart by Adrienne Vaughan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Change of Heart is the second book in the Heartfelt series, I fell in love with the Island of Innishmahon and the colourful people who lived there in the first book “The Hollow Heart”. So I was delighted to find the second book took place on the island once more. Carrying straight on from where the first book ended the story heads right in with Ryan stepping off of the ferry with his young son.

On top of the vital repairs to the only bridge to the island, which was washed away in a storm, there are now plans to have a Life Boat station on the island too. Dermot Finnegan takes the role of Life Boat Captain as a disguise for some undercover police work which he has signed up for.

For a tiny island off of the Irish coast it certainly draws everyone’s attention. Superstar actress Angelique de Marcos arrives in a whirl of glamour to challenge Ryan for custody of their son. Erin Brennan is also returning to the island after a long period of absence and she too has her own secret agenda.

Throw in to the mix a Halloween Hooley, robbery, freedom fighters and some brand new relatives, it all has journalist Marianne Coltrane at breaking point, but letting the Emerald Isle work its magic, gives more than one person a second chance.

Romance, Ireland and great characters at their best, I can’t wait for the third book in the series.

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Guest Author Adrienne Vaughan

Today our guest is Adrienne Vaughan author of yesterday’s book The Hollow Heart. Click here to read the review if you missed it. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5bA

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Let’s find out more about Adrienne and her writing.

1) Where is your home town?
I was born in Leicester in the East Midlands and brought up in Dublin, Ireland – so I’m very lucky, I have two home towns and still spend time in them both.
2) How long have you been writing?
 I was given a Petite Typewriter for Christmas when I was seven, it was turquoise, I loved it, and that was it, my fate was sealed! I wrote poems, short stories and features, cutting out pictures from magazines and making up my own little publications. I’ve never stopped, today I run a busy PR company; we publish lots of company newsletters and I’m proud to be the editor of the Romantic Novelists’ Association magazine, Romance Matters.
3) What one thing sparked the idea for this book?
The Hollow Heart started as a dream. Someone I knew met a famous movie star in a bar, they struck up a conversation and although coming from very different backgrounds, became firm friends. I then dreamt I met a movie star in a pub in Ireland – which can happen there quite easily – but he didn’t want to talk to me because I was in the media. I couldn’t shake it, the scenario kept coming back to me, so I did what I always do when that happens, I wrote it down.
4) The book has a terrible terrorist attack in it, can you tell the readers what the attack was about?
I abhor terrorism. Growing up in Ireland during the seventies, I was acutely aware of how lives can be torn apart by random acts of violence in the name of a ‘cause’. I visited New York after 9/11, we flew over the site of the atrocity, there are no words to describe how that felt. So I wanted a scene that put things into perspective for my heroine, for her to realise how fragile life is, and when she finds something worth living for, to hold on and fight for it. I also wanted to show Ryan, although a movie star, was far from shallow, and I needed them both to have gone through something major, so that when they do fall in love, they will move heaven and earth to be together – and they do!
5) Does the Island of Innishmahon exist in real life?
I’m told it does, lots of readers give me names of places they think the island is based on, some even send me pictures. But no, the island is a combination of many beautiful places I have visited in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. I do have a map of it though, I’ve drawn it and put the landmarks in, such as the pub and Marianne’s cottage, Weathervane, which is what the novel was originally called.
6) Will we be able to read more about the stolen babies story in the next book?
Oh, yes. I was in the throes of writing about that, when a report came on the news that a similar scam have been discovered in a Convent in Spain, where babies of single girls were being sold on for adoption. Since then many tales have emerged, but I’d made my story up, fact proving to be, as usual, stranger than fiction.
7) Does the second book in the series continue straight on or is there a jump in time like there is in some book series?
Straight on, it opens precisely where The Hollow Heart ends. My husband read the manuscript and when he finished it – apart from saying it should be a film – said: “That’s interesting, it ends at a beginning, you are writing a sequel aren’t you?” I wasn’t!
8) What do you think makes an Irish setting for a book appealing to readers like me?
I’m not sure. The UK and Ireland are similar yet very different, perhaps that’s the attraction, reading about a place that feels familiar and friendly, yet quite alien is intriguing in many ways. The shared language and history is another good foundation. I try hard to ensure my characters, wherever they are from, speak with an authentic voice, so I like to go back to Ireland to ‘get my ear in’ as they say and Ryan’s New York agent, Larry Leeson says elevator not lift, and trunk not boot – a childhood spent watching Kojak has not been wasted.
9) Do you have a favourite part of Ireland yourself?
I’ve too many to select just one, but a hunk of my heart is in the Wicklow mountains, wild and wonderful, it’s called The Garden of Ireland; with snow in the wintertime it could be Scandinavia, yet so close to the sea. A week in Wicklow is my idea of the best spa break in the world, everyone comes back looking amazing!
10) How many books will there be in the Heartfelt series?
I’m currently working on the final book in the series, (here’s an exclusive for you Rosie) called Secrets of the Heart, with more twists and turns for those colourful characters, and another love story or two – but to say anymore than that would be indiscreet!
I have the novel after this one roughly sketched, and much of that will be set in Ireland too, but different, equally lovable characters I hope.
Thank you Adrienne, readers can catch my review of the second book in the Heartfelt series next week.
The Hollow Heart (The Heartfelt Series, #1)

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The Hollow Heart by Adrienne Vaughan

The Hollow Heart (The Heartfelt Series, #1)The Hollow Heart by Adrienne Vaughan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Hollow Heart is the first book in the Heartfelt series. It features reporter Marianne Coltrane and begins with her work at the Chesterford Chronicle where her latest scoop uncovers the illegal sale of babies from a refuge for single pregnant women. Once the story breaks Marianne finds herself being awarded Journalist of the Year for her stolen babies expose.

It’s at the awards she meets dependable George Brownlow MP. With a twist, destiny plunges Marianne through a series of cruel disasters and it’s not until she decides to take a break and escape to the Island of Innishmahon off of the Irish coast, that she begins to mend her emotional wounds. The people of the island are so welcoming; Padar and Oonagh Quinn who run the pub, Miss MacReady the postmistress and Father Gregory.

Marianne finds another person on the island is also there to find himself and escape from life. Ryan O’Gorman, TV star, once saved Marianne’s life, now he’s here saving more lives when a storm hits and families need rescuing. He doesn’t want to be remembered as a hero he wants to be a writer, but life in the fast lane pulls him away from the island and Marianne.

Stormy times lay ahead for more than one character, and I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the series to see how obstacles are overcome, relationships smoothed and families are re-united. I really enjoyed Marianne’s journey and easily fell in love with the people and the island of Innishmahon.

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Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

Boot Camp BrideBoot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lizzie Lamb’s characters are so lovable, Charlee became my buddy from the very first line. She was fiery unpredictable and quite honestly a delightful handful. Charlee Montague is an intern at “What’Cha” Magazine, the lowest of the low and given the worst jobs. But she has a passion to make it big and her feisty attitude nearly gets her in to BIG trouble at the book awards when she gives her honest opinion about photographs by high profile author Rafael Fonseca-Ffinch.

Next day instead of being fired she’s given the chance to redeem herself with a story about a young Royal playing away from home. But she has a partner and she must face Ffinch. Her best friend Poppy fills her in on Ffinch; kidnapped in Columbia by the Aguilas Negra, he was left to die, until he was rescued by an Amazon tribe. Now he’s putting all the proceeds of the book in to a hospital boat and Charlee must eat humble pie.

The short story piece is only the tip of the iceberg and Charlee finds herself going the extra mile to get her scoop. Faking an engagement and booking herself in to a Boot Camp for Brides, Charlee’s fulfilling the role, but what is it that Ffinch isn’t telling her? Frustrated Charlee threatens to find the truth herself and just how long will it take for her to also see what else is standing right before her eyes?

Lizzie Lamb will be out guest author on the blog tomorrow, come back and meet Lizzie and find out more about her work.

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Guest Author Paul Collins

Today our guest on the blog in author Paul Collins.

Paul Collins

1) Where is your home town?

I am from Toronto, Ontario Canada.

2) How long have you been writing?

From the fall of 1989 to 1991, I started to study writing when I left full time high school to take part time English courses to get into university. From 1991-1993, I did not write, but studied literature at York University. When I left full time studies, in 1994 I took a non credit creative writing course at Ryerson University. This led me to enter the part time film program, which went on from Fall 1995 to spring 1997. In that two year program, I took screenwriting 101 and learned the structure to write a feature length story. Life stepped in and I left Ryerson and went on to direct some commercials, be a part of a radio show that lasted from February 2000 to April 2001. The following year, I directed a documentary on youth violence called Just Talk which went on to be screened in Briton England. Somewhere, before, or after the radio show, I wrote a manuscript called Prescience Rendezvous. I got it published in 2003, but it was published as is. No editing. No proofing. No residuals. Getting this book out scored me a TV interview on CTV’s Web Mania at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imOX-Dl5OPQ . Prescience Rendezvous got the ball rolling for the book endeavour. To answer your question, I see writing as a side interest. It began in 1989 and for some crazy reason, I would always go to it on my own without anyone telling me to do it. It just seems like a natural thing to do. I see it as cheap therapy!

3) Tell us about your style of writing, I believe you like to mix up the genres.

I read classic lit. I am a lit snoot too. Dickens, Hardy, Theodore Dreiser, Sinclair Lewis, and others is where you will find me. When I write, however, I write when I get bored and my mind wanders and that is where fantasy becomes part of the equation.

4) Tell us about your book called “Mack Dunstan’s Inferno”

Mack Dunstan’s Inferno was inspired by Bowling For Columbine, where Michael Moore challenged Charlton Heston on his role in promoting guns in the face of youth violence. The Heston Estate forbade the use of Heston’s name and image. I then changed the name of the lead character in my work to Mack Dunstan and the book title was renamed Mack Dunstan’s Inferno. This work is about a Charlton Heston type character who descended into hell and met victims of his pro-gun policy.

In fact, Mack Dunstan’s Inferno began with Mack Dunstan going through and experiencing the death process.  As he journeyed, he met Virgil, who guided him through hell, heaven, and eventual illumination.  In his journey, Mr Dunstan met the many victims of his pro-gun policy.  Many were Hispanic and African-Americans, all of whom were from the poorer classes.  It was in this scenario of the underworld; Mr Dunstan was confronted with the many sad and tragic stories, leaving him to go through the process of releasing his guilt, anger, and eliminating his ego.

Mr Dunstan, however, did meet a lot of celebrities in his journey of the underworld.  Some were from the silent era, golden age of cinema, and classic, American TV shows.  Mack Dunstan’s Inferno was not only a satire on those who enjoy distinction in the modern era, but a parity, or update, of The Divine Comedy.  Within in the perimeters of fiction, I satirized the so-called pillars of the communities and media darlings.  I used my position as scribe to make fun of present actors, dead actors, present/past members of the political and business elite. Therefore, instead of mentioning long, dead ancient figures of history, I would include Kelsey Grammar, Sally Struthers, Barbra Streisand, Joan Rivers and her daughter Melissa, and even included JK Rowlings.  To add another dimension to this story, I made sure Mack Dunstan’s Inferno does not promote a dogmatic, Christian belief system, but an Eastern point of view.

5) What can we expect to read about in your work entitled “Mystery of Everyman’s Way”?

Mystery of Everyman’s Way is about a physics professor at Oxford, who gets kidnapped by astronauts from another level of reality, and they take the main character back to their society where they place the main character into a holographic type existence, where he is the other man in a royal marriage battle. If the marriage ends, the holographic existence will destroy itself!

6) How can readers find out more about you and your work?

I supply articles and stores to http://angiesdiary.com/author/authorpaulcollins/ . I also conduct author interviews, all to promote the books.

7) What is your next project going to entail?

For the last 13 years I freelanced as a permantee grip for IATSE 873 and Nabet 700 SEP film unions.  I thought about my experiences and wrote a fictionalized story on the people I worked with along the way. It is not fantasy but I thought I give it a try! To promote the books, I even wrote and directed some PSA’s. I hope to put more up at https://www.youtube.com/my_videos?o=U .

Mack Dunstan’s Inferno and Mystery of Everyman’s Way can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/Paul-Collins/e/B003LRE5F0/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1 , or buy Mack Dunstan’s

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Inferno at http://bookstore.iuniverse.com/Products/SKU-000479090/Mack-Dunstans-Inferno.aspx .

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Buy Mystery of Everyman’s Way at http://www.etreasurespublishing.com/products/Mystery-of-Everyman%27s-Way-by-Paul-Collins-%252d-Print.html .

Thanks so much for the interview. All the best!

X by Jack Croxall

XX by Jack Croxall

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What would any of us do if our lives were turned completely upside-down? Imagine if in a matter of two months you lost all your family and friends and you were left to fend for yourself. Just how feral would we all go?

This is what happens to 15 year old “X”. Hidden in a cellar in rural England she writes the last few days of her existence in a journal for someone else to find. Once she had a Mum, a Dad, a Sister, a boy she liked at school and an ordinary life. Now she must scavenge for food, water and protection. She is alone and knows her days are numbered.

In just a few pages we meet “X” we read about what her life has become, how she copes and what she knows will happen. Jack Croxall has written a very dramatic short story which may leave you asking yourself just what you would have done in the same situation.

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Jack will be our guest here on the blog tomorrow, do come back and read more about him.