#SupportIndieAuthors, Go take a Dirt Nap edition.

The first playwright to be featured on the blog. I think also our first southern interview in the series. (I’m originally from Kentucky, and lived in Georgia for a few years before I moved to Washington, so the south holds a special place in my heart.) Check out his site, it offers a taste of his work! So without further ado, I give to you, Jules Cassard!

Dirt Nap Rhapsody by Jules Cassard

All Tag wants to know is whether or not his beloved wife Lori is a deranged killer – is that too much to ask?

Tag and Lori are the couple on the top of the wedding cake. Everything about their relationship is perfect and they’re both deliriously happy — except for one tiny little, earth-shattering problem.

Her name is Marcie and despite the fact that Tag likes to think of himself as a pretty decent guy, he just can’t shake his desire to do some… well, some not so decent things with her. When his obsession with Marcie gets to the point that he finally breaks down and confesses his struggles to Lori, Tag is touched by her compassionate and understanding response. He breathes a sigh of relief — until the next day when Marcie turns up dead.

Could sweet, dainty, couldn’t-hurt-a-fly Lori be a… be a… Tag can’t even bring himself to think it. But could she? Detective Steiner doesn’t think so. The way he sees it, Tag is guilty as hell and it’s only a matter of time before the truth comes spilling out of him. Of course Tag knows that’s impossible because he doesn’t even know the truth himself — and he’s not sure if he wants to.

Of course the truth may come out anyway if Susan keeps poking around. Susan is Tag and Lori’s recently widowed next door neighbor whose hobbies include gardening, drinking and hypochondria. She also has a thing for Tag and a poor understanding of the concept of boundaries, so there’s a small chance that Lori might want to murder her too. Assuming of course that Lori is capable of something like… something like…

On second thought, Tag and Lori have more than one tiny little problem.

About me: I am an author and playwright from New Orleans, Louisiana. I enjoy writing mysteries and thrillers, often with a comedic bent, like my short stories “The Inanimates” and “Codependent Pistol.” I’ve written two full-length plays, the first of which is scheduled to open in New Orleans in the fall.

1. What do you do to keep your spirits up through a bad review?

– I remind myself that opinions are like elbows – everybody’s got one. And while I can’t deny hoping that a vast majority of people love my work, I think anything that doesn’t have at least a few vehement haters isn’t pushing hard enough. What I’m really afraid of are those 2 1/2 star “Meh” reviews.

2. What has been your greatest inspiration for writing your story?

– I thought that the image of a guy being led to the execution chamber smiling and blowing kisses at someone who was smiling and blowing kisses in return was quite striking. I started there and asked myself what happened to those two people to create that situation.

3. Are there any people you feel need a shout out for supporting you?

– Several.

4. Has self-publishing taught you any lessons that you feel will help you in life?

– Yes, it taught me a lot of things about the business end of the industry that I’m glad I now know regardless of how I go about it in the future. Also, no kidding, it reminded me that opinions are like elbows. All of them.

and last, What’s your favorite color?

– Red? (Good gods man, be glad I’m not a bridgekeeper!)

Remember, if you’d like to be featured in the #SupportIndieAuthor series, please drop me a line at RileyAmosReviews (@) Gmail (Dot) com. Until next week, keep writing!

And don’t forget to check out my Breath Of the Titans: The False Titanbriger series.
*FREE* Little Black Stormcloud
A Mother’s Love
War of the Chiefs

#SupportIndieAuthors, stop off for a pint of guiness edition!

Today I want to introduce you to the first person over sixty to ask to be featured. A wonderful man from my ancestral homeland of Ireland, I give you Paddy Kildarra.

My first Indie novel is ‘The Rimmer Tree’, a murder mystery set in a
fictitious UK Midland city.

Link on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2…

Blurb/short synopsis.
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“On a remote Sussex farm backward seventeen-year-old ANNA thinks of her baby and takes an eternity to die on a prickly rope.

Four decades later, ALAN CAIN, a man without malice but even less tact, finds a three-fingered hand violating his suburban letterbox on a bitter
winter evening.

Fractious by nature, Cain is already fighting to keep his kids and career
before he stumbles upon the same hand severed next to a headless body in a
disused Victorian pump house.

Cain soon learns he has history with the victim and not in a good way. Made
prime suspect by Detective Chief Inspector

Badman, Cain pursues his only clues while evading capture: an old mourning
card, a man called Rimmer and a back street hostel.

Assisted by a reluctant priest and an indomitable young woman, he meets
betrayal, corruption and unexpected support while unravelling the long
shadow of a forty year old injustice.”

Bio:
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Sixty-two. Born in Dublin. Served in the military (far away from guns).
Qualified in graphic design and ended up in public service. The Rimmer Tree
is my third novel, so I thought it was time to take a punt. It’s available as paperback and ebook on Amazon and the usual distro.

1. What do you do to keep your spirits up through a bad review?

I neither have good reviews or bad ones yet! Only recently published and not done any marketing other than set up a blog and put a link on Twitter.

Blog here:
http://paddykildarra.wordpress.com/blog/

Twitter link:
https://twitter.com/p_kildarra

Cunning plan is to build some following before I start any hard sell. Not a natural social media animal to be honest.

2. What has been your greatest inspiration for writing your story?

Finding a hand stuck through my letterbox one dark night and learning from the cops that the sale board for next door probably attracted ID thieves who were trying to grab mail off my floor thinking my address was the for sale one. Explained why I had received a weird number of credit offers to my address in previous days for names I didn’t recognise. That’s how the germ seeded. The dead bodies came later.

3. Are there any people you feel need a shout out for supporting you?

Apart from family I tell nobody my furtive secret and use a pen name. Found Twitter followers friendly and supportive as is Goodreads so far.

4. Has self-publishing taught you any lessons that you feel will help you in life?

Self-publishing, once past the writing stage, is about a whole lot of humility and reliance on other people. No good being over-sensitive in life or nothing can be achieved.

and last, What’s your favorite color?

Sure isn’t it green.

Remember, if you’d like to be featured in the #SupportIndieAuthor series, please drop me a line at RileyAmosReviews (@) Gmail (Dot) com. Until next week, keep writing!

And don’t forget to check out my Breath Of the Titans: The False Titanbriger series.
*FREE* Little Black Stormcloud
A Mother’s Love
War of the Chiefs

#EveryoneDiesAtTheEnd

#SupportIndieAuthors, The Phil edition

B.B. Wynter has been supplanted as the most verbose person I’ve met on the internet….or maybe it’s just a different kind of verbose. Either way, let me introduce Phil today. He’s one of those guys that seems a lot like me (Takes life way to seriously to actually be serious about it.) He’s a decent seeming guy, who offers good advice on the Support Indie Authors group board.

http://smile.amazon.com/Cigerets-Guns

Murder, sex, buried bank loot and legends of UFOs

Dodd breaks up a convenience store robbery when his car breaks down in Sweet Water Falls, Texas. What’s the thanks he gets? The sheriff won’t let him leave, the car lot can’t find the parts and everybody wants him for something—sales pitch, church membership, and even stud pony.

But most of all, it seems a family named Dodd were shot down robbing the bank in 1949 and the half million they stole remains missing. Everyone thinks Dodd returned to dig up the loot and no one intends to let him leave until he finds it—along with (or so the legends go) a long lost flying saucer.

Blog link

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show

Biography

Phillip T, Stephens is biographically impaired. The last blogger who tried to garner details of his personal life interviewed him nonstop only to learn that Phillip was kidnapped from a Hari Krishna cult as a baby by a deprogramming expert, who thought the six-month infant would be easy to reindocrinate. The deprogrammer has now devoted his life to Krishna on an Ashram in India.

Stephens, however, left to his own devices in a consumer society rapidly devolved into a video gaming, cartoon consuming moron who went through the deprogrammers life savings by the time he was six-years-old. Forced to sell his body on the streets of Dallas, Texas he quickly discovered Texans men were interested in little boys only to catch Footballs and root for the local professional football team lest they be accused of being queer, while the women just wanted someone to tuck into bed.

As a result he was paid to attend Christian school where he ended up getting called to the principal’s office and being spanked every day. This was the most the blogger was able to get out of Stephens who immediately grew bored and came up with a different story, which was too profane to publish.

1. What do you do to keep your spirits up through a bad review?

I’ve only received one review and it was really good. I didn’t know the reviewer, and connected with them exactly the way I wanted to. On the other hand, I don’t expect people to love my books, and I have a long list of rejections from publishing houses. I can show you the scars from family, teachers, and grad school advisors, so to me it’s part of the game.

As an eductator I’ve gotten peer, supervisor and student reviews all my life. 20 percent love me, 60 percent were well above average, and 20 percent thought I was the worse thing that happened to education. I listened to the bad reviews, selected the reviews I thought might be reasonable and made changes (the same as I did in writing workshops, which is the subject of my latest blog), It didn’t change my evaluations one iota. I learned the negative reviews reflected my style, and my style was what made me successful as a (teacher and free-lance writer).

I think writers should learn to listen to criticism that can improve their writing and realize that when critics respond to their vision and voice, they just have to find their audience.

Ironically, my family reviews are more like fifty-fifty, so I’m better off professionally.

2. What has been your greatest inspiration for writing your story?

In this case it was a joke. In the seventies Texas gas stations had barrels of iced beer right by the gas pumps. I was joking with a friend I was surprised they didn’t sell guns too. I’d had a story about a thirty year old bank heist kicking around in the back of my head and that joke inspired me to write it.

3. Are there any people you feel need a shout out for supporting you?

Only one person ever supported me, and that’s my wife Carol. On the other hand, I socialize her rescue cats so it’s a mutual deal. I don’t mind that they’re pissed off about being abandoned and need to vent their anger and the timid ones need a lap to huddle in while I type. Now that we’re both retired we have more time to spend with them.

4. Has self-publishing taught you any lessons that you feel will help you in life?

Not really. The lesson I learned was that publishers expected me to market my own work for them, and I had no marketing skills, so if I needed to learn marketing skills I might as well learn them to promote my own work.

Sadly, I learned to write far better than I’m learning to market.

and last, What’s your favorite color

Colors change like the day. To appreciate them I have to see what’s on the other side of the door.

Remember, if you’d like to be featured in the #SupportIndieAuthor series, please drop me a line at RileyAmosReviews (@) Gmail (Dot) com. Until next week, keep writing!

And don’t forget to check out my Breath Of the Titans: The False Titanbriger series.
*FREE* Little Black Stormcloud
A Mother’s Love
War of the Chiefs

Just trying to refine my craft

So I’ve been doing a lot of reading on other sites over the past few months, trying to learn from other people’s mistakes, and from what I’ve seen I have a completely different writing style than anyone I know. I find it kind of heartening, as I’ve heard a thousand different methods for how people churn out books.

One method I’ve heard touted everywhere is “The Snowflake” method of writing. And I know for some people this just works best for them, but I tried hammering out a book the way they describe, by taking so much time between points of actually writing it, and I found I struggled.

I do best with my own method. I sit down, decide the story I want to tell, and I tell it. I think of characters and descriptions, I think of their voices, I do all the things he describes in the informal phase, and then I just start to write.

Truth to tell, I find it much more exciting writing this way. I never know what’s going to happen in the next scene, and watching it unfold just to write it is easy. I used to approach being a Games Operational Developer (G.O.D from here on out) while playing D&D the same way.

But there was one paragraph that really stuck out to me on the site, one that I feel EVERY aspiring author should take to heart.

“Frankly, there are a thousand different people out there who can tell you how to write a novel. There are a thousand different methods. The best one for you is the one that works for you.”

This was the most important bit of information I found on the site, and to me it’s the most important lesson every author should learn. There isn’t a “Formula” to writing books. There’s no way to guarantee your book will be an ultra best seller other than by putting good content into it.

Then there’s what Christina Dodd (And I can say in all honesty, I would probably never read one of her books. I’m not a romance guy, so I really just like the advice) said:

“Had another, less experienced author tell me he was writing crap. I told him, “So write crap!” You can always fix crap. You can’t fix a blank page. Guess what? He published the book. So…hey you! Yes, you! Write crap! #writingtip #christinadodd”

I’m not a romance guy, but I am a guy that loves advice, and that there is golden people. Put it together with the first paragraph, and you’re on your way to writing your best seller. It does take a lot of work, and if you get published, you’ll see it really does take more than one person to write a book.

Don’t forget to get your T-shirt if you’re an Indie Author, proceeds are going to setting up a #SupportIndieAuthors website and domain.

Last but not least, I want to give a shout out to the people who have helped me on this book.

Thank you, Mario Hernandez (I asked for a link to a portfolio and was told the BWN website x D) for the awesome cover he did for the book. And thank you to Amanda Meuwissin (Tell me if I spelled that wrong) and her associate editor for being an immense help in finishing Sara’s translation from Rileynese to English. And I can’t say enough about Eliza Enea’s voice, you guys really should go listen to her even before my series comes out. Very hypnotic in my humble opinion.

If you’d like to be featured in either the #RileyAmosReviews or the #SupportIndieAuthors series, shoot me an E-mail at RileyAmosReviews(at)Gmail(.)com

And don’t forget to check out #EveryoneDiesAtTheEnd (Crude Language and Drug Use ahead 18+!) on March 16th on BigworldNetwork.com

Another in the #SupportIndieAuthor series…

So I’ve met a lot of interesting people doing this writing thing. They’re just as varied, if not more so, than the psychopaths I used to know in the hospitals. Today, I’d like to introduce you to what I’m sure is my latest insane friend. Though I’ve only met him last week, I can already feel a kindred geek soul with him. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you V.M. Sawh.

Bio:

V.M. Sawh was born in South America and grew up in Toronto, Canada. He’s had pen and paper in his hand since he was 6 years old and his first trilogy of novels was completed at age 16. Despite the urging of his Writer’s Craft professor, he didn’t publish at the time. He’s spent the years between then and now honing his craft and engaging in all manner of geeky pursuits including assembling a ridiculous collection of graphic novels, anime and movies.

He often fears that if he doesn’t write, the characters in his head will sing Barbara Streisand songs to him non-stop until their stories are told.

He currently resides in Markham, Ontario, Canada with his lovely wife Kristin and his cats – the devoted lover-of-tummy-rubs, Beatrix and the psychotic jungle predator, Buffy.

Some Fun Facts:

i) As part of the launch for “Cinders”, I was featured in the January 2014 issue of the Toronto Sun newspaper:
http://virtual.torontosun.com/doc/tor…

ii) “Cinders” and “Hontas” have made it to #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases List.

iii) I’ve been a Featured Author on Ann Livi Andrews’ Blog.

iv) I’ve also been featured on Steve White’s Bloggabook.

v) The Modest Verge Book Review just reviewed “Anastasia” in January 2015.

vi) Completed my first trilogy of novels by age 16.

Contact Links:

Website: vmsawh.com (for The Official)

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/VMsawh/ (for The Pretty Pictures)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vmsawh (for The Issue Discussions)

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/VMSawh (for What Readers Think)

Twitter: @VMS_author (for the Random & the Immediate)

Here are the ebooks:

Welcome to Good Tales For Bad Dreams, a short-fiction series of re-imagined fairy tales. Each story is set in a different time and place. Some will be familiar, others will not. So, strip bare your assumptions, open your mind and see these tales told like never before

1. “Cinders” – http://www.amazon.com/Cinders-Good-Ta…

As a slave in the bawdy Black House, Rella longs to escape the whips and chains of her existence. She is chosen for a dangerous mission and offered a chance at freedom. There is only one condition: first she must assassinate the Prince.

2. “Anastasia” – now FREE on Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/story/15067081…

The plot to fool the Russian Royal Family had many casualties, none more so than the would-be Anastasia. Fleeing across the seas with her fate in her hands, this is story of Anna, a Sister of the Black House and Stepsister to the girl who would be Cinderella.

3. “Hontas” – http://www.amazon.com/Hontas-Good-Tal…

In this rip-roaring Wild West adventure, intrepid bounty hunters Pocahontas and John embark on a dangerous mission to stop a train run by a sadistic, slave-driving madman.

Q & A:

1. What do you do to keep your spirits up through a bad review?
I think of that one reader who will take a chance on something I’ve written. My own inspirations have often been rather random and off-beat. So my hope is that my work will be somebody else’s peculiar inspiration. A bad review is really just fuel for my next work. A lot of the so-called classics were savaged by the critics of their day. I’m aiming more for the cult following. Come to me, my precious freaks…

2. What has been your greatest inspiration for writing your story?
Believe it or not, failure. I originally started this series for another anthology on a whim. When it didn’t make the publication, I asked myself what I really wanted to do with the story, devoid of the limitations required by the publishers. When I’d written it, I had been inspired by a piece of music by Kenji Kawaii called “Making of Cyborg”. Going back to that, I rewrote it into a story that I really wanted to tell. That story became “Cinders”.

3. Are there any people you feel need a shout out for supporting you?
My wonderful wife, Kristin, my sister Krita for always pushing me when I wanted to quit. I’d like to thank Mark Leslie from Kobo for spending an hour talking to a disillusioned young writer one day after a conference. He encouraged me to put it out there, as it wasn’t going to find its audience from inside my desk drawer. Finding fellow authors like Ann Livi Andrews, Joanna Penn and Chuck Wendig makes me feel connected to the writing community and a little less lonely in the struggle.

4. Has self-publishing taught you any lessons that you feel will help you in life?
Perseverance. You can’t wait for the world to come knocking on your door, because if it does, it’s most likely the Feds. You need to put on your best Iron Man and take flight on your own. You’ll either fall flat on your face, or maybe, just maybe, you’ll get high enough to see the world a little differently.

and last, What’s your favorite color?
Tron Blue. From a Lightcycle. With me on it.

Remember, if you’d like to be included in the Support Indie Author series, just send me an e-mail at Rileyamosreviews gmail com. I love meeting new people, and learning about them. Same policy as reviews, so no erotica or romance please.

And don’t forget to check out my Breath Of the Titans: The False Titanbriger series.
*FREE* Little Black Stormcloud
A Mother’s Love
War of the Chiefs