New Story – Merge, a Sequel to Mean and My Sore Hush-a-Bye

It’s now available on Amazon and Smashwords my new short story (8 thousand words). If you read Mean: A Psychological Thriller Novelette and My Sore Hush-a-Bye and want to know more about Cassandra and Camille’s future, here’s your chance.

** Please note that this short story (around 8K words) is a SEQUEL to Mean: A Psychological Thriller Novelette and My Sore Hush-a-Bye. Do not read it before these books if you don’t want those stories to be spoiled! **

Cassandra Connelly and Camille Marie Jones: two women who suffered unthinkable child abuse. Their lives were forever stained by their ordeals during their childhoods.

The way they reacted to it, however, was completely different.

Five years after the events of Mean: A Psychological Thriller Novelette and My Sore Hush-a-Bye, see what happened to Camille and Cassandra, and how they will react when facing one another.

– Merge is FREE at Smashwords for a limited time, and only 0.99 cents on Amazon. –

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Spotlight on Marlin Williams – Interview with Author of ‘The Attic Piranhas’

He’s the author of some greatly reviewed mysteries. He says he writes for his readers’ enjoyment, and it’s clear that he’s doing it pretty well so far.

With his wife as a supporter and editor, Marlin Williams has a winner team.

So, let’s learn more about him!

Please, tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Marlin Williams. I’ve lived in Southeast Texas all of my life except for a brief time in Austin. I loved the artistic community and creative mind-set of that city. I’m currently living in a small country town and the slow pace allows for ample writing time. I began my writing career as a freelance writer for online publications about health and fitness. In 2011, I expanded to writing fiction short stories for Hubpages and decided to enter the Hubpages Patron of the Arts Contest. My short story, The Agency, won the overall Grand Prize. One aspect of winning the contest was to have Smashwords format and publish the short story for ebook distribution on their site. They not only published The Agency, but they agreed to format and publish my novel, The Attic Piranhas. My writing career has now become my primary focus. At this time, I have gone exclusively with Amazon and have self published the novel and two short stories.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing fiction for most of my life. I had almost given up on getting my writing out there until self publishing opened up a whole new avenue.

Do you remember the first story you wrote?

Yes, I was six years old. The title was, John and the Haunted Well. I folded a piece of notebook paper in half, drew a well and a spooky looking tree on the outside of the paper and wrote the story on the inside.

Can you tell us two eccentricities about yourselves?

I kept thinking about that and all I could come up with is that I’m so normal that I’m boring.

What was the best thing you’ve ever heard (or read) from a reader?

The consistent feedback I receive is that the stories hook them and they can’t put the book down until it’s finished. That makes me feel like I’ve done my job as a writer and put something out there that readers enjoy.

Do you have a good Indie author to recommend?

There are so many great Indie authors out there that take their craft seriously and produce some really great works. I’m just now getting to know who they are. One author I enjoyed reading recently is K D George. His novel, Q-A Thriller, was well written and suspenseful.

Who inspired and/or supported you to become a writer?

In my early years, it was my mother. She encouraged me to write and even bought my first typewriter and a book on how to write novels for Christmas when I was in Junior High. My biggest supporter now is my wife. She not only encourages me, she plays a big part in the writing process by editing my work. She actually takes my writing and turns it into something great. She will never allow any writing to be just okay. It has to be great. If any of you have experienced what a great editor can do then you know what I’m talking about. Editing is where the work starts.

Do you have a WIP (Working in progress)? If so, can you tell us a little about it?

I’m currently working on another novel titled, New Flesh On Old Bones, a thriller suspense and a short story called, Life Form, a science fiction short story.

What is your favorite of your books? Why?

My favorite is actually my short story, The Agency. I love old Hollywood and am a fan of Alfred Hitchcock. I used both for my inspiration for this tale.

What is your favorite of your characters? Why?

My favorite character is Max Fagan from my novel, The Attic Piranhas. Max is a guy that is really down on his luck. He is selfish, self centered and depending on things outside himself for change. His off-the-wall journey was fun to create.

Do you like to interact online? What’s your favorite social media?

I like Twitter the best because I’m meeting so many wonderful authors there that are working hard to make their dreams come true. They are all an inspiration to me.

How do you feel about marketing your books?

I found it hard to concentrate on writing and do the marketing. It takes a lot of time and effort to bring a book to the top where the readers can find it. I would honestly love to hand that part of to some one that knows what they’re doing in that field.

Please, give us all your links – where can your readers find you and your books?

You can find me on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0081S2PS8

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Marlin!

And readers, don’t go anywhere! Stay tuned for next interview.

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Spotlight on Amanda Green – Interview with Author of ‘My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me’

Spotlight on Brian O’Hare – Interview with Author of ‘Fallen Men’

He’s an Academic and a new author, learning all about the publishing process. I’m really happy to host his first interview today.

So, let’s learn more about Brian O’Hare!

Please, tell us a little about yourself.

I am a retired assistant director of a large regional college of further and higher education. I live in Newry, Northern Ireland, am married, have three children, ten grandchildren, one great grandchild. I play golf three times a week off a ten handicap and do a lot of voluntary work. Any writing I have previously done was academic…very much restricted to a specific readership. Several articles in educational journals were followed by a number of book-length reports for the Dept. of Education and the University of Ulster.

I have also written an interesting biography of a man (interesting because of who the man is, nothing to do with the way I write) who daily performs amazing miracles of healing…The Miracle Ship. That’s with an American publisher…hopefully to be published within the next year. (There are some seriously fascinating episodes in that for a blog…if I get around to starting one!)  I emailed the publisher the other day after several months and he replied that “…it is still in the queue,  I hope to have a response by Christmas.”  I wait in hope!

I had a liver disease since childhood which resulted in my taking early retirement a number of years ago. In 2002 I had a liver transplant but am strong and healthy now. I continued to do academic writing well into my retirement and followed that with a memoir about my liver transplant, dealing with the physical, emotional and spiritual experiences that came from that period in my life (A Spiritual Odyssey, published by Columba Press, Dublin).

Recently I experienced a desire to write fiction. Hence Fallen Men. It is a story about three priests. Because it is about priests, religion is in the story’s very DNA but it is really a heart-breaking story about a doomed love affair and the psychological disintegration of the lead protagonist. 

I have written a second fiction book, currently with a traditional publisher in Belfast. It’s quite different from Fallen Men… a detective mystery inspired by an old 14th century painting of the Last Judgement. It’s called “The Doom Murders” and I am currently writing a third book, “The 11.05 Killings” featuring the same detectives as in The Doom Murders.

How long have you been writing?

I would have said only recently, perhaps about six years ago. I never considered myself a writer before.  Always maintained I had nothing to say.  But I have started to remember stories in national newspapers when I was in my twenties, a couple a failed novels in my thirties, and all that academic stuff (there was a lot of that) in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s  when the NI Inspectorate kept contacting me to write reports for them.  So perhaps I started somewhere in the mid-seventies.

Do you remember the first story you wrote?

Haven’t thought about it in years but I was just into my twenties and tried my hand at a short story competition. I wrote a ghost story which won the thing and was plastered over two centre pages the following Sunday.  I remember how chuffed I was. Story has disappeared into the ether now …along with nearly everything else I wrote.  I trusted people who borrowed and didn’t return.  Never kept a record of who got what.  All my articles (twenty odd) are toast.  No record of any kind!! I regret that now.  Should have saved them.

Can you tell us two eccentricities about yourselves?

  1. One of my daily chores is to do the dishes and clean up the kitchen after my wife cooks.  I play my ipod to relieve the boredom. At such times I like music with a beat.  Try to imagine a seventy-five year old, in slippers, dancing to rock music in a kitchen with a dishcloth in one hand and a washing brush in the other.  (Mind you, I’m still petty nifty on my feet!!)
  2. When I prepare for meetings with other individuals, I tend to go over several scenarios in my mind, carrying out a dialogue with the other person…rehearsing both parts.  Sometimes I do this aloud.  That’s all right when you’re in a room by yourself…not so good when you’re walking down a busy street, haranguing an invisible Harvey beside you.  I’ve had looks!! Oh, yes!  I’ve had looks!

What was the best thing you’ve ever heard (or read) from a reader?

I was sitting in the body of a large conference hall where the Chief Inspector of Schools for Nth. Ireland was giving a talk.  In the middle of his talk he held aloft a book-length report that I had recently written, praised it, and earned me a clap.  Then he said, “I just got an order this morning for 3000 of these from my opposite number in England.”(That was the remark that really made my day!!!)

Do you have a good Indie author to recommend?

I’m only new to kindle (and to my kindle reader).  All my purchases heretofore have been stuff by safe, well known authors because of the expense.  I have no experience with indie…presume you mean cool stuff that doesn’t fit into existing niches or patterns.  Makes me think of Stephen King.  You just do not know what you are going to get from him.  Just finished reading  11.22.63.  Uninspiring premise…guy goes back in time to kill Lee Harvey Oswald before Oswald kills JF Kennedy.  But King’s magic turned this into an extraordinary story. Great characters, weird theories about the impact of time-travel, a love interest that time messes with… I loved it and can recommend it to anyone.

Who inspired and/or supported you to become a writer?

As I said earlier, I never considered myself a writer despite all the academic stuff. But after my liver transplant I sat down and knocked out 100,000 words in about six weeks about the medical and spiritual experiences I had during a couple of traumatic years.  I sent it to a publisher who, three weeks later, was on my phone at 8.30 am on morning asking for the floppy disc. (Not long ago in temporal terms but eons in computer time.) That was in 2004.  The book appeared on the shelves a year later.  .  That book was published and after that I thought, “Hey, maybe I do have something to say!”

Do you have a WIP (Working in progress)? If so, can you tell us a little about it?

A new detective novel called “The 11.05 Murders”. I’m trying for complicated here. Two people are killed (on different evenings) at 11.05pm. I’m trying to make this one a wee bit like one of those wooden Russian dolls which have another inside them…and another…and another. The case seems solved…then it isn’t… then it is…then it isn’t. (Plus there’s one more murder, also at 11.05pm, that causes a hard-earned solution to disappear in smoke.) The ending (like that of the Doom Murders before it) is intended to be completely unexpected yet perfectly acceptable when the reader reflects back on the clues that were laid. I have the outline clear in my head but I’m still trying to build worlds for my characters to live in. Ten thousand words done. Only another 90 or so to go.

What is your favorite of your books? Why?

Very small body of work outside my academic stuff…one memoir, two biographies, two novels and a third novel, currently unfinished.  I find it difficult to answer your question other than to say that the characters who affected me most and who were the most real to me were the characters in Fallen Men.  I suppose it was because they suffered so much…and maybe there was a fair bit of myself invested in each one of them.  For that reason I would chose that book.

What is your favorite of your characters? Why?

Almost answered that question by accident in the previous question.  For the same reasons outlined above I would have to say the young, tortured Father Ray Canavan in Fallen Men.  It’s about empathy, I suppose, but I grieved with him, cried with him, feared with him, endured with him.  Hard to forget an experience like that. (I also have to confess a fondness for the murderer in The Doom Murders.  Had, and still have, a real soft spot for him.  Can’t tell you why.  It would spoil the book for you if you ever get round to reading it.)

Do you like to interact online? What’s your favorite social media?

Very little.  Recently entered into a couple of kindle readers/writers forums.  Didn’t know the rules.  Got a bit of a shellacking from one lady who, absolutely quite rightly, objected to my plugging my book at every opportunity regardless of the thread in the forum.  I learnt from that to be more discreet in any future postings. But I apologized and the lady and I are now “all good!”  Don’t have any favourite social media…guess if I want to interact with any (wishful thinking) future readers, I’ll have to blog and twitter all over the place.

How do you feel about marketing your books?

Seriously frustrating process…but I am happy to do what I can.  That’s why I nearly lost my nose in that forum I was telling you about.  I try to market at every opportunity…but it is to one and two people at a time.  I would love to know how to reach a wider audience.  I definitely intend to start a website and a blog and a twitter (don’t even understand what that is) and see if I can make any kind of effort to remove my book’s cloak of invisibility.  Reading John Locke’s book at the moment about selling millions of books. Hah!  Doesn’t he make it sound so easy?

Please, give us all your links – where can your readers find you and your books?

Until about two weeks ago my lap-top was a type-writer and a research tool.  I have been hearing incomprehensible words and phrases, and about various technical processes in the past two weeks that have been making my head spin.  John Anthony (bibex@ymail.com ) took care of every last detail involved in putting Fallen Men on Kindle, and his wife, Yani, designed the cover.  I would have been completely lost without John…and I still torture him most days about different aspects of the kindle writer’s life…author pages, changing price, etc., etc.  He’s always patient and helpful. You can read all about his enterprise in:   http://www.kindle-book-publishing.co.uk/

The only links I have to me are the name ‘professor’ in the couple of forums that I’m tracking (that can be clicked on) and the link to the Author Page below:

  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brian-OHare/e/B001K89IWM/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Fallen Men – Amazon Uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B009BPHVDE

Fallen Men – Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009BPHVDE

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Brian! Wish you all the best with your books. Fallen Men is on my TBR. 🙂

And readers, don’t go anywhere! Stay tuned for next interview.

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