How to be Twittertastic by Jo Linsdell

How to be TwittertasticWhat is your book about?

How to be Twittertastic is a writers and authors guide to the social media site Twitter. It covers a bit of everything from how to set up your account and personalise your profile to third party apps and getting the most leverage out of your tweets. It’s also packed full of useful resources to help you make the most out of time and marketing efforts.

How long had the idea of your book been developing before you began to write the book?

I got the idea for the Writers and Authors Guide to Social Media series a while ago but as I was working on illustrating some children’s picture books for clients and was also busy publishing a children’s picture story book of my own (The Box) and so I didn’t have time to develop the idea right away.

A couple of months ago I decided that Twitter would be the topic of the first book in the series as it’s the site I use that gains the best results. As soon as I had some free time I started brainstorming and plotting out a rough table of contents. It didn’t take me long to know what I wanted to write.

What inspired you to write this particular book?

I’m a real social media junky and often get asked by other authors for tips on how to market their books online and build their author brand. When you have a passion that also happens to be in high demand it makes it easy to get inspired.

This whole series is designed around the idea of making social media easy for authors to understand and to supply them with information and tips to help them get the most out of their time and efforts.

Social media is used by billions of people worldwide on a daily basis. Our audience is online and can be reached free of charge without us even having to leave our homes. Authors need to be taking advantage of this opportunity to connect with their readers and build their fan base. A lot of authors aren’t using it because they don’t know where to start. Others are using it but not making the most of it. I hope this series will help them build their online presence and give them some ideas for what and how to post.

How long did it take you to write your book?

A couple of weeks. The book is a quick read. I didn’t want to keep repeating the same things over and over (I’ve seen others do that to bulk out a book and found it very annoying) and to be honest, there is only so much you can write about Twitter. The site is designed around the idea of clutter free, to the point, content. I wanted the book to be the same.

Did you do any research for the book? If so, how did you do it? (searching Internet, magazines, other books, etc.)

I researched online using Twitter search to find examples to use in the book, and Google to find statistics, etc… As social media is one of my hobbies as well as a tool I use daily for marketing, I was already quite up to date on most of the details. I’ve also done several webinars on the topic and so already had a lot of notes to work from.

What’s your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?

I’m a mum of two and so I have to grab time to write when I can. I don’t have a fixed schedule as such. I normally try to get some writing done in the morning and then again in the evening once the kids are in bed asleep. As for word count, I tend to ignore the actual number of words written and concentrate more on finishing a segment of the book instead.

Do you have any rituals that you follow before sitting down to write?

I usually get myself a cup of tea or a glass of water to drink and something to snack on. I tend to do this even if I’m not hungry or thirsty. It’s my way of subconsciously eliminating excuses to stop writing once I get started.

What one word describes how you feel when you write?

Happy.

What do you think the most influential change in book publishing will come from?

MT900442271[1]Writers themselves. We’re no longer at the mercy of the big publishing houses and with companies like Amazon making it increasing easy to self publish we now have control. Authors can choose whether to go the independent route or to go with a traditional publisher or small presses. We have more options than ever before. The publishing revolution is already well under way.

Where can people learn more about your books?

All my links can be found on my website at http://www.JoLinsdell.com

How to be Twittertastic: Writers & Authors Guide to Social Media BOOK 1
ASIN: B00LFFRYEE

Purchasing link:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LFFRYEE

Goodreads book page:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22636896-how-to-be-twittertastic

Rami Ungar, Author of “Snake”

snakeWhat is your book about?

“Snake” is about a young man (and I mean young) whose girlfriend is kidnapped over the phone. Later events cause him to have a break with his sanity and he becomes a serial killer, determined to hunt down every member of the mafia family that has his girlfriend. It’s a very dark thriller, and it’s very unusual to have the serial killer as a protagonist. I’m hoping that will allow people to enjoy the story more, though. Fingers crossed, at any rate.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

I guess maybe it was the movie “Taken”. Yeah, there are plenty of similarities, but it’s definitely it’s own story. That’s actually what I wanted: I wanted to create a much darker story than “Taken” portrayed, though that was pretty dark in itself. I like to think I’ve succeeded in that respect. We’ll see what the reviewers say.

What was the most difficult part about writing the book?

Probably time and school work. You want to devote all your time to writing, but inevitably things get in the way, and you end up taking several breaks. In the end it took me six months to write this book, though if I’d had more time to work on it, I might have gotten it done in half the time.

Tell us a little about your main characters.

First off, we have the Snake, our very unconventional protagonist. He’s gone through a great change, and it’s why he’s the killer he is now. I purposely did not reveal his real name in the novel, because I wanted to imply that we all could become like the Snake under certain circumstances.

There’s also Allison Langland, my main character’s girlfriend. Unlike other damsels in distress, she’s a bit more proactive. She doesn’t waste away in a cell hopeless or hoping to be rescued. She’s a fighter, and I love that about her. I think that’s also why the Snake loves her, come to think of it.

Did you do any research for the book? If so, how did you do it?

I did plenty of research on New York City, where the story takes place. I also did research on serial killers and psychopathy, the better to understand what sort of character I was constructing. I even had a forensic psychologist and profiler give me his diagnosis on the Snake based on crime reports I created. All in the name of authenticity.

What about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Well, it’s an unusual story, so I think that might get people interested. And if people really take the time to check it out, I’m sure a few of them will end up enjoying the story and identifying with the characters. That’s the hope, anyway.

What are you working on right now?

I’m writing another thriller novel, as well as editing the sequel to my previous novel “Reborn City”. I’m also working on interviews, blog posts, and articles. As usual, I’m busy as a bee.

Are you writing to reach a particular kind of reader?

I guess I’m aiming for readers who like what I like. That means Anne Rice, Stephen King, and James Patterson, with a dash of manga and anime. Don’t know how many people are like that, but I’m trying to find them.

What, in your opinion, are the essential qualities of a good story?

I could probably spend hours philosophizing about that. There are many, many components that are needed to make a good story. But in brief, a good mastery of vocabulary, spelling, and grammar, a good plot and wonderful characters, and hard work will make for a good story.

What advice you would give to an aspiring author?

Read, write, work hard, and never give up.

Where can people learn more about your book?

Where Snake is available: http://www.amazon.com/Snake-Rami-Ungar/dp/1495434931/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1402622066&sr=8-3&keywords=rami+ungar

Blog: http://ramiungarthewriter.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RamiUngarWriter
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RamiUngarWriter

JoAnne Myers, Author of “Murder Most Foul”

Welcome, JoAnne. What made you want to be a writer?

I have always been able to write. I had a teacher who suggested I become a journalist, but I took a different route.

Who or what was your inspiration?

I don’t believe I had inspiration from any one person, it was just something I wanted and could do.

What made you decide to write your books?

I write what I am interested in, and Murder Most Foul, is a fictionalized book based on a true crime.

I then became inspired by paranormal movies and wrote Wicked Intentions.

My love for monster movies inspired Loves, Myths, and Monsters. This story seemed to flow from my imagination. It was a fun book to write.

Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between, was inspired by my life, including the good and the sad parts.

In The Crime of the Century, the victims and the perpetrators were my inspiration. This crime sent an innocent man to death row, before DNA set him free. This crime took nearly thirty years to actually solve and bring the right perpetrators to justice. It is still the worst crime and only double homicide in my small town of Logan, Ohio. No one had written about it at that time, and I was always fascinated by the case. It was very shocking and citizens still talk about it today.

Flagitious came about while I researched The Crime of the Century and is loosely based on true crimes from my area. I discovered these crimes while watching the news.

How long does it take you to write a book?

My first true crime book The Crime of the Century, took several years to write. I had to have all the facts correctly, so I scoured newspaper clippings, courthouse documents, and witness and police statements. Writing true crime turned out to be more time consuming than I realized. But it was worth the effort. I really enjoy true crime stories. Some stories took only a few months. Fiction is much easier in my opinion then biographies.

Do you have a dream cast for your books’ characters?

With true crime books I of course use the real characters. How the crime actually took place, and what the victims went through. The fiction books I use imaginary names but some of the characters characteristics come from actual persons I have met over the years. When writing about monsters, a writer can pretty much say anything about the character. In some vampire stories, the vampire can fly, and in other stories they can’t. It depends on the writer and what he or she wants the monster to do, such as their weaknesses and strengths.

Where can we learn more about your books?

Website: http://www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com
Blog: http://www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com/page2

http://www.facebook.com/joanne.myers.927

“Murder Most Foul,” solving a double homicide is pure murder for F.B.I. Agent Walker Harmon. Available in EPub, HTML, PDF
http://www.melange-books.com/authors/joannemyers/MMF.html

“The Crime of the Century” this true case from 1982 terrified residents and destroyed families.
http://www.blackrosewriting.com/non-fiction/the-crime-of-the-century-a-shocking-true-story

“Loves, Myths, and Monsters” 11 fantasy tales entwined within the human world
MELANGE IN PRINT AND EBOOK:
http://www.melange-books.com/authors/joannemyers/LMM.html

“Surviving the Fog — Kathy’s Recollections” by Stan Morris

KathyWhat is your story?

Surviving the Fog-Kathy’s Recollections. These crazy people started a camp that was supposed to preach sexual abstinence, but at the same time teach us about methods of birth control. Who would send their kid to a camp like that? Answer; my parents. Of course, by doing this, they saved my life.

Who are you?

My name is Kathy. I’m fourteen. And a half. I was born in Clayton Valley, California, and until I was sent to this camp, I was living in Morgan Hill, California, which is a bedroom community south of San Jose.

Are you the hero of your own story?

I’m not really sure there are heroes in this story. I am the narrator. Mike might be the hero. If we stay alive, it will probably be due to him and his gang; the Spears.

What is your problem in the story?

My main problem is that I’m trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, with forty eight other teenagers, by a mysterious brown fog that seems to be covering the earth below us. We don’t have enough food, and we don’t have any place to live when winter arrives. And if that’s not bad enough, our camp was attacked by some bad men. I know one boy is dead, and two girls have been kidnapped.

Do you embrace conflict?

No way! The biggest conflict I want is my Mom telling me to put down my ereader and go to bed. If my Mom and Dad were still alive, I would do anything they told me to do.

Do you run from conflict?

Yes. When we were told to run across the bridge to safety, I ran as far as I could.

How do you see yourself?

I’m blond, blued eyed, and about sixty two inches. Sorry, I don’t know what that is in centimeters. I’m not really that good at math. I shy, and I don’t really like to be around boys that much. They’re too loud, and sometimes they look at you weird.

How do your enemies see you?

Well, Dumb Douglas calls me Scardy-Cat, and now a lot of the other boys are calling me that, too. I didn’t cry that much, and I’ve made a promise to myself that I’m not going to cry anymore.

Do you have a goal?

Staying alive would be nice.

What are your achievements?

Achievements? Well, I one day I got sick of how the kitchen was so filthy. No one was doing the dishes, and there were Styrofoam plates and bowls left on the counter along with utensils. I started cleaning, and some other girls and boys came in, and they saw me cleaning, so they started helping too. It was totally clean when we finished, and I think that boosted everyone’s morale. The Chief gave me the responsibility of creating a cleaning roster, so now it’s always clean.

There was a big knot on one of the wood slats that surround the girls’ shower, and someone, probably, Dumb Douglas, made a little hole next to it with an ice pick. That loosened the knot, and when some stupid boy put his thumb on it one day, it popped out. Desi and Erin were really pis… angry, because they were in the shower at the time. Desi told the Chief that he had better fix it, or else, and when he and John couldn’t figure out how to do so, I showed them how. My Dad taught me that. It wasn’t really that hard. They just had to attach the knot to a piece of wood and screw the wood to the surrounding slats.

What do you want?

I want to be back home, listening to my brother and sister fight over what cartoon to watch. I want to hear my mother scolding my father for caressing her in the kitchen instead of waiting until they were in their bedroom. That used to make me uncomfortable, but it wouldn’t now.

What do you need?

Everything. More food would be nice. Some adults that were kind to us instead of killing us would be great. At the moment, I would really like to know where the Chief is, and if he and the Spears have rescued Jackie and Maria.

What do you want to be?

Fifteen

What makes you happy?

I don’t know if I’ll ever be happy again.

What makes you angry?

Well… I know this is weird, and I know it’s stupid, but I’m angry at my parents for dying. I’m angry at everything.

What, if anything, haunts you?

Okay, this is embarrassing, but sometimes I wake up from a dream where my parents DIDN’T send me to this camp, and I know I’m going to die when the Fog comes. I feel so ashamed when that happens.

Are you lucky?

I’m still alive. I suppose that counts.

Have you ever had an adventure?

Oh, I’ve had an adventure, all right. I just wish it would stop.

Amazon book link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CSY4FSY
Amazon author link: http://www.amazon.com/Stan-Morris/e/B004KB2HG0/
Website link: https://sites.google.com/site/stanandrene/home
Google Plus link: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111760564349050005094/posts/p/pub?partnerid=gplp0

Chris Hedges, Author of Average Joe’s Story: Quest for Confidence

Average Joe's StoryWhat inspired you to write this particular story?

I chose to write Average Joe’s Story: Quest for Confidence because it was the book I never saw on the bookstore shelves. Every book based on a person’s life experiences I have ever seen has always been written looking back on the past. I found it difficult to relate to the author’s journey because I couldn’t overlook how he or she was labeled…billionaire, legendary coach, or world-renowned expert. I think the Average Joe will be able to relate to the story better if the story is not written in hindsight, but rather in real time.

What is your goal for the book, ie what do you want people to take with them after they finish reading the story?

I want to inspire the reader to confront the adversity in his or her life that is keeping him or her from reach his or her dreams. I want the reader to pursue those aspirations that for whatever reason he or she thought were out of reach.

What challenges did you face as you wrote this book?

Being a cancer patient on disability the two major hurdles I faced were physical and financial issues that impeded my progress as I wrote Average Joe’s Story: Quest for Confidence. Fifty percent of this book was based on conversations I had with other people. All of those conversations were done face to face, and the cost of going to places like Nashville, San Antonio, and Atlanta on my budget was taxing. Then once the trips were arranged the physical toll on my body from actually taking them left me all, but bed ridden for days when I made it back home.

Do you think writing this book changed your life? How so?

No. I don’t think writing the book has changed me at all at this point in time. However, since I’m writing in as close to real time as I can I think the changes I’ll experience will come with book number two and all of my subsequent books. The potential success, or the possible lack there of, that I experience with this first book is where I think my life will be changed. I don’t think writing the first Harry Potter book changed JK Rowling’s life, but the success that came after it was finally published surely did.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Not really. I stumbled into writing by accident after I let my mentor look at the first 8,000 words of my first book hoping he would say it was terrible and I should give up. He did just the opposite though. He not only told me he liked what he had read, but I needed to push forward to get the book finished.

When were you first published? How were you discovered?

I was/will be first published on August 1st 2014. I sent a book proposal and a partial manuscript to Morgan James Publishing in August of 2013. I had a conversation with David Hancock, the founder of Morgan James publishing, and one of his acquisition editors. Two or three weeks later there was a contract for my book sitting in my inbox. One book submitted and one contract offered. I’m batting 1.000 so I guess there is nowhere to go, but down from here.

What is the most difficult part of the writing process?

Based on the way I write I am subjected to prolonged periods of dead time as I wait on people for interviews. These periods of inactivity are the worst part of the writing process for me. I really don’t like being alone with my thoughts.

What author influenced you most?

Malcolm Gladwell. I love the way he tries to find a new and creative way of looking at the same old questions and subject matter. I don’t think you can or even should try to mimic another person’s style, but I would like to think that the direction of my writing is comparable to Malcolm.

What advice would you give an aspiring author?

I think that depends on where the author currently finds himself in his career. What I would say regardless of where the author finds himself is that you need to treat writing as a business. Think about where your final destination is, and ensure that any energy you expend always moves you closer to that goal.

Who designed your cover?

Morgan James Publishing put together five different cover proofs for me to look at. The one I chose to use was based on the feedback I got from a dozen people as to which one they thought was best. However, the cover art came courtesy of my good friend Chris Hirata of Chris Hirata Photography in Hawaii. I called Chris and told him the name of the book, what I thought I wanted, and asked him to come up with a good photo. Two months later he delivered two shots. One of which is the cover art for my book.

Books will be on sale at Barnes & Noble August 1st. They can be pre-ordered or digital versions can be purchased via Amazon.com now.
http://www.amazon.com/Average-Joes-Story-Quest-Confidence/dp/1630470422/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395083225&sr=8-1&keywords=average+joes+story+quest+for+confidence

These are the various ways I can be reached:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chris.hedges.3726
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/chris-hedges/25/a36/614/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thechrishedges
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/116825480490539031226/posts
Website: averagejoesstory.com (work in progress).

The Morrigan, Goddess of Battle from Jack Darkness’ Story “The Morrigan”

What is your story?

I am a part of Jack Darkness’ Story The Morrigan, as this story is named after me it really should be my story.

Who are you?

I am The Morrigan, Goddess of Battle, also known as one of the Tuatha Dé Danann .

Where do you live?

I live in the Realm of the Fey with all the Tuatha Dé Danann , but I’ve been known to come to the mortal realm for some pleasures of he flesh and some personal agendas of my own.

Are you the hero of your own story?

Not this particular story, But another in the future. In this Story I am more seen as a monstrous villain.

What is your problem in the story?

The Problem is the fact that that idiot Christopher O’Riley, he didn’t even notice that I wasn’t his beloved Brighid, his ancestors would have known immediately.

Do you have a problem that wasn’t mentioned in the story?

I have a major issue with the fact that I was displayed as such a monstrous being when in reality I care greatly for all my Human children. The problem is the Insipid poison that humanity has left on this world, my forests are cleared and my rivers are polluted.

Do you embrace conflict?

I am the Goddess of War, what would you expect to be my opinion on conflict? I enjoy it

Do you run from conflict?

Never in my Long life.

How do you see yourself?

I see myself as needing to be the necessary evil of this world, I am wicked according to humans so they remember to respect my Fey and the Natural world in which they do not understand.

How do your friends see you?

I don’t have friends, I have allies, and as all alliances they are only temporary.

Harry Margulies, Author Of The Knowledge Holder

TKHFrontsmallWhat inspired you to write The Knowledge Holder?

I’d been itching to write a full-length novel for many years. When I finally found the time to get serious about writing, I chose a subject that has continually piqued my interest – the afterlife. As I tend a bit towards gallows humor anyway, the storyline came together for me and I found the process of writing, re-writing, and editing – over and over – rather enjoyable.

What is The Knowledge Holder about?

An everyman sort realizes he’s the only one on earth who knows what happens to people after they die.

How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book?

The protagonist, Greg Simon, does share my old career as a swimming pool salesman, and lives in the Phoenix area, as I do. Fortunately for him, he’s not only younger than me, but much more handsome. Also, he has two daughters enrolled at the University of Arizona, as I did. Here’s one difference between Greg and I: I’m not really giving anything away here, but Greg’s wife, Jane, dies before the book begins in a horrible accident. My wife, Joann, is quite alive. I’ve tried explaining to her that The Knowledge Holder is not autobiographical, but for some reason the Jane thing kind of irritates her.

Do you have a favorite character from the book?

They’re not all endearing I suppose, but I love them all. They each have their own agendas, some hidden, some not, which I think makes them interesting. If I had to choose, I guess I’d say Bart Josey, a 94-year-old rustic sort of guy who’s a bit unrefined and somewhat naïve. Other than the discrepancy in age, we’ve got a lot in common.

What challenges did you face as you wrote this book?

Aside from the fact that I’m not the speediest writer, I’d say my biggest challenge was having three cats disrupt my focus every five minutes. You’d think kitties would be more interested in naptime than play time, but not mine.

Is there a message in your writing you want readers to grasp?

Yes! Every day is significant; even the ones that suck. Make the most of them, enjoy them, and look forward to the next one. Oh, and above all, enjoy the read!

Where can we go to learn more about The Knowledge Holder?

My website http://hmargulies.com/ has plenty of interesting stuff about the book as well as some not as interesting stuff about me. You can also find me on Facebook, and if you Like my page, I will be eternally grateful. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Harry-Margulies/451978504928208?ws&nr

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