Mirror Interview: Joe Gergen

A great mirror interview continuing this excellent series. I was prompted to buy the book on the basis of this interview.

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Question: So Joe, why should I read your books and other writings?

Joe: Because I’m funny.

Question: Why do you think you’re so funny?

Joe: If I don’t think I’m funny, who will? And besides, what do I have to lose.

Question: What’s one thing you could do without in writing?

Joe: Adjectives. Adjectives are for the weak.

Question: That’s a bit brutal.

Joe: I know. I know. I said it mostly for effect. What I mean is I have little need for adjectives and could survive writing without them. I’m not sure if that’s true but I’d like to give it a shot one day. My sometimes fluid grasp of grammar might get in the way though.

Question: What’s your biggest writing challenge?

Joe: Trying to be both serious and funny. And then be taken seriously for that. But…

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Mirror Interview # 4 Rishika S.

Another fun mirror interview in the fourth installment of this excellent interview series.

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Thank you so much Rishika, for joining us on Readful Things today. It is so much fun to get a glimpse into the mind of an author and learn about their process. If you would like to do your own mirror interview, please email me from my contact me page here on the blog. Thanks everyone, and please take a moment to check out her work and spread the word!

Tell us a little about you and your work.

My name is Rishika and I publish under the name of Rishika S. My first piece of published fiction is One Chance. It’s a short story based around the life of a married couple that is torn apart by deceit. The story follows their path to finding trust and love again. A Bond Unbroken is another love story, and is based on the reunion of two people who had been greatly…

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Cart before the horse (Not always a bad thing)

Want some hints on marketing your latest, greatest mastepiece? Then check out this informative post. And yes, I know I need to get up off my arse and post some orignal work on my blog soon.

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As any author will tell you, writing the book is the easy part. After that comes the fun of editing, cover design, book blurbs and the ultimate in evil, MARKETING.

Most authors are already aware of how this all works, but there is a question that many authors don’t think to ask until they are finished or nearly finished with their books. When should you start marketing your work?

Beginning the first stages of marketing before your book is complete can be an important factor in success. I’m not saying you should write your first sentence and then begin pushing the book. Sometimes books become something other than what we intended them to be, plus having a general idea of word count and the ability to put together a book blurb and some excerpts for promotional use is necessary.

There is no exact right time for promo, but

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Mirror Interview # 2 Elizabeth Tyree

The second installment of Ionia’s mirror interview series, with author Elizabeth Tyree. Another interesting and revealing segment.

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Why don’t we start with who you are? Is this a pen name?

My name is Elizabeth S. Tyree and I write for the YA and Children’s age groups. I suppose technically they call what I do ‘Fantasy’ but I try to make sure that it is written like mid-20th century works would have been…no sex, no graphic language, and if there’s a fight scene or nastiness we move through it quickly. I don’t use a pen name because I am also a teacher and the daughter of a preacher so I work with people of all age groupings. It would be confusing for many of them to try to find my work if I used a pseudonym!

You can click any of these links and find me online (the last being my amazon.com page):

http://alaynabellesmom.wordpress.com

www.facebook.com/TyreeTomes

http://about.me/ElizabethTyree

http://www.twitter.com/writerbaby13

www.amazon.com/author/elizabethtyree

How did you make the choice to become a…

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Book review challenge series – Ionia Martin

Check out Rosie’s interview with Ionia Martin on book reviewing, and consider taking part in the Book Review Challenge.

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Day 5

Today our guest is book reviewer extraordinaire Ionia Martin. Please join me in welcoming her to the blog. Plus we have author Adrienne Vaughan’s views on the importance of book reviews, posting a review to Amazon and gearing up to write your own review.

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1) Where can readers and writers find your blog?
You can find me at http://readfulthingsblog.com

2) Where do you post your book reviews as well as your blog?
It depends on the book, but I usually cross-post to Amazon.com US and UK as well as posting to Facebook, Linked-in, Goodreads and Twitter. If the author has a publisher site I will sometimes post there too.

3) What type of books will you consider for review?
I don’t do sci-fi books. Otherwise, I accept almost anything that doesn’t include graphic material. If a 15 year old couldn’t read it without blushing or getting sick, I…

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Interview with The Talented Ionia Martin

Fantastic interview from John Howell, with the incredible Ionia Martin. Check it out.

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John:  Before we start and before Ionia gets here, I have to tell you I am as nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs. I have the opportunity to ask Ionia Martin a series of questions which have been designed to gain additional knowledge about this talented and beautiful person’s decision to become a reviewer. So why be nervous you ask? Why not be nervous? Can you imagine having the opportunity to ask really good questions of an icon and then come up short? . . . Er . . . let me rephrase that. Can you imagine having the opportunity of asking really good questions and then falling flat on your ass because the questions are too mundane or have been asked one hundred times before? To prevent this catastrophic situation I did extensive research and memorized every single interview Ionia has done over…

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An Interview with author Stacey R. Campbell and an awesome giveaway

Great interview and the opportunity to win a signed copy of Stacey R. Campbell’s, ‘Whisper’.

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16488672 How would you like to win your very own signed ARC copy and matching bookmark of “Whisper”by Stacey R. Campbell? All you gotta do is tweet, facebook or reblog this interview to be entered into the giveaway. A winner will be chosen on Sunday, the 23rd of February. Don’t miss your chance!

*US residents only please

Tell us a little about you and your writing career.

I was told at a very young age I would never be a writer.
I have a learning disability called dyslexia and process things differently then other people do.
Reading was very difficult for me and at first I couldn’t do it. Now you’ll never find me without a book.
Writing was hard too, letters didn’t seem to make sense.
Thirty-five years after I was told I could never write, I took our three daughters to lunch and a street reporter approached us. “What…

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Deadly Sins by Kori D. Miller

Check out this information for Kori D. Millers, ‘Deadly Sins: A Dezeray Jackson Mini Series’, have a look at the excerpt below, and head on over to Readful Things Blog for Ionia’s interview with the author.

AuthorFlyerDeadly Sins: A Dezeray Jackson Mini-Series ** Excerpt **

I opted to walk the four blocks from my apartment to the New York City office of Tracer International. It was my last day. By this time tomorrow, I’d be heading to Omaha, NE. A free house was an offer I couldn’t refuse. And, Omaha would be a welcome change of pace.

“Dez.” Sam Walters greeted me as I stepped out of the elevator on the 20th floor.

“Sam.” I kept walking. He tagged along. The office was like every other place I’d worked. The elevator door opened and the reception desk was all you saw. To the right, a door led to the back offices and cubicles for entry-and mid-level investigators. That was me. I waved my ID in front of the sensor. There was a click, and the lock released.

“You’ve got one more assignment. Becker dropped it on your desk an hour ago.”

I checked my watch. It was 7:30 a.m.

“He said I should go along with you.”

I stopped at my desk. A file rested in the center. I’d cleaned everything else out last night, not that it amounted to much after two years. It all fit in a shoebox. I opened the file.

“It’s a stolen-property case. The client doesn’t want the police involved. I’m not sure why.” Sam plopped down in a chair next to my desk. He was an entry-level investigator.

“Sasha Alexander? Why do I know that name?” I asked more to myself than to Sam, but he spoke up anyway.

“Socialite. She owns a gallery in SOHO.” He twirled a pencil between his fingers.

“Wait a minute! Not that gallery?”

“One and the same.” He grinned.

“Christ.” I dropped the file. “Let’s go.”

We grabbed a taxi. Screw the trains. It was my last day. Company-paid expenses are a privilege I’d be without in about 24 hours.

Alexander’s gallery fit in perfectly with all the others in SOHO until you walked through the doors. I paused on the street in front and took a deep breath.

“Let’s go!” Sam, always the eager one, reached for the handle. People pushed past me on the sidewalk. I followed Sam through large, ornately-carved wood doors into a small alcove. Heavy, plush, red drapes hung from the ceiling, blocking our view.

Sam pulled one of the drapes aside, allowing me to enter the gallery.

“Oy,” I mumbled, and took it all in at once. Some things can’t be unseen.

“Wow” was all Sam could manage to say.

© 2014 Kori D. Miller – Fremont, NE – http://www.koridmiller.com