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Eden’s Exchange talks to author @MarsDorian #scifi

I first connected with Mars Dorian on Twitter some years ago, not long after I started writing. We’ve been friends ever since.

Each exchange, no matter how brief is always a treat for me. Mars is a delightful human being who deserves every success because he works so hard at it.

And yet, he makes it look effortless. His presence on social media is superb and few people do it as well as he does—we can all learn from him!

It’s a pleasure for me to finally welcome Mars to my blog and highlight his work as a science fiction author.

Be sure to connect to him. He’s definitely worth your time. 🙂

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Mars, welcome to Eden’s Exchange. Thrilled to have you here. Please tell my readers where you live.

Berlin. And I’m love-hating it. Love, because it’s an open-minded city with affordable rent, grrreat creative events and unique people. Hate, because it’s getting more criminal, dirty and dark. Sounds like hokus-pokus, or maybe I’ve lived here for too long, but the city seems to suck my creative energies, I need change.

I’d love to visit you. Don’t leave yet! If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wish I was more business-savvy and entrepreneurial-spirited. My parents are both creatives, and their chaotic daydreaming spirit has wandered over to me. It’s fun and fulfilling, but it also leads to many decisions that are dumb from a biz point of view. So less introvert daydreamer, more outgoing business man. But maybe it’s DNA. I’ll tell you in a year.

Please do. 😉 What profession other than your own would you like to try?

In my early twenties, I wanted to become a movie director in Hollywood, but then I realized I hated waking up early and working with people. I still would love to see a movie made by me, I just hate all the steps it would take to get there.

Mars, at least you know yourself well! Do you have a motto you live by?

I stole this one from Mark Schaefer this year, a writing mentor and popular marketing blogger over at http://www.businessesgrow.com/.

The wise man said, “Growth and comfort can’t coexist.”

It’s my motto for 2016, to try things that challenge my comfort and hopefully grow my personality, finances and overall life.

Challenging your comfort zone is always a good thing, though I think your personality is already HUGE. Let’s learn more about your writing. What motivates you to do it?

I love telling stories, ever since my mother bought the first comic edition of Ghostbusters when I was seven years old. From that day on, I used comic-drawing, type-writng (remember that?) and conventional painting to tell stories.

As an adult, I find writing to be the purest and most accessible style to heart-reach a human being on the other side of the planet.

What a wonderful way of putting it. How do you market yourself?

I’ve built up an email list with over 1300 peeps that I write to once my new book comes out. I also have regular readers who give me honest reviews for new books, which helps build up social proof for the launch. I use Amazon’s marketing tools such as the Kindle countdown deal or the temporary free option to shoot up the sales ranks, or try to. Recently, I’ve started learning more about book promotion sites but I need more experience and knowledge to properly understand their merit. Other than that, it’s the good old ‘constantly ship quality books for your target audience.’

Quality. Yes. Name a few authors and books, and why you like them.

As a sci-fi writer, I try to avoid reading too much sci-fi to avoid idea incest and samey samey stories. So years ago, when I was looking for different authors to admire, I stumbled upon Don Winslow, a SoCal thriller writer. His book Savages, about two guys setting up a cannabis empire in California and pissing off a major Mexican cartel, inspired me. The man writes in a way that I hadn’t seen before: Don breaks the fourth wall, berates his characters in the middle of a paragraph, writes staccato minimalist prose with the beauty of a lyrical song text. And then you read his witty dialogue, bam. I’ve since read ten books penned by Don and it has deepened my literary love for his unconventional prose and storytelling.

Don sounds amazing. I must add him to my list. How much research do you do for your books?

I watch science videos every single day on Youtube, ranging from how space rockets work to how terraforming Mars could look like. I also use the online tool Evernote to collect and save articles about any technology I want to include in my stories, such as nano-medicine, miniature robots, AI, FTL-traveling and genome engineering. Even though I put characters and stories always first, I want to make sure that the worlds I create are based on (possible) science.

attack planetVery cool way of doing it Mars. How would you define your style of writing?

Minimalist, fast-paced, short-chapter-ish prose with the occasional word play and witty dialogue. Don Winslow, don’t sue me.

Ha! Don Winslow is lucky to have you as a true fan, Mars. Do you outline, plot and structure, or do you just sit down and write?

I write a character sheet for the protagonists and antagonists, where I clarify their wants, their voice and unique traits slash skills. Based on that, I craft a thousand word treatment that shows what must happen in each act of the story (I follow the trusted three act structure). The main parts of every story are: opening scene, premise, mid-point, mirror moment, showdown, and of course resolution. Once I’ve finished all that, I start writing the first draft. This sounds very plott-y, but there’s still a lot of making-things-up-on-the-go. I for example don’t outline my scenes, because that would take away any surprise on my end. So sixty-five percent plotting, thirty-five percent pantsing. 🙂

Do you have a set schedule for writing? Tell us about your typical writer’s day.

I write during the day while listening to video game soundtracks and/or J-pop. Since I use the writing software Scrivener, I can track my daily writing goal in the form of a status bar that fills up the more you write. My goal is to write at least 2K words a day, 1K being the absolute minimum.

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What are some of your “must-have” tools for writing? 

The writing software is the most important part in my creative arsenal. Back when I wrote in Word, writing was less than half the fun it’s now. Scrivener, available for Mac and Windows, is in my opinion the best writing software for authors who write non/fiction. It’s organization of chapters is a dream, the options for writing and tracking your goals are amazing, and the possibility to formate any digital book file (epub, mobi, PDF, etc.) without coding experience makes it the perfect tool for self-publishing authors. I know I sound like a double-used car salesman, but I simply love products that drastically help my career.

I agree you need good tools. Writing in itself is hard enough. What is the name and genre of your latest book?

Vanguard Galaxy. It’s about an ambitious ex-military captain taking a cybernetic ship crew to the rim of the known galaxy to establish contact with a sentient life form. I guess some people call that genre space opera, but it does sound cheesy, that’s why I call it galactic sci-fi. 🙂

Here is the cover and blurb.

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Buy links: Amazon US | UK | Canada | Germany

Vanguard Galaxy

Rising cruiser captain Tellride fails a secret asteroid assault and kills his military career. Fortunately for the captain, one of the solar system’s biggest corps hires him to lead an elite ship crew billions of kilometers across the mysterious space.

The mission: initiate contact with the first advanced alien known to mankind.

Sounds simple, especially when equipped with a biomorphic spaceship, hi-tech arms and elite members with cybernetic skills. But when deceptive aliens and archenemies from past battles collide, the question of success becomes one of survival.

“Vanguard Galaxy is filled with twists and turns, cool new tech, witty dialogue and epic space encounters…” ~ Ioangu

“If you’re into future tech, epic space battles, and a nice twisty plot, then this is the book you were looking for.” ~ Brandon Stewart

 

Why should people read Vanguard Galaxy?

If you’re open to sci-fi and want to read fast-paced, future-packed rides with diverse characters, cool new tech, and witty dialogue, you should check Mars Dorian out. There’s also a sense of wonder I want to instill in readers.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from writing it?

That you have to keep your target market in mind. My first books flopped abysmally because I told stories no one cared about and used weird comic covers trying to (desperately) sell them. Nowadays, I’m very conscious of my audience and how to reach them, e.g. through adequate covers, targeted stories (that still end up unique and weird), and the proper promotion. Self-awareness is by the far most important skill here—knowing yourself, and the market where you want to position yourself.

What makes your books stand out from the crowd?

My unique storytelling style, the diverse set of characters, definitely the dialogue and the world-building. Once you read a Mars Dorian book, you will recognize my style because no one writes the way I do. I want to believe readers who dig that style keep coming back because they can’t get that experience anywhere else.

I read an early book of yours and I agree. Your style is uniquely YOU. What inspired you to write Vanguard Galaxy?

I often dream about the future and wonder how humanity would act as an advanced, spacefaring civilization. If we had the technology to travel and colonize much of the solar system, what would we discover in far away galaxies, which I call the Rim. And who would explore this ‘new’ frontier—governments, the military or even corporations in their future form? How would alien discoveries change our race? So many far-flung questions I wanted to jam-pack into a tight galactic sci-fi thriller.

What is next for you, Mars?

I want to explore the concept of exoplanet colonization, and how it changes us from a mental and genetic point of view. If we on Earth already differentiate between nationalities (German versus Canadian), how would that differ if humans evolved on different planets (Earthling versus Martian?). I believe we would turn into different humanoid species with vastly different cultures, and that’s a fascinating opportunity for stories.

It is indeed. Your science fiction is like nothing I’ve read before, and everyone should try it. Let’s finish with a fun lightning round!

Name a food you can eat everyday. Pho soup. I almost hit my local vietnamese snack bar daily for the necessary fix.

Salty or sweet? How about bitter? Lemon, especially.

Favorite place you’ve traveled to or would like to travel to? I love the former territories of the Queen—Australia and America. Canada is next on my list, I’m going there for at least 6-12 months beginning in 2017. There’s something fresh about these countries, opposed to ancient Europe which comes with a stale flavor.

Coffee or tea or something else? I love a German ice-tea brand that makes (somewhat) unique combos, such as green tea mixed with cactus pear. They produce two liter packages only, and in my weaker moments, I down them on a single day.

Your most guilty pleasure. Sounds trivial, but my doctors told me to trim down on the sugar intake. I’ve managed that goal somewhat, but I’m still hooked to a Bavarian Hipster-Drink based on the Mate flower from South America called Club Mate. It comes with only one third the sugar of a regular coke, someone told me. Or maybe that’s what I wish to believe.

Favorite style of music? I love Japanese pop and indie electronic music with video game elements, such as Lapfox who’s Canadian by the way. 🙂

Favorite season. Autumn. I like the melancholic and morbid atmo it often brings when the wind blows the dying leaves from the tree-crowns. Autumn is also an excuse to stay inside, cuddle up and do work in front of the computer while enjoying hot chocolate.

Name something you cannot go a day without. I’m training myself to be emotionally independent from pretty much every object and thing, including the Internet.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers? Follow me on Twitter @marsdorian if you have any questions or just want to connect.

Mars, I knew you would be a fascinating subject and you did not disappoint. When you come to Canada, you must visit me, okay? 

Readers, please find Mars on his incredible website and connect to him! You will learn SO much. 

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Connect to Mars

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Website | Twitter @marsdorian | Amazon Author Page

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Mars Dorian is a recovering world traveler, a web-based illustrator and an indie sci-fi author.

He’s created artwork for startups and popular podcasts such as The Unmistakable Creative and written viral articles for renowned marketing blog ‘Grow’ by Mark Schaefer.

He loves telling compelling stories using words and pictures, dealing with future technologies and how they impact human lives…forever. His books tackle futuristic topics such as privatized military, human/alien contacts and cybernetic humanity.

When Mars is not busy getting lost in the worlds he has created, he can be contacted via his website www.marsdorian.com/contact

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Eden’s Exchange talks to author Anna Celeste Burke (@aburke59)

I know Anna Celeste Burke from several writing groups. Her friends and family call her Celeste, and so will I. 😀

An award-winning author and a fascinating woman, Celeste has written numerous series of cozy mysteries. They are bound to please readers of the popular genre.

Please welcome Celeste to Eden’s Exchange.

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Thank you, Eden, for the invitation to drop by your lovely blog! I’m grateful for this opportunity to meet your followers and tell them more about myself and my writing.

You’re welcome! Thrilled to have you here, Celeste. Please tell readers if you have a motto you live by.

An interesting question. I find it a bit uncomfortable writing about myself, but here goes! That discomfort probably stems from an early upbringing in a hell fire and brimstone tradition that warns: “Pride goeth before the fall.” Pride was not just about taking pleasure in your accomplishments but included the vain glory of looking at yourself in a mirror, bodily adornments, and any desire for more than the simplest things in life. My roots reach back into the Amish/Mennonite tradition, although by the time I was born my paternal grandparents, both ministers, had left the reclusive sects in which they were raised. Perhaps, I’m still influenced by those early admonishments. My motto is something like: Dream big, work hard, stay humble.

Great answer. I believe humility is so important. What part of the world do you live in?

Maybe geography is destiny. At six, my more liberal and adventurous parents left the Midwest for California. That changed everything. By the time I turned ten those earlier religious tenets were old news. I experienced the physical beauty of California as wildly flamboyant. Even the Spanish Catholic heritage appeared to fly in the face of that more austere vision of life. Gleaming white-washed mission walls, strewn with magenta bougainvillea, set against the backdrop of blue skies—stunning.

The culture felt edgy and unbounded. Dreaming big, wanting more, seeking new and novel experiences all seemed part of the package. Think Hollywood, Baby, as the Old West gave way to the new. Of course, there were larger influences, too, given that my move west coincided with coming of age as a baby boomer: Space Race, as well as Civil Rights, Women’s and Peace movements. The place and time defined many things about life for me, as it did for many who grew up in the same era.

Is it any wonder that, at 17, I ran off with a high school dropout and rock and roll musician I met in San Diego and married in a Tijuana lawyer’s office? Not that my parents or the police agreed with my decision. I got as far as LAX before the police picked me up as a runaway. It wasn’t all about the California dream run amok—I had other reasons to run–good ones. Lucky for me, the guy I married turned out to be a keeper. I left California for decades, but the place stayed with me.

When it came time to retire from our jobs as professors at the Ohio State University, my ex-rocker husband and I returned to California. To the desert near Palm Spring, not San Diego where I grew up, and we met. I love most everything about this valley, even the triple-digit heat, although I’d gladly take fewer of those days!

Wow, Celeste … I’m happy you and your husband made it work despite the initial challenges! And I LOVE the heat! Is there another profession you would have liked to try?

Growing up in a large family, money was scarce. I started doing odd jobs early. Babysitting at age 7—mostly with moms nearby, but not always. At eight, a neighborhood teenager paid my younger brother and me a nickel for each snake chased out by running ahead of him through the brush in a nearby canyon. By the time I left home at 17, I had worked as a tutor, delivered papers, cleaned houses, sold Avon, and worked in a genetics lab breeding fruit flies.

My first real job was at Walt Disney World. At 18, I had completed basic training as a cook and started as a culinary assistant in one of the theme park restaurants. A couple of years later, Disney offered me an opportunity to enter the Walt Disney World University chef school where I continued my training and became a chef. After graduation, I became a Preparation Chef at the Polynesian Hotel, one of two or three women in that role in the Disney corporation.

Most of my professional life I worked as a professor, behavioral health researcher, and research administrator. As part of my training for that work on the way to my Ph.D., I earned a clinical degree in social work [MSW] and spent more than five years working as a therapist in substance abuse and mental health settings. I continued to supervise students in those settings for my entire career along with my other professorial duties.

During high school, I sang in the choir and smaller choral ensembles. I was encouraged by our music director to consider a career in opera. That might have been an exciting alternative career path, although I’m not sure I had “the chops” to cut it in that challenging profession. I also dabble in painting and wish I had more formal training in that area.

It’s great to learn of your diverse talents, Celeste. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’d like to have a tougher hide and a better sense of humor about myself. I tend to be a serious person even though the absurdity of the world doesn’t elude me. That’s often brought home to me by my acts of hubris. Oh my, here we go back to that pride goeth before a fall thing. I have taken some spectacular pratfalls in my lifetime. Eventually, I can have a good “yuck” about it, but I’m a not always a good sport at first. My husband, on the other hand, has a terrific sense of humor and helps me find that laugh out loud moment sooner than I might otherwise.

You two were definitely meant for each other. 🙂 Are you a full time writer now?

I write fiction full time, now, with the aim of spending 3 or 4 hours a day, 4-6 days a week, writing and editing. I spend that much time, or more, marketing the books I write. Like most indie authors that includes the work done by publishers: PR, book promotion, etc. Mornings are spent writing. Afternoons editing, blogging, creating materials for promotion, and evenings are spent tweeting, posting, and sharing elsewhere like on Facebook and Google+.

It is a lot of work, and you do it so well. Tell us what motivates you to write.

At this point in my life, writing is a lark. It’s an adventure, pure and simple. Much of my professional life I wrote nonfiction in the context of the “publish or perish” world of the university. I do still enjoy exploring some of the topics I dealt with teaching social work practice and doing research on poverty, addictions, and mental health problems. Social relationships, problems of living; drug addiction and mental health issues all figure into my stories. My lead characters are women so that worldview drives the way in which these subjects come up. I still have lots of questions about why people do what they do and how to anticipate or respond to troubled people—many of the same questions that drove me into social and behavioral science with a bent toward improving policy and practice.

How would you define your style of writing?

The tag line I use for my website is: Snooping into life’s mysteries with fun, fiction, & food–California style!

I write mystery fiction with a dash of romance and humor. That’s closer to what’s regarded as “cozy” these days than to the thriller end of the continuum.  When Agatha Christie wrote there was no such thing. It was just called “mystery” then.  The three series I write all feature “amateur” or “accidental” sleuths—women pulled into sleuthing by murder and mayhem. All three series are set in California so that setting is a backdrop—another “character” in many ways. Because of my background as a chef, and the fact that food is integral to California culture, “foodie” is part of the package and shows up in my writing. I have a “What’s Cooking” page on my website and have started to include recipes in my newest series featuring Georgie Shaw, a character trained as a chef.

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Very cool! What part of writing a novel do you enjoy the most? 

I consider my stories “character-driven,” so character development is fascinating to me. The women are very different in the three series that I write. The rich, 30-something lead in the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery Series is a child of wealth and privilege. When she’s delivered a big dose of “money can’t buy you happiness,” she keeps trying to console herself with shopping binges. An anxious sort prone to panic attacks, she has to search elsewhere for answers to the questions that bother her. She’s often preoccupied not just with “whodunit” but “why?”

Kim Reed the 20-something sleuth in my Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery series is a streetwise young woman we first meet when she’s rescued by Jessica Huntington in A Dead Sister. Life surprises this cynical survivor with, of all things, love! She falls for another over-the-top character in the Jessica Huntington series, Brien Williams—a surfer dude stranded in the California desert. In Corsario Cove, he’s in his element and on his honeymoon with Kim. Murder and mayhem ensue, of course, and these two take to it like bees to honey. In my mind, at times, I react like I’m watching one of those old 1950s monster movies. “No, don’t go down there!” You know, that sort of thing?  Then, as I write, off they go, diving right into the middle of murder and mischief!

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Georgie Shaw, lead in the Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery Series, is a 50-something corporate exec who started out at Marvelous Marley World as a chef.  In book 1, Murder at Catmmando Mountain, she’s working in public relations for a Disney-like entertainment conglomerate and her life turns upside down by a murder in the Arcadia theme park. A capable, intelligent woman, sleuthing isn’t part of her life until she’s framed for murder and forced to consider whodunit. The biggest bombshell in her life isn’t the murder. Georgie Shaw has a tragic past and never married. When the handsome detective, Jack Wheeler, sweeps into her life, he challenges her with new possibilities.  A new mystery brought them together. Will an old one drive them apart? Those questions get answered in book 2, Love Notes in the Key of Sea.

I also enjoy writing dialogue, and plotting out the murder and mayhem. I have a good laugh at the situations in which my characters are placed [by me]. They get back at me in surprising ways, and one of the things I find most challenging, at times, is writing my way out of a corner!

Why do you write your books as part of a series?

The character arc has a more realistic time frame in which to unfold in a series rather than in a single book.  There’s more room for characters to grow and change which is part of that character development that I find interesting. That often involves a lot of humor, too. Each of these amateurs, equipped with different skill sets, have to stretch as people to cope with the problems they encounter when plunged into the unpredictability of a murder investigation.

Good reasons! What is the best advice you’ve received as a writer?

Some version of “don’t get it right, just get it written.” I forget now, who told me that. I’m sure it was while I was still writing for my university career where getting it right did matter. You have to back up claims made in your writing with evidence, but also have to recognize that the data you have to work with is never going to be perfect. So, the key for me, even now, is to write it then hammer it to bits—separate the creator from the critic. That’s the best advice I can give to someone just starting out, too.

Let’s learn about your upcoming books, Celeste!

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Love Notes in the Key of Sea, Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery #2

Georgie Shaw and Detective Jack Wheeler have a second chance at love—despite the fact they met during a murder investigation. Decades earlier, Georgie lost the love of her life in an attack on the beach that left one man dead and two others missing including her fiancé, Danny Farrell. When Georgie returns to Corsario Cove, more than memories haunt her as a song Danny wrote just for her echoes in the air: Love Notes in the Key of Sea. Who else, other than she and Danny could know that song? A new mystery brought Georgie and Jack together, will an old one drive them apart?

 

I have two new cozy mystery releases that will be available for preorder in May and purchase in June. Love Notes in the Key of Sea, book 2 in the Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery Series, will be included in a summer beach anthology of short reads: Stories of Sun, Sand, and Sea. The stories in this collection combine mystery, romance, and suspense, all set during the summer months but on different beaches. With 11 beaches…anything can happen. 

Stories of Sun, Sand, and Sea is available for preorder May 16th, for release June 28th.

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Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea

A summer breeze, sandy shore, and sparkling waters. Is it the perfect setting for love or something more dangerous?
First loves, second chances, mystery, and intrigue, even murder.
Drift away with this collection of stories about Sun, Sand and Sea to 11 beaches…where anything can happen.

 

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 Gnarly New Year – Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery #2

The honeymoon’s not over yet! Kim and Brien’s excellent adventure at the swanky Sanctuary Resort & Spa continues when an unwelcome visitor drops in on New Year’s Eve. An elusive marine GPS device, found and lost again, unleashes another wave of murder and mayhem in Corsario Cove!  What is it about that thing? Stooges, Krugerrands, and monks—oh my! Will it be a Gnarly New Year for Kim and Brien?

 

Book 2 in the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery series will be out soon, too. Kim and Brien’s excellent honeymoon adventure continues in Gnarly New Year. My two love birds are swept up into more murder and mayhem even though they vowed to stay out of it at the end of book 1, Cowabunga Christmas!

So much going on Celeste, congratulations! What is next for you after these books?

Next up in the queue is A DEAD MOTHER, book 4 in the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery Series. There’s more on relationships between mothers and daughters in this book, as there was in book 3, A DEAD DAUGHTER . Jessica’s saga with her dysfunctional mother continues, but the story revolves around the death of Beverly Windsor, a client in Jessica’s newly reinstated law career. Why would anyone kill the wealthy woman, a pillar of the Palm Desert community, active in the homeowners’ association in her gated community, and on the charity circuit in the Greater Palm Springs area? Oh, let me count the reasons and the suspects.

Why should people read your books?

I want to entertain readers. The books are meant to be romps, with a mystery at the heart of each story. I hope they’ll be intrigued by my characters and will return to find out what’s up next for them. The blend of mystery, humor, romance, and women’s fiction is a bit different in each series, but present in all of them.

What is the best way for someone to support your books?

FEEDBACK! I’m fortunate that my husband and several readers will give me feedback early on, but gathering input is vital. Reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are so important when it comes to increasing the visibility of books. They also clarify what a book is about for other readers, and help other readers make more informed choices about the suitability of the book for them. I’m still learning, and feedback is critical to my growth as an author. Leaving a comment or suggestion on my website, blog, Goodreads, or Facebook, are all greatly appreciated as well as reviews.

Feedback is always helpful. Let’s finish with a fun lightning round.

Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? MY LAPTOP—the “death” of my old one in December taught me how hard it is to live without one!

Favorite place you’ve traveled to or would like to travel to? Maui!

Name a food you can eat every day. Salads—not exciting, I know, but I love them!

Salty or sweet? Sweet.

Coffee or tea or something else? COFFEE—fresh ground beans brewed in a French press!

Cat/dog/other pet? Mouthy Siamese cats.

Favorite style of music? Jazz fusion a la John McLaughlin and my hubby.

The best gift you’ve ever received? Spa Day at the La Quinta Resort.

Your most guilty pleasure. Chocolate.

Favorite season. Spring.

Name something you cannot go a day without. Why love, of course!

Thank you Celeste for sharing with my readers. It was wonderful to learn more about you.

Readers, please find Celeste at all her virtual homes and discover her books! 

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Connect to Celeste

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WebsiteBlog | Twitter @aburke59 | Amazon Author Page

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Anna Celeste Burke is an award-winning and bestselling author who enjoys snooping into life’s mysteries with fun, fiction, & food—California style! Her books include the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series set in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery series set on California’s Central Coast, and The Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series set in Orange County, California–the OC. Coming soon: The Misadventures of Betsy Stark that take place in the Coachella Valley. Find out more at http://www.desertcitiesmystery.com.

BUY LINKS for Celeste’s books in ebook and print

The Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery Series

Amazon

A DEAD HUSBAND JESSICA HUNTINGTON DESERT CITIES MYSTERY #1

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A DEAD SISTER JESSICA HUNTINGTON DESERT CITIES MYSTERY #2

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A DEAD DAUGHTER JESSICA HUNTINGTON DESERT CITIES MYSTERY #3

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LOVE A FOOT ABOVE THE GROUND: (PREQUEL TO THE JESSICA HUNTINGTON SERIES)

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COWABUNGA CHRISTMAS CORSARIO COVE COZY MYSTERY #1

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MURDER AT CATMMANDO MOUNTAIN GEORGIE SHAW COZY MYSTERY #1

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ANTHOLOGIES

Happy Homicides 2: Thirteen Cozy Mysteries (Crimes of the Heart) 

Mother’s Day Magic with Love

Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea

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Eden’s Exchange talks to author Don Massenzio (@dmassenzio)

I’m happy to introduce Don Massenzio. He is a new author to me, so I followed his blog to learn more about him, and … WOW!

He has excellent posts and resources for writers, and I’m thrilled to give him space here to tell you more about himself.

In fact, he returned my interview in record time AND chose to answer every question on the list. Given that, I’m posting the interview in its entirety because I’m a firm believer that hard work deserves an audience.

Please welcome Don Massenzio to Eden’s Exchange.

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Great to have you here, Don. How would your best friend describe you in 20 words or less?

I believe I would be described as loyal to a fault, driven, humorous and intolerant of lies.

Are you a full time writer or do you have a day job? 

I have a demanding day job that takes up about 50-60 hours per week and requires about 40 weeks per year of travel. I use the travel time, airport time, and hotel time to write. It keeps me on a schedule and makes me more productive.

Great to use that “down” time for something creative. Where do you live?

I live in Northern Florida where I’ve been for the past 20 years. I grew up in Upstate New York where we suffered through endless winters. Because my job demands so much travel, I feel like I’m going on vacation every weekend when I come home, especially in the winter.

Nice! What is your biggest extravagance?

My home workstation has two 26 inch monitors attached to it. I’d like to say it makes me more productive, but the second monitor is often displaying Netflix.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

The age at which I started writing. I published my first novel at 51. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.

You got it done and that’s the most important thing. What profession other than your own would you like to try?

Well, writing comes to mind as a full-time job. Also, I enjoy arranging music and would love to be an orchestrator/composer.

What is one thing you want to do before you die?

I would love to see my eight-year-old daughter established as an adult. I’d also like to write a lot more books and travel to Italy again.

Do you have any favorite curse words?

My current favorite is ‘asshat’ which I love to apply to various presidential candidates and other people I encounter. I generally don’t use a lot of curse words as I believe they are a lazy substitute for creativity.

I agree, but there are times when a good curse nails it! Do you have a motto you live by?

As you get older, move away from those around you that hold you back or pull you down.

That’s a wise one. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

Convincing my beautiful wife to marry me and raising a family.

Sweet :). What makes you laugh, and I mean, REALLY laugh?

Besides the current presidential race, my eight-year-old makes me laugh very hard. I knew she was going to be a person that likes to make others laugh at a very young age. At age three, she asked for help getting dressed and I assured her she was a big girl and could do it on her own. She came back stark naked with her underwear on her head and said, “See Dad, I told you I couldn’t do it.”

No comment about your presidential race, except that it is definitely fodder for comedy. Let’s find out more about you as the writer. Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I draw inspiration from everywhere. I’m an avid observer and I am always people watching when I travel. I draw stories from things that happen to me and others and from the news.

What motivates you to write?

The creative process and the validation when a reader tells me they enjoyed my work. It’s the best feeling in the world.

It is! What is the best advice you’ve received as a writer?

This came from Stephen King through his book On Writing. To paraphrase, he said that if you don’t read regularly then you shouldn’t be writing.

That is a profound book. Name a few of your favorite authors and books, and why you like them.

My all-time favorite is To Kill a Mockingbird. I read it in high school and related to Scout. I recently read it again and related to Atticus as an older dad trying to keep up with his kids. I’m also inspired by Stephen King’s books. His book, It, was one of the scariest things I’ve ever read. He has truly mastered the horror genre. I also like Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware series. He has brought the same characters through 20+ years of novels and has allowed them to age and grow.

I’ve enjoyed Kellerman’s writing as well. How do you market yourself?

Interviews, blogging, social media, book signings, telling everyone I know, shamelessly using family members and various other techniques. My eight-year-old recently came to a book signing and it was pretty quiet. She picked up one of my books and started walking around the room telling everyone, “Buy my Daddy’s book.” No, I did not tell her to do this.

blood orangeWhat a precocious girl, you need to hire her! How much research do you do for your books?

It depends on the book. When I wrote my terrorism thriller, Blood Orange, I used the Internet to research the effects of radiation and dirty bombs. I kept waiting for the black SUVs to pull up in front of my house. I also use experts like military people that I know along with police officers and others. One thing I’ve learned is that readers will call you on bad information. I had a police officer that read an advance copy of my book tell me that the gun my character used doesn’t have a safety even though I said it did in the book. I was able to change it before the release and avoid the potential embarrassment.

What are your favorite and least favorite parts of being a writer?

My favorite part is being able to escape into the lives of the characters. Sometimes I’ll go back and look at dialog and not even recognize that I wrote it. My least favorite part is everything outside of the writing; the editing, marketing, promoting, etc. I see the importance of those things and I do them, I just don’t like them.

How would you define your style of writing?

It’s very stream of consciousness driven. I do a pictorial outline at the beginning, but the scenes and chapters just flow. I don’t edit at all until the first draft of the entire book is done.

What part of writing a novel do you enjoy the most? 

I enjoy getting started. It’s like having a blank canvas where you create the world and the people in it. By the time I get to the editing, however, I’m usually sick of the story and anxious to get it published.

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Is it important for you to know the title or ending of a book before you write it?

For my detective series, the main character’s name is Frank. The first book was Frankly Speaking. Then came Let Me Be Frank, Frank Incensed and Frankly, My Dear. My fear is that I’ll run out of Frank titles before I run out of ideas. I had someone at a writers’ conference come up to me after a panel I was on and hand me a list of about 20 titles with ’Frank’ in them. Some of them weren’t usable, but it did help. I have about 10 potential titles with story ideas attached to them. That should keep me busy for a while. I don’t always know the ending when I start a new book. In fact, sometimes I think I know the ending and it changes as I complete the journey to it.

I love the branding with the name, Frank. Do you outline, plot and structure, or do you just sit down and write?

I use a hybrid method where I diagram out the chapters of the novel and then plot them out in Scrivener. I don’t want to lock myself into an outline, but if I write without my pictorial view, there’s no telling what rabbit hole I’ll venture into.

frank incensed Tell us about your typical writer’s day.

I don’t have a set schedule. My typical writer’s day is centered around maintaining my blog in the very early morning hours and then writing whenever there are holes in the day. Planes, trains, airports and hotels are my usual writing environment and I write when I can.

Do you have advice for new authors?

Keep writing every day. Listen to advice objectively. There are those who are snobbish about writing and view it as a privilege only to be enjoyed by those that pass the publishing gate keepers. Don’t be intimidated by them. Whenever an aspiring traditionally published author turns up their nose at the idea of independent publishing, I always ask them how many books they’ve sold and how many they have in print.

What are some of your “must-have” tools for writing? 

My brain is the only real tool I need. I wrote my first novel longhand in notebooks and then typed it in page by page. I do like using Scrivener to draft the novel and then switch to Word for editing so we can track changes and insert comments.

Don’s latest book is Frankly, My Dear.

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Book blurb: Frankly, My Dear

Frank Rozzani, a transplant to Jacksonville, Florida from Syracuse, New York, has left his tragic past as a police officer behind for life as a private detective. Frank and his partner Clifford “Jonesy” Jones work with the local police to solve crimes that are virtually unsolvable.

In Frankly My Dear, the fourth in the Frank Rozzani Detective Series of novels, Frank and Jonesy are at it again and this time the case is one of the most bizarre that they have faced. Their latest client, arrested for domestic abuse, swears that he is the victim of one of the most vengeful women on the face of the earth.

Frank and Jonesy must determine if their client is telling the truth. As they investigate the case, they again pay a personal price for their involvement. Is their client trying to get away with his crime or is his ex-girlfriend continually coming up with new ways to damage him and his reputation?

Follow them as they navigate the twists and turns in this exciting new installment in the series, Frankly My Dear.

You classify the book as part of the detective/mystery genre. Tell us why we should read it. 

People should read my book by the millions so I can quit my day job. Short of that, I think it’s a fun story and they will enjoy escaping into the world that I created for a while.

How long did it take for you to write it, and what was the inspiration behind it?

From the pictorial view to publishing took about six months. The readers of the previous book wanted the series to continue. This is the fourth in my Frank Rozzani detective series.

How are you marketing your book?

I’m marketing it through interviews, my blog, select social media ads, author events, radio and television interviews, newspaper blurbs, smoke signals and shameless plugs.

Don’s video for Frankly, My Dear.

How did you publish the book?

It’s a pretty simple road. Amazon and CreateSpace make the publishing process very easy. Publishing a book is not the hard part. Publishing a book of quality that people want to read and then telling them about it, now that’s hard.

Well said, Don. How did you celebrate when you finished your book?

I started the next book almost immediately.

Great way not to lose momentum! What has the reception been to Frankly, My Dear?

Thanks to advance reader copies, it was released on Amazon and received 20 reviews the first day on Amazon and Goodreads. The reviews have averaged around 4.8 stars.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from writing it?

I’m always learning and thinking of ways to improve the next one. One thing I learned from this book is to begin publicizing it earlier in the process.

What makes your book stand out from the crowd?

That’s a hard question. I hope the quality and the sincerity of the story are part of it. It’s in a genre that is pretty crowded so any recognition I get that differentiates it is positive.

How can people support your book?

Every indie author will tell you that reviews and word of mouth are the biggest help. My first book just passed the 50 review threshold on Amazon and I’m seeing more movement with it. Several people have let me know that Amazon has sent them emails recommending it. That’s a positive sign from reviews. The book itself is free.

What is next for you, Don?

I’m already 20,000 words into the next one which should be out in the September/October timeframe.

Excellent, something to look forward to! Let’s finish with a lightning round.

Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? My computer, of course. It’s where my writing lives.

Favorite place you’ve traveled to or would like to travel to? I went to Italy back in high school and would love to take my family for a long, leisurely trip there someday.

Name a food you can eat everyday. Not to perpetuate an Italian stereotype, but it would be pizza.

Salty or sweet? Mixed. I love salted caramel.

Coffee or tea or something else? Coffee.

Cat/dog/other pet? Dogs. I’m allergic to cats and other pets aren’t as fun to play with or as cuddly as my 80-pound black lab.

Favorite style of music? Depends on the mood. I like to play jazz and listen to jazz and classical, but sometimes hard rock fits the mood.

The best gift you’ve ever received? My family. I always tell my wife I’d be living in a box under a bridge without her. She thinks it’s a joke.

Your most guilty pleasure. Ben and Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream.

Favorite season. Spring – rebirth.

Name something you cannot go a day without. Hugging someone in my family or seeing them via facetime or Skype when I’m traveling.

Thank you Don for sharing with my readers. Great to learn more about you. Readers, please visit Don at his virtual homes and say “Hello!”

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Don Massenzio was born in Syracuse, New York, to first generation Italian American parents. He is an avid reader. Some of his favorite authors include Harlan Coben, David Morrell, Stephen King, and Hugh Howey. His favorite book of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird.

Don began writing as a way to combat the long hours of travel and numerous hotel stays that are part of the ‘glamorous’ world of corporate travel. He uses writing as a therapeutic outlet. He recently took the jump to sharing his work with others.

His first published long work was the novel, Frankly Speaking, published in April, 2014. It was the first in a series of books focused on the character, Frank Rozzani, a Florida private detective. The book is a throwback to the days of pulp detective novels with a tip of the hat to Jim Rockford from 70’s television and The Rockford Files. Don’s second book in the series, Let Me Be Frank, was published in October of 2014. The third book in the series, Frank Incensed, was released April 24, 2015.

He took a break from his detective series and published the terrorism thriller, Blood Orange, in November of 2015 followed by his latest book, Frankly, My Dear, the fourth book in the series in April of 2016.

He has also released a collection of short stories called Random Tales that is available for your Kindle or as an eBook on Amazon. Also, look for Don’s first non-fiction book, The Ultimate Guide for Independently Published Authors: Tips for improving quality and selling your work, available on Amazon.com as an eBook or in paperback

He now resides in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife, children, and two dogs.

 

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Eden’s Exchange talks to author @Shawn_McGuire

I’m happy to introduce readers to Shawn McGuire, whom I met while writing for the Lei Crime Series of Kindle Worlds. Along with her own series called The Wish Makers, Shawn has written two books for Kindle Worlds so far. Her latest novella released May 18th called Out of Her League.

Please learn more about this lovely author and her books.

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Welcome to Eden’s Exchange, Shawn. Tell us a bit about where you live.

I live in Colorado, outside of Denver. The weather is beautiful, the scenery is jaw-dropping (nothing restores me like a weekend in the mountains), however it’s getting really crowded here which makes it harder and harder to enjoy the mountains. And, it’s too far away from the rest of my family in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

It must be tough to be far from family. 😦 If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wish I could stop worrying so much about the future and live more in the now. There’s a lot of great things happening now, and if I’m not careful I miss them.

Here and now is definitely worth it. What profession other than your own would you like to try?

I’ve thought lately about opening a bed and breakfast, one where once or twice a year I could hold retreats for writers.

Great idea, I would come! What is one thing you want to do before you die?

Travel! The world is such a huge, wonderful place, I want to see more of it. I’ve never been to Europe and I’d love to see Bali. Also, I’d love to sail with my husband. Before we moved to Colorado, he used to sail on Lake Michigan. He misses that and it’s something I’d love to do with him.

Travel is wonderful. I’ve been to Bali and it’s a must-see. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

 My two sons. They are fine young men and they make me so proud. I’m grateful every day that I was able to stay home with them while they grew up.

What a sweet thing to say about your sons, Shawn. Let’s turn our attention to your first book for Kindle Worlds—ONE OF HER OWN.

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Book blurb: One of Her Own

Maui is the perfect place… for murder.

Gemi Kittredge, rising MMA star, is facing the fight of her career. She hasn’t heard from her flighty sister in two weeks. And, she’s just come across the body of a fellow boxer during her morning run.

While her friend, Consuelo Aguilar, helps Gemi stay focused on the match, Detective Lei Texeira is hot on the trail of the killer. But the closer they get to the truth, the more Gemi starts to fear the killer could be one of her own.

One of Her Own takes place after Shattered Palms, book 6 in the Lei Crimes series.

Excellent blurb, Shawn. What motivates you to write?

When an idea really starts to gel, or when the new world I’m trying to create starts feeling real, that’s when I start getting itchy to get words on the page. Then, as I’m writing there will come a moment when everything comes together and I can see the real story. It’s usually a sentence or a short scene during the first draft phase and I go, ah, that’s what my story is about.

I love when a story reveals itself that way. What is the best advice you’ve received as a writer?

To turn off my internal editor and just write. My best first drafts happen when I just blitz my way through and get the words down. Sometimes the story goes a little off-track, but if I stick with it, everything works out in the end. I call it “trusting the process” and it took me a while to be able to do that.

How much research do you do for your books?

That depends on the book. For my YA fantasy series, there wasn’t a lot since I was basically making things up. I did a lot of research for my two Lei Crime novellas, because I wanted to get details about Maui and the Yakuza right.

What part of writing a novel do you enjoy the most and least?

I hate the first draft. That’s the other reason I blitz through it, because it would take me forever to write otherwise. I love the revision process. By the time I’ve got the first draft done, I really know the characters and the plot. During revisions is when the story truly comes to life.

I love the revision process too. Is it important for you to know the title or ending of a book before you write it?

The ending, yes. Sometimes the journey changes along the way, but my ending almost always stays the same from the start. I use that big scene at the end as almost a treat. I won’t allow myself to write that scene until the rest is done, it’s like a treat for me that keeps me motivated. Titles? I hardly ever know my title before I start.

Me neither. Do you outline, plot and structure, or do you just sit down and write?

I outline the big plot points and then let the characters take me on a journey as we head from point A to B, B to C…

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Book blurb: Out of Her League

Paradise has a dark side, and Gemi has seen it.

One month ago, life for Gemi Kittredge meant college classes and mixed martial arts title fights. Now, her sister is missing, and Gemi is prepared to do whatever it takes to find her, including putting on a cocktail dress and cozying up to Yakuza crime bosses.

Thankfully, she’s got Detective Lei Texeira on speed dial, because when violence breaks out between the two rival factions, even Gemi, a woman capable of taking a man out using only her thumbs, is going to need backup.

Out of Her League takes place after Shattered Palms, book 6 in the Lei Crime series.

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Tell us more about your second and latest book for the Lei Crime Kindle World, OUT OF HER LEAGUEWhy should people read it?

This novella completes the mystery of what happened to Gemi’s sister. It’s fast-paced and, I think, takes the reader into a world they’ve probably never gone or possibly even known about – the Yakuza crime organization.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from writing it?

The lesson came from the first Gemi Kittredge novella, ONE OF HER OWN. Don’t end a mystery on a cliffhanger! While some readers were okay with that, many others really hated it. I had no idea!

Great lesson! What is the best way for someone to support your book, aside from buying it?

Leave an honest review and tell all your friends about it!

What is next for you, Shawn?

I’m working on a new project that will sort of marry my long-standing love of fantasy with my new love of mystery. As the ideas and the world start coming together, I’m getting really excited about it.

I’m sure your readers are excited too! Let’s finish with a fun lightning round.

Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? The box in my office that’s stuffed with memories.

Favorite place you’ve traveled to or would like to travel to? I’ve never been overseas, and I’d love to go… anywhere.

Name a food you can eat everyday. Dark chocolate-covered almonds.

Salty or sweet? Salty and sweet. I’m Gemini and can never choose just one thing.

Coffee or tea or something else? Coffee in the morning, tea (hot in winter, iced in summer) in the afternoon. Did I mention the Gemini thing?

Cat/dog/other pet? We lost both of our kitties in the last year. I think someday I’d love a dog.

Favorite style of music? Depends on my mood.

Your most guilty pleasure. Being with my husband. I feel complete with him.

 Favorite season. Spring. Fall is right on Spring’s heals.

 Name something you cannot go a day without. Taking a few moments for myself.

Thank you Shawn for sharing with my readers. So great to learn more about you. Readers, please visit Shawn at her virtual homes below and say “Hello!”

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Colorado-based author Shawn McGuire started writing after seeing the first Star Wars movie (that’s episode IV) as a kid. She couldn’t wait for the next installment to come out so wrote her own. Sadly, those notebooks are long lost, but her desire to write is as strong now as it was then. Her young adult novels deal with harder issues—dating violence, death of a family member, bullying, and teen suicide. Since those topics can be hard to handle, she infuses a good bit of humor as well because she believes that laughter can help you get through just about anything.

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Eden’s Exchange talks to author @DuncanWhitehead

I’ve seen Duncan around the interwebs for a long time, and we are part of several writing groups. He’s a hard worker with an “off the wall” sense of humour. You have to love a  man who’s a quick wit and doesn’t take himself too seriously.

He will have you in stitches.

Enjoy Duncan’s answers. I sure did. 🙂

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Welcome to Eden’s Exchange, Duncan. Are you a full time writer or do you have a day job?

Yes, I have a day job. I own a yacht management company – luckily I can work remotely and though I’m on 24 hour call – I really only go into the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

reluctant jesusWhat a sweet deal! What part of the world do you live in? 

I live in Fort Lauderdale which is in South Florida. Very close, if not now merged into Miami. I enjoy it because it is lively, vibrant and exciting, The only thing I don’t like is the heat in summer!

Seriously? Summer and heat go together! What is one thing you want to do before you die?

Die? I won’t die. Will I?

Umm … there’s an old saying about death and taxes … What are some of your favorite curse words?

Are you sure? I’m from the North of England…..

Okay, please send me a list privately. 😉 Do you have a motto you live by?

If at first you don’t succeed – hire a ghost writer.

Good one, you’re joking, right? Okay, never mind! What makes you laugh, and I mean, REALLY laugh?

The noise cats make while making love. Its hilarious.

I can’t say I’ve had the pleasure! Let’s talk about your books, Duncan. I want to highlight The Gordonston Ladies trilogy. 

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Book blurb: The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club (Book 1)

Little is what it seems to be in a leafy Savannah neighborhood as members of an afternoon cocktail and dog walking club mourn a neighbor’s death. Jealousies surface when friends vie for the widower running for mayor. An old woman with an infamous uncle plots to avenge a wrong. Memories haunt a once successful children’s writer. And a model has won the trip of a lifetime.

But a killer lurks and secrets unfold, as does a web of deceit. Is anyone really who he or she seems to be? A mysterious South American, a young Italian count, and a charitable nephew add suspicion and intrigue, as do an enigmatic organization linked to organized crime, a handsome firefighter, and three widows with hidden agendas. What’s a retired accountant’s secret, and why did a former showgirl really have plastic surgery?

The plot thickens, the Georgia temperature rises, and someone is destined for an early unmarked grave. The truth contorts to a climax that leaves readers breathless.

And here are books two and three of the series. 

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Duncan, what is the name and genre of your latest book?

Mystery – Murder at the Fourth.

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How long did it take for you to write it, and what was the inspiration behind it?

8 months. I wanted to do something no one had done before – two parallel stories involving the major character that merge together at the conclusion.

Are you marketing your book now?

Actually, I’m not – when Part 2 is ready I will begin marketing. I send the odd tweet – that’s it.

I’m doing less of it myself. Writing takes up enough time. Tell us about the road to publication for your book.

Structure, Draft, Proofread and Editor, 2nd Draft send to assistant for comments, 3rd Draft, then to editor, back to me 4th Draft, back to editor.

To the point. How did you celebrate when you finished your book?

I never do.

What has the reception been to Murder at the Fourth?

Good reviews but limited sales.

Hopefully it will pick up when you release book two. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from writing your books?

EDITING!!!

Agree! What makes your book stand out from the crowd?

It is different than anything else out there.

Why should people read your books?

So I can go on vacation this year!

That’s honest! What is the best way for someone to support your book, aside from buying it?

Tell people about it.

What is next for you after this book?

The sequel!

I’ll let you get to it then! Let’s finish with a fun lightning round.

Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? The insurance policy.

Name a food you can eat everyday. Cornflakes.

Coffee or tea or something else? Tea.

Cat/dog/other pet? Cat.

Your most guilty pleasure. Not saying.

Favorite season. English football season!

Name something you cannot go a day without. Again, not answering that one!

Thank you Duncan for sharing with my readers! Your succinct answers definitely cut to the chase!

Readers, please find Duncan at all his virtual homes below. Friend him on Facebook to read his funny quips. They will make your day!

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Award Winning Writer, Duncan Whitehead, was born in England and is the author of the best-selling and award-winning GORDONSTON LADIES DOG WALKING CLUB Trilogy. The series, inspired by the quirky characters and eeriness in the real life Savannah neighborhood in which he once lived is a humorous mystery, which boasts an assortment of characters and plot twists.

He has also written over 2,000 spoof and comedy news articles, under various aliases, for a variety of websites both in the US and the UK.

He has written further novels; a comedy set in Manhattan, THE RELUCTANT JESUS, published in April 2014 and republished in July 2015 & three short stories.

Duncan is well known for his charity work, kindness to animals, children and old people; and, of course, his short-lived bullfighting career and his hideous hunchback.

In February 2045, he invented time travel and now spends much of his time in either the future (where he has won the lottery an astonishing 117 times) and the present day.

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