Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Straight from the Mouth of Kiran Bhat, Author of 'we of the forgotten world'

Kiran Bhat was born in Jonesboro, Georgia to parents from villages in Dakshina Kannada, India. An avid world traveler, polyglot, and digital nomad, he has currently traveled to more than 130 countries, lived in 18 different places, and speaks 12 languages. He currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Website  → http://iguanabooks.ca/


Thanks for letting us interrogate you!  Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author? 

I don’t know if I wanted to be an author, really. I just think by disposition I have a lot of things to say, and I use writing as the medium to which I do it. I suppose all of us as artists want to take a medium and use it to make someone who isn’t us fully understand us, to the pulse of our muscles to the cracks of our ribs. I just chose writing because that’s the one I am best at, I suppose.

Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be?  I mean what are the perks and what are the demands? 

Honestly, it’s hard for me to assess that now. I like being a public speaker, and going on tour, and having people show a genuine interest in my book. At the same time, my life hasn’t changed so much yet. The only thing is that I’m just much busier, and that is not something I like, at all.

Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like? 

A mix! Yes, a mix. I am hybrid published, in that I paid for my publishing, but was vetted by an editor. It was the best option for me at the moment, so I don’t think I have much to say for it. I hope that I keep doing better and building my portfolio out.

What’s the snarkiest thing you can say about the publishing industry?

 It’s extremely close-minded for an industry purporting to want to discover newcomers. People who innovate or have things to say don’t have much space to be published anymore, and so much of that which gets published is too clinical and banal.

Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you? 

It was very difficult for my parents. They are very traditional minded, and really wished that I took the traditional path, too. At the same time, now that more people are learning about my writing, and I am doing so many events, they are proud of me. I only hope I keep proving myself write.

What was the craziest or insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process? 

Nothing crazy has happened yet; will let you know later if anything does.

How about the social networks?  Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid? 

I really like facebook, but that is because I’m a traveler, and I use it to keep in touch with all the people I know. I really like the idea of twitter on paper, but I find it hard to use. I suppose it is because the communicative capabilities of it are endless, and when I see so many tweets not getting a like from anyone else, I feel like I’m cutting my skin into peels and throwing it into the garbage dump

What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about? 

The fires in Australia, the upcoming war with Iran, the CAB amendment in India... God, just too much!

Okay, too much sugar for you today!  Here’s a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in.  Now…can you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above doesn’t matter because it’s all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldn’t have it any other way?

I guess I just love believing that I am finally getting a book out, and hoping that people will equally be ready to hear what I have to say!

About the Book

The Internet has connected – and continues to connect – billions of people around the world, sometimes in surprising ways. In his sprawling new novel, we of the forsaken world, author Kiran Bhat has turned the fact of that once-unimaginable connectivity into a metaphor for life itself.

In, we of the forsaken world, Bhat follows the fortunes of 16 people who live in four distinct places on the planet. The gripping stories include those of a man’s journey to the birthplace of his mother, a tourist town destroyed by an industrial spill; a chief’s second son born in a nameless remote tribe, creating a scramble for succession as their jungles are destroyed by loggers; a homeless, one-armed woman living in a sprawling metropolis who sets out to take revenge on the men who trafficked her; and a milkmaid in a small village of shanty shacks connected only by a mud and concrete road who watches the girls she calls friends destroy her reputation.

Like modern communication networks, the stories in , we of the forsaken world connect along subtle lines, dispersing at the moments where another story is about to take place. Each story is a parable unto itself, but the tales also expand to engulf the lives of everyone who lives on planet Earth, at every second, everywhere.

As Bhat notes, his characters “largely live their own lives, deal with their own problems, and exist independently of the fact that they inhabit the same space. This becomes a parable of globalization, but in a literary text.”

Bhat continues:  “I wanted to imagine a globalism, but one that was bottom-to-top, and using globalism to imagine new terrains, for the sake of fiction, for the sake of humanity’s intellectual growth.”

“These are stories that could be directly ripped from our headlines. I think each of these stories is very much its own vignette, and each of these vignettes gives a lot of insight into human nature, as a whole.”

we of the forsaken world takes pride of place next to such notable literary works as David Mitchell’s CLOUD ATLAS, a finalist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for 2004, and Mohsin Hamid’s EXIT WEST, which was listed by the New York Times as one of its Best Books of 2017

Bhat’s epic also stands comfortably with the works of contemporary visionaries such as Umberto Eco, Haruki Murakami, and Philip K. Dick.


Amazon → https://amzn.to/2DQIclm

Barnes & Noble → https://bit.ly/2Lqe9Fi

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Straight from the Mouth of Author Paul Martin Midden

The Perils and Joys of Publishing

Publishing these days is both a simple and a treacherous thing to do. There are so many tools and resources to create a book, and there are numerous ways to get taken by seeming unscrupulous companies and individuals.

This may sound pessimistic, but I think it is an accurate portrayal of the lay of the publishing land. Let’s consider a few examples:

Traditional publishing: The highly selective system that depends largely on well-paid literary agents, whose success rate, so I understand, is one or two books sold per year. Considering the hundreds of queries they receive, the odds on being one of those is not zero but close to it. And then, of course, there are the publishers themselves, who take absolute control over a manuscript and do with it as they wish. This may appeal to many, but signing one’s book rights away is not everyone’s cup of tea.

And then there is the Wild West of self-publishing, indie publishing, or independent publishing (also called vanity publishing). This is a a growing field and is a doable path for most people. However, there are many choices to be made. Amazon offers a ‘complete package’ to publish a book, as does IngramSpark and others. Other services, such as iUniverse, also offer ‘complete’ packages. All of this can be befuddling to a novice writer, when s/he writer has completed a book and would like some guidance as to what to do next. The guidance impulse is the one that leaves the author most vulnerable.

These services are costly but do have the advantage of providing an array of needed services, often including editing, cover design, interior layout, and the like.

In the absence of these, a writer will have to search out editors, designers, etc. for him or herself. That can be daunting. There are many people who will provide such services for fees ranging from a few thousand to many thousands of dollars. The trouble is that there are few ways to know on the front end how good such people are. There are often reviews online, but if they are on the provider’s website, it is reasonable to assume they have been carefully vetted, focusing on the happy customers. No one brags about their less-than-happy customers.

There are ways around this. Asking people you know and trust whom they might recommend. Asking the provider for references. Doing a ‘trial run’, such as editing a section of a manuscript. All of these can be helpful.

The advantages of doing this legwork, however, is that the writer has maximum control over the quality of his product. This in itself is worth a great deal, and this is where the joy comes in.


Paul Martin Midden is the author of five previous novels, each of which explores different writing styles. He practiced clinical psychology for over thirty years. Paul’s interests include historic restoration, travel, fitness, and wine tasting. He and his wife Patricia renovated an 1895 Romanesque home in 1995 and continue to enjoy urban living.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Straight From the Mouth of Dr. Richard, Co-Author of TETRASTATUM

The Story Behind Tetrastatum by Dr. Richard

I had the opportunity to present my work as a PhD candidate to Richard Feynman and interact socially with Stephen Hawking. Both of these titans were my inspirational teachers and provided the
motivation to write the novel. As such, I dedicated the work to them. They were and are my inspiration in the exploration of the natural world. I happened to meet the co-author socially at a party in Chatsworth, CA and we started a dialogue that lasted several years.  As part of the discussion, we decided to write Tetrastatum a different kind of Hard Science Fiction novel that would introduce my research on Psychothotonix and the Unified Equation of Reality while exploring the socio-economic, political issues of the day.  Marcus and I hit it off and we spent years discussing the material, planning and finally writing the book.  
Writing and publishing Tetrastatum has definitely been a journey. After sending out numerous query letters and endless discussions with literary agents, wed decided to self-publish for the flexibility and freedom to shape the work as we originally intended as well as the economics vs traditional publishing. Publishing a book is definitely a labor of love.  We were lucky to surround ourselves with the right people (we needed a lot of them before it was over, illustrator, publicist, editor, social media guru, SEO specialist, web developer, video team, hybrid publisher). Our expectation was nothing more than the opportunity to present our ideas to those who may appreciate our work. It turned into a full time job that offered us no benefits and little to no reward other than seeing our vision materialize and knowing our ideas are out there for other readers to enjoy and ponder.
About the Author:

Dr. Richard has been involved in the field of Photonics for over 30 years. He received his BA in physics (honors) from the University of California Fullerton. He was in a full scholarship PhD program in physics at the University of California Irvine and a PhD program in philosophy at Claremont Graduate School. Dr. Richard completed his two dissertations (involving human interpretations of laser and electro-optical images) while under top secret clearance. He also has an advanced placement teaching credential, an advanced certification (from the University of Wisconsin) in laser and optical design; and other advanced certifications in fiber optics, computer programming, technology business development, financial products, dance, anatomy and physiology.

website & social links

WEBSITE → https://www.tetrastatum.com

FACEBOOK → https://www.facebook.com/istarsfx

 About the Book:

In their debut novel TETRASTATUM, authors Dr. Richard and Tim Smith combine heady concepts about the universe with a thrilling science fiction story about the search for a new kind of time travel. The result is a stunning mixture of dense cosmology and old-fashioned storytelling that will appeal to a wide readership, from science professionals to lay fans of science fiction.
“Dr. Richard” and “Tim Smith” are the pseudonyms of Dr. Richard Connor and Marcus Rodriguez, respectively.
TETRASTATUM (‘the fourth state’) is the culmination of my 30 years working in the field of photonics,” Dr. Richard says. “I am an avid reader of sci-fi, and I wanted to create a new type of work that is both educational and entertaining in the genre. TETRASTATUM gives the reader a unique understanding of the existing laws of physics and extends them to provoke further thought from novice readers as well as advanced experts in the field.”
Kirkus Reviews notes that “authors Dr. Richard and Smith … tell their cerebral story with a heady mix of dense theory and absurdist humor.”
The Independent Review of Books declares:  “TETRASTATUM is like nothing you have ever read before. This is an impressive work of science fiction …”
The San Francisco Book Review adds that, “These recurring themes of characterization and distortion feed into the concern that is being voiced over the current state of our political climate...The layering of these themes is ultimately what gives TETRASTATUM a relevance that will keep readers turning pages and asking questions.”
“The book ultimately explains how human perceptions alter the future and puts forth a model based on quantum physics to explain ‘reality’,” Dr. Richard continues.  He calls science fiction “the perfect genre to explore socio-political ideas within the context of futuristic technologies and scientific theories.”
Dr. Richard and Smith are currently working with Norith Soth on adapting TETRASTATUM into a screenplay. Mr. Soth has penned work for Justin Lin (“Fast and Furious”), Stephen Chin (“War Dogs”), and Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”).

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Straight From the Mouth of Gordon J. Campbell Author of The Courier

The Story Behind The Courier

By Gordon J. Campbell

I'm not worth the crumbs from the tables of the likes of James Lee Burke, Lee Child, and Robert Crais, but these great thriller writers inspired me to set out on a course to produce a novel. I'd be genuinely gratified if any of my work resembled their style or exceptional ability to create a world of their own.
A few of my associates felt a book based on my business experiences would be a more natural path for a first foray into the writer's world. The result would have been a study on Japanese market entry solutions. This project might be realized in the future.
I agree that a thriller novel is considered a leap from my everyday experiences, but I argue that a fictional story is also a powerful vehicle to showcase real-life experiences. It is more fun to read about a businessman’s daily interactions, when they are enhanced by action and artistic embellishment.
Some of The Courier’s pages are influenced by people met, and times enjoyed or suffered through in Japan.
I have met a Yakuza with tattoos inked from ankle to neck who claimed to have sold futures on his skin.
My work selling medical products to US Government hospitals at military installations in Asia and Europe put me in contact with professional soldiers who generously shared stories worth emulating in thriller novels.
An evening stroll through any of Bangkok's red-light districts will allow enough research by observation to create an account worth sharing.
I asked myself what would happen if a salesman without military training entered into a dangerous situation unfamiliar to anything in his world. Could he stand up, perceiver, and protect his people?
How would he do under fire or when facing extreme challenges from evil and dangerous antagonists?
Would he man-up to survive and be capable of protecting his family?
Who would help him when everything was on the line, and what would it cost him when the smoke cleared? Would his life be unalterably changed?
I hope these questions are answered when you read The Courier. May you have as much fun reading the novel as I had in its creation and development.
About the Author
Gordon Campbell is a Winnipeg born Canadian who’s spent most of his life in Japan. He’s worked as an English teacher, a market entry consultant with a focus on the medical and sporting goods industries, and as a sales director for a corporation with multiple product lines.

He’s presently working on the second novel of a series initiated with The Courier, and its protagonist, Gregg Westwood.

Gordon leans on his experiences built around decades working and traveling in Asia. He’s trained at several karate dojos, run full marathons, and skied black diamond hills in the Japanese Alps.

He played American football at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and started in the Canadian championship game known as the Vanier Cup. Gordon is a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity, Sinim Masonic Lodge, and the Tokyo Valley of the AASR.

When he’s not writing, working, attending one of his daughter’s vocal concerts, pumping iron, or at a lodge meeting, you’ll find him dining with his wife Mako at their favorite local bistro.

website & Social links

Website → https://www.gordonjcampbell.com/

Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/gordonjcampbellauthor/

Twitter → https://twitter.com/GcampbellGordon

 About the Book

An expatriate businessman, Gregg Westwood, leaves the Officers’ Club at an American Air Base in Japan unaware about the impression he’s made on two intelligence agents. They sized him up as

someone with potential for strategic deployment, and more importantly, he’s under the radar.
Gregg’s exploits start with what he thinks is a one-off assignment as a courier, and the straightforward task spirals out of control. He’s forced to rise to the occasion and use every resource available to survive. Even his family is jeopardized which forces him to return to Japan to settle scores.

The Courier is one man’s struggle to fight for survival in a world that he’s not been trained for and where violence and retribution are the names of the game.

“The Bottom Line: One of the year’s best thrillers.”
“With such fine attention to detail in creating some amazing scenes, I give The Courier 4 out of 4 stars. Campbell creates an amazing and well-edited adventure that could even someday work on the big screen. Readers that enjoy action adventures or thrillers will likely enjoy this one as well.”
–Official review by Kendra M Parker, OnlineBookClub.org
“The Courier is an exciting ride from start to finish. I couldn’t put it down and wanted more when it finished.”
–Gyle Graham, entrepreneur and longtime Tokyo expatriate
“The Courier would transform well from a thriller novel to an action movie.”
–Michael Harrison, marketing expert and martial artist

Amazon → https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07W89JND1?

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Straight from the Mouth of James D. Bell, Author of 'Maximilian's Treasure'

You Don’t Have to Wait 40 Years to Publish Your Novel!
I should know.  It only took me 35.

         Okay, I’m not proud that it took so long to publish my first novel, but it only took seven years to publish the second!  That’s big improvement!

         In 1977 my best friend and I were young lawyers defending citizens charged with crimes in Mississippi.  We attracted a bit of attention because we kept winning cases.  Jack was a loyal friend, an intrepid investigator, and a great researcher.  Together we regularly accomplished what at first seemed impossible.  Jack died twenty years ago; too young; too soon. 

Our practice created many novel opportunities.  For instance, forty years ago a weathered elderly Choctaw man told us that he believed that Civil War gold was on his farm in Mississippi.  He believed that Maximilian, the Emperor of Mexico, sent gold to support the South’s war effort, and that none other than Jesse James (then a member of the Confederate Cavalry) was involved with the shipment.  The war ended when the gold was near his farm and was hidden there.  He asked us to help him look for the treasure.  This was too far-fetched to believe, but my friend and I said, “Why not?”  We traveled with him to his farm and had a great day listening to his stories while we searched with him. 

You might think this unusual.  It’s not.  It’s just another day of law practice in Mississippi, where the unusual and outlandish is an everyday occurrence.

            I started writing novels based upon some of our adventures over forty years ago, but I lacked the discipline to finish a whole book.  I didn’t have the right motivation.  I penned a few short stories and sent them to magazines, hoping that would kick start my writing career. 


No response.  At last I received a rejection!  I thought about framing it as proof that my writing had finally attracted the attention it deserves from a publisher.  Years passed.  The unwritten stories kept bubbling up, needing to be told.  Yet, I couldn’t make myself finish a novel. 

For years I shared my book ideas with my wife, bless her.  Finally, on New Year’s Day 2011, she dared me to finish a book that year.  She asked me, “Why do you want to write?”  I didn’t have a quick answer.  Then, it struck me that every book and every movie used to have a purpose, a “moral to the story.”  I feel that we have lost that purpose with some of today’s entertainment.  I am motivated to bring back the moral to the story.  That gave me my reason to write.  I finished our first novel, Vampire Defense, that year.

“Okay,” she said.  “You have a novel, now what are you going to do?”  I found a course at Millsaps College, “How to Sell What You Write,” taught by a publisher.  I followed the advice in the course.  Then, good fortune struck.  The teacher of the course agreed to publish my book.  I put as much work into selling the book as I put into writing it.  The work paid off.  The publisher told me it was his best-selling novel.  He was happy to publish my second novel, Maximilian’s Treasure, a book inspired by actual experiences.

Don’t wait 35 years to finish your work.  You have a purpose.  Find it.  Live it.  Write it.  Be ready to spend as much time selling your work as you spent writing it.

By the way, you really need to buy Maximilian’s Treasure.  It is an action-packed legal thriller filled with treasures that will enrich your life.  


Genre: Romantic Adventure 
Author: James D. Bell
Find out more on Amazon       

About the Book:

Rumors of a legendary treasure fuel a battle over possession of a Choctaw family farm.  Two young lawyers, John Brooks and Jackson Bradley, agree to help the family keep their farm.  Early legal success prompts the drive-by murder of the patriarch of the family.  The grandson chases the suspects whose bodies are found on the farm, scalped.  At the same time clues to a vast treasure are found on the farm.  Jackson, pursued by fortune seekers, adventurers, an exotic beauty and a homicidal maniac, follows the clues from a Caribbean reef to the Chiapas jungle.  John stays behind to defend the grandson and continue the fight for the farm.  His efforts are complicated by arson, murder, race riots, and the realization that he lost his one true love.  Though there is great distance between them, their adventures are intertwined as they rush toward a triple climax that could shake the world.  Join the adventure and discover your Maximilian’s Treasure.

About the Author:

James D. Bell is an award-winning author and retired Judge who received the highest bar association approval ratings ever given to a Mississippi Circuit or County Judge. He is listed in Preeminent Lawyers, Outstanding Lawyers of America and Top 100 Attorneys of North America.  He is the author of two novels, Vampire Defense and Maximilian’s Treasure.  His short story, The Adventures of Sherlock Hound, was published in Mardi Allen’s collection, Dog Stories for the Soul, alongside stories from Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Willie Morris and others.  The son of a Choctaw mother and a Mississippi businessman, Judge Bell is devoted to his wife, Joanne.  They live near Jackson, Mississippi and have four children.  Judge Bell returned to law practice but is frequently called back to the bench by the Mississippi Supreme Court for short term assignments.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Straight From the Mouth of Author TG Wolff

How to Write for Fun
by TG Wolff

Everyone has a different reason for writing, but one thing should be universal: writing is fun. For many, the mandatory writing on uninteresting subjects forced on us from elementary school on up has left a bitter taste in the preverbal writing mouth. It’s akin to my distaste of plaid after twelve years of Catholic school even though I haven’t worn a schoolgirl’s skirt for thirty years. But fear not, you can overcome the rigid constraints of noun-verb-noun and intro paragraph-body-summary paragraph. It may be hard to overcome the Pavlovian habits, but it won’t be painful.

So, here’s the secret of how to write for fun…write like nobody’s going to read it.

Counterintuitive, right? Well, I’m sure you’ve heard these other popular sayings…

Dance like no one is watching, sing like no one is listening, work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt.

Writing, like any another other form of art, is personal. Which means how you do it is completely unique to you. When you feel like you have to follow certain rules, or if you  worry about how nameless, faceless readers will react, you stifle the very part of you need for good writing. Ergo, put aside all the rules and write like nobody’s going to read it.

If it’s a funny scene, make yourself laugh. If you don’t, nobody else will.
If it’s a sad scene, make yourself cry. If you don’t, nobody else will.
If it’s a thrilling scene, make your adrenaline pump. If you don’t, everyone else will be bored.
If it’s a sexy scene, make yourself…well, you get the picture.

True story, in one of my books, the soon-to-be ex-wife of my main character dies and he has to go back to arrange the funeral. He comes back from the funeral determined to walk away from a budding romance. My editor told me I had to write the funeral scene, without it, the hero’s actions weren’t believable. It took me three days to figure out how to frame the funeral of a failed love affair, but I did. When I wrote it, I cried so hard, I gave myself a headache that lasted for three hours! The husband laughed with me, not at me (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)

I started writing to entertain myself. I was doing a lot of driving for my day job and found the radio just didn’t hold my attention. I began playing with characters in my head, which evolved into storylines. I wrote them down when I could, often in 20-30 minute spurts. Much of writing is in the figuring out of what is to be said. Some people “figure” in front of a keyboard. For me, it happens everywhere else. Walking the dog. Swimming. Chilling on the back porch. Driving across the Midwest. Writing is my reward at the end of a long day and where I go to play when life is heavy.

I had over ten manuscripts completed before a friend dared me to see if I could get published. In my opinion, one of the reasons my story connect with people is they were written to entertain me, and by doing that, they entertain others. Here’s an example from my newest release, WIDOW’S RUN. The chapter is title Wanted: Sophisticated Slut, Must Have Three-Inch Heels.

The stiletto heels of my knee-high boots clicked as I stepped onto small islands of concrete adrift in a sea of rubble. The city long ago forgot this patch of nowhere existed, leaving it to reclamation by feral beasts of all species. My target was the squat building wearing a mish-mash of sixties, nineties, and Y2K renovations. Looked like everybody ran out of money before the job was done. Still, the building stood when others had fallen, surviving the urban apocalypse like a cockroach without the good sense to die. Around the joint, an ad-hoc parking lot took over the space demoed buildings left behind. Crushed glass sprinkled across the parking lot like sugar on a donut, glistening under the happy-ass afternoon sun. The Hideaway.
Yeah, it was hidden…like a zit on the tip of a nose.

It was fun to put myself in the role of an ex-CIA agent going into a seedy bar to do a little side job I got blackmailed into. How would I walk? What would I be walking on? What would the place feel like? How would it smell? I pulled on my attitude and let my fingers fly.

There is a lot of advice out there for writers and so I’ll add mine. Start by figuring out what type of writer you are. If you like to go to the grocery store and winging it, you’re a pantser—some who writes by the seat of their pants. You’ll likely find your fun in the spontaneity of creation. Tell that critical angel on our shoulder to come back during editing and set the words free. There’s nothing that can’t be fixed in editing and you just may be amazed at where you end up.

If you meticulously plan out meals, organize your list, and then ruthlessly consult it at the story, you’re a plotter. You’ll likely find your fun in the development of order. Whether you outline, storyboard, or make notes, creating the tool will give you a sense of completion and satisfaction. Then sit down, with a smile on your face, connect the dots and color in the scene. There’s nothing that can’t be fixed in editing and you just may be amazed at where you end up. (I feel like I just read that somewhere.)

Here are a few things you may be asking yourself and my answers.

Q: What if I write for fun and the first draft sucks?
A: The first draft will suck; that’s what first drafts do. That doesn’t mean the story sucks, it means you’re ready for editing. Expect several rounds of edits for content and for copy. With each round, the story will get tighter and better.

Q: What if I write for fun and nobody else likes it?
A: What will actually happen is there will be a small number of people who thinks it’s horrible and a small number of people who think it’s perfect. The truth is somewhere in between. Readers have a broad taste spectrum. You won’t please everyone. Trying will drive you crazy and ruin your self-esteem. Know what you want your story to be, then challenge the haters to explain what didn’t work for them and critically evaluate to determine 1) if it is valid and 2) if it needs to be fixed. Challenge the lovers to make it better by asking open ended questions like
·        Did the story make you (laugh, cry, angry, etc” if yes, where)
·        Were you bored anywhere? If yes, where
·        Were you confused at any point? If yes, about what?

Q: What if I write for fun and I can’t get an agent or publisher?
A: You’ll be in good company, but you’ll be richer for having enjoyed creating the story. There are two times in life you can do whatever you want: when you have nothing and when you have everything. You have nothing to lose…enjoy it.

Q: I have a story that is really important to me and I want to tell it well, should I write it for fun?
A: Yes, but not first. Writing is art, but it’s also a skill. Your third story will be twice as good as your first for the experience of editing and feedback. Your sixth story will be twice as good as your third as you hone your style and process. You don’t expect to paint like Leonardo when you’ve never picked up a brush, have the same expectation with writing. Write. Enjoy. Learn. Grow. Repeat.

Writing Prompt: You are four years old and just came home after the best weekend ever with your grandparents, describe it to your parents.

About the Author

TG Wolff writes thrillers and mysteries that play within the gray area between good and bad, right and wrong. Cause and effect drive the stories, drawing from 20+ years’ experience in Civil Engineering, where “cause” is more often a symptom of a bigger, more challenging problem. Diverse characters mirror the complexities of real life and real people, balanced with a healthy dose of entertainment. TG Wolff holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.


Website → www.tgwolff.com

Twitter → @tg_wolff

Facebook → www.Facebook.com/tina.wolff.125


One night in Rome. One car. One dead scientist. Italian police investigate, but in the end, all they have are kind words for the new widow. Months later, a video emerges challenging the facts. Had he stepped into traffic, or was he pushed? The widow returns to the police, where there are more kind
words but no answers. Exit the widow.

Enter Diamond. One name for a woman with one purpose. Resurrecting her CIA cover, she follows the shaky video down the rabbit hole. Her widow’s run unearths a plethora of suspects:  the small-time crook, the mule-loving rancher, the lady in waiting, the Russian bookseller, the soon-to-be priest. Following the stink greed leaves in its wake reveals big lies and ugly truths. Murder is filthy business. Good thing Diamond likes playing dirty.

"TG Wolff's novel is for crime-fiction fans who like it action-packed and hard-edged. Written with feisty panache, it introduces Diamond, one of the most aggressive, ill-tempered, and wholly irresistible heroines to ever swagger across the page." --David Housewright, Edgar Award-winning author of Dead Man's Mistress


Amazon → https://tinyurl.com/y3eaf8ro