Monday, December 26, 2022

Straight From the Mouth of Suspense Thriller Author Richard I. Levine

 


 That Little Voice

By Richard I. Levine

That little voice is always there. We all have one, maybe two. We simply need to acknowledge it exists and allow ourselves an open mind to hear its counsel. Trust me, I don’t have a multiple personality or dissociative identity disorder of any kind. At least I don’t think so. To be clear, I’m not poking fun at anyone who is coping with this condition. With that disclaimer out of the way, the little voice I am referring to is also known as our intuition.

But what is it exactly? At the risk of seeming to be “out there” (or as my friend describes it, being connected to the woo woo world), based upon so many past experiences I firmly believe my intuition is a connection between me and my spirit guides, or if you prefer, my guardian angels.  We all have them and they’re always with us—from our entry into this physical world at birth, to the time we are called back home.

It’s that little voice that warns us something doesn’t seem right. It’s that reflex that makes the hairs on the back of our necks stand up.

It’s that second-guessing that convinces us to delay a trip or to take a detour.

It’s the whisper that seemingly comes out of nowhere when we suddenly think of a long-lost friend or relative right before they call. How many times have we had that happen and think “what a coincidence, I just thought of her yesterday!”  

     Sadly, many people are no longer tuned into their intuition and they no longer hear their little voice. With all the static noise and stress we are subjected to from the artificially created environment of the world we live in: traffic, construction noise, work deadlines, family obligations, political messaging, and so on, most folks have forgotten that we are all spiritual beings in the midst of a physical existence. But with intention and practice, we can learn to tune out the static and reconnect with our innate ability to listen to that little voice.

     On several occasions, while driving and simultaneously deep in the imaginary world of a current book project, I’ve arrived at my final destination without being able to recall any part of the drive. How did I not end up in a ditch on the side of the road? Please keep in mind that I don’t imbibe or do drugs—although one time after driving home late at night through a torrent of rain and wind (it was a dark and windy night…), and not being able to recall most of that journey, a stiff drink would have been justified.  Was one angel providing the crystal-clear imagery of my next chapter while another angel took the wheel and safely guided me home?

To that end, I believe my guardian angels have worked with me when I am writing—from an idea that wakes me in the middle of the night, to when I’m searching for just the right phrase, or better yet, when I’ve finished several pages of dialogue between two or more characters, and I then have to read over what I couldn’t recall having written. Sure, my fingers were dancing all over the keyboard, but I am convinced that those characters, by way of that little voice (my guardian angels or spirit guides) dictated the direction, tone, and length of the conversation.

For my fellow authors who might feel frustrated because of writers block, allow me to suggest that you stop trying to force the next paragraph, sentence, or word. Take a break. Go for a walk and enjoy a little fresh air and sunshine, listen to some beautiful inspirational music or simply turn off all the electronics and find a quiet, peaceful place to meditate. Make this a part of your routine and I’ll bet, without trying, your intuition will reconnect, your little voice will begin to sing, and your imagination will begin to flow.

As I button this up, my angels are laughing right now because one of them just said they should receive equal billing on my book covers. What’s next, a percentage? ☺


 

Richard I Levine is a native New Yorker raised in the shadows of Yankee Stadium. After dabbling in several occupations and a one-year coast to coast wanderlust trip, this one-time volunteer fireman, bartender, and store manager returned to school to become a chiropractor. A twenty-three-year cancer survivor, he’s a strong advocate for the natural healing arts. Levine has four Indy-published novels and his fifth work, To Catch The Setting Sun, is published by The Wild Rose Press and was released in August 2022. In 2006 he wrote, produced and was on-air personality of the Dr. Rich Levine show on Seattle’s KKNW 1150AM and after a twenty-five year practice in Bellevue, Washington, he closed up shop in 2017 and moved to Oahu to pursue a dream of acting and being on Hawaii 5-O. While briefly working as a ghostwriter/community liaison for a local Honolulu City Councilmember, he appeared as a background actor in over twenty-five 5-Os and Magnum P.Is. Richard can be seen in his first co-star role in the Magnum P.I. third season episode “Easy Money”. He presently resides in Hawaii.

Visit Richard’s Amazon Page or connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Goodreads.

Purchase Information for To Catch the Setting Sun

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3Rl42Aw 

Barnes and Noble: https://bit.ly/3BRB0mv

 



Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Straight From the Mouth of Personal Development Author Tracy Huff

 


The Inspiration Behind How to Punch Failure in the Face

By Tracy Huff


I wanted to have a bigger impact on not just my community, but also to help women and families that do not live in my city. I have had the pleasure of helping hundreds of kids and families build confidence


and have the courage to go and try things ( and succeed) that they never thought they could. My tool for creating these results is martial arts. I have found over the years that there are so many women and kids that are afraid to come into a martial arts school,
so I began taking the principles that I use and marketing them in a coaching program. It was not well received. I kept getting questions like, “What does a martial arts instructor know about coaching, goal setting, communication, or leadership?”. At first, I was tempted to agree with them and to think that maybe I was wrong. I was frustrated and then I got angry. I was complaining to my instructor. I asked him if he was as offended as I was that non-martial artists did not understand what we actually do in the martial arts school. He was not as upset as I was, but he suggested that I write the book. So I did.
 

I want everyone who reads my book to have a system to follow to burst through their fear of failure and be confident to be themselves everywhere. I want everyone who reads my book to finish it knowing what makes them amazing and having a clear plan to use their unique skills and abilities to change the world. Making change at whatever level they feel-their family, their community, their city, their state, or the world. I want my readers to join me in changing the world by showing up confident and fearless. I want them to Be
Amazing, Be Exceptional, Be You! (BE BABY!)


My book is the system I have been using for 15+ years in my martial arts school, so I did not have to do much research. The process I outline is what I get to do every day. I completed the book in about 14 weeks. Even though the book is based on what I have implemented in my martial arts school, I still struggled with combating the negative thoughts that I had about my book as I was writing it. I would get frustrated and feel like I was talking in circles and wanted to just quit because it wouldn’t really matter anyway. 

One of the ways I ensured I would continue and complete it was to tell my leadership students I was writing it. I shared with them why and I knew they would hold me accountable and remind me of why I wanted to write it. I am a leader that believes in leading by example and I refused to allow my negative thoughts to make me a person who did not keep her word.


I have a friend who has written a book after the death of her father. She wrote the book to help her mourn her dad’s death and to process life without him. As I was completing my book and getting to the final draft, I shared it with her because I value her opinion. This was so scary for me, because I am human and I was afraid she would tell me that it sucked! When I asked her if I could read her book, she told me no. At first I was hurt, but then she explained that she
had let her husband read the book and he made some “suggestions” which made her feel like it wasn’t finished or ready enough for other people to read.
 

She said she really only wrote it for herself and she did not want to put it out there for other people to read because it might not sell and it would be a failure. I asked her to consider how she would feel if her book helped just one more person. That is what I focus on because my book is not written for everyone, but there are people I know I can help.When people tell me they are making their friends and kids read my book I am honored, humbled, and less afraid to keep promoting my book.


I chose to self-publish because we live in a world that has made is so easy to get our message out. I also knew that I was going to use my book to help explain my training philosophy to the parents of my martial arts students, as an introduction to me for coaching clients, and as a tool to book team building events.

If you feel like you should be writing a book, write it. You are amazing and the world needs to hear your message from your perspective. Success or failure is defined by you so don’t let your fear of failing hold you back. You’ve got this-go BE BABY!

 

 

 

Tracy Huff is a wife, mother, mimi, a Vet of the armed forces, a 4th Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do, an author and a business owner. She is the author of  How To Punch Failure in the Face. Her many roles in life have led her to acquire the skills and knowledge that have made her business a success. Tracy has a passion for motivating and helping others build their confidence by identifying their gifts and creating a plan on how to use them now. She is dedicated to helping as many women as she can live that life for themselves. 

After serving in the U.S. Armed Forces for four years, she finished her education in her current home of Fayetteville, NC. She is combining her life experience along with the skills and motivation she has developed as an entrepreneur and Master and sharing that with other business owners. 

She is passionate about helping professional women and entrepreneurs build their confidence and achieve their goals. She’s an in-demand speaker and an expert on developing confidence and leadership skills and is available for workshops and speaking events. 

Visit her website at www.defeatfailure.com or connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

Purchase Information for How to Punch Failure in the Face

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3VjpkSl

Pick up a signed copy: https://bit.ly/HTPFIFSignedCopy

 

 


 


Monday, December 19, 2022

Straight From the Mouth of S.G. Basu: The Inspiration Behind The Lightbound Saga

 



The Inspiration Behind The Lightbound Saga

By S.G. Basu


Writing a book, a book series, and eventually having a full-time career as a writer was never a plan or a dream. I have always been an avid reader and an imaginative child, and I had once dreamed of being an astronaut. But a writer? What? No!

I was a happy, content telecommunications professional with a job I loved and a young family that demanded all my attention when the writing bug bit me out of nowhere. Well, I should not say it was out of nowhere. Here goes the story behind the story: I was hooked on an anime show at the time, and its ending (specifically, the arcs for several characters) was a huge letdown for me. I felt robbed of a perfect conclusion and was so upset that I stopped watching the show (to this day, refuse to watch, read, or hear anything about the show). However, after spending a few weeks stewing over what was, in my opinion, an unsatisfying ending, I realized a few things. While I had the right to be upset, the writers wrote their story and ended it as they saw fit. The only way I could have an ending I wished for was if I was a writer, writing my own story. That was when I decided. I was going to write my own story. 

So off I went, planning and plotting. Since I knew the arc I wanted for the protagonist, the characters came first. Then I went looking for a plot and setting. The plot came to me one winter day. I was driving to work one early morning and the low sun caused too many gridlocks and delays. I reached late, missed half of a meeting, and let’s put it this way, the sun was not in my good books that day. That evening, when I was driving back, it was dark, cold, and blustery. I sorely missed the sun, its light, and its warmth. And I suddenly wondered what would happen if one day the sun was to suddenly disappear. Voila, that became the central premise of my plot.

Two other long-time interests also played a part in how this series was shaped. First was my love for Enid Blyton’s boarding school stories and my love for a circle of friends. Having been a boarding school kid myself, it was sheer joy bringing to life the camaraderie of a group of friends. I have always been a fan of multi-realm games so it was only natural to incorporate three distinct worlds into my story as well. 

Armed with the characters, the premise, and the setting, I went on playing, and very soon, I was looking at a five-book series with an ensemble cast. Before I knew it, I had embarked on a career (still part-time for years to come) as a writer and writing my first (and always my favorite) book series, The Lightbound Saga.

 

 

S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books. Although she’s an engineer by training, writing has been her passion since childhood. Her other loves include extra-hot lattes, fast cars and binge watching sci-fi movies.

Find out more about the futuristic worlds she creates at sgbasu.com. She can also be reached at sg@sgbasu.com.

Books by S.G. Basu:

The Lightbound Saga series (YA Dystopian Science Fiction)

Maia and the Xifarian Conspiracy

Maia and the Secrets of Zagran

Maia and Regency Protocol

The Lightbound Saga 3 Book Bundle

The Firefly League-A Lightbound Saga novella

Elementals-The Serial Thriller (Paranormal Science Fiction)

Population Morpheus (Near Apocalyptic Science Fiction)

Jumpers (Paranormal Thriller)

You can visit the author’s website at www.sgbasu.com or connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads

Purchase Information for Series

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3Tb71xt

 

 

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Straight From the Mouth of Mystery Horror Author Thomas White

Thomas White began his career as an actor. Several years later he found himself as an Artistic Director for a theatre in Southern California and the winner of several Drama-Logue and Critics awards for directing. As Tom’s career grew, he directed and co-produced the world tour of “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Coming Out Of Their Shells”. The show toured for over two years, was translated into seven different languages and seen by over a million children. Tom served as President and Creative Director for Maiden Lane Entertainment for 24 years and worked on many large-scale corporate event productions that included Harley Davidson, Microsoft, Medtronic Diabetes, and dozens of others. The Siren’s Scream is Tom’s second novel that follows up Justice Rules which was nominated as a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2010 Literary contest.

Tom’s latest book is the mystery/horror, The Siren’s Scream.

Visit his website at www.thomas-white-author.com or connect with him at Facebook.

 


INTERVIEW

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 that I ever "wanted" to be an author, it just happened. Being so intricately involved in the theatre for most of my life, it was my job to tell stories. As a director that is the crux of your responsibility, tell the audience a story using actors and sets. A writer uses words and description to tell


the story. Story idea's pop into my head at the most random times and when I sit down to flesh them out the process carries me away. It can be a curse and it can be a blessing. But it usually starts with me saying to myself, "Oh crap... that could work!"

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?

   At this point of my writing career, I have had little recognizable success. My first novel, Justice Rules, was picked as a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary contest, 2800 submissions and 8 finalists. It was tremendously satisfying. However, for the amount of work that goes into writing a novel, and I will admit without hesitation it is the hardest thing I have ever done, the perks are small and the demands are great. At the end of the day, I write for myself. Consequently, I have to rely on that sense of satisfaction I get when I can say, 'Yes, I have two published novels. Here are the links.' It would be awesome to have my work recognized, appear on a best seller list, turned into a movie, but the chances of being self-published and having that occur are slim. End of the day, the accomplishment has to be enough motivation for you to keep going. 

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

   I am self-published. The publishing world is inundated with content and they only take on a very few projects each year.  I tried for many years to find a publisher to accept my work. I have had three different agents, each of whom believed in my and my writing but each of them eventually left the business, which speaks volumes about the industry itself and hopefully not about my writing. lol! Even with the moderate success I had with 'Justice Rules' I could not attract the attention of a publisher. So be it.  My work is out there. I accomplished these two feats. No one can ever deny that.

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

   I had finished my first novel. It had been edited, re-written and tweaked a million times and was ready. I set about to conquer the publishing industry with my brilliant work. After months of submissions I had a plethora of rejection letters, some form rejections others more personal. I tried for months, got three agents along the way, nothing seemed to work to break through the impenetrable wall that is the publishing industry. So I self published. My first novel had moderate success for a first time, unknown author. I sold almost 4,000 copies and got some excellent feedback. It still holds a 5 star on Amazon.  With this ammunition I went back to the many publishers who had originally rejected me and this time around the rejections were different. My favorite rejection response was, "Well, if you had sold 10,000 we might take a look." I remember thinking, "If I had sold 10,000 copies I wouldn't need you dipshit!"  

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?

   I started writing with the advent of the laptop. I was traveling a lot and discovered there was nothing more satisfying than getting my upgrade, free glass of wine and writing on an airplane. As I became more serious, I approached it as my job. In my career there are periods of down time between projects. I found this the perfect time to write. The kids were at school, my wife was at work and I could spend several hours each day concentrating on the work. We each have our own lives, work and responsibilities in our house so how I spend my time while everyone else is fulfilling their responsibilities has never been an issue. 

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

   Easy. My newest novel, The Siren's Scream, was at the editors. I was due to get the finished edit back the next day. That night I was watching TV and one character from the show I was watching said, "The devil has no friends." I laughed and said out loud, "That's not true, fire is the devil's only friend." Suddenly I thought, "fire....evil... oh shit! I have to burn the mansion!!!" I then set about re-writing the last 6 chapters of the book and had to go back to the editor and tell them we had to re-edit the last 6 chapters. You see, you never finish a novel, you just stop working on it. This last minute inspiration however was more than worth it. Changed the entire ending and made it ten times more effective. 

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

   I use FaceBook a lot. I am not on twitter, or TicTok or Instagram. I suppose I should be but I just hate them all. 

Book sales. Don’t you just love them (or lack of?)? How are you making the sales happen for you?

  I have a few loyal followers and have been generating sales through Facebook and word of mouth. Not going as strong as I wanted so consequently, I am participating in wonderful sites such as Straight From The Author's Mouth to help get noticed. I am actually enjoying this process quite a bit and thank you for having me. 

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

   Throughout my career I have always been one step shy of huge success. Why can't people see what I see and let me create what I want to create? I promise, you'll be very happy with the result.

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 love the response I get when I say, "Yeah, I just published my second novel. It's on Amazon." I am not one that talks a lot about this part of my life and when people find out they seem genuinely amazed. I'm not sure if it's because they never thought I had it in me to write or that they were just unaware that I did. In any event, being able to go online and see my work, available to anyone and everyone, is such a rush. I have a picture of "Justice Rules" on a bookshelf in a bookstore. I remember thinking as I took the picture, "This was my goal. To see this book sitting on this shelf." I was at my high school reunion last weekend. Knowing that it was coming up and knowing that the book was about to hit the shelves I made a concerted effort to market it to my fellow classmates. It turned out that for a portion of the evening it became a book signing for me. How cool! A book signing at my high school reunion! "What have you guys done, suckers?" The sense of accomplishment is immense and I hold on to that with all I have because at the end of the day, I will probably lose money on this project but I don't care. I know how good the work is, I know how good I feel about it when people read it and have stellar things to say and that satisfaction brings me all the happiness I need to feel fulfilled. Now, a best seller or movie deal would make me feel even better...just saying!

 

 The Siren's Scream is available at:



 


Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Straight From the Mouth of Deven Greene: The Inspiration Behind Erica Rosen MD Trilogy

 



The Inspiration Behind Erica Rosen MD Trilogy

By Deven Greene


I often thought about writing something in the medical thriller genre, as I’m a physician and scientist (biochemist). The idea to write about genetic engineering, the subject of the first book in the trilogy, Unnatural, seemed like a good place to start. After all, genetic engineering is in the news a lot, and much has been written about future possibilities for this exciting new technique. The story came to me in a flash—a Chinese girl with blue eyes (Chinese people don’t have blue eyes—usually brown, rarely green, but not blue). Now I had my general plot. All I had to do was come up with the characters and the details.

You can surmise by now that my writing is plot-driven rather than character-driven. Despite that, I put a great deal of thought into my characters. They need to fit the story as well as have a life outside of the problem at hand.

For Unnatural, I decided the best person to become entangled in the plot would be a pediatrician. Not just any pediatrician, but an intelligent, caring doctor. I needed her to have a particular interest in special needs children, as she would be the one to look after the autistic youth in the second book, Unwitting (see below). I conjured up Erica Rosen, a San Francisco pediatrician who came across blue-eyed Wang Shu in her clinic. Wang Shu’s mother had brought her there because she needed a health form filled out to start school.

The second book deals with autism. The main person Erica deals with, a young autistic man, is based on one of my sons. The abilities and behavior of the book character are as close to my son’s as I could make them. Both are autistic, with limited ability to communicate. Unlike the higher functioning autistic individuals usually featured on television, they must rely on people for their care. Like some, but not all autistic individuals, however, they have certain splinter skills, which often surprise people. I can ask my son what he had for dinner on a specific night five years ago, and he can tell me (I sometimes write such things down to check his memory because I don't remember those details).

The third book deals with pharmaceutical production. While the FDA does its best to regulate this industry, there have been failures. I believe significant slip-ups are less frequent than they have been in the past, at least in developed countries. However, there are still ways to work around the safeguards in place.

My writing sometimes requires me to research the science behind the stories, as well as the culture and location of the characters. I enjoy this, and I hope that in addition to appreciating a good story, my readers look forward to learning about new things as much as I do.

 

 

Fiction writer Deven Greene lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Ever since childhood, Deven has been interested in science.  After receiving a doctorate in biochemistry, she went to medical school and trained as a pathologist. She worked for several decades in that field before starting to write fiction. Deven incorporates elements of medicine or science in most of her writing. She has published several short stories. Her debut novel, Unnatural, is the first book of the Erica Rosen MD Trilogy, and was released in January 2021. Unwitting, released in October 2021, is the second Erica Rosen MD novel. Unforeseen is the final book in the Trilogy.

Visit her website at www.devengreene.com or connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Straight From the Mouth of YA Author Sher J. Stultz

Sher Stultz lives with her family in the Puyallup river valley. The Timestream Travelers Chronicles is her debut series. Her inspiration for this series came from teaching middle school science and her deep curiosity with genetics and time travel. As a science teacher for seventeen years, she is always delighted to bump into former students and learn about the new adventures in their lives. In her spare time, she kayaks, dances, practices yoga, and goes camping or hiking. In the summertime Sher grows pollinator gardens for bees and hummingbirds, attends outdoor concerts, and reads in her hammock. An ardent conversationalist, Sher enjoys many genres of books and music and will happily converse with anyone on a variety of topics! Her first novel, The Rescue has been warmly received, garnering an indie B.R.A.G. Medallion, a Bookfest gold medal, and was cited as Pacific Book Awards Finalist. Book two in the Timestream series is slated for release in early 2023.

Website: https://www.timestreamtravelerchronicles.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/timestreamtraveler/

 


INTERVIEW


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?

Some people write with purpose and planning, and they are wonderful authors. Other people have stories that come to them wanting to be told and will go crazy if they don’t write them. I fall into the latter category.

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?

The perks are the writing. I love writing stories, birthing new characters, and finding ways to tie things in I’m passionate about. The demands are the marketing, the self-selling, and the relentless task of tracking it all. I often think it’d be easier to sell baked goods than books! Maybe I should start baking?

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

Self-publishing is my route. I gave up on the long wait for publishers because there was no forward momentum in the process, and I was already writing the second book in my series. I think this is also the reason for the explosion of independent authors.

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

We’re now seeing authors taking charge of producing their own works with the use of highly skilled freelancers, rather than waiting to be chosen by a publisher. Got a story? Go for it. It’s a brave new world if you have the persistence to go it alone without a big publishing house to make you feel confident in your storytelling.

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?

No one cares what I do anymore if I pay the bills and keep the pets fed! Seriously, I dispense food and money and they leave me alone.

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

My illustrator was wonderful, but there were unique struggles creating certain images. We decided early on that Cassie, the heroine of the first story, needed to be featured on the front cover of book one. Before she was completed there were several adjustments he had to make to Cassie’s chest and hair because my illustrator is a twenty-something gay man who is bald! Working with him was my favorite part of the process because of our hilarious conversations about boobs!

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

I use Instagram. Facebook is a middle-aged person’s social media platform and since my book is YA, Instagram was the best fit. Of course, I’m still learning to use it because you guessed it... I am a middle-aged person who only uses Facebook. I avoid Tik Tok because its content is often described by my students as “cringey.” I’m thinking about a YouTube channel next because I do enjoy making videos.

Book sales.  Don’t you just love them (or lack of?)?  How are you making the sales happen for you?

Right now, I am on a blog tour, hoping to generate more sales. I’ve done some advertising on Bargain Booksy, Bookbub, and Litnuts, but my next stop is advertising on Amazon itself. The bidding algorithm is tricky so I’m going to have one of the savvy math teachers from my high school explain it to me.

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

I turned 51, survived teaching during a lockdown, and published the first book in my time travel series. At least that’s what all my friends say I should be making noise about when I’m whining that I’m too tired to take a vacation.

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’m still a dreamer, despite having a few beat downs from life. And my goal for my books isn’t necessarily the same as other authors. I want to see these stories on the big screen. Or even a small one! Going forward, I’d love for The Timestream Travelers’ series to achieve a broader audience through film because the characters are so quirky and compelling.

 The Rescue: The Timestream Travelers Chronicles is available at:



Friday, October 14, 2022

Straight From the Mouth of Colette R. Harrell: 10 Things You Might Not Know About Colette R. Harrell

 



10 Things You Might Not Know About Colette R. Harrell


1. Let’s start at the beginning; LATER was written by Colette


R. Harrell and is her first Indie Project.

2. As an author, Colette R. Harrell strives to put something supernatural in each plot because miracles happen daily. 

3. LATER is her first book with historical overtones.

4. She secretly loves time travel fantasy books that stretch the imagination. Her challenge was to incorporate that love in LATER, a different way. 

5.   She writes sweet romances with an edge. 

6.   This one is top secret; when it comes to self-publishing, she’s doing it trembling

7.   She is already working on her next novel, A Life Kissing Frogs. The release date is February/March 2023.

8.   Colette is also writing a series for children and middle schoolers. 

9.   She works to add humor and golden nuggets of wisdom to every novel she writes. She hopes her readers walk away with a complete meal, dessert included.  

10. Colette has only just begun; stay tuned!




Colette R. Harrell
made her debut as an author with the book, The Devil Made Me Do It. As a published author, she has enjoyed meeting her readers; for her, it’s all surreal. She holds a master’s degree and worked as a director of social services, which allowed her a front-row seat to the conflict and struggles of everyday people. 

Her day is filled as an Author, Playwright, Story Editor, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and child of God. She wears many titles allowing twenty-four hours a day to meet the challenge. 

 Her goal in writing is to engage readers and provide them with golden nuggets of wisdom that feed and titillate. Her biggest lesson is that it takes a village to raise a dream. She loves and appreciates her village. 

She prays everything God has for you manifests in your life. And that you stretch and reach for it! 

Colette’s latest book is the historical/interracial/supernatural/paranormal Later.

You can visit her website at Coletteharrell.com  or connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads or Instagram.