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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cover Love

 I just came across this and was intrigued so I thought that I would share it.  I found a UK cover of The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan that I thought resembled Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. What do you think?  I wonder what goes into cover design.  I knew that some indie books used stock photos but I always thought that the bigger publishing houses used original photos for cover art.  Which use of the heart do you like better?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Betrayed By Morrigan Michele and Misty Carmony Book Trailer

The Betrayed Experience Guest Post By Morrigan Michele

First I would like to say thank you to Lenmeo for having me here today! For those of you who don't know, my name is Morrigan Michele and I am one of the authors of Betrayed-Blood and Magick Series. My sister, Misty and I are a writing duo and we have always had a love for the paranormal. Anything to do with Vampires, Witches, Magick etc is what we live for! How did we get this wild idea to write a series? Well, we really were just sitting around one day and Misty asked me what I would think of the two of us writing our own series. Basically, after reading so many of everyone else's books we felt it was high time we wrote our own full of everything we wanted to read. Writing soon turned into a passion for us and I chose to make writing a career.
Anyhow, with Thanksgiving just around the corner Lenmeo suggested that I tell everyone some of the people I am most thankful for in my life-which was a brilliant idea! I am so very thankful for so many of the wonderful people in my life. I am truly blessed with a wonderful close knit circle of family and friends.My family and I are very close. I have two wonderful sisters named Misty and Stormie. I talked about Misty earlier, she is the co-author of our wonderful little series. I also have a beautiful daughter, the light of my life named Brianna who will soon be 12 (going on sixteen!) You mom's know what I am talking about ;-)  Bless her heart, she blasts Taylor Swift songs constantly and most times the songs get stuck in my head for days! I cannot seem to get them out. The one person though that I am so thankful to have in my life this year is my wonderful and loving husband, Robert. He has been very inspirational and really is my rock. That guy you can depend on no matter what. I want to talk a little about him today.
It took a year to get Betrayed finished after we started writing it; mainly because Misty and I had so much going on in our lives that the book sort of ended up on the "back burner" for about 6 months. That is until I met my husband Robert in November of 2010. It wasn't until after meeting him that I really started writing again. Betrayed sat halfway finished in a spiral notebook for many months before that. He pushed me to start writing and to get serious about writing because he knew it was something I really wanted to do. Every day he would give me the extra push I needed to really sit down and write. It was nice because when Misty was too busy, I could bounce ideas off of Robert and he would help me think of other better ways to write what I was trying to say. If it wasn't for him, I don't think Betrayed would be where it is today. As a matter of fact he has since created my book trailers, and even the upcoming new cover that betrayed will be receiving soon! He has also done some cover art and book trailers for a few other authors with my publisher. Robert also helps me out on the marketing end of things by creating my blogs and websites and keeping up with things when I am swamped with my books. I don't know what I would do without him. He has really been a wonderful addition to my little family.
I have truly enjoyed being here today to talk with all of you and tell you a little about myself. Feel free to comment and ask me any questions you may have. I would also love for you all to comment on what you are most thankful for this year. Also, don't forget to check out Betrayed and be on the lookout for the new cover. Be sure to let me know what you think!
Ciao for now. I wish you and yours a wonderful and Blessed Thanksgiving!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bloodlines and Torment Book Trailers

Guest Post With Lindsay Anne Kendal Author of Bloodlines and Torment

Hi Guys and Gals,

Thank you so much for having me. My name is Lindsay Anne Kendal, although my friends call me Linz. I’m the author of the Bloodlines Trilogy. Bloodlines is now available, and the second in the series, Torment, will be available from November 1st.

I always get stuck when asked to do a blog post, I never really know what to talk about and I don’t want to bore people. So I thought I would think about some of the questions people ask me regularly and answer one of them.

A lot of my friends say to me “Linz, where did that story come from? What must go on in that head of yours?”

This kinda makes me laugh to myself, and some people do think I’m weird. Well the truth is... I am, and I’m proud of it. I’d hate to think people thought I was a ‘normal’ person lol. I love everything gothic, weird and wonderful, scary, supernatural and fantastical. It all fascinates me and has done since I was young girl. My friend and I used to go to the local video rental store every weekend and rent as many horror films as we could, then sit there in the dark watching them. We did it for so long, and saw so many films that sadly these days, nothing scares me or her. I now spend most of my time laughing at horrors.

I have some very strange beliefs too. I have so many of them that I couldn't possibly start to tell people on here. Some baffle my friends and they look at me like I’m crazy, but hey, I believe what I believe. I listen to very heavy metal music, I love Cradle of Filth. I’m not keen on the screaming, but the music is just amazing and a massive inspiration to me. It’s so hellish and haunting. When I listen to their songs I get lost in a world of fantasy. My stories play like movies in my mind, and then I go and write everything down. The song ‘Her Ghost in the Fog’ gave me the inspiration for the fight scene at the end of Bloodlines. It’s an amazing piece of music.

I think what freaks people out the most is the fact that I love nightmares. They’re brilliant. Your probably thinking, this girl is messed up, but... my nightmares can act as inspiration. If they frighten me, then great, since there isn’t much that does. It also, to my mind, means it could frighten others. It’s my goal to one day write a novel that will scare the hell out of even the toughest people, so keep the nightmares coming.

This is the only insight I can give people into how my mind works and why. It’s a mix-up of strange, horror, weirdness all rolled into one. But I think when you write in my genre, you need to be a little bit mixed-up and weird.

My Links are as follows.

Lindsay Anne Kendal

Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lindsay-Anne-Kendal-
Book trailers http://www.lindsayannekendal.com/apps/videos/

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Book Trailers for The Dark Age and The Great Collapse (Survivors of the Pulse) by Jeff Horton

The Pulse Experience: The Dark Age (Survivors of the Pulse) by Jeff Horton Guest Post eBook Giveaway!

Please permit me to begin by saying thank-you for allowing me to be a guest author on After the Book, and for giving me an opportunity to discuss my novel, THE DARK AGE!
Have you noticed, as I have, the many post-apocalyptic movies that have come out of Hollywood over the past several decades? During the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first century, apocalyptic stories became increasingly popular, particularly at the box office. Movies like Mad Max, The Day After, Independence Day, Armageddon, Deep Impact, and 2012, just to name a few, have captured and held our imagination. I know that I've always been fascinated by apocalyptic thrillers, and I suppose many other people have as well. Apocalyptic stories in which the world is threatened and the unlikely hero finds himself in the right place at the right time to make a difference, and post-apocalyptic thrillers in which the protagonist is in a position to change the world for the better, have always inspired me, and helped me to realize how so very small many of my everyday concerns in life really are.

There have been a number of programs on television over the last few years, which examine possible outcomes should a specific global, catastrophic event occur, and how humanity might recover. There have also been experiments where people attempt to live as prehistoric man did, without the benefit of modern conveniences. While it certainly would be difficult to thrive or even survive under such conditions, one of the experiments I saw offered hope that humanity would be able to survive.

I didn't necessarily set out to write a post-apocalyptic thriller when I started writing The Dark Age, but it soon turned into one. As I did research for my first novel, The Great Collapse, and my second novel, The Dark Age, I was astonished to learn how vulnerable our national infrastructure and our civilization itself are to powerful electromagnetic pulses and solar flares. In 2008 a report requested by Congress and was completed by the EMP Commission. It confirmed that the threat of a single nuclear warhead detonated high in the atmosphere somewhere around Kansas was real, and that it could potentially take out the United States' national power grid.

In The Great Collapse, it is an EMP attack and a solar flare knock out power worldwide, causing civilization to collapse within months. Unlike an EMP generated by a nuclear detonation, however, the EMP attack and the solar flare renders it impossible for anyone anywhere on the planet to rebuild the technology so vital to our society. With most of humanity no longer possessing the know-how to safely live off of the land, it is a struggle just to survive. Now fast forward five-hundred years and you'll find yourself in The Dark Age, which is set in a world where humanity survives by the sword, the bow, and the arrow, while secretly hoping that a legend about the Great Oracle is true and that civilization will one day return to the Earth. The Dark Age is a story about self-discovery, perseverance, and self-sacrifice, all in an effort to save the world from a fate worse than death.

Hopefully, you will find as I did that The Dark Age paints a stark, yet intriguing and hopeful vision of the future, where heroes must work together in order to offer mankind a brighter tomorrow.

Find Jeff Horton on the internet:

Website at http://www.hortonlibrary.com.
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Author.Jeff.Horton,
Twitter, http://twitter.com/#!/Jeff_Horton
Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4478744.Jeff_W_Horton!

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The Dark Age (Survivors of the Pulse)

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Jasmine Denton eBook Giveaways!

Jasmine Denton Interview

Thank you for taking the time to be here with us today. We are very excited about your visit and learning more about you, your writing and your books.

Thank you for having me! I’m excited to be here :)

Becoming a published writer is a huge goal, when did you realize that that is what you wanted to do? 

I was ten when I started writing with the dream of being published, and then eighteen when I started pursuing publication.

How long did it take you to get published?

 Four years, which in hindsight, isn’t very long considering the nature of this business. At the time though, it seemed like it took forever.

Has another author or book inspired you write a specific genre? 

Yes, L.J Smith and Alyson Noel both inspired me to write in the paranormal genres.

What are your favorite and least favorite genres to both write and read?

I love a good book with a paranormal element. I don’t really have a least favorite, but there are genres I’m not interested in, such as chick lit and apocalyptic.

How important would you say that being a reader is to being a writer? 

I’d say it’s crucial. Could you teach Driver’s Ed if you’ve never driven a car? By reading, you get to a) support other authors b) learn new techniques c) increase your vocabulary and d) stimulate your imagination. Not to mention, reading’s fun :)

Do you review books? 

Not yet, but I have been considering volunteering at a few review sites/blogs I’ve come across.

I know that many authors today utilize other authors while they are writing their books as critique partners. What is your process for editing your books? 

Most of the time, I edit a manuscript as I go and then hand it over to my sister, who is also a writer, or another close writer-friend of mine for feedback.

Are you a part of a critique group? 

Unfortunately, no.

Where do you draw your inspiration to write from? 

All over. Books, TV shows, spooky ghost stories and folklore. Mostly I draw from folklore.

Do you listen to music while writing? 

Yes, I find it soothing.

What kinds of music is the most helpful to you when writing? 

It depends on the book. If I’m writing horror, I listen to creepy instrumental but if it’s a romance, I’ll have some Skillet and Taylor Swift, and Plumb is a must for any book.

Has writing gotten easier for you now that you are published? 

Good question. Hmm....at first, it made things a lot easier. I turned in somewhere around four or five books within six months (one of them was coauthored) but after a certain point, things got a lot harder. I started thinking, “man, my publisher’s really going to get sick of hearing about these books” LOL. I’ve been in kind a rough patch as far as writing goes, I have three or four open projects that aren’t going anywhere. I’ve decided to focus on my Curse of the Sea series for now and keep working on that until it’s finished.

How long does it generally take you to write a book?

If things go well and my muse loves me and I pull 12-20 hour shifts, I can complete a first draft in three weeks to a month. If things go rocky, it can take up to a year, but that’s usually if I’m not working on it every day.

What was your inspiration to write Saving Hannah

My publishers love for its prequel, Inner Demons. That, and I just fell in love with the main character, Caine, and wanted to give his love interest her own story that revolved around her more than him. Hannah was a character from Inner Demons that I wanted to develop more.

Is there a book trailer for your books? 

Yes, you can find it on my YouTube channel. www.youtube.com/jasmineldenton

How much research if any did you put into writing Saving Hannah

Not much, actually. In this book, a main character is released from jail so all I needed to research was that process and the charges he faced.

Do you believe that the setting of your books was as vital in the telling of your stories as the characters themselves were? 

Absolutely. If you play your cards right, the setting itself becomes a character. You can use it to mirror or contrast the characters and the situations they’re in. That’s something I enjoy doing. I always put a lot of work into my settings; it’s one of my favorite parts of writing.

Without giving away any spoilers, what would you say was the most challenging part of Saving Hannah to write? 

Getting Hannah to open up to Caine again. I don’t want to give away too much, but in Inner Demons, Hannah was sort of...burned, I guess is the word. And now, she has trouble trusting him and wants nothing to do with him, even though she needs his help now more than ever.

What was your favorite part of Saving Hannah to write? 

Again, it’s tricky not to give away spoilers, but I’d say the best part was having Caine released from jail and return to Tree Hollow. In Inner Demons, Caine was a very angry young man, and when he loses his temper, he shape-shifts into a monster (think the Hulk, I guess, even though I’ve never seen/read about him). In Saving Hannah, Caine has his temper under control and he’s the level-headed, well-adjusted character. It was fun. I didn’t realize how strong he could be until I gave him the chance. (:

I search through babynames.com and a book on baby names until I find something I like. Usually the meaning of the name has a lot to do with why I choose it.

How much input do you have in the cover art of your books? 

I have a lot of input if I need to give it, but most of the time, I don’t. Karen Fuller is very good at designing the covers. I think the most changes I’ve asked for have been for the fonts.

Would you like to share any news with our readers about any upcoming books or projects? 

Yes, actually. The second book in the From the Damage miniseries, Coming Clean, will be out this October. The series is coauthored with my sister, Genna Denton and revolves around six teenagers who’re forced into group therapy together. Chaos, drama and romance ensue on their path to mental health. And of course, there’s an everlasting friendship formed between the members and their troubled counselor.

Which of your two most recent books would you say was your favorite to write and why? 

First one is Soul of the Sea, because I was able to create a supernatural race of merman-like undead creatures and that was really fun. Also, because it’s the start of a series and I have a lot of exciting things planned for it. And the second, I’ll have to say Coming Clean because those characters are developing nicely and taking on lives of their own. It’s always fun to see a book do that.

Are there more books in the Inner Demons series planned? 

As of now, no, but I wouldn’t be opposed to coming back to the characters again. I’d like to finish up my other two series (Curse of the Sea and From the Damage) first though.

How can readers relate to your characters? 

I try to make my characters well-rounded. They don’t always make the right decisions, but deep down there’s something good and pure about them. In the Inner Demons series, it’s Caine’s resilience and Hannah’s faith. In Soul of the Sea, it’s Mykaela’s determination to make her town a better place. My From the Damage series is full of flawed characters, but at the end of the day, they’re always there for each other.

What if anything do you want readers to take away from Saving Hannah after having read it? 

Everybody deserves forgiveness, even if they’ve done horrible things.

Readers are always looking for signed swag. Do you have any bookplates or bookmarks that they can inquire about?

I wish. As of now, I’m all out of singed swag, but I can give away some e-books. I’ve got two copies of Soul of the Sea and Saving Hannah that I’d love to put into the hands of some readers. Haven’t read Inner Demons yet? That’s okay, because I’ve got a copy of that one, too. (:

We already know that writing is a great love of yours, can you tell us more about your other hobbies and interest? 

You mean there’s more to life than writing (: Who knew? LOL

What is the name of the one book that you love so entirely that you believe that everyone should read it? 

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Have you come across an author recently that you feel that the rest of us book lovers should keep an eye out for? 

This might sound kind of cheesy because she’s my sister, but Genna Denton is showing a lot of talent and potential. She’s been writing her first novel on her own and it’s really good, I can’t wait to finish reading it.

Where can readers purchase a copy of Saving Hannah (and your other books)?

They’re available wherever books are sold, and on the publisher’s website. www.worldcastlepublishing.com

What format are your books sold in? 

Paperback and eBook.

Where can readers get in touch with or follow you?
Blog: jasmineldenton.wordpress.com
Twitter: @jasmineldenton
email: jasmineldenton@gmail.com
Website: jasminedenton.webs.com

Are you willing to be contacted by other bloggers about interviews or guest posts? 

Absolutely! I love doing interviews.

Can other bloggers contact you about hosting giveaways on their blogs? 


Do you have a link to a "frequently asked questions" page? 

Not yet.

Aside from marriage proposals, are there any types of questions that you will not answer for readers? 

Haha. No, there’s nothing I wouldn’t answer.

And lastly, a question for fun. Why is the sky blue? 

Haha. Cuz green would look weird (:

Do you as an author have any questions for our readers? 

Yes. What makes you call a book your ‘favorite’?

Thank you for the great interview. It was very fun for you to visit, and thank you for  your very generous eBook giveaways!

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Interview And Giveaway With Mary Ting Author Of Crossroads

I just want to thank you so much for being here. I am more than excited to have you. This is your second visit to After The Book and I am grateful to be able to have you back again.

How important would you say that being a reader is to being a writer? 

I am a teacher so I have to say reading makes you a better writer. For me, it helps me get my creative juice going.

Do you listen to music while writing?

I like to write without any distractions. I love to listen to music, but if I do it while I’m writing, it gets me distracted. Though, some songs pumps me up…hehe!!!

Has writing gotten easier for you now that you are published?

I think I’m more confident. Having readers ask when the sequel will come out makes me work harder.

Do you believe that the setting of your book was as vital in the telling of your story as the characters themselves were?

Very much so! I wanted to make sure to describe my dream as accurately and vividly as possible. I like to provide just enough details of the settings so that the readers can get an idea and create their own image in their minds.

How can readers relate to your characters?

I think the readers can relate to the characters in various levels. Claudia is down to earth average teenager. Though the alkins are angels, they act very much like teenagers, more so when they are on Earth.

What personality trait did you want to make sure that Michael possessed?

Romantic, protective, a bit arrogant…not too much, intelligent, someone who has a genuine good heart.

Did you model the relationship between Michael and Claudia after any real life or fictional couple?

Though I don’t like to admit it, Claudia’s character is almost just like me. I was very sheltered, didn’t know much about fashion or boys. Claudia’s first job, first car, camping and many of her experiences in the story was based on things that I did. And Michael’s character is based on my husband…hehe!!!

What if anything do you want readers to take away from Crossroads after having read it?

Claudia’s mom says, be good to those who are alive because what good is it when they are dead. I believe this to be so true. I regret not making more of an effort to visit my grandmother while she was alive. I told her that since I wasn’t working in the summer, we would have that time together. But we didn’t. She passed away the last day of school. I was devastated. Also, I’m going to sound like a parent, but… don’t forget to call and visit your parents and grandparents. Sometimes we get so busy with our lives that we tend to forget to call or visit. You may one day wish you had done it more often. Another underlying message is that life is precious so don’t take it for granted. Also, I believe we all have a destiny, a purpose in life. Embrace your destiny and let fate take its place.

If Crossroads were to ever hit the big screen, who would be your dream cast?

**Click on the character names to see more of the actors (=

Ben Barnes as Michael
Nina Debrov as Claudia
Alex Pettyfer as Davin
Megan Fox as Vivian
Chace Crawford as Caleb
Courtney Cox as Mom
Betty White as Gamma
Amanda Seyfried as Patty
Hugh Jackman as Philip
Angelina Jolie as Margaret
Catherine Zeta-Jones as Agnes
Mark Wahlberg as Aden

How much input do you have in the cover art of your book?

The cover was my idea and design. I didn’t want a face on my cover because I wanted the readers to create their own image of how the characters looked like in their minds. Also, the wings needed to be in a shape of a heart, representing Michael’s love for Claudia.

Do you think that there will ever be an audio book version of Crossroads?

I sure hope so!!!

I own a copy of Crossroads from the Xlibris publisher.  What is the difference between my copy and the World Castle copies?  

World Castle is a traditionally publisher so that version has been professionally edited. It also has some short reviews from various blogs. I also got to add my favorite quote that Davin says: Love knows no boundaries.

Readers are always looking for signed swag. Do you have any bookplates or bookmarks that they can inquire about?

I have been giving away the Swarovski heart necklace and a few hand beaded butterfly necklace that Michael gives to Claudia. You can purchase them at www.inspiredbytwilight.com

Where can readers purchase a copy of Crossroads?

Barnesand NobleAmazon, and many others internet book stores.

What format are your books sold in?

Softcover and eBooks for Nook and Kindle

Where can readers get in touch with or follow you?

Blog: www.marytingbooks.blogspot.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/crossroadsbook
Twitter: @maryting
email: thetings888@msn.com
Website: www.marytingcrossroads.com

Thank you for being with us and sharing a little bit about Crossroads and your writing.

Thank you so much for having me again!

Mary is offering an eBook copy of Crossroads to be given away here
Good luck!

Friday, September 23, 2011

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Interview & Giveaway With A New Prospect Author Wayne Zurl

Thank you for taking the time to be here with us today. We are very happy that you are here to visit so that we can learn more about you, your writing and your book.

Becoming a published writer is a huge goal, when did you realize that that is what you wanted to do?

I went into writing fiction for publication virtually blind. I had no formal education in creative writing and knew nothing about the 21st century publishing business. I figured I’d write a police mystery as good or better than some of the stuff I’d recently read—how difficult could it be? I’d finish, get an agent and either sell it or not. Ha!

How long did it take you to get published?

I began writing my first full-length novel, A NEW PROSPECT, in the summer of 2006. I received a contract to publish in August 2010. The book was released in January 2011.  Along the way, I had a few shorter novelettes produced as audio books and simultaneously published as eBooks. The first came out in 2009.

Becoming a published author is not always easy, what would you say was your biggest obstacle and how did you overcome it?

I wasted a lot of time sending query letters to agents; perhaps a dozen at a time, about a hundred in total. Most were notoriously slow in responding. More than 90% turned me down without reading one page of my book. I hired professional help to construct a good query letter and still got so many rejections, I began using extra deodorant. Then I gave up that idea and began looking for publishers who would accept submissions directly from writers. That worked for me.

Who or what has been the most instrumental person or thing to you as far as getting published?

That’s an easy answer, my wife. She’s been a great source of support and perfectly timed pep talks.

Has another author or book inspired you write a specific genre?

I knew if I would write fiction it had to be police stories. I tried writing a book about the Vietnam War and after a few chapters, I saw the language was so foul, I would have been embarrassed if my aunt read it. But that represented reality as I knew it so, I scrapped that idea.  I knew I could write about an older cop in a modern world. Guys like Robert B. Parker, James Lee Burke, and Joe Wambaugh wrote books of a caliber I’d like to achieve.

What are your favorite and least favorite genres to both write and read?

When I worked as a cop, I rarely read police stories. Now I do and like them. I also read historical novels. If I didn’t write Sam Jenkins mysteries, I think I could pull off a western. I know a lot about the old American west. Unless I did a complete spoof, I’d make a fool of myself trying to write something like science fiction. Eleven-year-old kids know more about the technicalities of that genre than I do.

I know that many authors today utilize other authors while they are writing their books as critique partners. What is your process for editing your books? Are you a part of a critique group?

When I finish a piece, my wife and sister proof read it. I give it one more look and then begin posting chapters at an on-line writer’s workshop. I’ve had great results at thenextbigwriter.com. Other writers can spot typos and nits I’d overlook because I’ve read my work too many times. Some people often make terrific suggestions to improve the narrative, too. Unfortunately, because of all the time I spend on post-publication marketing, I don’t have as much time as I’d like to reciprocate and review other people’s work.

Has writing gotten easier for you now that you are published?

I’m not sure the publishing experience has sharpened my writing as much as the natural experience/maturing process. Hearing suggestions from other writers, knowing what to look for when reading the old masters, and having what I previously thought acceptable shot to hell by others, tends to make you learn.

How long does it generally take you to write a book?

I can knock out a novelette (8,000 to 11,000 words) in two weeks. Depending on how complicated I make my story, I can do a novel (75,000 to 80,000 words) in two to three months. Then I start the workshopping process. The finished product may be what I call “ready" in five months.

Is there a book trailer for your book(s)?


Do you believe that the setting of your book was as vital in the telling of your stories as the characters themselves were?

All the Sam Jenkins stories are set in the Smoky Mountains. The locale is extremely important because of how, Sam, a guy from another culture, interacts with the locals. The people speak differently, live somewhat differently, and without them, the stories would be totally different.  Raymond Chandler made Los Angeles a unique character in his Philip Marlowe books and stories. I tried to afford the Smokies the same status.

Without giving away any spoilers, what would you say was the most challenging part of A NEW PROSPECT to write?

I gave Sam a unique position with his new life and new career. He had already “made it” once. He took the chief’s job almost reluctantly and as he says to his admin officer, Bettye Lambert, “The best part of having a job you don’t need, is not caring if you lose it. It sort of gives you the ability to flirt with pissing people off and not care much about it.” The ending is something I conjured up rather than experienced. I’d like to do the same thing if I was in his position, and I applaud him for doing it.

If you had to choose, which character in A NEW PROSPECT was your favorite to write?

Next to Sam, I think PO Bettye Lambert is my favorite character. She’s sort of an unsung hero at Prospect PD. The previous police chief was a dud—a political hack who couldn’t find his way out of a convertible if the top was up. Bettye ran the department, acted as den mother for the other eleven guys, and is just an all around good person. I knew a lot of workers like her who never got the respect they deserved. Sam’s gonna change that.

Are any of the characters in A NEW PROSPECT a direct reflection of yourself or someone you know?

Most of the characters are reflections of people I knew. Putting a face to a character helps me put a voice to them. If I can hear a character while I’m writing dialogue, I can make their voice unique to them. That’s especially helpful when doing dialogue for females.

Where and or how did you come up with the names for your characters?

Sam Jenkins was my maternal grandfather. I thought that was a good name for a fictional detective. My wife chose Kate as Sam’s wife’s name. I believe names are generally unique to specific areas. So, when we travel throughout the south, I look in phone books. I pick out interesting names, make a column for first names, one for family names, and then mix and match by sound and how they’ll fit the character’s personality.

How much input do you have in the cover art of your book(s)?

I have a lot to say about the covers that go on my audio/eBooks from Mind Wings. And they usually come up with excellent covers. I receive a few proofs to consider and comment on. Their artist is very good.  We’re currently working on a cover for my next full-length novel which will be released by Iconic Publishing. The publisher and artist and I are trying to composite all our ideas into what should be a really cool cover—something that grabs a browser’s attention.

Would you like to share any news with our readers about any upcoming books or projects?

I think I just did. A LEPRECHAUN’S LAMENT goes a little beyond my usual simple police story and incorporates a bit of international thriller. It’s scheduled to be out early next year. Here’s a summary:

A stipulation of the Patriot Act gave Chief Sam Jenkins an easy job; investigate all the civilians working for the Prospect Police Department. But what looked like a routine chore to the gritty ex-New York detective, turned into a nightmare. Preliminary inquiries reveal a middle-aged employee didn’t exist prior to 1975.
Murray McGuire spent the second half of his life repairing office equipment for the small city of ProspectTennessee, but the police can’t find a trace of the first half.
After uncovering nothing but dead ends during the background investigation and frustrations running at flood level, Jenkins finds his subject lying face down in a Smoky Mountain creek bed—murdered assassination-style.
By calling in favors from old friends and new acquaintances, the chief enlists help from a local FBI agent, a deputy director of the CIA, British intelligence services, and the Irish Garda to learn the man’s real identity and uncover the trail of an international killer seeking revenge in the Great Smoky Mountains.

I also have three novelettes due out shortly. V IS FOR…VITAMINS? and THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN BANK JOB as audio/eBooks from Mind Wings Audio and REENACTING A MURDER from Echelon Press as an eBook.

Which two 
of your most recent books would you say was your favorite to write and why?

I novelette called SCRAP METAL & MURDER was a lot of fun to write because I wanted to give it a hard-boiled, noir feel and sound like those post-war mysteries by Raymond Chandler. I think I did fairly well with the style. Then I throw in a typical Rex Stout/Nero Wolfe ending. I guess the readers liked it. Last quarter it made the publisher’s best seller list, with my best numbers ever.

A LEPRECHAUN’S LAMENT was fun because it all came from the most bizarre case I can remember, something I supervised back in the mid 1980s. It was one of those things that stressed everyone involved. We worked it and could hardly believe it.

Are there more books in the Sam Jenkins series planned?

I’ll keep knocking out the novelettes for as long as I can come up with stories I’m able to tell in 11,000 words. I also have four more novels “in the can” so to speak. After LEPRECHAUN is published, HEROES & LOVERS is next up. It’s almost ready to go to the publisher.  And I have a few chapters roughed out in another full-length book that’s sitting on my desk without a title.

How can readers relate to your characters?

I’ve read that the vast majority of people who read and buy mysteries are over fifty. So is my protagonist. I think they can relate to him and identify with his lifestyle and problems. Many of the over fifty crowd have retired and relocated to more “pension friendly” areas. That’s what Sam did. They can share thoughts of his culture shock as well as watch him solve some interesting cases.

What if anything do you want readers to take away from A NEW PROSPECT after having read it?

I’d be happy if people finished any one of my books and said, “See an old guy can still function in this modern age using the time-honored methods of the world’s great detectives. And Sam Jenkins can do that and make you laugh at the same time.”  Like some of the best cops I knew, He’s pretty humorous at times.

We already know that writing is a great love of yours; can you tell us more about your other hobbies and interest?

Barbara and I travel a lot. With travel comes photography. I learned how to use a camera at crime scenes and over dead bodies long before police departments had the hi-tech CSI units we see on TV today. Compared to police subjects, Travel and nature photography is a breeze.  And like Sam Jenkins, I have a keen interest in old British cars and cooking.

Have you come across an author recently that you feel that the rest of us book lovers should keep an eye out for?

I have yet to read the book, but my wife just finished THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett. She thinks I’d love it for the story and how the author writes dialect. I trust her judgment.

Where can readers purchase a copy of A NEW PROSPECT and your other books?

And in the mystery section at: http://www.mindwingsaudio.com where they have links to many vendors.

What format are your books sold in?

A NEW PROSPECT is available in print and various eBook formats. The novelettes are produced as audio books and published as eBooks.

Where can readers get in touch with or follow you?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001483038544
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/waynezurl
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Website: http://www.waynezurlbooks.net

Can other bloggers contact you about hosting giveaways  and interviews on their blogs?

Yes, I’d be happy to give away PDF eBooks of A NEW PROSPECT

Aside from marriage proposals, are there any types of questions that you will not answer for readers?

Who said I wouldn’t like to hear a few marriage proposals? (To my wife: Just kidding, Sweetie.)  I won’t talk about religion or politics. Most anything else is fair game.

And lastly, a question for fun.
Why is the sky blue?

Because if it were green, too many people would think a pool table was about to fall on them

Do you as an author have any questions for our readers?

What grabs you and makes you pull a book off the shelf at a library or book shop? Title? Cover? Once you pick it up, what do you look at next? Jacket summary? Endorsements? First page?

Wow, that was a great interview. Thank you for taking the time to answer all of our questions.  It was fun to have you here today.

And thank you, Lenmeo, for allowing me to speak with your readers. All the best to everyone out there.

Wayne has been gracious and offered 2 personalized copies of his eBook A New Prospect!  Thank you Wayne (-:

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