Author Spotlight- Interview with Constantine Dhonau and his Poetry Memoir Collateral Intentions

Bio: Constantine was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, and raised by his mother and his aunt. A wholesome Boy Scout and frontman for Tampa ska/punk band: H1N1, he attended St. Petersburg College for his Associate of Arts and New College of Florida for his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He escaped to Colorado in 2015 where he served with AmeriCorps and later pursued his dream to become a wilderness therapy field guide, completing 550 field days.

He enjoys writing,
tea, cooking, brooding, dancing, yoga,
astronomy reprehensibly long walks, movies, being outdoors
etc. & such forth.

Blurb:
THE ARGONAUTS (Nelson) meets SEE A GROWN MAN CRY/NOW WATCH HIM DIE (Rollins) in this raw & rattling Memoir-meets-Chapbook spanning more than 10 years of writing [50k words]! Rummagings of journals, shoebox scraps, forgotten notes, and letters to loved ones come together to tell one writer’s coming-of-age and his quest for unconditional self-love by dissecting his darkness. Each one-year chapter explores love, regret, identity, existence, ambition, depression, and the insanity of it all, neatly coming to a close with Constantine Dhonau’s fireside banter of contextual backstory for each chapter.


Author Website: https://constantinedhonau.com/
Here’s a FREE GALLEYhttps://booksirens.com/book/E8XP6L8/HKCQFP9

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Here are a few opinions (and I’d love to hear your honest thoughts too!):

“…a veritable gift of living poiesis for the soul…a divinely inspired offering of transparent truth and personal revelation born from a life-transforming encounter with all too often denied, and at times necessarily despised parts of oneself.”

“…exactly the kind of unpretentious yet sophisticated document that serves as both a spiritual handbook and an inspirational artifact.”

“Without fail, the compelling images, thoughts, and feelings, expressed through the self explorations of a young person straddling the thresholds of adolescence to adulthood have provided potent learnings into understanding what’s most important – how to be wholehearted and genuinely human.”

“Even now as I read the first page I laughed out loud. I think if you choose to buy this book, I believe you may find something in it to make you wonder, make you laugh, make you want to be a better person, and make you appreciate life just a little bit more.”

“…it peels back layers and defenses in one’s own psyche and relays the message of vulnerability that is universally common in being human and necessary in the journey of self-love.”

What is the name of your book and how did you get started?

Collateral Intentions started as a personal project to compile my writing from all the little stores I had it socked away, mostly scrawled across journals. In the process of retracing pages of myself and my life, I would casually talk about it with friends and strangers and I started getting requests to buy a copy once it was finished. Through the editing process, all these poems and letters still felt a bit “unsupported”. It didn’t seem enough to bring a comprehensive collection together. I started to get questions from readers, “How did you come up with this?”, “What was happening in your life?” and it clicked: poetic memoir hybrid. Each chapter is about one year of my life and ends with a snippet of what that year entailed: lessons learned, love risen and lost, developmental breakthroughs, the wild unknown, and the like. Now, it’s all polished and shiny for your dazzling, hungry eyes.


What inspires you?

Darkness has historically been a primary source of inspiration. For one, I am NOT a morning person. Never have been, probably never will be. I’m quite at peace with that. When I was a child my mom and I had daily fights in the morning to get me roused and moving. When I was a late teen my girlfriend and I had nocturnal flying squirrels as pets. I was typically one of a handful roaming my college campus in the hours before dawn. Darkness is peaceful for me. I also draw upon interior darkness. Those gritty, gristly places that are uncomfortable. I try to be with them when they come knocking and give them a voice, lest they end up trying to control me after ignoring them. That inner darkness brings me wisdom and understanding if I can meet it with acceptance. 


What does success look like to you?

Success as a writer means being able to look back at what I’ve created with surprise and delight. Success as an author means getting the book to a point that it begins to sell itself, generating passive income even in the most meager amount. Success as an artist means continuing to challenge the norms we live in, to shine a light on them enough to invite the question, “Are you sure this is what you want to be doing?”


What is your favorite movie that was based on a book?

Fight Club. One of the few movies that was as good or better than the book. I personally like the movie even more. The cinematography and soundtrack are fast-paced and alternative enough to keep me engaged beyond the long-winded rants Palahniuk has a tendency to fall into. Of course, it appeals to my baser inner-teen and the end gets me every time. The Pixies owe a great deal to that movie and vice versa. 


What genre do you write in?

I’m a poet. There. I said it. Feel free to let out your groans, facepalms, and long exhales. Poetry is accessible for me. I enjoy conveying complex things with elegant simplicity. More than that, it’s a habit similar to dieting. I’ll get really deep into it until I fall off then come back for a New Year’s resolution.


How do you attract new business?

Currently, I’m going around town and around the woods hiding copies of my book with bookmarks that have contact & payment information on them. Those are the places I like to go so I figure I should take it to the places I like so like-minded folk might find it. Plus, I just like hiding things and easter eggs and whatnot. It’s been fun (:


If you could have superpowers what would they be?

Teleportation. Hands-down, 100%. It would be so efficient. I could go anywhere instantly. See everything, eat anything, anywhere, any time. No travel time or costs. I could take people with me for instant squad vacations. With the right equipment, I could go to other planets, galaxies, maybe even dimensions. UGH. Yes. I would be a Teleport. And a cool one too, like Nightcrawler, who leaves this dark cloud whenever he poofs. 

What advice do you have for new writers just starting out?

Write what you like. Otherwise, readers will never get to decide whether or not they like your writing because you’re so busy trying to please everyone else. 

What helps you to stay motivated?

Acceptance. That kind of “wherever you go, that’s where you are” philosophy that meets each challenge and triumphs as a small step on a larger journey. I give up trying to understand everything all the time and what does it all mean? and I just smile when things do make sense or I get the feeling that they will soon.

What projects are you working on right now?

I won’t go into terrible detail…well, in fact, I won’t go into detail at all. I’m working on something completely different from Collateral Intentions. It’s something equally as dear and important to me. I’ve also got thoughts of a series very closely related to Collateral Intentions.

Any other information you would like to include for our readers?

This is my first book. I self-published. Full-disclosure. Poetry is a tough sell. People often want chapbooks of their old favorites or anthologies of the greatest of the great. Memoirs? Equally challenging. If you’re not Oprah Memoirphrey or Matthew McMemoirhey or some recovering homeless heroin addict who became a millionaire, people aren’t particularly interested. Combine the two and phew, I’ve got my work cut out for me. That said, we live in an extreme country in extreme times and increasingly extreme generations. It can be nice to come back down to earth and feel that connection that comes when someone’s not so different from us.

Thank you for having me!

Thank you Constantine for this lovely interview!

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Author Spotlight- Interview with Thriller Writer Oneal Walters

What would you like to promote?

I would like to mention two projects. The first mention is about my recent book, The Empty Couple, which is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. The second mention is more like an announcement, I am starting the writing process for my next book at the end of 2021.

 How do you make sales as an author?

In Canada, my sales are from word of mouth. In the US and UK, my sales are primary from Amazon ads. I sell more books in the US and my book was also 4th in ranking in the Domestic Partner category on Amazon. 

How do you come up with characters for your book?

First, I focus on the protagonist and antagonist of the story. In the case of The Empty Couple, the protagonist is Ruth and she lives with her boyfriend, Michael; who is the antagonist. It’s a unique structure because they are living as common-law partners; so for Ruth, the person you love the most is also the person who threatens your life.

 What influenced you the most?

I’m influenced by sales rankings. I’m influenced by great stories. I’m influenced by growth. I’m motivated by my family. I’m most influenced by my desire to materialize the visions within my head.

What advice do you have for new writers just starting out?

Let’s assume if you are a writer you enjoy writing. After the primary advice of research and write. I would say the second most important element to master is the ability to market and advertise your books. This is a must.

What is your favourite thing about being an author?

I enjoy writing a great story that hasn’t been told before. I enjoy the internal debate on whether to build a series or start with a new story. I enjoy hearing my son say, “daddy your name is on these books.”

Thank you Oneal for this lovely interview!

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Author Spotlight-Interview with Journalist and Author Teresa Edmond-Sargeant

Tell us about yourself and how we can connect with you.

I’m an award-winning journalist and author. In October 2020, I released my first collection of dark fantasy short stories “Inner Demons,” available in ebook and as a paperback. I’m the author of the short story ebooks “Eve the First,” “For My Sister,” and “Sammy’s Butterflies.” 

In January 2021, I released my poetry ebook “A Symphony of Silence.” I will also release my debut love story fantasy novel “Warding Off Reality” in 2021. 

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, shopping, traveling, working out, volunteering, and filling my mind with useless factoids worthy of pop culture trivia games. I currently live in Orlando, Florida, with my family.

What would you like to promote? (Add links, description, and a photo!)

“Inner Demons,” my dark fantasy short story collection

Ebook: https://books2read.com/innerdemons

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578779463

“A Symphony of Silence,” my poetry collection

Ebook: https://books2read.com/asymphonyofsilence

My website/blog: www.teresa-edmond-sargeant.com

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/teresaesargeant

Facebook: www.facebook.com/teresaesargeant

Twitter: www.twitter.com/teresaesargeant

Instagram: www.instagram.com/teresaesargeant

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/teresaesargeant

What is your favorite thing about being a blogger, writer, or author?

• I love to tell stories from my perspective, traditionally told stories with fresh twists in their premises. Let’s face it: every story narrated throughout history has been told before in one form or another – nothing is new under the sun. Yet these similar stories are different because of each author’s perspective infused in them. All in all, I enjoy reading and writing stories with three-dimensional characters, witty dialogue, a unique and daring premise, and messages that make the reader think. My favorite genres to read are short stories, poetry, self-help, spiritual/religious, romance, satire, fantasy and sci-fi, and classic literature. As you can see, my literary taste is eclectic.  

How do you come up with plots or characters for your book?

• I can’t really say. I go through the day doing various activities, and ideas for plots and characters pop into my head. I have my notebook to jot them down. As well, I use Evernote, a notetaking and organizing app, to arrange my brainstorms, plot outlines, and character and setting sketches. Let me tell you, I have so many ideas for short stories, poems, and books dating back years! It does seem hard to keep up with ideas popping into my head and writing them down. However, bringing them to fruition as actual manuscripts then stories for people to read is a satisfying adventure in itself.  

What do you like to do for fun?

• I like shopping, reading, volunteering, traveling, watching documentaries and movies, and attending theatrical shows.

How did you get published?

• I have my own publishing imprint Heathermoors Book, which I publish just my titles. The name “Heathermoors” is derived from the setting of my favorite novel “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte.

What helps you to stay motivated?

• I remind myself I’m not alone in my writing and publishing journey. Everybody makes mistakes, everyone has a learning curve. The most important factors of this journey are (a) I stay focused on my goals and (b) I have a terrific network of authors and fans to encourage me! The Central Florida author community is a thriving one, where we have a strong network of authors encouraging each other and learning from each other. I have grown a lot as a creative as a result of this group of people!

What projects are you working on right now?

• I’m in the editing process of a love story, a modern-day fairy tale set in a mental ward. It’s a passion project of mine, a story I’ve been wanting to tell, wanting to get out there in the world for many years. It has taken a lot of trial and errors in how to write this story, but it’s all coming together. The novel, “Warding Off Reality,” will be released this year (2021).

Any other information you would like to include for our readers?

• I just want to say thank you to all who had shown support for my work by purchasing and downloading my titles. Moments like these reassure me I should continue writing and publishing!

Thank you Teresa for this wonderful interview!

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INTERVIEW WITH MYSTERY CRIME AUTHOR GLENIS KELLET and her book FALSELY ACCUSED of the UNTHINKABLE

Tell us about yourself and how we can connect with you.


I was still in primary school when my teacher introduced my class to writing books. I won 1st prize for the numerous booklets I wrote on all sorts of topics. I loved it! I still have many of the booklets I wrote!
Another passion was a love of ponies, I always longed for a pony of my own. I didn’t come from a wealthy family, so I began helping on a local farm at the age of 10 – I was taught how to ride and 7 years later had the opportunity to buy my very own pony! By the time I was 28 years old; I owned and managed a thoroughbred stud, I bred a few winning racehorses! I became a partner in my husband’s dairy/arable farm, we were blessed with two daughters. 
Later in life, I established a coarse fishery and sold it as a going concern. 
I cared for my elderly mother for 10 years until she passed away; I supported myself by trading successfully on the financial markets. I always wanted to write but never had the time with the hectic life I led – until I retired – Now I write exciting fast-paced, easy-to-read fiction novels. I’ve had 3 books published so far – all murder mysteries with romance and plenty of emotional turmoil!- Faith in Love, Falsely Accused of the Unthinkable, and The Village Narcissist! 



Website: https://gk6181.wixsite.com/website-1

Social Twitter: https://twitter.com/GlenisKellet

Inst: https://www.instagram.com/gkauthor/



What would you like to promote?



Falsely Accused of the Unthinkable – is a fiction novel – a fast-paced; riveting murder mystery to keep you on the edge of your seat. Ask yourself the question – would you try to escape the cramped prison cell and the other unlikeable inmate for freedom to prove your innocence?

When I began writing this novel, I wondered what would happen if 2 people were running away from different scenarios, and later, they met! They would certainly relate to each other with the suffering they had experienced.

This exciting and moving tale, tells you of the victim’s side of the story. The escaped prisoner grappled to survive a blizzard and many other horrendous struggles – he was risking not only his freedom but his own life; to find the truth! He was thrown into a world he had little knowledge of and saw how other people lived and coped with life’s obstacles.

In the third chapter, he meets a young woman fleeing from her own problems. Strange sightings occur making the woman want to dig deeper into this baffling mystery. Was the escaped prisoner really a victim or the real murderer?

The nail-biting final twist will have you glued to the book!



How did you get started with writing?

 ​As I mentioned above it was at school when I was first introduced to writing books. In my early twenties, I wrote freelance articles for horse and pony-type magazines for a while. After a hectic life, I finally wrote my endearing first novel – Faith in Love, and was urged by friends to have it published. My favourite book I’ve written so far must be – Falsely Accused of the Unthinkable! It has plenty of action and is quite scary in parts!

What does success look like to you?

Success to me is the feeling of peace and happiness, I achieve this when I’m writing. I concentrate on my work shutting out the chaotic world. Time just flies by, sometimes I can miss a meal without being aware! I must be quite sensitive though, as there are times when I cry, I feel so deeply for most of my characters and animals if they are harmed or die!”
I also love it when people enjoy my books and write fantastic reviews, it’s as if they understand what I’m trying to convey. Here is a great example of what I mean.
https://gk618.wordpress.com/2021/03/06/an-excellent-review-by-bookshillstation-falsely-accused-of-the-unthinkable/


What projects are you working on right now?

I have already completed my fourth book, ‘Lethal Revenge’. It is presently being proofread by the publisher. It’s a gripping intriguing murder mystery – Revealing the dark thoughts of a demented killer as he terrorizes a quiet rural area with his evil intent. Who will be next? Will he succeed in destroying Paul and Josie’s romance and a bizarre legacy? Suspects’ secret lives are unveiled during the police investigation, further complicating the murder cases. When the killer is finally apprehended, shockwaves ripple through the jittery communities. This is a captivating novel bringing fear and alarm balanced with a touch of romance and laughter.

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How do you attract new readers?


The pandemic has prevented me from doing the normal book signings, so I do most of my advertising online. I’ve signed up to about 40 websites, like Twitter (including its many author/readers sites), Pinterest, Instagram, AuthorWorld Connect, Goodreads, and many more. I have my book covers professionally designed to catch the eye of the reader. I also have the book covers made into animations for many of my online sites, it helps them to be noticed amongst the thousands of books being advertised. I include reviews with my advertising, and occasionally I use excerpts from my books to entice the reader’s interest. I use Rogueanimalbooks.com for my book samples online as they make it look like a real book, the pages turn with a swish!  https://www.rogueanimalbooks.com/book/falsely-accused-of-the-unthinkable/

Falsely Accused of the Unthinkable – Rogue Animal BooksAn escaped prisoner encounters horrendous struggles – a traumatized woman overturns his life completely – will he ever prove his innocence or is he in fact guilty? Astonishing revelations are unveiled about who he is! Ironically, the injustices the pair suffer conclude in the same dramatic final twist!www.rogueanimalbooks.com

Thank you Glenis for a lovely interview!

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Interview with Novelist and Poetry Author P.J. Lowry

Let us know a little about yourself and how we can connect with you via website, blog, books, and social media sites.

My name is P.J. Lowry, and I reside just outside Toronto, in that beautiful great white north known as Canada. I have a BA in English language and literature from the Memorial University of Newfoundland. I’ve been seriously writing and self-publishing novels and collections of poetry since 2005. I am also a lead writer for River Comics, as I’m currently writing eight different titles for this indie publisher, from Superheroes to historic icons like George Washington. I’m making some really groovy stuff for RC that is totally badass.

You can connect with my work and with me on social media at the following URLs:  

What is the name of your blog or book and how did you get started?


I have multiple blogs, as I post material on WordPress, Tumblr, and even Open Diary which thankfully reopened a few years ago after a four-year hiatus. I was on OD since 2000 and had over 4000 entries when they closed up shop. It broke my heart, but I welcomed it back with open arms and I’m happily writing there again. My blog on Open Diary is titled “Fear and Loathing in Steel City” and my username is Peter_24601. It’s a bitchin blog, one that I enjoy updating as often as I can. Any kind of writing is good to keep the fingertips warm for momentum.

As for my actual books, I’ve been writing fiction and poetry since I was twelve. I wrote my first full novel when I was fourteen, but it was bad, so very bad. No one’s ever going to see that book, not while I’m alive at least. It’s on a five and a half-inch floppy, so good luck accessing that relic.

My writing thankfully has greatly improved, and I have many works posted on Smashwords, Kindle Direct, i-tunes, Scrib’d, etc. When you google P.J. Lowry most of those accounts will pop up. You can access my comic books at rivercomics.net. I like to jokingly refer to it as our all you can eat app with all the comic books you can consume for $1 a month! I dare you to find a better deal in our industry, cause you can’t!

What is your favorite food?

I am a big foodie, and for me food makes the world go round. What is more fun than sitting at a table with people you love and sharing a meal together? Talking about your day, finding out what’s going on… there’s nothing better! I’m that guy who can sit down with anyone in a cafeteria or pub and easily strike up a conversation with him/her while breaking bread. I’m a huge social butterfly and I totally get that charm and charisma from my Dad. He is the most outgoing and friendly person I know, and that rubbed off on me.

But I’m avoiding the question, which was to list my favorite food. If I had to pick just one, I’d have to say roasted chicken with potato salad on the side, and coleslaw with gravy too. That would be my go-to meal if I had to pick just one. When I’m in the mood for something spicy, a good jerk chicken makes a nice, sassy substitute.

What foods do you crave all the time?

Whenever I’m writing, I like to have something on hand to nibble. I like having something small around to chew on while I’m pondering something, or at a crossroads with whatever I’m writing at the time. I love to write with a big cup of tea or a soda-like Dr. Pepper. Those are the things I crave whenever I’m writing.

What is your favorite comfort food?

When I attended Memorial University, I ended up staying in St. John’s for almost ten years. During that time I became immersed into the local cuisine, and one meal from Newfoundland is my hand down all-time favorite comfort food: Jiggs Dinner. My sisters-in-law made an amazing Jiggs Dinner, which consisted of boiling a decent amount of veggies in a huge bot with a huge piece of salt beef. The flavor of the beef goes right into the veggies, and side that with a bread pudding and cover all the beef and veggies with gravy, and you what you have is heaven on Earth. You’ll never see me eat turnip and cabbage faster than whenever I had Jiggs Dinner. It’s amazing!

If you could learn how to make any food what would it be?

I haven’t tried yet, but I want to learn how to make beef wellington. It looks very intimidating. I’m going to be taking some cooking classes. One day I will attempt to make the wellington, and if successful… you’ll see pics on social media and my blog.

What is your favorite thing about being a blogger, writer, or author?

The writing. The ability to put down words and share those thoughts with the world. I’ve been a writer since I was twelve, and I have no intention of stopping no matter how little or how much success I find. I like using these words to connect with people, fellow writers, and even bloggers. To connect with the world, and when my days are done I hope that the words I leave behind will connect with and inspire future generations. So my favorite thing about writing is the connection it brings. The ability to share a story with those who I might never meet and tell them a story.

What advice do you have for new writers just starting out?

Just keep writing, it doesn’t matter if you write a whole chapter, a paragraph, or just a few tweets. Any words are better than none. Keep your fingertips warm and just keep going. If you get stuck with one project, put it down and work on another. When you feel that momentum coming back, then you can go back and take another crack at that one you’re stuck with and try to get it back on track. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you’re going, as long as you’re moving forward you’re going in the right direction. Just. Keep. Writing.

What do you like to do for fun?

I like to play games online to stimulate my brain. I play World Of Warcraft and I also play chess online with people all over the world. I like to read, watch television and watch a ton of movies. I also like to hang out with my kids and do fun things with them like check out a movie, go to the dome for a ball game, etc. Your kids are only young once, so spend as much time with them as you can before they become too cool to chill with their parents. That day is coming, so get ready for it.

What helps you to stay motivated and keep writing?

Motivation comes from many places. Sometimes I look at a picture differently and a idea can just pop into my head. Some days it’s the dream of being a wealthy author and buying hundreds of classic cars like Clive Cussler. Sometimes my motivation comes from my bills arriving and giving me a well needed kick in the arse cause I don’t want my cable to be disconnected. There’s many ways someone can be inspired, so find one that breathes life into your fingertips.

How do you attract new readers?

I’m trying to use free websites like Wattpad, Booknet and a few others to offer some of my works for free. The goal is to get readers so hooked up my stuff that they’ll want to pay for it and help me earn a little cabbage. It’s working a little bit. I’m also very active on social media, and try to be as user friendly as possible.

What has influenced you the most as a writer?

You mean besides the previous reference to Clive Cussler and his classic cars? My Dad has all of Cussler’s hardcovers, and because of that I’ve been reading his works since the 80’s. On the back of every hardcover a big picture of Clive with a classic car from decades ago and he looks amazing in them. I love Clive’s writing, and the amazing adventures of Dirk Pitt, but it was seeing Clive with all those expensive cars that convinced me writing might be a decent career worth pursuing. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be as cool and successful as Clive, but I’m trying. Mr. Cussler passed away a short time ago, and I have a few of his books. My favorites are Cyclops and Inca Gold.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I don’t mind reading any genre, especially if someone recommends something they enjoyed reading. If I had to pick one, I would say I’m a sucker for a good suspense or mystery. I’m a huge fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. I’m actually creating and writing a comic book based on Sherlock Holmes, so I’ve spend the last year reading a lot of Doyle’s work, and going back to all those amazing stories is the best research I’ve ever done. Zero arm twisting required.

What are you reading right now?

Right now I’m reading a few pretty interesting books. Countdown 1945 by Chris Wallace is about President Truman and the events leading up to the dropping of the atomic bombs in Japan. It’s a very fascinating read, and I love reading books about history. Another book I’m reading is Don’t Burn This Book by Dave Rubin, and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I recently got a copy of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins but I haven’t started it yet. I think I’m going to pick it up after I finish Neverwhere.

What is your favorite movie that was based off a book?

One of my favorite books of all time is Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella, which later become one of my favorite movies called Field of Dreams. In my opinion, it’s a true classic. Kinsella wrote amazing baseball books that would make great movies. I hope they make a movie about Magic Time, which was another great Kinsella novel.

What kind of music do you like to listen to?

I listen to a lot of music from all genres. What I listen to depends on what kind of mood I’m in and what I happen to be doing. If I’m cleaning dishes or tidying up the house, I’ll have something heavy put on like Metallica, Twisted Sister, Def Leppard, etc. I don’t mind listening to other genres like country, pop, classic rock. When I’m writing, I can’t listen to any of them. The only music I can listen to when I’m writing is instrumental only, music with no lyrics. If I play anything with lyrics, I ended up singing along, get horribly distracted, and no writing happens.

Here’s a great tip for all the writers reading this: movie soundtracks. When I’m writing, not only will I listen to film scores, but I will pick scores that match the genre that I’m writing. For example, if I’m writing a western then I’ll listen to the soundtracks of films like Tombstone, Unforgiven, etc. If I’m writing a fantasy, I’ll listen to great fantasy soundtracks like The 13th Warrior or Lord of the Rings. If you can find the right film score that compliments your work in progress, it can and will make an enormous difference in your daily word count.

Who are your top three favorite authors?

Besides the two I’ve already mentioned, those being Clive Cussler and W.P. Kinsella, another writer I really like is Gordon Korman. Gordon was one of the first authors whose works I started to consistently read. I remember eagerly reading his Bruno & Boots series when I was in grade four, enjoyed each story, and laughing at the wild adventures of those crazy boys. I haven’t read any of his recent works, but I have all those older books I used to read when I was younger. Another writer I really like reading is Tony Parsons. I’m more of a fan of his earlier works as well, such as his Man & Boy books. I found so fascinating to read because I was in the middle of a divorce when I first picked them up.

If you could have super powers what would they be?

My favorite hero growing up was Superman, so that’s the powers I’d want. The ability to fly, super strength, heat vision, etc. It would be amazing to be Superman and save the world whenever necessary. Bullet proof skin kinda helps too. Just saying.

What is a typical day of writing look like for you?

I am a nocturnal writer, so I do all my best work at night. Somewhere around ten or eleven at night (when there’s nothing good on tv) is when I’ll start working on my projects. I’ll spend most of the evening working on comic scripts, novels, poetry and other things. Usually I’ll get exhausted and end up crashing in bed around five or six in the morning. I will then wake up somewhere around one or two in the afternoon, and after having breakfast I’ll work again until five in the afternoon. I’ll take a break until eleven and start the process all over again. That in a nutshell is how I get my work done. It’s very chaotic but it seems to work for me.

What is something about yourself most people don’t know?

I suffer from an autoimmune disease known as Ankylosing Spondylitis. I was diagnosed with this brutal ailment in 2012, and have been trying my best to work around it. The best way for be describe A.S. is that it’s like arthritis on crack. It’s very painful and the treatments I take only treat the symptoms, not the disorder itself. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy because some days are okay but there are others when I need a cane to walk. It’s an illness that isn’t well known, but if you’d like to know more about it, you can find some more information at this site: https://arthritis.ca/about-arthritis/arthritis-types-(a-z)/types/ankylosing-spondylitis

What projects are you working on right now?

I am working on a lot of projects, so many that I don’t know how I juggle most of them. Something ends up getting neglected and I end up feeling bad about it. At the moment I’m working on three novels, two non-fiction projects, one new collection of poetry, and several comic books. The only way I can do this is by making a weekly schedule and sticking o it. So my plate is kind full, but that’s alright. Keep those fingers busy and keep writing.

Any other information you would like to include to our readers?

To anyone who has taken the time to read this, thank you for putting up with my long winded answers. This is nothing compared to what kind of a chatterbox I am in person. Scary thought, I know.

To those who have read my work online or purchased any of my works, I offer my sincerest and most humble thanks. When something is sold, I notice it. When someone leaves a note on Wattpad or any other reading site, I see that too. My love language is words of attrition, so if you want to make me feel good, leave a note. I love seeing them and will often reply to them as well. There is also so much more to come! I’m working on some amazing projects that I am very eager to finish up. Thank you for your patience, it shall be rewarded!

Thank you P.J. for such a great interview!

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Author Spotlight-Interview with Poetry Author Nicole Thomas and Her New Book The Tales of Elhaanai

Let us know a little about yourself and how we can connect with you via website, blog, books, and social media sites

  • I have been writing for as long as I can remember and started with poetry at a very young age.
  • This is my first venture into a longer story and I couldn’t be prouder of myself.
  • I am On IG, FB, and Twitter as NicolePatriceT.
  • My Amazon and Goodreads author pages are also available to follow.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Fresh chocolate cookies and cold milk.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I love Biblical based fiction and historical romance. Francine Rivers is an inspiration and one of my favorite authors. 

What is your favorite thing about being a blogger, writer, or author?

I love How words can paint an emotional picture. They make you happy or sad, angry, laugh out loud, or cry. Finding the right tone sequence, when you get it right It’s amazing. And when your reviews show that your readers felt it, saw it, and you know they GOT IT, man there’s no better feeling. 

If you could have superpowers what would they be?

It’s not really a superpower as we think of it now, but I want wisdom. When you are wise you can make the best decisions regarding every situation you are in. So I want to be wise.

What is something about yourself most people don’t know?

  • I’m a preacher’s kid and the epitome of the prodigal child.
  • I am Proud of myself and thankful to God for his gift of writing, and limitless love.
  • I adore milk chocolate, I’m terrified of bees, and I’m not a very good cook but I love food. 

What projects are you working on right now?

My first poetry book is available for pre-order now and will be released on July 1st.

The Tales of Elhaanai series has been an absolute joy to write. The first book was completed in a month, though edits took a bit longer. I prayed over each one and I let the characters determine what happened in the story. Each ending caught me by surprise. I said “OH SNAP” lol, and hope that my readers do too.

The sequel to Tales of Elhaanai will be released in a few weeks. I am also working on a children’s book about the importance of obedience that will be released before the end of the year. 

Thank you  Nicole for such a great interview!

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