#InterviewFeature with Jeff Richards about his forthcoming release ‘Everyone Worth Knowing’ #ShortStories @ohiowa89 @mindbuckmedia

In his short story collection Everyone Worth Knowing (Circuit Breaker Books, June 1, 2021), author Jeff Richards explores the stories of everyday acquaintances through the stories of 17 male protagonists.

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I believe that music—especially rock and the blues—influenced this collection. Could you talk a little more about how music has informed your writing, and this book in particular?

Four of the stories in this collection are based on the lyrics in songs. For instance, the title for Riding the Fences comes from the Eagles song “Desperado.” The story itself follows closely the lyrics and theme of the song. Happiness comes from the John Prine song “All the Best.” Both are about the break-up of a marriage. One of the other stories is based on Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers’ “Cool Guitar.” I interviewed Jimmy for a magazine article and this is what he said about that song: “It sounded like, you know, it came from an old blues singer and it had a great twist, a great hook, ‘I’m gonna sell the bitches car./And buy myself a cool guitar.’ You know the guy gets even with the lady for throwing him out of their apartment. And, of course, I thought either this will be a big hit or I am going to be in big trouble with the National Organization of Women. But the real idea, when you listen to the lyrics, is that the guy singing the song is the asshole and he admits it at the end. And fortunately people get this. I think more women than even men.” 

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#Interview with @KJMcGillickAuth #author of Spider Hunting #CrimeFiction @rararesources #TuesdayBookBlog

For my stop on the mini blog blitz for Spider Hunting, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources, I’m delighted to share an interview with the author, K.J. McGillick 

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell us something about yourself and how you became an author? 

I am now on my third life career. Upon graduation from the University of Miami, I entered the field of nursing where I practiced in a hospital setting and eventually taught nursing to college students. 

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#Interview with K.J. McGillick #Author of ONE #Psychological #Thriller @KJMcGillickAuth @rararesources

Today I have an interview with K.J. McGillick, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources, as part of the mini blog blitz for ONE.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

The ideas from my books come from my varied and usual background in the law, medicine and international travel.

How do you pick your characters names?

Some just come to me and others I try to pick based upon the ethnicity after doing some research.

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#Spotlight + #Q&A with Jeff Richards #Author of Lady Killer ~ Murder/Mystery @ohiowa89 @mindbuckmedia

Today I have the pleasure of shining the spotlight on Jeff Richards and his soon to be released novel, Lady Killer, courtesy of Emily Keough at Mindbuck Media Book Publicity.

About the Book

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#BlogBlitz ~ Trust Me by K. J. McGillick #CrimeFiction @rararesources #Q&A

I’m delighted to be joining the Blog Blitz for Trust Me by K. J. McGillick, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources, with a short Q&A. First though, let’s see what the book is about.

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#Interview~Rosie Wilby~debut #nonfiction #author~Is Monogamy Dead? @rosiewilby #SundayBlogShare

Welcome, Rosie, could you tell us a little about your book

Is Monogamy Dead? is my first book and draws inspiration from a trilogy of solo shows investigating love and relationships that I wrote and toured internationally over a seven-year period. Writing a book allowed me to explore the themes more deeply and include some of the science underpinning the personal anecdotes and interviews

… and the inspiration behind it.

The book takes its title from the middle part of the trilogy and that show was very much a response to a couple of friends breaking up. There was a real ambiguity as to whether one of them had been having an affair.

What research was involved?

I decided to conduct an online anonymous survey. The key question was ‘what counts as cheating?’ The responses revealed that fidelity is way less clear cut and binary than we think. For many people, emotional exclusivity was more important than the physical side. But that’s where things get really complicated. Because … how we do control what we feel?  Continue reading

#Interview with #Author Liza Perrat ~ #Excerpt from The Silent Kookaburra @LizaPerrat #SundayBlogShare

Welcome, Liza. Tell us a little about yourself and what you like to do when you’re not writing.

When my head is not buried in a book, I love hiking in the hills of the rural French village in which I live. I’m obsessed with travel and swimming and play a decent game of tennis. 

What was the inspiration behind The Silent Kookaburra? 

Growing up in 1970s Australia.

When did first realise you wanted to be a writer?

I loved the idea of being a writer when I was a child, probably due to being an avid reader, but didn’t begin writing until the year 2000. Continue reading

God’s Easter Miracles ~ A #Children’s Book by Lee Ann Mancini #Interview @ebookreviewgal #Giveaway

 

Welcome, Lee. In your own words, please tell us about your book

The story starts on a lovely Easter day at Sunday school! God’s Easter Miracles highlights God’s love and provision to His children. The lessons learned are not only about Jesus’s resurrection, but also awareness of treating children with Autism with love and respect, taking care of God’s creations, and most importantly, accepting Jesus Christ as your savior. Continue reading

#QandA with Aaron Lawler @WriterAJL #author of The Marvelous Paracosm of Fitz Faraday and the Shapers of the Id #SundayBlogShare

Welcome, Aaron. Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your book.

I am a traveller in both the world and in the library. Writing allows me to design the journey, where I will go, what I will do, and who I will meet. Adventures in Europe, Canada, the States and Mexico opened me to new ideas. Philosophical jaunts changed who I am and the way I think. But writing allows me to wayfind. I can engineer a compass for my own path, following my own direction. The mindscape is an amazing place for a daytrip. Continue reading

Q&A with Dan Klefstad #author of Shepherd and the Professor @danklefstad #SundayBlogShare

Welcome, Dan. Good to have you here today. Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m the host and editor of the “Read With Me” book series on NPR station WNIJ (archive: http://northernpublicradio.org/term/wnijreadwithme-book-series). I’ve interviewed dozens of authors, two of whom inspired parts of Shepherd & the Professor. For me, each interview is a master class so I guess it made sense that I’d try to write my own stories.

What is your least favourite part of the writing process?

Starting. Staring at a blank Word .doc, trying to make order out of imaginary chaos. I consider it a victory if I write one sentence that first day. Some days I’ll settle for one word. But if it’s the right word, then I’m off to the races!

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Look up the word “exposition.” Now find a more interesting way to do that. Continue reading