Featured Author Laurie E. Boris

Today’s featured author is the lovely Laurie E. Boris.

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Hi Laurie, how nice of you to join me on my blog today and that you are willing to shed some light on what drives you to write these great books, but for that I need to ask you some questions. Brace yourself, for here they come …

Can you give me your best Whoop? Unless you have another one which works better for you?

If I’m in public, I keep it clean. “Woo hoo!” Yeah. That’s generally me.

Okay, sounds like a winner that one, but does it work all the time, even those times when the muse has gone and done a runner on you? And when did you first start with it?

Anything that gets the blood moving. I think I started using it when my husband introduced me to NASCAR and football. (Not sports I ever would have sat down to watch on my own.) And about the muse? I don’t muse much about my muse. I’m a writer. I sit down and write. The times it flows and the times it doesn’t, I attribute more to my physical and emotional state. For instance, when I can do little more than stare at the same sentence, it’s generally because I’m tired or need to eat or get some exercise.

Right, sounds like you are on the right track there. Let’s do a few of the yada yada questions before we move on to the fun.

What is the title of the book you would like to talk about?

Don’t Tell Anyone.

Is that a joke Laurie? Are you trying to wiggle your way out of this?

No, I’m not kidding. That’s the title. Yes, you can tell people.

Okay. 🙂 In that case, I’ll show the cover too.

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Did you have difficulty coming up with the title?

Yes and no. Actually, it was excruciating. The working title had been The C Word since I started the first draft, because among the older generations of my family, nobody said “cancer.” It was the C Word, or never mentioned. Jewish superstitions, I think. But when I prepped the manuscript for publishing, the title was in use on at least six cancer memoirs. [This is not one, by the way, although a character in the book has cancer.] So I immediately thought of Don’t Tell Anyone, because nearly all the characters in the book have a secret and at some point ask their confidantes not to tell. Idismissed it initially, brainstormed about 250 new titles, and came back to Don’t Tell Anyone because my writing group and my husband really liked it.

If you would have to change the genre, what would it be then?

Of this book, or in my writing in general? For this book, I toyed with making it a full-out, Coen brothers style dark comedy. But it didn’t work.

Just to confuse you we’ll take the alternative route now.

What don’t you like about writing, or whatever you need to do marketing wise?

I love writing. I love editing. Constructive criticism, bring it on. Marketing, not so much. I’m an introvert. We’d rather talk to one or two people at a time. I’m working on that.

Tell me, when your muse is visiting and you’re on a roll, what would seriously drive her/him away?

What drives the writing flow away for me is fatigue. Or if I’m doing something contrary to what my gut is telling me. That often means I’m off-track.

What does your muse look like?

The closest thing I’ve had to an actual muse is my late mother-in-law. She was one of my biggest fans. Sometimes she haunts my writing room and I can smell her perfume. I can almost hear her voice: “Finish that book already; I need something good to read.”

Do you ever speak to your characters and do you get along all the time?

I frequently speak with them. We usually get along. If there’s a disagreement, it’s usually because I’m trying to make them do something they wouldn’t really do, or because they’re not ready to spill their secrets yet. You can’t rush a recalcitrant character.

Can you name the food and drink that will surely get you started?

Coffee or tea. Holding a hot mug centers me and helps me drift into the writing.

Would you be able to come up with an excuse on why you haven’t written a whole day, and have me believe it too?

I don’t write every day. I mark my progress by the week. Some I write more, some I write less. My excuse? I was editing a client’s manuscript. Or there was a good episode of The Big Bang Theory on.

Hahaha, those are actually very good reasons to procrastinate.

But why would you ever want to live life behind a keyboard slaving over a manuscript?

Because I don’t really like doing anything else.

Okay now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want the blab about. But please no cat’s, dogs, or children. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious. Tell me something none has ever heard before from you. hehehe, love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂

No problem, because I have no cats, dogs, or children. Although we have a lot of mice in our house, so one or more of the three would come in handy. I hear kids are really great at catching mice. Secrets? I always wanted to play second base for the New York Mets. Or be an umpire. I’m annoyed that I failed the height requirement to become a Radio City Hall Rockette. It took me five years to write my first novel (never published), and received 138 literary agent rejections, including one by an agent who also writes romance novels. In the book I make fun of romance novels. She was not amused.

Right, now let’s give out something about the writer. You know, some facts the fans would love to know.

Laurie Boris is a freelance writer, editor, proofreader, and former graphic designer. She is the author of three novels:

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and Don’t Tell Anyone, of which you’ve seen the cover above.

When not playing with the universe of imaginary people in her head, she enjoys baseball, cooking, reading, and helping aspiring novelists as a contributing writer and editor for IndiesUnlimited.com. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

And finally we can we stalk, I mean follow, friend or find  Laurie on social media such as her websiteAmazon author pageFacebookTwitter, and Goodreads

How To LiveWrite Like a Goblin on Reaching Out

This post by the resident Goblin is one that touched me on a very personal level. Read it and tell us what it made you feel. That is, if you care to share.

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Geneva is a small place, and walking across from the bridge on a dull warm day, became the last time the goblin would ever meet him, his friend from denmark that is, the dane then, simply, it was while waiting for the homeward bus, the ensuing conversation between them had turned around to the moment where the dane just confided “…actually I don’t want to go home goblin tonight, my life is shit and I’m in a real mess so I am going to a friend’s…”, the goblin replied “…look there’s that AA place almost opposite from where you live, they’d listen and sort it out for you, well at least get some advice there then, and no one would know, would they…”, but what was happening to the dane now, somehow the goblin both knew and felt, wasn’t the actual alcoholism, no, the dane was stalling his own life into a tailspin here, the dane was “ending it”, and now while looking at the dane’s face the goblin could see, or had recollections of, those others that the goblin had known, as ever hiding behind their uniform reassuring expressions as that “exit plan” was taking over inside them, so again the voice in the goblin’s mind just went “…no, it’s always the ones that never mention it by name…”, as the goblin then watched the dane calmly cross the road before him as if walking out of this life too

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How do you reach out?

Featured Author – Lawrence BoarerPitchford

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Today Lawrence Boarer joins me on my blog to tell us who he is, why, and what he writes. (I didn’t know him, he came recommended by a friend and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. But you must read what he has to say and judge for yourselves)

Hello Lawrence, thanks for giving me the opportunity to introduce you to my readers. Let us not procrastinate, but start with the interview. I can see you can’t wait to tell us all about you and your books.

To start of with an easy question, can you tell me how you celebrate finally getting that tricky chapter (or para) right?

That is a great question. As a writer there are few things more annoying than struggling with a chapter. Staring at the page until your eyes are crossed, or straining to squeeze out just a line of text, can be maddening! So, when I overcome such a struggle, I like to celebrate with an outing. I’ll take my best girl (my wife) and head out to our favorite bistro for a martini, and fine dinner. 

Okay, sounds like you know how to party and have the perfect company to do so either. But how do you work around those moments when the muse has gone and done a runner on you?

I suspect few authors have had the luck of not suffering from “inspiration loss”. What I do to alleviate that troubling issue are three things. One, I try and feel within myself the moment of creative fatigue when working on a project peters out. That place where my creative juices have ebbed and I cannot squeeze out one more word onto paper. At that moment, I switch to thing two, which is taking a break. I’ll take three, four, or even five breaks during a writing session to go on walks, get a mocha, or just vegetate in front of the television. The third thing I do is work on another project. I often find that when my mind hits rock bottom for inspiration on one project, it ramps up on another, thus allowing me to write on a new plot line, or develop an outline for something new. Using these three processes seems to help me bounce back quickly… thus far.

Right, sounds like you have a winning formula there. Now, let’s first do a few of the yada yada questions before we move on to the fun. And by yada yada I do not mean boring, or in any other way stupid questions, but just the traditional ones. You know? The ones we secretly all want to know the answer to.

First, what is the title of the book you would like to talk about?

The Lantern of Dern Blackhammer.

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Did you have difficulty coming up with the title?

No. I often come up with the title of a project before I start any writing. In my mind it is formed as a general imagery that embodies the heart of the book. The Lantern of Dern Blackhammer is truly what the book is about. 

If you would have to change the genre in order to be able to publish it, what would it be then? i.e. would you conform to the market?

As an Indie author I have the luxury of not needing to conform to any particular market. But, if I had an agent, or a publisher who wanted me to conform for marketing purposes, I might alter the genre to horror suspense. That would probably take the least tweaking.

Right with that set of serious questions out of the way and to confuse you we’ll take the alternative route now.

What don’t you like about writing?

I love the sense of freedom that writing brings me. As an Indie author I am an industry of one. I am author, publicist, marketer, editor, creative director, and book maker all in one person. When I write, I am the master of all aspects of my life. A great sense of completeness fills me and I find the process fulfilling, and invigorating. Also, I love to entertain, and writing provides me an outlet to do that. There are few better feelings than having someone say, “wow, I really liked your book.” 

What do you do marketing wise and what do you think generates the most attention to your books?

Awesome question. This is one area that I’ve railed on ever since I re-entered the market in 2011. For an Indie author there are few inexpensive avenues for marketing. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Path, Goodreads, all are outlets for an author to get the word out about their art, but sales are not won on the field of social media alone. I’ve used Google Ads, and advertised on Goodreads, and used the promote function on Facebook to help boost sales – with little affect. Probably the most attention I got was when I put out a press release. I was able to measure a direct increase in sales right after it hit the media outlets. But, I must say that not having a publicist is a drawback, and one I hope to remedy soon. 

Tell me, when you’re on a roll, the muse is in the house and happily guiding your pen, what would seriously drive her/him away?

The only interruptions I typically tolerate when I’m in the zone, is from my wife. I can be on a serious roll, churning out page after page of flowing description and dialogue, and my wife will call out, “Can I trouble you for a moment.” The stride is broken, and it takes time to be regained. It’s typically not the same afterward though.   

What does your muse look like and does he/she ever play tricks on you?

I would like to say a goddess of rare elemental beauty, but the truth is that what I would consider my muse is more like a delusional moment. What I mean by that is when I am in the zone, inside my mind, I’m in the story. Inside my imagination I’m in the cave, the castle, flying along on a carpet, or in the midst of savage battle. I see the story played out in a sort of stark, shadow imagery where I feel I’m a presence in the scene.  

Do you ever speak to your characters and do you get along all the time?

My characters? That’s a fantastic question and it might get a little weird in here now (he chuckles). When I’m carried by my muse, the characters that I have generated, take on a life of their own. Inside my imagination their personalities drive them to do things that are in character – so to speak. When I’m writing, these characters are speaking to one another, but never directly to me the author. I’m sort of a fly on the wall of the scene – always. Now, do I get along with my characters? I don’t have a relationship with them like that. As an example, in my first published novel Tales of Mad Cows and Brothels, the deposed noble Leofric de Longnor becomes a murderous rouge with little pity for man, woman, or beast, and thus I don’t really like him. But, on the other hand, the evolution of the character makes him likable to the reader, and me. I’d never want Leofric to come and hang out with me, but I’ll root for him all the way to the end of the story. 

Is there any food or beverage that is a constant factor in either your books or life?

That is a hilarious question. Looking back at my works I’d have to say beer and wine is the beverage of choice, and roast foul as the consistent food. I believe this is the case, because I write mostly sword and sorcery, and historical fiction, and these drinks and food seem the most probable in those settings. As an author, I typically drink two cups of strong, black, decaffeinated coffee in the morning as I begin to write. After that, it’s glasses of water to slack my thirst.    

Would you be able to come up with a credible excuse why you haven’t written a whole day? Remember, I have to believe it!

I’d lean toward Internet porn, but that might be too crass. So, my real life excuse would be that I got up at 4:30am to be at work by 7:00am, and worked all day to arrive back home at 4:00am, and I am beat – my mind is numb from work, and I just can’t muster the strength to turn on my computer. This has happened on more than one occasion, but I hasten to say, I don’t beat myself up for it – I just accept it and try and write the next day.  

Great! But I would have liked to hear the internet porn story too. Hahahaha. Your real life excuse is a seriously good one, one I am very much inclined to believing. 🙂

And finally why would you ever want to live life behind a keyboard slaving over a manuscript?

My one and only passion is writing. I am consumed by the need to tell stories. Why would I want to live behind a keyboard? It is my salvation, my mental health, my sense of satisfaction; in all, my struggle to find my place in the universe. As an Indie author I slave at a day job that is the exact opposite of life. The day job sucks the very marrow of life from my bones. When I arrive home, and settle in behind that keyboard, it is like a liberation of the soul. I am no longer Lawrence BoarerPitchford the professional career guy working for organization X, but Lawrence BoarerPitchford the author who creates worlds of wonder, action, and adventure. A man who brings that ray of light into the battered souls of those people out there who can’t create their own fantasy world, and find redemption in the ones I create.  

Okay, now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want the blab about. But please no cat’s, dogs, or children. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious. Tell me something none has ever heard before from you. hehehe, love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂

Dirty secrets? I assure you I have plenty, and maybe I’ll tell you a few while at a fantasy convention over a few drinks one day, but what I’d like to chat about here is the struggle. Indie authors rely on word of mouth for their sales more than anything else. Erotica sells off the shelf in the blink of an eye, but it seems that fantasy and other genres are hit-and-miss in the market. The Lantern of Dern Blackhammer is a wonderful work, taking the aficionado of fantasy on a trip to a place where magic is the technology in a world that resembles 19th Century Europe. Imagine Sherlock Holmes’ London, and you’ll have a good idea of what the elf city of Moore is like. The villain is nefarious, who murdered the hero’s father, but the hero can’t exact revenge because he has a duty to his city (Moore) to get the Lantern of Dern Blackhammer first. The lantern is an ancient artifact that has the power to enslave the entire world, and the villain has his eyes set on acquiring it. Thus, the stage is set for a race, and intrigue.  

Now comes the sorted topic of coin. My personal fantasy is to leave the day job (like so many others out there I’m sure), and spend all my labors churning out quality fiction for the world to enjoy. In order to do that, I have to make a profit. When Tales of Mad Cows came out in 2000, I thought I had found the answer to who I wanted to be – a writer. Thirteen years later, I’m still furiously working towards that goal. So, I hope that for all those out there reading this will spread the word to their friends and acquaintances about my books and encourage them to purchase a copy of one or more. For the cost of a cup of Starbucks coffee, a person could have a week’s worth of entertainment; travel to the past, or to other worlds.   

Also, I hope that those who lust to write, and have said, “I’m too old,” or “It’s too risky to try,” will take a lesson from me and not abandon your dream. Keep working at your craft, and keep moving toward your goal. Take it from me; there is someone out there that want’s to read what you have created.

In closing, I encourage your readers out there will check out my web site www.boarerpitchford.com to see what my books are about.

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That kind of wraps it up, right Lawrence? I would like to thank you for sharing such personal info and entertaining me and the readers with how magnificently you know how to describe the how and why of your writing. Plus, not totally unimportant, you’ve given us yet another set of books to place on our wish lists, or to be read list on Goodreads. I assume they are on Goodreads to be found too?

I am and the books are there too. Thank you Lucy for hosting me on your blog, and I want you to know that your kindness and openness toward we Indie authors makes you an amazing woman! If ever I can return the favor, just ask.

*Blushes* Why thank you Lawrence, *smiles mischievously* and I will find you if and when I need a favor. I was glad you were here and hope you will want to return when you have a new release.

 

Epidemic!!!!!!

John Holt, the author of The Kammersee Affair and The Marinski Affair has a new release.

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Let’s hear what John has to say about it before I drop the bomb. 🙂 There is a prize to win this time … 

A year or two ago the world was in the grip of an Epidemic. The so called Swine Flu was slowly spreading into every continent. The media spoke of nothing else for day after day, week after week, month after month. There were details of where the virus had spread; the expected death toll; what the World Health Organisation was doing; and, of course, the progress the pharmaceutical companies were making in the search for an antidote. Then, quite suddenly, it was over. There had been a number of fatalities, but nothing as bad as had been predicted. They say that there is no such thing as bad publicity, only publicity. They also say something about ill winds. Well it seemed to me that the swine flu epidemic was an ill wind that blew something good in the direction of the drug industry. If they could come up with a cure they stood to make billions of dollars. I started to think what if the drug industry was behind all of the hype. Then I thought what if they already had a vaccine in place, but just needed a virus, possibly a mutation of a known virus. In other words, what if they had deliberately started the virus themselves? Hence the plot to my fiction novel “Epidemic” was born.

Tom Kendall, a down to earth private detective, is asked to investigate the death of a young newspaper reporter. The evidence shows quite clearly that it was an accident: a simple, dreadful accident. That is the finding of the coroner and the local police. Furthermore, there were two witnesses. They saw the whole thing. But was it an accident, or was it something more sinister? Against a backdrop of a viral epidemic slowly spreading from Central America, a simple case soon places Kendall up against one of the largest drug companies in the country.

Wow, John! Who wouldn’t want to know how this ends, or how the whole of the story plays out. I really wonder how you come up with these great books. And I see you’ve provided us with the links. Let’s not dilly-dally and go get the book we’ve all been waiting for!

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And then for the grand finale … (drum roll) a contest! No entry fees and a hell of a prize. To be precise, a free copy of either The Kammersee Affair, or the Marinski Affair, the choice to be made by the lucky winner.

What do you have to do to win this amazing reward? Simple,  come up with the most unlikely thing you’ll hear an investigator say about an epidemic.
The one who you find most fun, or proper wins. So put your brain to work and make us–or rather John, because he’s the one to decide who wins–laugh, cry, cringe and/or shout to become number one. 🙂

Just post your entry to this contest as a comment below and John will announce the winner next monday here on my blog, so be sure to come back then and check who won.

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Hello people, once again The Next Big Thing blog hop makes a stop at my blog. Thanks to Ruby Kiddell, author of amongst others Normal an erotic  novel.

Oh, you have forgotten what this blog hop is about? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them. I hope you’ll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy. On this stop on the blog hop, you’ll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to two other authors you can explore!

In this blog hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our book or work-in–progress (giving you a sneak peek). We’ve also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write–the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the title of your book?

My latest addition to what I hope will be a long list of books is Bound.

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2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

It was a story that had been playing through my mind for a long time, but I never thought I was the right person to write erotica. As it turned out I am, because I enjoyed writing it very much and reading it back I have no regrets whatsoever.

3. What genre does your book come under?

Like I said, it’s erotica with a kink. As you can see on the cover it’s about bondage, but it’s also a romance. And there’s a happy ending. 🙂

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Oh, tough one. The female lead would have to be … (Eeeps! Can’t think of any suitable female celeb, nor a man I’d see playing the part of any of the male parts. Suggestions? Anyone?)

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

(William was friendly enough to point out how I missed answering this question)

Anyway, here goes nothing, because I absolutely suck at synopsis.

Young, successful woman who’s into BDSM crosses path with a man she’d like to play with, but where will there games end?

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

This one is, Like Red Gone Bad and Heaven’s Closed again self-published. I’m working with a very good editor who makes sure there’s no SPaG left and all is how it should be. Neat and tight.

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7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Not long at all. I think it took me no more than a month from first word to last period, or full stop.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Some might say Fifty Shades, but I like to think it’s better. If anything it’s way hotter! 🙂

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

That is a difficult question, since it wasn’t any one person, or occasion. Let’s just say life inspired it. Life and the way of the world as it is now. You know people openly talking about their kinks and whatnot.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blogging, next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!

The talented Jo Robinson, author of Shadow People

And the equally great Patrick Jones, author of The Wolf’s Moon