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Author Interview: S.L Grigg

Today we are joined by the talented Author S.L. Grigg. Thank you so much for sharing this interview with us! Her book, Coffee Break Companion, is currently on sale for 99p, so go on and get your copy TODAY

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Q: What inspired you to write this book Coffee Break Companion?

A: I had been writing the stories for a long time before I decided to put them together as a book. I have major surgery in September 2017 and decided after that to go for one of my dreams and publish a book.

Q: Is there anything in the stories that relates to your own life?

A: Many of the stories came about whilst I was struggling with mental health problems, a lot of them feature aspects of my own experiences fictionalised. It was very therapeutic to write this way.

Q: What have been your favourite moments of being a published author?

A: The best part is when other people love your stories. Until strangers read them and love them you never truly believe that your writing is any good, and especially when people find them inspirational for their own experiences with mental health, that feels really good.

Q: What motivates you to keep writing?

A: The encouragement I have received from people has been a major factor, people asking when the next book will be out and saying they can’t wait to read more is the greatest motivation of all.

Q: How do you come up with the plots of your books?

A: Real life experiences are a main contributor, but I also think of ideas all the time because of a song I heard, a picture I saw or something I heard, I use writing prompts too, I will start by writing a 100 word short story from a prompt, but often I can see the potential for something more so will then expand it into a longer short story.

Q: Are there any characters that have felt so real to you that you feel you could keep writing about them?

A: Jess, the main character in Hide and Seek, the longer story at the end of Coffee break Companion. I think I could definitely write more about her, although that might prove a challenge given what happens in Hide and Seek…

Q: If you could choose to have an exclusive book club with three authors, dead or alive, who would you choose and what would be your ideal discussion to have with them?

A: Ooh, that’s a tough one, so many great authors to choose from. I think I’d like a book club with Max Brookes, Daniel Suarez and Andy Weir as I’d like to discuss combining hard sci-fi, digital technology and zombies in an epic space adventure!

Q: What books do you currently have on your bedside table?

A: Neil Gaiman – Norse Mythology, my current read; The Encyclopaedia of Mythology – Arthur Cotterell, for some research;

Q: Lastly, something fun that our readers might not know about you?

A: I once auditioned for the X-Factor and got through three rounds of auditions, all of which are before you get to being on TV at all, so I know a few behind the scenes secrets of the process…

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Blurb: Grab that cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer), maybe add a splash of something stronger, settle down and enjoy your break with this gripping collection of flash fiction and poetry that will send shivers down your spine. With an added bonus of a longer story at the end that will fill your lunch break. What are you waiting for? Dive in! Everything from a discovery in an Ice Cavern, to a tornado. Mermaids, and Dragons. Mystery and Horror. This collection of flash fiction and poetry has something to capture anyone’s imagination, with a final chilling thriller that will leave you gasping for air.

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Author Bio: This is the first published book by S.L. Grigg having previously written a popular blog on mental health, and having articles published by Mind, the mental health charity, and NHS England. Working for NHS England from a home in Bromsgrove, England, S.L Grigg lives with a partner and two adult children. S.L Grigg has studied everything from Science and Law, to Journalism and Pilates but writing has always been the greatest passion in S.L.Grigg’s life.

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Author Interview: Marlene Wagman-Geller

Today we are joined by the phenomenal Author Marlene Wagman-Geller, who has published to date six books that are taking the world by storm.

Marlene is a true inspiration to me and she feels like a friend I’ve known for years, I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to have interviewed her.

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Q: I’ve just read Woman Who Launch, and you have written another phenomenal book! What inspired you to write this book?

A: The inspirational spark for Women Who Launch was the Women’s March on Washington where the capital was transformed into a moving mass of Barbie’s own hue. I investigated the back story of the pussy-eared hats, launched by Krista Suh. This led to the investigation of other iconic enterprises initiated by women and the book was born.

 

Q: Where and how do you conduct your research for your books?

A: While diamonds were Marilyn’s best friends, the internet is a writer’s. Most of my research was done online; however, when this did not suffice I relied on primary source materials such as autobiographies and biographies.

 

Q: What have been your favourite moments of being a published author?

A:  The pinnacle was when my first book received a review in The New York Times. Other magic moments was speaking at Yale University and my interview with The Chicago Tribune.

 

Q: What motivates you to keep writing?

A: Whatever wind there is beneath my wings comes from my books; ergo, the inspiration…….

 

Q: What made you decide to go into this genre of writing?

A: My bucket list was to publish a novel; however, despite copious efforts this never came to fruition. Publishers have bought my nonfiction and I am thrilled and thankful for that. I love the unknown back stories and uncovering that information is a labour of love.

Q: You have written incredible books about some amazing people. Who would you say is the one stand out person in all your books?

A: Ah, hard to answer: a good mother loves all her children……

 

Q: If you could choose to have an exclusive book club with three authors, dead or alive, who would you choose and what would be your ideal discussion to have with them?

A: The first would be Dorothy Parker, queen of the quip. I would love to hear her trademark humour on a conversational level. The second would be Oscar Wilde whose artistry with words is nonpareil. I would ask him if he had his life to live over, what other road he would have trod. The third would be Emily Bronte. I would ask her how, never having been involved in a romantic relationship, she could have written so passionately about Heathcliffe.

 

Q: What books do you currently have on your bedside table?

A: My kindle has many enticing reads but with a full-time teaching job, a looming deadline for my next book-coupled with the fact my husband has to be the messiest person in California-I have precious little time to read. I have downloaded The Forgotten Ones: A Novel by Steena Holmes

 

Q: What’s the one ‘secret’ you’ve learnt since becoming a published Author that has increased your success?

A: I have learned the necessity of marketing; the legwork begins after typing THE END.

 

Q: Lastly, something fun that our readers might not know about you?

A: I’m not really that fun-or so my students say………

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Find her on Facebook, on her Website, or connect with her on Amazon 

 

About Woman who launch:

Empowering stories of game-changing women

Dorothy Parker observed, “It’s a man’s world;” the lady entrepreneurs and game-changers profiled in Women Who Launch would beg to differ. Unlike the matrons of the 1950s-the women who lunched-these kick-ass females left their DNA in the annals of time.

A history of women in business and beyond: Julia Ward-Howe showed what’s good for the goose is good for the gander when she created the Girl Scouts of America. Sara Joseph Hale-authoress of Mary had a Little Lamb– convinced Lincoln to launch a national day of thanks while Anna Jarvis persuaded President Wilson to initiate a day in tribute of mothers. Estee Lauder revolutionized the cosmetics industry. The tradition of these Mothers of Invention continued when, compliments of knitter Krista Suh, the heads of millions were adorned with pink, pussy-cat ears in the largest women’s march in history. These women who launched prove-in the words of Rosie the Riveter, “We can do it!”

Biographies of women creators, innovators, and leaders: Women Who Launch is filled with inspiring true stories of women activists, artists, entrepreneurs who launched some of the most famous companies, brands, and organizations today and changed the world. It is at once a collection of biographies and a testament of female empowerment.

Readers will find:

  • The stories behind renowned companies, brands, and organizations and the diverse women who launched them.
  • empowering quotes from strong women and those who refused to be kept down.
  • motivation to all women who want to succeed in their careers, launch companies, and change the world.

Find motivation in your career and life with the amazing history of women entrepreneurship, activism, and leadership.

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Secrets I’ve learnt being a published Author

I celebrate one year being published with my novel Perfect Imperfections and in the past year I’ve come to learn many things about the publishing world as well as the world of being an Author.

 

So to celebrate, I thought I would share some things with you about my journey to become a published author

 

Rejection is normal

My first lesson learnt was that rejection is part of the cycle of becoming published. You will submit your manuscript to countless people and they will send you letters of rejection. The trick is to never give up. Rejection does not mean your work isn’t good, it just means you might not be with right fit for that particular publisher or agent. Soon enough, you will come across the right publisher who will make your work shine.

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Being published is only the tip if the iceberg

So now you’re a published Author. What’s next? Do you get to sit back, sip Champaign and celebrate? Absolutely not! Its work, work and more work ahead of you.

You need to discover your target market, find ways to promote to them, meet them, and develop fan clubs. People take recommendations from people, so you need a network of people to recommend your book, it won’t just sell itself! There is only so much your publisher can do, but you need to do the rest. You know your work better than anyone, so you need to develop the course of how your book is marketed.

 

Social media is a great tool to success

Familiarise yourself with social media. Facebook, twitter, Instagram, are great tools to get exposure. Join book groups on Facebook, be a part of the community, and soon people will want to know more about your work. Host live video chats, open a Facebook fan page, be relevant, be interesting and be seen!

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Not everyone will support your work

One of the hardest lessons I’ve learnt is that not everyone closest to your will support your work. Your closest family and friends might be the ones who just refuse to buy your book and read it. That’s okay! Actually I’ve learnt, it’s better than okay, because there are thousands of other people who are more than willing to read your book and tell you their honest opinion about your work. They will be your greatest and most loyal supporters, and they are so valuable. Some will even become friends!

 

Influencers are essential

Don’t underestimate people with influence. These are book bloggers, journalists, people who own book clubs. The masses follow their recommendations, so get your book in their hand, get them to write reviews, and allow their followers to be exposed to your work.

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Judgement will come

There will be people who have the cruellest things to say about your novel that your spent blood sweat and tears developing. The key is to separate constructive criticism from jealous rants, and people who are just plain mean spirited trolls. Take the constructive criticism for your next book, and leave the mean trolls to grovel in their misery!

 

Keep writing

The biggest lesson for me is to keep writing! Sales will come, your book will get seen, but in the interim, keep writing. Follow your passion, the reward will eventually come! You have a talent, keep going, Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is an Author. Your writing style will improve, and with more books, you get more readers and more sales. So put those fingers on that keyboard and type away

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Blurb of Perfect Imperfections

Sarah Lewis desires nothing more than to begin again after a failed marriage and a tragedy so terrifying, it forces her to leave her life in London to stay with her best friend a world apart in South Africa. Despite immediate success in her business, she struggles to understand who she really is and where she belongs in the world. So begins a journey of discovery as Sarah re-unites with Katy in the land where she was born, where the air is lavender scented, and weekends are spent cycling on the beach. Until the day when she has to return to London to face the ghosts of her past and confront a situation that has grown more complicated in her absence. Perfect Imperfections is an intriguing tale which hints at wrongdoings and deceit without giving too much away. The author cleverly weaves a tale around fragile yet strong Sarah as she tries to reconcile her past with her future, engaging the reader to the point where we simply want the best for her and for happiness finally to come her way.

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Author Interview: Diane Chamberlain

Today we are joined by the exceptionally talented Author, Diane Chamberlain, who has so graciously given me the opportunity to interview her.

Diane Chamberlain is an American author of adult fiction. She is also the New York Times, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of over 25 novels published in more than twenty languages!

So I’m sure you can understand my absolute excitement to be doing this interview today!! Thank you so much Diane for allowing me this honour.

Q: I’ve just read The Stolen Marriage, and was absolutely blown away! What inspired you to write this book?

A: When I moved to North Carolina thirteen years ago, I heard about “the miracle of Hickory”—the building and outfitting of a polio hospital in 54 hours. I loved what that said about a community pulling together and wanted to write about it. Then I had to come up with who would tell the story. Once I created Tess, her saga of marrying a mysterious man she really didn’t know nearly took over the book!

 

Q: Is there any truth in the storyline that relates to your own life?

A: Only that I had a dear friend who suffered from polio as a child and who spent nearly a year in an iron lung. Also, I was raised Catholic and was of Italian heritage, like Tess, and it was interesting to me to learn about 1944 in North Carolina and how poorly a young woman like that would fit in.

 

Q: What have been your favourite moments of being a published author?

A:  My first novel, Private Relations, won the RITA award from Romance Writers of America in 1989. That was an incredible thrill for a firstime novelist even though my aspirations had never been to write romance. I think having The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes (The Lost Daughter in the UK) selected as a Target bookclub pick was also a wonderful moment. And meeting some of my wildly passionate United Kingdom readers in London a couple of years ago has to rank right up there as a favourite moment.

 

Q: What motivates you to keep writing?

A: Besides the mortgage? I love creating a novel. It’s overwhelming and exhausting but when I think of not doing it . . . well, I can’t imagine it. I don’t think I could stop.

 

Q: How do you come up with the plots of your books?

A: In many different ways. When I’m getting ready to begin a new book, I open my mind to whatever the universe throws my way. It might be a news story or an overheard conversation or a bit of history, as with The Stolen Marriage and Necessary Lies. My upcoming The Dream Daughter came straight out of my imagination.

 

Q: You have written an incredible number of books, all extremely successful. Which would you say is the most special to you or your favourite and why?

A: I think my third, Secret Lives, which was published long ago (1991). It’s my favourite because it’s the first book I wrote where I felt as though I’d truly found my voice as a novelist. Plus, it’s an intriguing story that I loved writing.

 

Q: Are there any characters that have felt so real to you that you feel you could keep writing about them?

A: Yes, Kate in Secret Lives. Her chapters are presented as journal entries which made me feel very close to her. Plus she dealt with some psychological issues I’d also dealt with (agoraphobia). She dies during the story (this is not a spoiler), and it was extremely painful for me to have to kill her off.

 

Q: If you could choose to have an exclusive book club with three authors, dead or alive, who would you choose and what would be your ideal discussion to have with them?

A: Oh wow, that’s tough. I think I would pick three writers I greatly admire who are no longer with us: Victoria Holt, Pat Conroy and Anita Shreve. Victoria Holt was an early influence and I’d love to know what the actual business of writing was like way back when, before computers. Pat Conroy would be a joy to talk with. I love Southern Fiction and he’d regale us with tales of his low country childhood. I’m still not over the death of Anita Shreve, whose books I’ve read from the very beginning and whose early writing strongly influenced my own. I’d love to talk process with her—how she created her novels from idea to finished book.

 

Q: What books do you currently have on your bedside table?

A: I’ve just begun Barbara Davis’s latest, When Never Comes and I recently finished Chris Bohjalian’s The Flight Attendant. Super, as usual. I also recently read Elaine Neil Orr’s beautiful Swimming Between Worlds, since I was needed to prepare myself to interview her at a bookstore event. These are three very different books: women’s fiction, thriller and literary novel. I like to mix it up.

 

Q: Lastly, something fun that our readers might not know about you?

A: Let’s see: I played the accordian as a kid, I now play guitar weekly with a song circle, and I sang with an interfaith gospel choir when I lived in Virginia. I’m not a good musician by any stretch of the imagination, but music is a wonderful release from work for me.

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Diane meeting with one of the Bookclubs in London

 

Connect with Diane Chamberlain on her website and on Social Media

Website: www.dianechamberlain.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Diane.Chamberlain.Readers.Page

 

You can read my review on The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain here

 

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Interview: Tracy Fenton – The Founder of the Largest Secret Book Club on Facebook

I am honoured to be chatting to the amazing Tracy Fenton, who started a secret book club on Facebook some years ago, which now is the biggest thing to hit social media!

Who knew a secret could become the most popular phenomenon in the world of authors and readers alike?

Thank you so much Tracy for being my guest and for sharing with us your journey in creating THE Book Club. It’s an absolute treat to have you as my guest today!

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You currently manage and own the largest Secret Book Club on Facebook. How did the journey begin to start THE Book Club – TBC?

I was a very active member of several online book clubs and was always recommending books and compiling lists and getting busy, but some of the larger groups weren’t being monitored enough and therefore lots of spammers and trolls were posting and causing lots of unpleasantness.  In October 2014 I decided that I should set up a small secret group of 20-40 avid readers, word spread overnight and 20 became 450 and now we have 8400 members.  Not the best kept secret now!

 

What has been your most memorable moment to date, in running TBC?

So many to mention, the charity book auctions I run – raising £11k for Cancer Research in 2015, raised £12k for The National Autistic Society and £2,500 for Secondary First Cancer last year.  Being mentioned in the acknowledgements of over 50 books and having my name as a cameo character in several books too.  Helping authors get publishing deals, getting authors to #1 in the Amazon charts, encouraging people to read out of their comfort zone, seeing online friendships develop into real-life friendships, getting private messages from the members telling me that TBC is their life-line – the list goes on.

 

You have established TBC as an amazing brand that is recognisable anywhere. What do you think sets TBC Apart from all other groups on Facebook?

The members!  They all have the best sense of humour, unbelievable compassion and the biggest hearts when it comes to supporting other members, readers and authors.  TBC has become like an international family and the members feel involved and included and more importantly nobody is judged or made to feel unimportant.  TBC is a positive group and we really won’t allow any nastiness or bullying.

 

You have an amazing blog of your own where you review books. Tell us more about your blog, and give us details of where to find it.

Compulsive Readers was created because I decided to take a month off from THE Book Club in December 2016.  THE Book Club on Facebook is an incredible group but being a group it’s fast moving and easy to miss posts and recommendations and also I was getting a little bit bored of constantly recommending the same books so I decided to set up a blog that only features my favourite 4 or 5 star books and put them into categories that were easy to find – so if you wanted to see what my favourite Crime books or Books in a Series or Historical Fiction books were it’s easy to navigate around.  Also, I have a special feature where I interview some brilliant authors including Peter James, Chris Carter, Cath Staincliffe and over 100 other authors.  There’s the Mean Reviews section where several authors read out their worst 1 star book review to camera, my Top Ten’s including my favourite psychological thrillers, the best books of the year and even the 10 fictional characters I would like to slap really hard with a brick!  There’s loads going on every day from my reviews to competitions.  Check it out on www.compulsivereaders.com

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You are known for your passion and commitment to supporting Authors and have even managed to rid Amazon of Author imposters who were trying to deceive readers into thinking they are well known Authors. What makes you so passionate about supporting both Indie and Traditionally Published Authors?

I just love books and sharing my recommendations.  The feeling when you read a book that turns your world upside down or makes you cry or gasp out loud and then recommending it to someone and they feel the same is magical.

 

Is there a chance you will write your own book anytime soon?

Nope, never.

 

What are your Top 5 Books and Authors of all time?

As my Top 5 books are different to my Top 5 Authors I am going to cheat and give you 10:

 Top 5 books – Into The Darkest Corner – Elizabeth Haynes, The Lost Wife –   Alyson Richman, Perfect People – Peter James, Shtum – Jem Lester and The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

Top 5 authors – John Marrs, Tammy Cohen, Craig Lancaster, Chris Whitaker and Chris Carter.

 

What’s next for you and TBC?

For TBC I’ve chosen this year’s official charity to sponsor The National Literacy Trust and therefore I will be busy co-ordinating the month-long auction in May and hopefully raising lots of money.  I don’t have any plans for me except to keep reading and recommending and encouraging more people to read books.

 

If you could choose any location in the world to sit and read and chat books, where would that be?

Anywhere hot with a beach and cocktails.

 

About Tracy Fenton

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Tracy is a self confessed bookaholic with over 450 books on her kindle and over 200 books on her bookshelf. She is also the founder of an international book club – THE Book Club (TBC) and she has one of the coolest book blogs around, called Compulsive Readers. She has been instrumental in assisting many Authors establish their careers, and she has connected many reading fans with their favourite Authors.

If you would like to connect with Tracy on Social media, you can:

Find her on Twitter here

Connect on Instagram here

Read her blog here

How to join THE Book Club (TBC)

If you want to join the group you need to send Charlie Fenton a friend request – and he’ll sort out the rest. He is the only person who can let you in!

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Charlie Fenton – CEO of TBC

 

or find their facebook page and send them a message.

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Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is currently available from AmazonWaterstonesBarnes&Noble, Exclusive Books and where all good books are sold.