‘DW Plato’

dw.pToday, I’d like to welcome DW Plato, author of “The Sinners’ Club” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

DW Plato has wanted to write books as long as she can remember. As a child, if anyone ever asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, an author was the hands down answer. After raising her daughter and spending twenty years in corporate America’s rat race, her dreams have finally come true. On a personal note, DW lives in Santa Fe county, New Mexico. She loves to travel and write or write and travel, those being her favorite activities. When asked where her favorite place to travel is, she replied, “Somewhere I’ve never been.”

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No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why? Yes, the short answer is laws are made to be broken but my loved ones are not. And once it’s done there’s no place for regret.

No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living? Everyone is alive but few are truly living. To be alive is to be breathing, eating, sleeping. To be truly living is to be loving the things you do, loving the people around you, loving fresh experiences and being pushed outside your comfort zone. For twenty years, I worked in a corporate America job, I was alive. Even though I was making okay money and had security I was miserable. I never felt I was truly living until I followed my heart and created my own dreams. I work more hours now, make less money, the security blanket has been cast aside but my life is so full and complete, only now am I truly living. Short answer: Truly living requires one to look inside themselves, ask what makes your heart sing, then follow that route. That leap of faith is scary, but necessary.

No.3 What motivates you to write? Life. Love. Humor. History. Heartbreak. Death. I’ve wanted to be an author my whole life. It took a tragedy in my family, dark grief to settle over me, depression and all-encompassing sadness to get me to actually appreciate the shortness of this life and finish my first novel. Now, I tap into that sadness when necessary, but I also am motivated by the prospect of getting better, becoming a master at the craft, more published books and the idea that one day, my writing may pay the bills.

No.4 Why do humans want children? Humans want children? I think this is an assumption. I never wanted children (and to be honest, I don’t think my parents did either. And now I think about it, my kid doesn’t want one… anyway…) Once I had my daughter, I couldn’t envision my life without her. Now she’s an adult I realize the real challenge of parenting; having an adult child is much trickier than dealing with a toddler or teenager. Back to the question, the only reason I could imagine anyone wanting children is to create a better generation than the one you were raised. I truly believe the kids of today are the world’s future and it’s brighter now than ever!

No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book ”The Sinners’ Club” ? There’s a learning curve for new authors, that was my biggest challenge. The original manuscript was over six hundred pages and the editor cut huge chunks of it at a time. That was painful and eye opening, especially when he told me I needed a remedial English class if I were to ever make it in this field. Editing and Marketing are more challenging to me than writing. The most recent challenge is writing the second book, now I know what to expect and the ‘rules’, it seems harder and not as organic. When I wrote The Sinners’ Club I just wrote. Now I feel I’m over thinking things, wondering if I did this or that ‘right’, curious how the new book will be received (or not).

No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far? That life is short. (and so is this answer…) In all seriousness, that’s what I’ve learned. Life is short. Don’t waste it being wasted. Don’t waste it giving your love to someone that doesn’t deserve it. Don’t waste it working a forty hour a week job that makes you miserable. I watched my mother die of cancer seventeen months before retirement after being married to an alcoholic for forty years. I wonder sometimes if she ever truly lived. That’s not the way I’m going out. I’m living like every day could be my last, in gratitude and in love. That’s the most important thing I’ve learned in life… so far.

No.7 How did you come up with the title “The Sinners’ Club”? The original title was The Convert; A story of hypocrites. No one (but me) liked that. My cousin told me it wasn’t engaging, my editor said it was a turn off and my little brother said ‘boring’. So… There’s a point in the novel where one character (Tish) says, “Tune in weekly to the sinners’ club.” When I suggested that as a title, everyone’s eyebrows shot up and they all said, ‘There you go, that’s intriguing.’ I had the cover pictured in my head since the inception of the novel, and the cover turned out better than I could have dreamed. Well, it all turned out better than I could have dreamed.

No.8 How do you handle personal criticism? Like everyone one else, I cry and get defensive. LOL! (but seriously…) Recently I’ve learned to handle criticism better than I have in the past. (This is affiliated with the uppercase D in handwriting, just an FYI-I changed my D just for that reason… anyway…) Now I view criticism as an opportunity to get better. I firmly believe no one can please all of the people all of the time, so now I just strive to please myself and hearing reproach from readers/editors/marketers/relatives is more of a tool for me to improve my writing and life. (And yes, if you change your handwriting, you can change your behavior…)

No.9 Why should people read your book? Hhhmmmm… If I did my job right, my book will leave the reader nodding their head and saying, ‘yup, I get that’ or at the very least scratching their heads and saying, ‘who knew?’. The Sinners’ Club addresses religious questions that have no answers, racism that strangely still exists in today’s society and discrimination of LGBT people within the confounds of the Mormon Church. I would hope people would read my book to be entertained, and I hope they are.

No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing? This is a trick question. At times, there is something rather than nothing, but other times, there is nothing. Again, looking at being satisfied and fulfilled in life, I think a person must be just as comfortable having nothing as having something. One cannot fully appreciate the things they have if they’ve never NOT had. For example, activities/entertainment, if you can’t be bored, you can’t fully appreciate being entertained.

Thank you 🙂 For taking the time to answer
my questions & the best of luck with your new book:

The Sinners’ Club

In the town of Pleasant, one young man will challenge faith itself for the woman he loves. Gaius Stewart is handsome, smart and charismatic. Elizabeth Anderson is beautiful, selfless and caring. There’s only one problem: he’s a self-proclaimed Pagan, and she’s a devoted member of The Church of Latter Day Saints. When Gaius’ beloved mother passes away and leaves him with a surprising confession revealing his unknown father’s past, he drives off to the town of Pleasant, Utah, in the heart of Mormon America. What begins as a journey for truth takes a turn and becomes a battle of beliefs for the soul of an unexpected romance. Can Elizabeth find a reason to believe in something bigger than her ingrained faith through a man who claims to be Pagan? Is love outside of her faith possible? The new guy definitely thinks so.

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‘Mari Reiza’

physToday, I’d like to welcome Mari Reiza, author of “Physical” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

Mari Reiza was born in Madrid in 1973. She has worked as an investment research writer and management consultant for twenty years in London. She studied at Oxford University and lives off Portobello Road with her husband and child. She has also written Inconceivable Tales, a collection of short-stories, Mum, Watch Me Have Fun! and STUP, two novellas, as well as Marmotte’s Journey, West bEgg, Room 11 and Triple Bagger, all novels. Lately she has been spending an unprecedented amount of time to and from hockey practices and swimming galas (not hers!) and awaiting her husband at the dinner table, when she’s not writing by her window.

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No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why? Mostly yes, I think. I pray that once faced with the situation I would be in no doubt of what to do. And once it’s done there’s no place for regret.

No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living? Being alive is passive. Embracing life requires courage and vitality but brings reward. At least to me it has. Life is a gift and it seems bad manners not to welcome it with open hands.

No.3 What motivates you to write? I write for many reasons. My first novel I wrote because I had been hurt by someone and was trying to find a logic to what he had done. It took me four hundred pages and I still wasn’t certain. I also write for things not to be forgotten, to test the limits and see how mad things sound (or how sensible!), and to spice life up when it’s boring; although I’ve found it can get so surreal you need to make up very little to have a good story.

No.4 Why do humans want children? I don’t have an answer for that question but for me it was an urge. And having fought against infertility for long, I can personally say every miscarriage was a source of tremendous pain and my only child feels like a miracle. There needs to be no reason for love; the longing came and was unstoppable.

No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book ”Physical” ? Talking about vaginas. The world of female desire… We don’t talk enough of our physical desires, or perhaps it’s just me. We marry and turn relationships into Ltds and our desires die, unheard. Middle-age hormones probably alerted me to that and I needed to shout it out but kept thinking, What on earth will my friends say if they read this!

No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far? That things are bound to be very different to anything you plan. That you should welcome good times with your arms open. That you should always, always, always stand up for yourself; I could not stress this last one enough. It has costed me dearly but I have never regretted it. Life is long and it is often difficult to understand who you are, but if you don’t do what you want then it’s even harder.

No.7 How did you come up with the title “Physical” ? It was a feeling. Sometimes desire overtakes you and you are more animal than human. I seemed to be talking so much in the book about the female body and its urges that it seemed an appropriate title, open to a good strapline perhaps: ‘Let’s get PHYSICAL!’

No.8 How do you handle personal criticism? At the beginning it hurt. I checked reviews for my favourite authors on Amazon, for books I believe are masterpieces, and they had one star reviews too. I felt enraged for them! But then I guess we are so many people and think so many different things and that’s the beauty. And the thing is some people like to write, and some like to review, and some like to criticize even when they had not written a thing in their life and when you confront them they may change their view in two ticks. I’m an Indie author. I don’t write to be liked or to sell more. I write because I feel like saying what I think and putting an idea out there. Any review I get good or bad is fine for me.

No.9 Why should people read your book? Many a lover once will piss themselves with laughter. Many a wife and mother will laugh and cry. Many a feminist will cheer. Many a husband will sneer. Physical is funny, witty, entertaining, raw. It’s life as life should be, lived with passion.

No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing? It’s only nine in the morning and I already got a smile, a hand on my hand, a peck on my cheek and some desirous eyes on my eyes. It’s everything. Never say we have nothing.

Thank you 🙂 For taking the time to answer
my questions & the best of luck with your new book:

Physical

In a small town in northern Italy, Kiki feels worthless and angry when her longtime partner finds a new cool girl to ride on another decade of easy existence. Meanwhile in trendy London, Fátima, the wife of Kiki’s best friend, is losing her selfhood after giving birth to twins and being made redundant. Both heroines are determined to rebuild the passion and impunity of their youth, vitalising desires that will bring them to risk everything…

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‘Carmine Savastano’

2ppToday, I’d like to welcome Carmine Savastano, author of “Two Princes And A King” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

Carmine Savastano has spent years studying and revealing additional primary evidence in multiple political assassination cases. He specializes in primary documents and related historical papers. The Mary Ferrell Foundation has accepted multiple instances of his research findings concerning previously coded Central Intelligence Agency operations, projects, and assets. He appears regularly in the independent media and maintains a historical research blog. Savastano is the Editor of the Neapolis Media Group, a small independent aggregate news organization.

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No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why? It depends on the crime they committed and if their treatment under the law was just. I believe that everyone should have the same rights under the law and that unjust enforcement should be opposed to anyone who values personal freedom. However, I also realize that law and order exist to protect society and preserve the chance for people to seek proper justice under the law.

No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living? Being alive is merely existing without seeking to undertake more than survival requires, truly living is giving actions and words value by seeking meaning and accomplishments far beyond our basic needs.

No.3 What motivates you to write? Writing allows me to share my ideas and research, present evidence, dispel myths, and seek a greater understanding of history. Without writing, I would have to find people willing to sit down and listen to me tell a story for eight to twelve hours which is not an easy feat.

No.4 Why do humans want children? I would contend for a variety of reasons. This would include the natural evolutionary inclination to procreate and prevent the humanity’s extinction, biological immortality, someone to help them later in life, and to carry on a family name.

No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book ”Two Princes And A King” ? My greatest challenge was deciding what evidence to use and what evidence not to include. There are millions of pages of historical documents related to the subject of my book, some are quite familiar to the public and others were largely unknown. I sought to offer a substantial collection of the most significant related evidence to provide the reader with a greater understanding of these historical events.

No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far? That no matter how much we know there is always more to learn and often information lies beyond our reach. The only way to make progress is to keep writing, researching, and learning as we develop our investigative abilities.

No.7 How did you come up with the title “Two Princes And A King” ? After reading the many admiring memories and recollections of those around President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Senator Robert F. Kennedy it struck me they were seemingly American nobility. I chose the princely descriptions of the Kennedys and the viewed Martin Luther King as the leader of a movement who lived by higher ideals and non-violence, or a wise king. Thus my title “Two Princes And A King.”

No.8 How do you handle personal criticism? I try to be reasonable and open to any valid criticism and correct errors if I am mistaken. I attempt to never personally criticize others but rather criticize bad ideas without evidence. Various people who largely deal in personal insults because the evidence I offer is not their liking have called me all manner of things. I attempt to not engage in useless debates but offer my ideas and evidence for consideration. However, if someone is utterly unreasonable and cannot participate without insulting others, I do spare a little sarcasm and humor for them.

No.9 Why should people read your book? Because portions of history that many believe are incorrect and incomplete. My book offers substantial evidence for the reader but does not insist they agree with me. The book invites readers to inspect the flaws and problems with not just problematic official claims, but various public claims that are just as unreliable. It offers verifiable ideas and possible scenarios based on evidence. The book additionally includes new verifiable historical research and valuable facts not present in multiple prior official investigations.

No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing? We live in a continually expanding universe that allows for endless possibilities and variations of matter. While matter is continually created and destroyed, energy cannot be created nor destroyed and this would seem to assure that something would exist in our universe rather than nothing.

Thank you 🙂 For taking the time to answer
my questions & the best of luck with your new book:

Two Princes And A King

“Two Princes And A King” is a concise review of three political assassinations. The deaths of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy occurred in just over five years. Improbable suspects assertedly struck down three prominent leaders; each forever alters the course of American history. The book reviews primary evidence that showcases deception, incompetence, and errors in the legal record. Revisited are the official and public assertions that have slowly eroded with time. Suggestions regarding those who allegedly undertook conspiracies to hide the truth are offered. A breadth of new information, possible suspects, and intense scrutiny on the primary evidence of each case is offered.

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‘Robert Brown’

shatt-rbToday, I’d like to welcome Robert Brown, author of “Shatterbones” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

Robert Brown is a member of the Horror Writers Association and is passionate about writing. He is a happy husband, proud father, and is a traveler. Born in California, he learned not to live in one place for too long as his family passed along restless genes. After six months in California he lived in Germany, Texas, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Illinois, Hawaii again, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, and finally has chosen Oregon as his place of permanent residence. He enjoys shooting, hiking, apocalyptic/horror/zombie media of all sorts, and chick flicks. His perfect world would be filled with firearms, chocolate, whiskey, cats, and English Bulldogs.

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No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why? I would absolutely break the law to save a loved one with a few caveats. If they did something malicious such as blowing up a building or setting fires and hurting people, any major violent crime, I would have to let them face whatever punishment or danger they placed themselves in and keep my background clear to care for the rest of my loved ones.

No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living? Being alive is what any amoeba, plant, or parasite can do. It often requires minimal effort, no intelligence, and living things that are just alive, including some humans aren’t necessarily useful in a positive manner. Truly living is continually finding things to give joy and fulfillment in life and deciding to pursue them in spite of the obstacles and pitfalls that we may run into because of previous decisions we have made.

No.3 What motivates you to write? Writing gives me an outlet for the crazy or obscure ideas that enter my mind while dreaming, daydreaming, or just considering the complexities and weirdness of the world. Without writing, I would have to find people willing to sit down and listen to me tell a story for eight to twelve hours which is not an easy feat.

No.4 Why do humans want children? For immortality, curiosity, and to perpetuate a legacy in flesh so to speak. Artists of all sorts have creations that live beyond them, whether a writer, architect, painter, builder, musician, etc. And even artist understand that their creations will have a limited audience and finite life as well. For curiosity, I think people are genuinely curious what a version of themselves and another person would turn out to look and be like. In a way like throwing two colors of paint at a canvas to create a painting.

No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book ”Shatterbones” ? Doing the research to find the right setting locations around the world and finding appropriate names for my characters that not only felt right when naming them but were appropriate for the area they came from. Naming my characters is a grueling process that I spend almost as much time on as when picking names for my real children.

No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far? Everything that happens to me in life is the result of decisions I have made. No matter the outcome, bad or good, every choice I have made led me to the life I am living. Even the simple things like shaving or not shaving changes the outcome. Choosing to shave may keep me of the road for an extra five minutes allowing me to avoid a car accident. Buying a new videogame may keep me from finishing my next book as soon as I like. No matter what the outside forces are in the world, my place in it is a result of my own making.

No.7 How did you come up with the title “Shatterbones”? It was a struggle at first coming up with a way to describe what happened to the people in the book. The Shattering was the original name and is the proper term for the condition in the story, but Shatterbones is the slang name the kids with Vampirism call their change so I used that.

No.8 How do you handle personal criticism? Personal criticism I handle fairly well if it is justified. I am decently self-reflective and know many of my faults on a first name basis at this point in my life. I am less accepting of criticism that is designed to be mean or non-constructive and am apt to throw twice as much criticism back at someone who was intentionally trying to be cruel for no justified reason.

No.9 Why should people read your book? It is a great story. Shatterbones is an exciting, action packed tale of loss, survival, distrust, love upheaval, destruction, and renewal. It has good villains, bad heroes, and a unique story of how vampires, werewolves, and other monsters of folklore came into existence. People should read my book because it is entertaining and will take them to a familiar yet starkly different world.

No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing? It’s a matter of perspective in a science fiction sort of way. Perhaps in another other universe or a different dimension there is so much activity and action of a sort we cannot comprehend that by comparison our Earth and the universe it resides in is considered nothing by whatever beings reside there.

Thank you 🙂 For taking the time to answer
my questions & the best of luck with your new book:

Shatterbones

The first day of The Shattering nearly becomes an extinction level event when the hope for humanity’s future mutates into ancient monsters of folklore. Size, strength, and speed are among their abilities. A hunger for human flesh or blood are among their needs. Rounded up and placed in camps, the survivors of the apocalypse are helpless against the abilities their captors now possess. The choice to allow humans their freedom or keep them enslaved and used as cattle is made independently by mutants around the globe. A vampire called The Angel, decides she will not allow the world to remain a place where the slavery of mankind is permitted to exist. If she is successful in saving humans from their oppressors, how will she and her kind be able to coexist with man? If she fails, what future remains for the human race?

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