‘S.J. Crabb’

sav1Today, I’d like to welcome S.J. Crabb, author of “My Perfect Life at Cornish Cottage” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

Sharon Crabb lives in Surrey England with her husband, daughter and little westie. She started life after school working in a department store but soon left to become an Air Stewardess. After five years she left to pursue a career in sales. She started writing a short time ago and has been well and truly bitten by the bug. She loves Florida with a passion, eating chocolate and listening to non stop Nickleback. If she could she would have learned the guitar and played in a rock band.

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No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one?
Of course I would. I don’t hesitate about this one because there are laws about everything these days and it may be just something like “Don’t cross this line” if they were in danger I would definitely Cross The Line .. why? Because nothing in life is as important as family or friends. Without them you have nothing.

No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
Alive means you are breathing and are here in body. To live means you make the most of everything and every opportunity. You have no fear and you are not afraid to fail. One of my favourite songs sums this up better than I could, “Against the grain should be a way of life. What’s worth the prize is always worth the fight. Every second counts ’cause there’s no second try. So live like you’ll never live it twice”

No.3 What motivates you to write?
The desire to improve. I want to be the best Author that I can possibly be. I learn from every book that I write and apply the lessons learned to the next book. I also have so many stories to tell that rattle around in my brain and I can’t rest until they are down on paper.

No.4 Why do humans want children?
Because we have a need to nurture and love. We are home makers and a home is not a home without a family. This also applies to animals for those who don’t have children. We all want to love and be loved. We need a sense of belonging and purpose in life and want to share our lives with others.

No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book ”My Perfect Life at Cornish Cottage” ?
For me it is time. When I start I can’t leave it alone but I have to work and I have a family. Something has to give and I am sorry to say it’s best that nobody visits me because the house is a permanent mess these days!

No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far?
That every second counts. This is it not a rehearsal and it is important to realise your dreams and not push them to one side because you never know what obstacles will be thrown up in your path. If you are happy then others around you are happy. Don’t put anything off and don’t take yourself too seriously.

No.7 How did you come up with the title “My Perfect Life at Cornish Cottage” ?
We all strive for our own Perfect Lives and build everything around what we think we want. When something happens to change things the realisation sets in that it wasn’t really that perfect after all. What if there is a better life waiting out there-your real Perfect life? Many of us just settle for the way things are because we know no different. When change is forced upon you you have no choice but to re-build your life and in doing so maybe just maybe it may turn out better all round.

No.8 How do you handle personal criticism?
I want to say that I embrace it and learn from it and become better for it. The truth is I hate it and sulk for days. What can I say, I’m human!

No.9 Why should people read your book?
I have written this book to make people laugh. The subject matter may be devastating but it is a problem that many people face these days. I wanted to give those people hope that things can get better. I hope that the situations that Sophie finds herself in will resonate with my readers and by the end of the book they will be cheering her on. We all find ourselves in situations that we wish we had a smart answer to or wish that we had done things differently. Sophie faces many challenges which many will relate to. I just hope that this book makes them laugh and leaves them with a smile on their face.

No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing?
Because if there is nothing then we may as well not be alive. Everybody needs a goal or a challenge just to get up in the morning. It may be to do the ironing or to find a cure for Cancer. We are all different and it is what makes us human. There is always Something.

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

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Sophie Bailey has it all or so she thinks until one day she wakes up to find that her husband of 20 years is leaving her for a younger woman. With no job, no money, no self esteem and the threat of losing her home Sophie will have to push aside her heartbreak and act fast. With a 6 year old son and wayward puppy to care for failure is not an option. On the plus side there is the gorgeous Mr Rainford on hand to fantasise about twice a day. The only one she can count on is her totally mad friend who thinks that life is like one of the books on her Kindle. With her 40th birthday looming Sophie doesn’t think that it can get any worse – she was wrong. Suddenly Sophie’s life goes Viral!

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‘JL Snyder’

bc2Today, I’d like to welcome JL Snyder, author of “Battle Cry 2” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

Jeffrey (JL) Snyder is an avid reader of fiction as well as comic book/graphic novel fiction. Many of the books that line his shelves are written by top author/artists Doug Tennapel, Michael Avon Oeming and Jeff Lemire. He is a self taught artist who is also fond of the Japanese Manga style of drawing. As a writer of fiction, Snyder enjoys walking in the footsteps of the characters he creates. Snyder earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. Battle Cry is his first novel.

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No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why? That’s a very odd and interesting question. If their life and safety depended on it, yes I would. Who wouldn’t try to save a loved one if they had the chance to do so?

No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living? Being alive to me means that you are just going through the motions of life. You aren’t really enjoying it. On the other hand, living life means that you are enjoying it to the fullest. You are taking control of what you do, how you do it and who you spend time with. The world is such a beautiful place. Life is truly a gift we must always strive to enjoy everyday, experience different things and visit different places in the world.

No.3 What motivates you to write? When I write, I enjoy slipping into the world of the characters I create. Writing allows me to escape the fast paced and often hectic world that we live in. As a writer, just as in life you control your own destiny. But you also create the world, circumstances, people you encounter, rules, action and events that take place in the story. Who can honestly say that they have the ability and power to do all of this in their real lives?

No.4 Why do humans want children? Since I don’t have children of my own, I’m not sure that I can give a valid answer to the question. But, I will try. Many times, I think that people want children so that they can continue their family heritage and name.

No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book ”Battle Cry 2” ? Time has always been my greatest enemy when it comes to writing. Writing isn’t my full time job. I need to go to work Monday through Friday like most people. If I could avoid working full time, trust me I would. Then I would have much more time to write.

No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far? Never give up. Never quit doing something that you love to do. Never give up on others as well. Many times we lose hope in others, especially those closest to us. We all make mistakes or do things we regret, so I try not to give up on anyone.

No.7 How did you come up with the title “Battle Cry 2” ? It actually took a while to come up with the title. I eventually came up with the title, Battle Cry, because of the horrible fate that the main character was dealt in her life. Her suffering and struggle to deal with the truth about her father’s death is what drives her. She believes her destiny is to avenge her father’s death. Like her father before her and many other samurai warriors, she shouts a battle cry when going into battle.

No.8 How do you handle personal criticism? I’d like to think that I handle it well. But, you would probably have to ask people that I know whether it is true or not.

No.9 Why should people read your book? I truly believe that Battle Cry is unlike any other book in the market. It’s a moving coming of age tale with action and adventure. The combination of narrative story telling and manga/comic book style pictures and action words creates a book that is inviting to various types of readers.

No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing? I always try to look at the positive side of things. Having something for me gives me motivation to continue to work towards getting more of that something.

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

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A Fate dealt a heavy blow to Kai-Ling before she was even born.
The death of her father, a man she never knew, haunted her every day as she grew up. Struck down in the prime of his life, Kai-Ling’s father was never able to know his daughter. He was never able to watch her grow up or give her the love only a father could. Now that the first part of her journey is behind her, Kai-Ling is ready to face her destiny. Using the skills, training and knowledge she has acquired, she is prepared to enact vengeance upon those who took him from her. How Kai-Ling handles the new challenges and pitfalls on her way to seeking revenge is a testament to everything she has learned.

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‘John R McKay’

sun-sToday, I’d like to welcome John R McKay, author of “The Sun Will Always Shine” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

John R McKay was born and raised in Wigan, Greater Manchester and after serving in the Royal Air Force for seven years he joined Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service in 1997 until leaving in 2014 to take up other pursuits, including writing. John has released four novels, The Journal, The Absolution Of Otto Finkel, Mosquitoes and The Sun Will Always Shine. John is currently working on his fifth book which will be set during the Arctic convoys of World War Two. He lives just outside Wigan in the North West of England with his wife, Dawn and has two daughters, Jessica and Sophie.

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No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why?
Without a doubt. I think most people would. The most important thing in your life is the people around you, family, friends etc. and should any of them be in any kind of danger then I would expect that the natural thing to do would be to save them, even if that meant breaking the law. You would worry about the consequences of your actions after the event, and even then, you would probably not care. I know I wouldn’t!

No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
Truly living is to enjoy life. I live by the code that I will enjoy myself as much as possible and as long as doing so does not upset anyone then it is fine. There is so much to enjoy about life; so many places to visit, people to meet, books to read, parties to hold etc. I believe people should embrace the opportunities they have and try to get the most out of the life they have been given. Living in the UK, it sometimes irritates me when some people moan about their lot, especially when I turn on the TV and see how others in the world live, in much worse places than we do, enduring so much more hardship. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that our society is not perfect, but it sure isn’t as bad as other places in the world.

No.3 What motivates you to write?
The stories in my head and the fun I have writing them. I just want to share them with everyone. After writing my first novel, The Journal, I was encouraged by many people to keep on doing it and after some excellent reviews for my second, The Absolution Of Otto Finkel, I realised that this was not only something that I enjoy, but that I actually may have an aptitude for! The encouragement from people outside my family, the reviews I receive and the sheer enjoyment I get from the writing process spurs me on to continue. I am a lover of history and have ideas for more novels which I am hoping to complete over the next few years. My biggest motivation comes from my family whose support and encouragement cannot be underestimated.

No.4 Why do humans want children?
Because it is a natural thing. It’s not only humans but all animals that procreate, so we are not unique in that respect. Children offer unconditional love and, for me, this is what living is all about; having that ability to love and be loved. On a personal level, I have two wonderful, beautiful daughters and my life would not have been the same, as enjoyable or as fulfilled, if I had not had them.

No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book “The Sun Will Always Shine” ?
The frustration in getting it completed. I had the plot laid out, the characters developed inside my head and the themes and ideas all good to go. I wanted it to be as historically accurate as possible and so read many, many books, visited the Imperial War Museum and gathered information from various other sources before I could put pen to paper (or fingers to laptop!). I wanted to get this book right. I wanted no errors at all as the subject matter is very emotive and highly relevant right now due to the centenary commemorations. The sense of achievement when the first draft was completed was immense. However, it took many edits, partial re-writes and re-reads before I was totally happy with it, which I now am. I am very proud of the completed work.

No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far?
That money and material things are not really that important. What makes a man rich is not the amount of money he has in his bank account, but the amount of love and respect he gives and receives. The richest man I ever knew was my father who never had two pennies to rub together. In my opinion, you are born naked and get buried in a suit, so the only material thing you really gain in life is that suit. It’s what you do in between that matters. The other, more important stuff.

No.7 How did you come up with the title “The Sun Will Always Shine” ?
The novel’s themes are war, love, death, grief and sacrifice and it can be very dark in places due to the nature of the story. But it does have a certain amount of hope. The title ‘The Sun Will Always Shine’ is a reflection of that hope and is taken from a passage of dialogue between two of the characters. I always seem to struggle with titles for my books and the publisher of my second novel told me to maybe look for a phrase within the book that summed up the whole thing. I feel it is a good title for the book.

No.8 How do you handle personal criticism?
It doesn’t really concern me too much, if I’m being honest. I am who I am and if people don’t like that, then that’s up to them. I try to treat all people with respect and maintain my own personal morals and dignity. Regarding criticism of my writing – as long as it is constructive then it is all welcome, it can only make you a better writer in the long run.

No.9 Why should people read your book?
Why should people read my book? Because I believe I have produced a thought provoking and informative novel with believable characters that you can get attached to. I have always wanted to write a novel based around the First World War but did not want to produce just another account of what took place. I believe this is a different approach and will keep the reader wanting to know more and keep the pages turning. I also wanted it to be educational as the situations the characters find themselves in actually happened and maybe it will inspire more people to take an interest in what took place all those years ago. However the main reason people should read it is because they will enjoy it!

No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing?
Not exactly an expert in philosophy or theology, I don’t feel that my answer to this question can be anything other than that I am just glad that there is something rather than nothing! There would be nothing worse than opening up a Christmas present to find that the box is empty, opening a packet of crisps to find only a few crumbs stuck to the corners or asking for a pint of beer in my local pub and being handed an empty glass. Give me something over nothing any day of the week. The reasons why, that’s for cleverer people than I.

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

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Set before and during the First World War The Sun Will Always Shine tells the story of brothers Harry and Charlie Davenport, who live on a farm in northern England, and their attempts to protect their mother and sister from their abusive and violent father. They believe that their father’s increasing brutality needs to be stopped and they will need to carry out strong action to do that in order to protect their family. With war approaching they realise that these actions could have terrible consequences upon the very people they have sworn to protect. As suspicions grow ever stronger, could they find an escape in the trenches of the Western Front before their secret is revealed and their world is ripped apart?

Lee Pletzers.

leeToday, I’d like to welcome Lee Pletzers, author of “The Game” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

Lee Pletzers is a displaced New Zealand writer of the weird, wonderful and grotesque. Since 2001 he has made an impact on the genre world and thrives within its limitless boundaries. Over seventy short stories have slammed his name on anthologies and magazines across the globe. Five novels impacted humanity and two novellas were the icing on the cake. He still sends his books out to independent and legacy publishers, looking for that elusive million dollar cheque.

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No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why? That’s a no-brainer. Yes, I would break the law. Heck, I’d nuke the world to save a loved one. Why? I’m pretty much a loner. I don’t have a lot of real-world friends. My wife is my best friend. If something happened to her or my kids or brothers and sisters, you can bet that the world will burn until I get them back. Love is a precious, beautiful, chemical reaction driven by olfactory senses. You don’t want to lose that.

No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living? The difference is: Alive– Breathe in, Breathe out. Breathe in, breathe out. Truly living: Breathe in – WOW – breath out. Breathe in – Holy Shit! – Breath out. Breathe in – OMFG – breathe out. The world is filled with all kinds of wonder and excitement. This is your moment on this planet to explore and enjoy the wonders the world has to offer. Travel, see stuff, and do stuff. Don’t hurt others in your pursuit of happiness. Love, hate, smile, cry. Race a car. Do cartwheels. LIVE LIFE. The world needs you, and you need it.

No.3 What motivates you to write? That’s hard to answer. Motivation is a hard thing to pinpoint. I have been professionally writing since 2004 (my second publishing contract—publisher closed, move on – such is life) and the motivation is low these days. The truth is, I love to write and I truly hope people enjoy my tales and share with their friends. Many years ago, at the tender age of ten, a vampire short story I wrote was read (by the teacher) in front of the entire class. I loved that. I still do. For me, the elusive billion dollar contract is not important. It would be nice, don’t get me wrong. But the main thing is being read and readers kind enough to leave honest reviews. Also, motivation may be the enthusiasm after a story idea spark that drives me to start and finish a tale. Writing is not the easiest task in the world, but it is the most freeing. It is also a very lonely task. It’s just you, the keyboard and your imagination.

No.4 Why do humans want children? I have no idea why people want children. Me? I’ve always wanted kids. Sons to be exact. I got my wish, with two boys, always dedicated to in my books. I’m the last of the line. The final Pletzers. The pressure was great. My kids are great. Now they are grown and rocking their life and continuing the bloodline. I’m a super happy grandfather at the age of 44. I think the real reason people want kids is for the reason above. My personal reason for wanting children. I can also understand the reason people don’t want children. I believe they are missing out on a wondrous time, high stress levels, and premature gray hair, plus a dwindling bank account. LOL. But I wouldn’t trade a second of it.

No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book “The Game”? The landscape and the rules. The story itself was brewing in the back of my mind for many years. I even tried to write it a few times, but the each attempt failed. I wasn’t ready to write this type of book. I wrote other books, other stories. I built up my skills. I sold around 30 short stories and my second novel, The Last Church (SF/Horror), before I wrote The Game. I read and watched a lot of fantasy tales. A lot of SF and a bucket-load of horror. My three favourite genres. I didn’t know it at the time, but I think I was teaching myself how to write The Game.

No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far? Don’t take life too seriously. Have fun. Do what you love. Find that one thing that inspires you and ignore naysayers. This is your life. Not your mothers, fathers or friends. They have no right to try to relive their life through you. This is your time. You live once on this plane. Live the way you think your should live. Be happy. Life is too short to be offended and angry all the time. Let that negative shit go. Let it wash over you and be gone. Don’t allow it to affect you. A beautiful smile will return and you will learn how to NOT worry, stress, or panic over every little thing. I just realised the above sentence can be summed up in four little words: Don’t worry, be happy.

No.7 How did you come up with the title “The Game”? The easiest question. I had no idea what to call the game that is played in the book. I named other fake games mentioned in the book but could never come up with a solid name that I liked after several attempts. Nothing seemed right. I asked my writing group back in 2002/03. They came back with a host of names and, again, not one stuck. Nothing felt right. And with writers, especially me, if it doesn’t feel right, it has to go. So, in the end, I decided not to name the game played and as it had no name, the title, The Game, felt right. The first publisher that contracted this book called it Gonzo Girls. I didn’t like it but I didn’t think I had a choice in the matter, so I started advertising Gonzo Girls (under my pen name, Richard Lee). The publisher broke the contract (time wise. One year turned into four years and no publication in sight) and I pulled the book. My second publisher is Triskaideka Books in NZL. They are awesome.

No.8 How do you handle personal criticism? Like water off a duck’s back. You need a really thick skin in this business. Or any business actually. Everyone is entitled to their opinions (regardless of how wrong they are). Dealing with criticism is an important life skill. At some point, someone will bitch about you, or fashion style, your writing skills, etc. In the real world, there is no safe space to run too. You can handle the comments in one of two ways—positively or negatively. Think about the comments before reacting and jumping on Twitter or FB. The person might not realise they are hurting you. Constructive and destructive criticism seems very clear cut, but oftentimes, the criticiser is not good at word formations or is too direct. Always be positive. Not everyone is out to get you. Only some of them 🙂 Carnegie – How to Win Friends and Influence People

No.9 Why should people read your book? Why shouldn’t they? It’s a rip roaring yarn that came to me when I was 13 years old and I believed I was from another planet, due to minor social skills and a complete and total fascination with Dr Who that continues even to this day. The Game is unlike most books you will experience. It’s a fantasy, with unreal creatures (the snakes are my favourite), game characters that act like people you know or wish not to know, and changing landscapes that can only exist in a twisted imagination. It’s a science fantasy story as a virus in computer code can enter the real world and impact change.It’s an adventure story and mystery as Lisa18 searches for her brother. She not only finds him, but she finds her father and a love interest. It’s a love story as the virus falls in love with the game creator. It’s a drama as a drug addled woman finds a way to escape a tortuous lover. It’s a thriller wound so tight you’ll scream when the virus, hell-bent on destruction—finds a way out. You’ll nod your head as another character escapes the game and becomes the real life embodiment of its nature.

No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing? Nothing does not exist. Try to think of nothing. It’s impossible. It has no shape, no form, and no substance. It is invisible. Transparent. And lifeless. Hence, there is something. Quantum mechanics tells us that there is no such thing as nothing. There is no empty space, ever. Tiny particles and anti-particles fade in and out of nothing instantly.

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

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A thinking, breathing, calculating virus wreaks havoc in virtual reality gaming.

You play, you die.

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