Monsterous Beauty By: Carol Keen

Today on literary links we have Carol E. Keen Author of Monstrous Beauty.

NefretitiM: What inspired you to write Monstrous Beauty?

Carol E. Keen: My first published fiction book is the first book in this series. It is a retelling of Cinderella, and it is called Beauty For Ashes. So many people told me how much they liked that book, and begged for a series, that I instantly knew I wanted to do this book for the second book in The Beauty Series.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

Carol E. Keen Since this book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast in another way, I started thinking about how the Beast was always seen as a monster. Thus, Monstrous Beauty was the title that came to me.

NefretitiM: What genre does this book to fit into?

Carol E. Keen: Christian Romance, Fairy Tale

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?

Carol E. Keen: I started making up stories and telling them non-stop at the age of two. I have always been writing something or making up a story for myself. For many years I did a great deal of journaling, but by the time I was in collage I started thinking about writing books and getting them published. I’m an avid reader, and other authors inspire me to create. Sometimes a movie or a TV series will spark an idea for a book as well.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Carol E. Keen: While I’m working, my mind is always going. I come up with ideas. If I feel it is a good one, I jot it down. Then I just need to finish forming it into a pretty solid story in my mind. After that, I sit and type it all out, and then comes editing.

NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Carol E. Keen: I’m found reading quite a lot! I love being with my family and talking to my friends, photography, working with book covers in Photoshop or Lightroom, snuggling my pets, doing any other creative project I feel like working on, or a watching TV series or movies.

NefretitiM: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

Carol E. Keen: If writing burns in you, if stories are bubbling up all the time and begging to be written, make it happen. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it, that you’re not good enough, or serious enough, or any other judgement thing that hurts you. Do not give up! We all have room for improvement but giving up on a dream that is part of you is a very bad idea.

Write, write and write some more. If it is bad, you can edit it later. The more you write, the more confident you will become and the better your work will be. While you are at it, have fun with what your writing!

NefretitiM: I like. Excellent advice.  Thank You for joining us Carol, and much success to you.  Get your coy of Monstrous Beauty @ http://www.amazon.com/Carol-E.-Keen/e/B011N0L4NM

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Adult Coloring Book By: My Time To Color

Today on Literary Links we have the creators of My Time To Color.

NefretitiM: What inspired the idea for these Adult Coloring Books?

My Time To Color: My partner and I are creative and liked the idea of doing coloring books since there are so many benefits to coloring; like relaxation.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

My Time To Color:The coloring images in many books are very detailed and are intimidating to some people. We decided to create images that are simpler without being boring. The title, The Joy of Simplicity, reflects that.

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?

My Time To Color: We were really influenced to put this project together by how much it helps people. We enjoy helping people and saw adult coloring as a great way to combine our creative talents and book publishing experience into something enjoyable and helpful.

NefretitiM:What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

My Time To Color: We both like to be physically active doing stuff like swimming, camping and dancing.

NefretitiM: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

My Time To Color: Create what you enjoy.

NefretitiM: Well this was certainly a fun interview.   I know what I’ll be asking for on Mother’s Day.

My Time To Color: Actually with Mother’s Day coming up we wanted to do something special for moms since they are such special people and so important. We’ve put together a gift set that includes two of our books, colored pencils, coloring tools and more. We’ve gotten a lot of great comments on the gift set and hope your readers will take a few minutes to check it out by visiting www.MyTimeToColor.com

NefretitiM: Sounds great! Thank You for joining us on Literary Links.  Get your Adult Coloring Book today @ http://mytimetocolor.com/adult-coloring-gift-set-mothers-day-2016/

Blood Fantasy BY A.C GreenLee

NefretitiM: What inspired you to write Blood Fantasy?

A.C GreenLee: I started writing Blood Fantasy when an East Indian friend of mine mentioned that she couldn’t find any books, especially romance, with a heroine that looked like her. I sympathized with her and decided that I was going to write about an intelligent, plus sized woman who ethnically resembled her. I want to make sure that every woman can read at least one of my stories and see herself in the main character. Diversity is important to me in regular life, and it’s starting to positively affect my writing.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title for Blood Fantasy?

A.C GreenLee: Titles are always tricky but, honestly, I had the title for this story before I even started writing it. In Blood Fantasy the main character, Dr. Ava Khan, finds herself fantasizing about what it would be like to be bitten by her patient Dimitri Freysson, an alien who’s species survives off the blood of others. She knows its taboo, but the thought is as thrilling as the beautiful man who won’t stop hitting on her.

NefretitiM: What genre would you say Blood Fantasy fits into?

 A.C GreenLee: Science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, romance…This story, while being a novelette and not nearly as dense as a traditional novel, is the true definition of a hybrid. You’ll find a little bit of everything in Blood Fantasy, from the heavy vampire theme, to alien life forms and even a little medical/military drama thrown into the mix.  If you’re into romance and supernatural beings, this story is for you.

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?

A.C GreenLee: Honestly, it had to be my characters. I was an only child, so, making up imaginary people to talk to and keep me company became second nature to me. It felt natural to start writing down our adventures and, eventually, it turned into a full time career.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

A.C GreenLee: Lots of brainstorming and planning. I like to have everything mapped out in front of me before I start writing. Or…Not. Actually, I usually write maybe a paragraph about a story idea before I jump right into the writing process.

NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

A.C GreenLee: I paint. I draw. I play a lot of Minecraft and the Sims. I’m a complete computer and video gamer. Whenever I’m not writing, I’m playing games or designing graphics in Photoshop. My laptop is permanently attached to my hip, haha.

NefretitiM: I love the Sims as well and I must say you are quite the renaissance Sim I mean woman. What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

A.C GreenLee: Keep going. All first drafts suck. Never let anyone tell you to quit or give up. Even if you’re not going to publish it or you don’t think someone will publish it, WRITE IT ANYWAY. Write your stories for yourself first and eventually you will find someone who loves them as much as you do.

 Thank You for joining us today A.C Greenlee.  Get your copy of Blood Fantasy today @ http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Fantasy-A-C-Greenlee-ebook/dp/B01EEMU6LW?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

To learn more about A. C GreenLee follow her on social media @  http://www.facebook.com/booksbyacgreenlee  &http://www.twitter.com/lillium_violet

 

The Punch Escrow By:Tal M Klein

Tonight on Literary Links we have Tal M Klein author of The Punch Escrow

NefretitiM: What inspired you to write The Punch Escrow?

Tal M Klein: My inspiration for The Punch Escrow is directly correlated to the scientific theory behind teleportation. Somehow Star Trek came up in conversation five years ago. It was explained to me that teleportation was actually a technology best suited for replication, not transportation.

“So you’re saying every single time Scotty beamed up Captain Kirk, he killed him?” I asked.

“I’m afraid so.” Came the reply.

“That murderous Scotsman!” I shouted.

Thus the premise and inspiration for The Punch Escrow was conceived: A 25th century desultory scientific, philosophical, religious, legislative, bureaucratic, existential Rube Goldberg Machine catalyzed by an unfortunate calamitous teleportation mishap.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

Tal M Klein: Without giving too much away, the Punch Escrow is a mechanism I invented which makes teleportation safe.

NefretitiM: So what genre does The Punch Escrow fit into?

Tal M Klein: The genre is hard science fiction. The difference between hard science fiction and, say, soft science fiction is that the first is rooted in plausible science. The things that take place in The Punch Escrow are plausible, but really, really hard, which is why the book is set 400 years in the future.

NefretitiM: What influences your interest in writing?

Tal M Klein: I’ve always been interested in writing. Putting pen to paper or fingers to keys has always felt natural to me. Most recently, my five year old daughter published a children’s book. After she did that, she asked me, “Daddy, when are you going to publish your book?” – So I would say that catalyzed my interest in publishing.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Tal M Klein: I always start with a mind map, I use a process called Wardley Mapping to align the things I want to do with the plausibility of their outcome, and then I create an outline. Once I have the outline, I let myself create freely within those boundaries.

NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Tal M Klein: I love spending time with my family, I have a great job at a very cool company, and when I can, I also compose and produce music.

NefretitiM: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

Tal M Klein: Nothing they won’t have heard before, but the truth is: Write every single day. It doesn’t matter if you write 10 words or 10,000, just keep writing.

NefretitiM: Good advice.  Thank You for joining us tonight.

Pick up your copy of The Punch Escrow @ www.thepunchescrow.com

Somebody Else’s Blues By: B. Jackson

Tonight on Literary Links we have B. Jackson; author of Somebody Else’s Blues

NefretitiM: What inspired you to write Somebody Else’s Blues?

B. Jackson: I honestly didn’t think about the details of this book before I started to write it. Truth – I just started writing and the story seemed to be just sitting at the tips of my fingertips as I hit the keys on the keyboard. I felt the unction to write late one evening after work. I began at 10 p.m. and by 2 a.m. several of the characters had been conceived. Perhaps this is because, as writers, we are always people watching and storing away images, ideas, and scenarios to be called upon later. Perhaps it is because many of our characters have a drop of our own DNA in them which makes them familiar to us in some way. In either case, once the characters were conceived, I had to keep writing just to see what would happen to them in the end.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

B. Jackson: Somebody Else’s Blues is a title born out of the mindsets and struggles that we seem to inherit from others. I call it second-hand bondage. Whether it be having a negative self-image because we were teased as children or leaving one unhealthy relationship only to find ourselves in another one the next time around, these types of scenarios seem to have one thing in common. They were seeds sown into our lives by others. These seed sowers imparted to us their negative experiences – we believed them – they reproduced in our lives in some form or fashion. In essence, we begin to live somebody else’s interpretation of what life is or who we are. We began to live somebody else’s blues.

NefretitiM: What genre does this book to fit into?

B. Jackson: I call this book an urban coming of faith tale, because it fits several different genres – It is urban fiction, women’s fiction, African American fiction, and because of its underlying theme of faith, it could be seen as Christian fiction.

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?

B. Jackson: I had two major influences. The first was the storytelling of my Aunt Brenda when I was a girl of about 8 years old. My imagination blossomed as I listened to the story’s that she would create and share with me and my cousins. I learned from her that well-crafted words were powerful in that thy could captivate your mind, inspire, and motivate you.

The other was my Aunt Betty. Because I had such a tumultuous childhood growing up, I’d often find myself on her doorstep in tears. I wanted comfort, but I was afraid to share the details of my home life in order to get it. In her wisdom, she didn’t press me for answers. She simply told me to never hold in my emotions. She said to make sure that I always got them out – even if all I did was write them down on paper and throw it away afterward. I took her advice, and found it to be quite therapeutic. I’ve been writing ever since.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

B. Jackson: The writing process is not a difficult one for me, because I don’t search for material nor do I write when I don’t feel like writing. I don’t pressure myself to create. I do, however, make note of names that I hear that interest me, how they make me feel, what I imagine about a person with such a name. When I come across different events that occur, I may see that person with that name in the scenario and imagine their response to it. The characters, places, and events seem to marinate in my mind for a while – they seem to come together on their own. I write them out in the order that I see them and let the story become itself.

NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

B. Jackson: When I’m not writing I enjoy being outside in the sun every chance I get – I’m a sun junkie. I love to bask in the sun and be outdoors – barefoot in the grass. When I’m not doing that I like to spend time with my children playing board games, reading, and watching documentaries. I love to teach as well. I always say that I am set aside to write, but that I am empowered to teach. Those are my gifts.

NefretitiM: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

B. Jackson: Just write! Don’t think about it too much – just do it! With the business of life and all of the responsibilities we have in a day, the margin for writing becomes very narrow. We have to seize these opportunities and do it from a place of leisure. Do all that you can to protect that space. For me, it means writing late at night when everyone in my house is asleep. The house is quiet, there are no interruptions, and I can just be one with my thoughts and a blank sheet of paper.

Thank You for joining us tonight.  Pick up your copy of Somebody Else’s Blues by B. Jackson on April 29, 2016 at www.beewordz.com

 

Divorced& Scared No More By: Tasher

Tonight on Literary Links we have Tasher; author of Divorce & Scared No More.

NefretitiM: What inspired you to write Divorce and Scared No More?

Tasher: The reason I wrote the book series was as at the request of many of my fans and professionals helping people post-divorce.  I am not a professional but rather a person that has been through the various stages of divorce and post-divorce.  Therapist and clinical author Justin Nutt, LSCSW, LAC consulted as a technical advisor for the series. Insuring everything presented be accurate and quality material while still being a comforting, easy-to-read guide to surviving divorce. The series did start out as just one book but when it got to editing and the publisher they requested the book be spilt into three books instead of one.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

Tasher: The name of the series as a continuation of the website.  The name for the website is to help people understand there is no reason to be scared post-divorce.  Now is the time to make your life yours and do what you want.  Create a life where you are in control and if you need help look to your higher power to forge the new life you will enjoy.

NefretitiM: What genre does this book to fit into?

Tasher: The series is for self help for life after divorce.

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?

Tasher: I have dyslexia and writing is something everyone told me I couldn’t do especially my ex.  So after my divorced and with the encouragement of friends, family and my divorce attorney, I decided it was time to try.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Tasher: I actually wrote the book a couple years ago.  Then my step father and mother became ill so I had to travel between two states caring for them.  When there was time between their care or while flying I split the book into 3 books.  The dating book originally was only one chapter in the original book.  At the publishers suggestion I put in the various things I do while dating.

NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Tasher: My daughter and two grandchildren live in the Houston area by me and my spare time is enjoying watching the wee ones activities.  My family is my world and I enjoy as much time with them as I can have.

NefretitiM: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

Tasher: No matter what your challenge is while writing stick with your passion.  Do not listen to others that say you can’t…….if they say that to you think to yourself wanna bet!  You can do anything you want to do but be prepared that you may have to work a little harder or find tools that can help you.

Thank You for joining us tonight.  Pick up your copy of Divorce & Scared No More today @ http://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B01DCBROP2/ref=dp_st_1498465129.

Tasher

Tasher was divorced on her 26th wedding anniversary, and she embarked on a new life. Her marriage was broken all to pieces, she was not going to let the divorce break her. Tasher quickly discovered that single life was very different from all those years ago. Like many, she initially was scared. Yet she was determined to become Divorce and Scared NO More!
Despite her dyslexia, she decided to share with others things she learned while rebuilding her life. The launch of DASNM.com quickly received a worldwide following. The logo was inspired by a set of broken pilot wings. No two people will have identical situations, hopefully the DASNM series will assist others with the least amount of trepidation, during this difficult transition.
Tasher is not a professional therapist, rather she is sharing because she has “been there and done that” understanding how it FEELS. Therapist and clinical author Justin Nutt LSCSW, LAC consults as her technical advisor. Insuring everything presented be accurate and quality material while still being a comforting, easy-to-read guide to surviving divorce

Extraordinary Courage: My Life on the Columbus College Campus (1963-1965) By: Dr. John W. Townsend Jr.

Tonight on Literary Links we have Dr. John W Townsend Jr. author of Extraordinary Courage: My Life on the Columbus College Campus (1963-1965).

NefretitiM: What inspired you to write this book ?

Dr. John W. Townsend Jr.: I was inspired to write this book. my wife, and our entire nuclear and extended family members, who kept the flame burning when my candle light became dim, gave me needed support and encouragement at appropriate times. The renowned author of the book called ROOTS and other significant work, Alex Haley, who was guest speaker at Columbus College in 1984, dialogued with me and dispensed the following advice; John, to become an effective , a serious and a prolific writer, be careful to select topics or subjects that will sustain your interest long enough for you to complete the work. Put all of your talents and efforts into one major project; finish it and then move on to the next prioritize goal (Haley,1984) also due to reporters, my old colleague and professors, also because I realize that I was part of the change in black history.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

Dr. John W. Townsend Jr.: Well the title was through my experience in college. It took a lot of courage for me to attend CSU not along Graduate without thinking once about quitting and giving up due to desegregation that was going. on.

NefretitiM: What genre does this book to fit into?

Dr. John W. Townsend Jr.: Black histories, Auto biography, education

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?

Dr. John W. Townsend Jr.: Former student of mines have certainly made me continue writing, Over the years, motivated me to write about my life experiences. Thank to them and others stimulating individuals, this book will represent the start of what is hoped to be prolific writing career.

NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Dr. John W. Townsend Jr.: Spend time with family and help students get prepared for SAT, ACT or project. I Am a retired professor. I am always doing other thing within my spare time.

NefretitiM: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

Dr. John W. Townsend Jr.: A Quote From my book: A bomber bee has no business flying. It’s too fat, too heavy, and its wings have to work extra hard to take off- to remain in flight.
The bomber bee flies and soars against tremendous odds. So can you.
Keep thinking that you can do it as you pursue the next upward step.
Remember that Life is a process, and one cannot easily skip any rung on “Life’s Ladder”.

Thank You for joining us tonight Dr. Townsend. Get your copy of the Extraordinary Courage: My Life on the Columbus College Campus (1963-1965) @ http://extracourage.simplesite.com/426773198/category/699728/online-store, https://lovemybodywell.com/products/extra-ordinary-courage or http://extracourage.simplesite.com/