Dirty Laundry: From the Streets to an Executive One Man’s Forty Year Journey By: Ivan Von Baublitz

NefretitiM: Today on Literary Links we have Ivan Von Baublitz author of;  ‘Dirty Laundry: From the Streets to an Executive One Man’s Forty Year Journey’.  So Ivan tell us what inspired you to write this book?

Ivan Von Baublitz: After carrying around so much Dirty Laundry I just had to let it out.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

Ivan Von Baublitz: Well we all have a past and some of it has some really deep secrets. My parents worked in a Senior Citizens home and my mom did laundry. So logically the two combined and here we are Dirty Laundry. I added the subtitle to separate myself from the ton of romance titles with the same name…LOL…and to paint a picture on the cover of the journey I had endured.

NefretitiM: Wow sounds intriguing.  What genre does this book to fit into?

Ivan Von Baublitz: It’s a creative autobiography. I used Richard Nixon as a motif to help me through the process, so creative nonfiction maybe? How about a Creative Nonfiction Biography, I like the ring of that.

NefretitiM:  Me too. What influenced your interest in writing?

Ivan Von Baublitz: I love to create and this was a medium that I hadn’t tested. My whole life I was a reader as the book points out but because I never went to a high school I missed out on a lot of critique and influence to help me with the craft. So, I just winged it gave it my best, the prose isn’t Hemmingway but the story is what makes it unique. Since I wasn’t a “writer” I wrote to my audience, ya know the kid sitting in his room, questioning life. He or She can read it and it will make sense, I didn’t write it for any other reason but to possibly spark that kids interest in understanding that he has something others might not see, but it’s there he just needs to find it, and through will power he or she will!

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Good question, I had so many stories from the past that I finally sat down and just did a time line and stuck to it. Since my memories go back to three possibly four I had to make sure that I was as accurate as possible. This took a lot of writing out scenes over the years. Collectively I have been writing this for over ten years in snapshots. I finally just glued them all together and it fell into place, with discipline of course. Of course I couldn’t write everything that’s for the next volume!

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

Ivan Von Baublitz: My kids are my life but I love the open air and the outdoors. I like to unplug from all the technology and just live the old fashioned way. Society is in a rut and at least with nature I find continuity.

NefretitiM: I know what you mean.  What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

Ivan Von Baublitz: If you try you can never fail because in the end you can say you did it! Write for you and that is the reward, you have won, you can be proud, and it just may set you free. Life is Art express yourself.

NefretitiM: Nice answer.  Much Success to you Ivan, and thank you for joining us. Get your copy of ‘Dirty Laundry: From the Streets to an Executive One Man’s Forty Year Journey’ @ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ITYE7O8.

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The Rabbit Hole By: Amiya Powell

NefretitiM:  Today on Literary Links we have the pleasure of interviewing Amiya Powell author of ‘The Rabbit Hole’.   Ms. Powell tell us about ‘The Rabbit Hole”

Amiya Powell: MK Ultra, the CIA’s mind control program is not the stuff of conspiracy theories, but a documented research project that went on for decades.
Any of us could be subjects of a government experiment this very moment and have no idea. I find that both terrifying and fascinating.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

Amiya Powell: The Rabbit Hole: An Erotic Tale is an urban deconstruction of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, one of my favorite books. Identity, existentialism, and the illusion of reality are examined through the scope of sexuality and relationships. No talking cats or shrinking women, but the inspiration will be clear to readers, along with some cleverly placed Easter Eggs as homage to the iconic tale.

NefretitiM:  What genre does this book to fit into?

Amiya Powell: Sci-rotica. Is that a thing? Have Science Fiction and Erotica been officially melded into a single word yet?

NefretitiM:  What influenced your interest in writing?

Amiya Powell: The desire to entertain, amuse, and provoke.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Amiya Powell: Like doing a bag of blow- the good and the bad.

NefretitiM: Well Ms. Powell you are certainly full of surprises, but I like. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Amiya Powell: Not cocaine anymore, that’s for sure.

NefretitiM: Do you have any words of encouragement for other writers?

Amiya Powell: Free your mind. Let it roam as it does in dreams.

NefretitiM: Well said!  Thank you for joining us today Ms. Powell.  Much success to you! Perhaps we will do this again for your next book.

Get you copy of ‘The Rabbit Hole’ @ amzn.to/1YzxSkn

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Uber Chronicles: Field Notes from the Front Seat By: Jessie Newburn

NefretitiM: Today on Literary Links we have Jessie Newborn author of  Uber Chronicles. Thank you for joining us today.  What inspired you to write this book?

Jessie Newburn: I drive for Uber a bit, and I decided that I would write about each and every passenger, about my experience of finding them, greeting them, the conversation, the silence, the good-bye.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

Jessie Newburn: I did a Facebook contest! Got lots of suggestions from my friends. I had started my blog posts about driving for Uber and named the blog posts Uber Chronicles, so I had that as a base. But as I knew I’d be doing a series, I wanted something that could expand. That’s when I did the Facebook contest. The book is titled, Uber Chronicles: Field Notes from the Front Seat.

NefretitiM: What genre does this book to fit into?

Jessie Newburn: Hmm. I’m not sure. Travelogue, perhaps. I’m up for suggestions if you have a better idea.

NefretitiM:  I may not be able to give you a genre, but this book sounds so interesting.  What influenced your interest in writing?

Jessie Newburn: I like words. I like clear communication. I like reading. And I’m curious about people. I think those would be the main influences.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Jessie Newburn: I write about my day driving for Uber. There is no protagonist or story line. I come home from driving; I write; I let my work sit for a few weeks; I reread it and edit it … that’s about it!

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

Jessie Newburn: Relax, socialize, read, learn, dance, camp, garden, forage. And a host of other things!

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

Jessie Newburn: You gotta love what you’re writing about because you’ll be looking at those words over and over. And, you’re going to edit it anyway, so just write! Get it out!

NefretitiM: Great advice! Thank you for joining us.  Get your copy of Uber Chronicles today!

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A story Is A Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling By: Bill Johnson

 NefretitiM: Today on Literary Links we have Bill Johnson the author of ‘A story Is A Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling’.  Thank you for joining us Mr. Johnson.  What inspired you to write this book?

Bill Johnson: I was an intuitive writer until I took a class from a literary agent who had studied with Lajos Eqri, a story analyst from the 1930’s and 40’s who wrote about how to break down a story.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

Bill Johnson: I started out teaching students to recognize a story’s core dramatic issue, then simplified that to understanding a story’s promise to an audience.

NefretitiM: What genre does this book to fit into?

Bill Johnson: literary criticism

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?

Bill Johnson: I liked telling stories to myself that became quite complicated. When I began writing plays, they were produced.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Bill Johnson: I like to come up with idea and meditate on the stories and characters until I have an understanding of what the characters want.

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

Bill Johnson: Movies, watching old tv series like Fringe on the computer.

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

Bill Johnson: People need to figure out what’s going to help them get to where they want to be as writers. That can mean taking classes and reading books on writing or avoiding classes and books on writing, and trying different styles of writing. People need to figure this out.

NefretitiM: Well Thank You for joining us today. Much success to you on your book.  Get your copy of ‘A story Is A Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling’ today @                

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God, Make Me Uncomfortable By: Auri Jones

NefretitiM: Today on Literary Links we have Auri Jones author of God, Make Me Uncomfortable.   Tell us Auri, what inspired you to write this book?

Auri Jones: The idea for the book came when I was sitting in a coffee shop with my friend, Hannah, and our pastor, Paul. It was the summer of 2008, and both Hannah and I were going through some crazy life changes. Our church was going through this series called “One Prayer”. In the corner of this coffee shop, Paul asks us if there was one prayer we felt like God wanted us to pray for ourselves, what would it be? Without thinking, we both said ‘God, Make Me Uncomfortable’. Paul laughed and shook his head. He told us that we would be crazy to pray that because God would answer it. It got me thinking about the actual repercussions of praying that. What would it look like? That fall, I began a job traveling the U.S. with a production company, and I started writing this book. I also started talking with people I met along the road and learned their stories about God, prayer, and life. All of it began to flow into this book.


NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?


Auri Jones: I decided that this book wasn’t really about how to pray. It was really a challenge and prayer in itself. I wanted the title to be the actual prayer.

NefretitiM: What genre does this book to fit into?

Auri Jones: A friend described this as a modern day parable. Since that isn’t a genre, I saw this fitting into Fiction and Spiritual Growth in a religious sense.

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?

Auri Jones: My mom was a huge inspiration. One summer, when I was a kid, my mom got tired of me saying that I was bored and needed something to do. She sat me down and told me this amazing story for about an hour. I was engrossed and on the edge of my seat. When she finished, she told me that she made up the entire story on the spot. She then challenged me to go and try it. I’ve been creating stories and characters ever since.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Auri Jones: I write based off of what I observe in life. I pay attention to people, places, events, and situations and usually they find themselves in my stories. Characters are what intrigue me the most. When you read my work, you will see that I pay a lot of attention to my characters and who they are. So, I begin with a character. I study them until I know them. Then I walk with them through the entire story and invite the reader to as well.

I wish I could say that I get to write every day, but I don’t. However, I’m always thinking about and gaining information on what I want to pen.
Once I finish, then I read and re-read, talk about the story with people, gain other’s thoughts, and even give them a taste of what is being written.

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

Auri Jones: I love being active. I’m a huge outdoors fan. Sports, hiking, the beach—you name it. I am also a recording artist. So, if you don’t see my writing a story, I’m writing lyrics or recording a song or performing live somewhere.

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

Auri Jones: Write and create and enjoy doing it. I don’t know how many people will read my books, but I don’t write for them. I write for myself and invite others to enjoy the book as well. If you’ve been given the drive or gift to create a world or guide people through this one with your writing, then use it. Trust me; it’s going to be worth it.

NefretitiM: Well said Auri.  Thank you for joining us today on Literary Links.  Get You copy of God, Make Me Uncomfortablehttps://www.amazon.com/God-Make-Me-Uncomfortable-Abandoned/dp/1514280744 

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