Axel America And the U.S Election Race By: Andy Luke

NefretitiM: What inspired you to write Axel America And the U.S Election Race ?

Andy Luke: I was watching a lot of video by people like Alex Jones, Bill O’Reilly and the Tea Party, and their promises to make America great again. Defeat the forces of darkness, yadda yadda yadda, and because I was working in the comics industry and thinking about superheroes, I came up with this ‘Cosmic Adventures’ story, where someone like Glenn Beck might declare war on Galactus, Thanos or Darkseid. Well I spoke with my colleague, writer Richard Barr, and the focus of one person overturning the New World Order quickly turned into being grounded in a domestic environment. We were having so much fun writing scenes of what it was like to live with one of those people and the off-the-wall scenarios that would come of that. The story sessions were very organic! The political conspiracy theorist sitcom is very much at the heart of the book, but it does come back around, featuring robots, doppelgangers and demons. Bigfoot even makes a brief appearance.

NefretitiM:  Woah.. Did you say Big Foot!  How did you come up with the title?

Andy Luke: The main character is all about the showbiz. He’s got the Saul Goodman thing happening. That said, I like to think he was born as Axel America. My publisher added ‘and the U.S. Election Race’. He was keen to market it alongside the 2016 Presidential campaign, which is fair as that’s the setting. We’ve satires of political people like Clinton and Trump in there, and news media folk like Rupert Murdoch and Kay Burley. There’s references to real things that have happened since March 2016, as well as confirmed events still to happen.

NefretitiM: This sounds so cool!  What genre does this book to fit into?

Andy Luke: Sitcomspiracy!   It’s straight up conspiracy theory situation comedy. We’ve got The Philadelphia (time travel) Experiment, Illuminati lizards, the Bilderberg Group, FEMA, the CIA and an Area 51 Nazi, but also stuff you see on your TV everyday. It takes place in the nearly-down-to-Earth setting of Axel’s home in Texas, and moves to Washington to Sheffield, England to the bowels of the Illuminati and Hades. It’s quite surreal but there’s also critical media analysis, and a great thriller/drama to boot.

NefretitiM: This sounds amazing! What influenced your interest in writing?

Andy Luke: I’ve found it to be the easiest way to tell stories. It’s one of humanity’s great creative traditions, like song, though moreso as it’s something everyone can do. So I think most of existence I’ve met has played a part! I’ve always been a great reader, especially of comicbooks, and I’ve always loved television and sought out the best of it. Creative writing books, guides and courses have been a good help. In choosing a career I knew I write well, and I know other people will come to me for the gold. With Axel, it was largely the desire to make myself and others laugh, while talking about dark things we’re not supposed to know.

NefretitiM:  I don’t know how you’ve come up with this stuff.  What is the writing process like for you?

Andy Luke: It’s a lifestyle. I’ve written since I was a boy, and when you hit on an inspiring idea, there’s this sense you have to make use of it, follow the trail for the thrills and laughs and horror, get all those brilliant thoughts down and share them, because friends will love them, and you’d be mad not to. Inspiration can come from anywhere; from the Samuel Becketts of Waiting for Godot and Quantum Leap!

I tend to start with plot or dialogue, or whatever element feels most organic. Sometimes I’ll draw my stories out as rough comic strips. I can get very into research. You can spend weeks at this, depending on how much needs to be there for the piece to feel authentic. On the other hand, early on, too much research can stifle a story. I try to write everyday, but the business of selling your work can get in the way. Everything has to be proof-read three times or more. When I’m working with an editor that helps a lot.

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

Andy Luke: I find dishwashing therapeutic but ironing a task best suited to Cybertech drones. When I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing, or researching. It’s really a life-encompassing role. I really enjoy travelling but find it wears me out. A friend and I have driven through Southern Ireland in the last year: Donegal, Sligo, Cork, Galway, the small islands. It’s amazing what beauty you can find not far from your doorstep.

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

Andy Luke: Get to know what you want as a writer. Among those I know who wouldn’t consider it as a career are some incredible authors. As creative people, we have a thousand ideas spinning around our heads. It’s important to settle on one at a time and work it. You’re not going to get rich writing, it’s poorly paid, but there’s reasons why it’s in the top five jobs people most want. Make the time for your muse, your inspiration, and you’ll be looked after. And read, and embrace stories widely. There’s a lot of creativity to love out there, and it’ll rub off on you in the most delightful ways. Follow your bliss. Ignore anything I’ve just said that doesn’t work for you.

NefretitiM: Good advice.  Get your copy of Axel America And the U.S Election Race today  @ https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/656722 or http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01K5634NS

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Our Gracious Queen By: Queen of the May

Eleanor spent the first few days of her marriage in almost constant motion.

Considering her days were consumed with going through each room of the palace, sizing up the amount of work required to clean and modernize, and how her nights were taken up by vigorous sex with the king, she was surprised by how energetic she felt when she got up each morning. She had goals, and great resolve to achieve them all, and her natural drive to succeed kept her from ever becoming overtired. As it were, she had no time for homesickness. There was no time for crying or regret—there was so much work to do.

The only annoyance in her life were her ladies—particularly Lady Harriet—who reminded her regularly that her first goal was produce an heir to the throne, regardless of how clean the palace was. But that took nine months, and in the meantime she wanted to see to it that any child she bore would be living in a clean, comfortable and cheerful home……

Continue reading for free @ https://www.inkitt.com/stories/romance/23172?ref=v_ee161ce0-101b-473c-ac19-7fdc5dc143ef&utm_source=fiverr_nefretitim

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History Mashups for Teens From Princess Grace to Princess Kate By: Melissa G. Wilson

NefretitiM: What inspired you to write this book?

MG Wilson: I wanted to give teens a more fun and interesting way to learn history.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

MG Wilson: It was a flash of inspiration.

NefretitiM: What genre does this book to fit into?

MG Wilson: History and also pop culture

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?

MG Wilson: I’ve always wanted to be a writer. This book is part of a full series on this subject.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

MG Wilson: I have so many ideas, I spend time organizing all the ideas. I also keep journals to get ideas regularly.

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

MG Wilson: Watching documentaries and movies based on real stories.

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

MG Wilson: Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t write. You can and if you are move to, you should!

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Our Gracious Queen By: Queen of the May

Eleanor spent the first few days of her marriage in almost constant motion.

Considering her days were consumed with going through each room of the palace, sizing up the amount of work required to clean and modernize, and how her nights were taken up by vigorous sex with the king, she was surprised by how energetic she felt when she got up each morning. She had goals, and great resolve to achieve them all, and her natural drive to succeed kept her from ever becoming overtired. As it were, she had no time for homesickness. There was no time for crying or regret—there was so much work to do.

The only annoyance in her life were her ladies—particularly Lady Harriet—who reminded her regularly that her first goal was produce an heir to the throne, regardless of how clean the palace was. But that took nine months, and in the meantime she wanted to see to it that any child she bore would be living in a clean, comfortable and cheerful home……

Continue reading for free @ https://www.inkitt.com/stories/romance/23172?ref=v_ee161ce0-101b-473c-ac19-7fdc5dc143ef&utm_source=fiverr_nefretitim

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Touretters By: Chris Mason & Members of The T’s Community

NefretitiM: Today on Literary Links we have Chris Mason author of Touretters.  Thank you for joining us.  What inspired you to write this book?

Chris Mason: I was inspired to write this book because I have Tourette Syndrome and I would like to raise awareness for the disorder, since it is so misunderstood.

NefretitiM: Interesting. How did you come up with the title?

Chris Mason: I came up with the title “Touretters” because that is what people with Tourette’s are referred as.

NefretitiM: Oh wow. I didn’t know that. What genre does this book to fit into?

Chris Mason: This book is in the genre of autobiography.

NefretitiM: I know that you have first hand experience with Tourette Syndrome, but what influenced you to actually write a book about it?

Chris Mason: I have always been interested in writing and it is the best way I know how to spread awareness and express my creativity.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Chris Mason: The writing process for me comes very easy to me. I write what I feel and I don’t hold back.

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

Chris Mason:  When I’m not writing I like to play soccer, write song lyrics, sing, and go to the beach.

NefretitiM: Oh wow, you are quite the renaissance man.  What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

Chris Mason: The tips I have for other writers are to write about what you are interested in; not about what is popular at the time. Everyone writes in their own special way, and setting yourself apart from other writers is what makes your writing unique, and what is good for the writing field.

NefretitiM: That’s good advice.  Thank you for joining us today.  Get your copy of Touretters Today! @ https://www.amazon.com/Touretters-Chris-Mason/dp/1943843287/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471259963&sr=8-1&keywords=touretters

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How The Bunny Learned To Fly By: Sean David Maday

NefretitiM: Today on literary links we have Sean David Maday author of How The Bunny Learned To Fly.  Thank You for joining us.  What inspired you to write this book?

Sean David Maday: I have two young daughters (and another due any day now). Each evening my wife and I read children’s books to the girls before their bedtime. It has been fun for me to observe the types of stories, styles, and illustrations that capture their imagination. My goal was to create a poetic picture book using expressive vocabulary and rhyming couplets to tell an amusing tale about two unlikely animal friends who find compassion and empathy when they each spend time experiencing the other’s perspective

NefretitiM:  Wow that sounds great. How did you come up with the title?

Sean David Maday: In a literal sense, the title reflects the arc of the story; it is a tale about a bunny who learns to fly. In a broader sense, the story and the title are allegories for how we all must work together to achieve our dreams! From this aspect “flying” is really about growth and accomplishment.

NefretitiM:  Nice. What genre does this book fit into?

Sean David Maday: Unless a small animal researcher somewhere eventually discovers a breed of rabbit that can actually fly, this picture book will be classified as a work of fiction. Beyond that label though, I hope that readers will see this as an interactive learning book. I didn’t want the reader’s adventure to stop on the last page of this story. There is a fun song to accompany the tale (soon to be released on YouTube), and over the next few weeks we will be sharing many related coloring book pages and word puzzles on the Paisley Books website.

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?

Sean David Maday: I have always enjoyed writing and creating narratives. As I crafted this story, I tried to make the concept fun for preschoolers and grade­schoolers, but I intentionally chose expressive vocabulary. I like using obscure words and esoteric idioms with my young daughters. It generally peaks their curiosity and drives them to ask for clarification and definition. It is a fun way for us to engage together and explore language.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Sean David Maday: For me, the writing process is very interactive. I get a rough idea and some fragmented word combinations scribbled onto a piece of paper, and then I repeatedly go back over them, making adjustments and optimizing the prose. The key for me is  getting started, and intertwining periodic improvements into the flow of everyday life.

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

Sean David Maday: When I am not writing, I am working in the technology sector, serving as an Air Force Reservist and focusing on my responsibilities as a husband, father and dog owner. Lately, my daughters and I spend a lot of time biking around the neighborhood and exploring local playgrounds.

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

Sean David Maday: Get started! There has never been a better time to write and self­publish a book. Today an entrepreneurial author is only limited by their imagination. You can use the power of the Internet to instantly collaborate with illustrators, proofreaders,editors and mentors all over the world. In the process of writing and publishing How the Bunny Learned to Fly, I collaborated with professionals in over 15 different countries through platforms like Fiverr and Upwork.

NefretitiM: That’s some good advice.  Much success to you Mr. Maday, and thank you for stopping by literary links and much success on your book.

Get Your copy of How The Bunny Learned To Flyhttps://www.amazon.com/Bunny-Learned-Sean-David-Maday/dp/0692752269/

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The Darkleich Files The Raptarian By: Bryan R. Barton

NefretitM: Today on Literary links we are excited to announce the release of The Darkleich Files The Raptarian By: Bryan R. Barton.  How did you come up with the title for The Darkleich Files.

Bryan R. Barton: I had the idea for this book in 2006 whilst working in Iraq, as you can imagine the constant mortar attacks on the base would get intense. So my escape was to start writing and plunging myself into this new world. I was always told when I was younger that writing was a fool’s errand and I would amount to nothing as an adult or a writer.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

Bryan R. Barton: The title for my book was easy once my protagonist was fully thought out. I was trying to find a name of a new species and once that was first thought out everything just popped into place. The book genre falls into science fiction and adventure it’s a fun read.

NefretitiM: What inspires you to write?

Bryan R Barton: As a child I was abused by my parents, so I ended up moving from children’s homes and foster homes, so writing was my way to disappear from it all. I was told I had a great imagination and to keep at it.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Bryan R. Barton: My writing process is bizarre, unlike other writers I jump from chapter to chapter, I will be writing one chapter and then, something will pop into my head for another chapter. I also write ending first; I have no idea why I have this process but it works for me.

NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Bryan R. Barton: When I am not writing I like to listen to classical music, sometimes take my Dog Otis on a walk down at Rock Creek Park, I also love to cook for my friends and family.

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

Bryan R. Barton: If I had any words to encourage any other writers, I would say no matter how difficult things get, no matter what obstacles you face, press forward and you will get other them. Doesn’t matter what anyone says to you always have faith in your abilities when no one else does.

NefretitiM: Well said. Thank you for joining us today.  Much success to you.

Get your copy of The Darkleich Files The Raptarian today @ http://amzn.to/2alZCed

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