30 Years High By J.P. Santti

Tonight on Literary Links we have J.P.  Santti author of 30 Years High.
NefretitiM: What inspired you to write this book?
J.P.  Santti: As opportunity would arise for me to share how I have broken free from functional addiction, I was told many times by various individuals that I should share my story to help others overcome their addiction.  I also wanted to help friends and family members understand how a functional addict thinks.  There are many misconceptions about this topic.
NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?
J.P.  Santti: I chose the title “30 Years High” to captivate the “book browsers” attention and added the subtitles “Functional Addiction” and “Is There Hope” to describe what the book is about.
NefretitiM: What genre does this book to fit into?
J.P.  Santti: I cannot think of any person who has not been affected by a functional addict.  This book will help teens who have not tried drugs yet, friends and family of functional addicts, the addict and anybody who wants to understand how a functional addict thinks and functions in society.
NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?
J.P.  Santti: Since I have been free from addiction for nearly 12 years I now feel that it is safe for me to disclose what I had struggled with for 30 years.  There is a desperate need in our society to help people break free from addiction.  My desire to help and encourage others is more important to me than my reputation.
NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?
J.P.  Santti: My method of writing may be different from the average author.  This complete book was hidden within my soul, so I wrote what was in my heart from Chapter 1 to the end.  Then I have my first editor go through the manuscript to make sure the concept is flowing.  After this, I get it into the hands of my professional editor.  She is very meticulous and thorough.  We have been working back and forth for over 6 months polishing and fine-tuning “30 Years High”.  It is in the last stage of editing, so I am excited about the release; soon to come.
NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
J.P.  Santti: I have been a musician/songwriter for most of my life.  I also have worked a day job for over 31 years in which I come in contact with dozens of different people every week.  I have set a goal to encourage at least 5 people every day.  With this book I hope to substantially increase this goal.
NefretitiM: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?
J.P.  Santti: Once the words start flowing out of your soul onto the paper (or screen), don’t stop writing; even if it takes you into the late hours of the night.  Don’t worry about punctuation or the “perfect sentence” while you are writing the first draft.  Leave those details for the editor.
Visit J.P Santti’s website @  http://www.30yearshigh.com to find out more about 30 Years High.  Much success to you Mr. Santti and thank you for joining us tonight  on Literary Links.



The Wave By: Lochlan Bloom

I was intrigued to come across the cover for novel The Wave by debut novelist Lochlan Bloom. It seems to be a captivating mix of elements with hints of David Lynch.

The Wave will be published next month by Dead Ink Books.  I took the opportunity to ask Lochlan a few questions about the book ahead of its launch…

NefretitiM: What inspired you to write The Wave?

Lochlan Bloom: I’ve been inspired by a range of authors and couldn’t single out one sole inspiration. The Wave was influenced by a lot of what I have read around topics such as uncertainty, duality and hidden connections within reality. One of the characters in the book is based on the real-life quantum physicist David Bohm and his work on the implicate order and non-local determinism has certainly been an inspiration for some of the philosophy behind the book.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

Lochlan Bloom: It has different meanings for different characters throughout the book but it is, at least partly, derived from the concept of the guiding wave. It is a hidden variable theory of quantum mechanics which at a basic level suggests that all the interactions in the universe are intimately connected. The guiding wave is a part of a hidden order, an implicate order, and this concept tied in with the connections between story and reality I was exploring in the book.

NefretitiM: What genre does this book to fit into?

Lochlan Bloom: Literary fiction, I am told. But that’s really up to the reader to decide.

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

Lochlan Bloom: Unwind

Well thank you Lochlan Bloom for joining us tonight. The Wave will be released next month by Dead Ink Books and is available to pre-order @: http://lochlanbloom.com/

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Lochlan has completed recent projects for BBC Radio Scotland and written for Slant Magazine and Ironbox Films amongst others.  He is  the author of several pieces of short fiction including the novella Trade and The Open Cage.

He has written for Litro Magazine, Porcelain Film, EIU, H+ Magazine as well as Calliope, the official publication of the Writers’ Special Interest Group (SIG) of American Mensa

The BBC Writersroom describes his writing as ‘unsettling and compelling… vivid, taut and grimly effective work’. He has attend the invitation only SCENEinsiders event at the Gothenberg Film Festival and currently has a feature length script in production with Porcelain Film.

He has also taken part in workshops from the Publishing Training Centre and EdinburghMediabase. Lochlan lives in London and does not have a cat or a dog.

For more details visit: http://lochlanbloom.com






Tonight on literary links I have the pleasure of interviewing the intriguing G.A Beller..

NefretitiM: What inspired you to write NOT BLACK AND WHITE?


I was introduced to someone familiar with one of the characters in NOT BLACK AND WHITE. I was intrigued by the general concept of the story – the rise of the first African-American President and the downfall of two governors.

Living in Chicago during the unfolding of these events, I had followed all the news coverage as these activities were exposed. I decided to research the many articles that had been written. I was unwilling to accept the information as accurate or factual. The more I uncovered, the more I concluded that I should write this book as a novel. I wanted to create excitement and entertainment, which required a great deal of speculation.

As it relates to your question regarding the process compared to my expectations, I must admit, as an aspiring writer, I grossly underestimated the commitment to the process. I thought many times I was finished telling the story, only to decide a broader storyline was needed and that a more entertaining approach to various scenarios would enhance the reader’s experience. However, after many rewrites, I feel satisfied that I told this story well.

NefretitiM : How did you come up with the title?


NOT BLACK AND WHITE is meant to symbolically relate to the storyline – as it unfolds, the reader discovers the events and their outcomes are neither black nor white, but in the gray area, leaving a number of questions unanswered. The title is not complete without the byline: From The Very Windy City to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. I wanted to attract the reader to the story of a president who begins his political career in Chicago and navigates his way to the White House. Certainly, NOT BLACK AND WHITE also relates to the issue of race in politics. Whenever I was afforded the opportunity to describe a color in the story, I would choose black or white when practical.

NefretitiM: What genre does NOT BLACK AND WHITE fit into?

G. A. BELLER: This book is a fictional political thriller.

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?


I’ve always loved telling stories to my friends and family. When I would see a movie or TV show and I was able to identify the ending early within the story, I would imagine how I

would have changed the storyline to challenge the viewer. As my primary career was becoming less satisfying, I decided to apply my creative ambitions to storytelling. As I consider myself a political junkie, this particular story attracted my interest. Now that I have the time to devote to writing, it has become my priority, and I am motivated to become a relevant writer as my primary career.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?


I consider myself a binge writer. I spend most of my time thinking about my subjects and how I might want to convey a specific storyline. Once I become inspired to tell that part of the story, I will write non-stop, emptying my thoughts onto pages. I typically will not proofread or edit anything for days, and then I revisit my writing, challenging myself to improve on my ideas. Fortunately, I have a very talented collaborator who edits my thoughts. She makes the process very satisfying and validates my work. I then might not write again for weeks or more, other than notes to myself. When motivated, the next binge cycle begins.

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


I am a serial reader. I spend hours each day reading current events. I subscribe to daily newspapers, numerous newsletters and magazines and watch the newswires every day. The Internet provides me unlimited access to satisfy my curiosity on every subject which peaks my interest. I continue to manage my investments and am currently exploring other writing projects. I also intend to provide a grant program for aspiring writers beginning later this year. Additionally, I am a sports enthusiast of most major college and professional athletic programs.

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


My inspiration comes from the people and events I read about and watch each day. When I become captivated by a subject, I totally commit myself to researching that subject and evaluating how I might develop my own story and characters. In my opinion, you should first define your ending, and outline the basic story. By this time your creative juices should garner your excitement to write. Once you begin to formulate your words on a page, immerse yourself when you feel the motivation. It should be a positive experience, not work, but a desire to tell your story. However, I do believe from time to time you must step back and allow yourself time off to re-energize.

Wow it has been a delight to have you here on Literary Links. I can’t wait to start reading NOT BLACK AND WHITE! Get your copy today @ http://amzn.com/0996679901

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Meet G. A. Beller
Author of NOT BLACK AND WHITE: From the Very Windy City to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

G. A. BELLER has completed his first novel NOT BLACK AND WHITE, which was released in November 2015. G. Anton Publishing in Chicago published the novel, which has received numerous five star reviews on Amazon.

The story is a fictional account of many of the events that led to the meteoric rise of a local charismatic street politician to become America’s first African-American President, It also details the downfall and imprisonment of two consecutive governors of the State of Illinois, along with several of their most trusted advisors and cohorts.

G. A. Beller, a self-proclaimed political junkie, has been an executive in the investment business for over thirty-five years. His mentor, and one of his closest friends, upon one of their first meetings, saw his initials on his leather briefcase and nicknamed him GABE. The name has stuck since his early twenties.

For many years Beller desired to find the time to write his own stories and to inspire others to write as well. In 2013, he established GABE Advisors, LLC to invest in and encourage literary projects in creative collaboration with other aspiring authors.

He is currently co-authoring a second novel based upon the true story of a loving couple living in Southern California who see a television commercial soliciting sponsorship of needy children. The couple sponsors a young girl from India, and their decision leads to an unlikely story of love and a life-changing journey for all involved. The target publication date for this second novel is late 2016. This will be the first book to be published in the series known as DEFINING KARMA™

Mr. Beller has identified a third and fourth project. His goal is to write and publish a book every twelve to eighteen months.

Modern Illustrated Kamasutra

Today on literary links we are interviewing Vātsyāyana; author of Kamasutra. It’s a steamy one ladies and gentlemen.

NefretitiM: Tell me Vātsyāyana, what inspired you to write this book?

Vātsyāyana: I thought an updated, modern version of the Kama Sutra was a good idea and that inspired me.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

Vātsyāyana: The book is a classic revisited – we feel it says what it does with the title.

NefretitiM: What genre does this book to fit into?

Vātsyāyana: Health,Relationships

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing this work?

Vātsyāyana: The Kamasutra is an ancient text but a lot of positives can be taken from it. We want this book to showcase these in a beautiful, modern manner.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Vātsyāyana: It took time to translate. The book has some quite interesting, albeit antiquated understandings which are interesting in a social context.

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

Vātsyāyana: I like silence and I like to write or translate early in the day as my concentration is better then.

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

Vātsyāyana: Grind it out

Thank You Vātsyāyana, this has certainly been an intriguing interview. Get your copy of Modern Illustrated Kamasutra today @ http://kamasutra.newdimensions.com

A Mother’s Dream By: Kalilah Wright

Tonight on Literary Links I will be interviewing Kalilah Wright; author of A Mother’s Dream.

NefretitiM: What inspired you to write A Mother’s Dream?

Kalilah Wright: I was holding my son and all I could think of was all the dreams I had for him while he was inside my stomach. I was and still am so eager to see who he will become.

NefretitiM: What does your family think of your writing?

Kalilah Wright: My family is really excited that I went forth with publishing my work. I’ve written many things in the past, but never took it this far. My family is very excited and proud to see me accomplishing my dreams.

NefretitiM: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? Kalilah Wright: I’ve always wanted to be an author and designer. I am a creative being by nature and writing is an art I have always been in love with and explored throughout my career. NefretitiM: What was one of the most surprising things that you learned in creating A Mother’s Dream?

Kalilah Wright: I thought the process of self publishing would be easier, but at times it became very difficult. My book is a children’s story and the book is very short. I had a hard time finding ways to print my book in the United States for a reasonable price. I ended up outsourcing hard cover copies to be printed overseas. As well as figuring out the various channels to carry my book has been a task as well. From ISBN numbers, to registering my book through the copyright process; it has not been easy. It became a bit disgracing and tedious at times, but thankfully I prevailed.

NefretitiM: Well congratulations. It really is a blessing to achieve what you set out to. What is the writing process like for you?

Kalilah Wright: I get ideas and inspiration all over; in the bathroom while I’m brushing my son’s teeth, to the supermarket picking out the best spaghetti sauce. I try to grab a pen and paper and write down my thoughts as fast as possible so they won’t disappear. I try to put my ideas in my phone to revisit them in the near future. Once I have an idea and flush my thoughts out, I then run my thoughts past friends and editors to then solidify my direction for my piece.

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

Kalilah Wright: I enjoy designing children’s apparel and furniture for my custom baby furniture company, lilinash llc.

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

Kalilah Wright: Just do it. Don’t stop. WRITE and get it out. So many people start and stop and then never start again. Just focus and accomplish your goals. If I can do it, you can too.

Thank You for stopping by Literary Links Kalilah!  It was a pleasure having you.  Get Your Copy of A Mother’s Dream today! http://amzn.com/B01AZSHN60

Angelica’s Box By James Gordon G.P.A (Greatest Poet Alive)

NefretitiM: What inspired you to write Angelica’s Box?

G.P.A: I started out writing a book of poetry by myself. Then, another person appeared and took up the pen. Angelica’s Box is a ode to women, all women.

NefretitiM: Another person? Care to elaborate?

G.P.A: Another person yes. His name is Pizzle, Pizzle Orgasm. In this triumvirate known now as the 3 Headed Monster with myself, G.P.A., and Pizzle.  In the middle of writing Angelica’s Box, Pizzle made himself known, let me know he existed. And now he is here.

NefretitiM: Oh wow! That sounds intriguing! How long have you been writing?

G.P.A: I’ve been writing since 2007.

NefretitiM: What do you hope to achieve through your writing?

G.P.A: I will become the greatest poet, mystery writer, children’s author, and romantic ever.

NefretitiM: Nice. So what other projects are you working on now?

G.P.A: Our third, James Gordon is working on the next installment of Bobo (children’s/young adult novel).

NefretitiM: Sounds interesting. Tell me what is the writing process like for you?

G.P.A: Very simple actually. I just write, but enjoy doing so at night.

NefretitiM: Are they any poets and/or authors that have inspired you?

G.P.A: Pizzle, James Gordon, Kottyn, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Carl Weber, Treasure Blue

NefretitiM: Thanks you for doing this interview tonight, and giving readers the opportunity to learn more about The Greatest Poet Alive. Where can Angelica’s Box be purchased?

G.P.A: You are welcome, Thank You for having me. Angelica’s Box can be purchased @ www.iblowyourmind.net or http://amzn.com/151947850X

NefretitiM: Thank you Mr. James Gordon. Hopefully you will grace us with another interview, once you complete your next project.

Get your copy of Angelica’s Box!!!

Cardinal Rules

Tonight on Literary Links I will be interviewing Joey Pinkney;               author of Cardinal Rule.

Thank You Mr. Pinkney for joining us tonight.

Nefretitim: How did you come up with the title for Cardinal Rule?

Joey Pinkney: The title of the story is a play on the “hue” of the story. In”Cardinal Rule,” I made a point to add as many words that were related to the color red as possible.

“Cardinal Rule” is a conversation piece between Earline Jones and Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt Washington. Between the two characters, Earline Jones slowly became the dominant person. As I wrote and revised the story, the concept of a “cardinal rule” directly applied to the way she presented herself and to why she took a certain stance when it came to love and relationships.
The word “cardinal” has a few connotations that fit with energy of the dialogue between Earline Jones and Teddy, so I ran with it.

NefretitiM: What genre does Cardinal Rule fall into?

Joey Pinkney: It’s hard for me to pinpoint a genre for “Cardinal Rule.” The tag line that I use in the book’s description is that it’s “romantic, but it’s not a romance…” The love and affection is there, but the love connection isn’t.

I think “Cardinal Rule” may better fall into Women’s Fiction, because of the structure and what happens (or doesn’t happen, depending on how you look at it) at the end of the story.

NefretitiM: How many other works have you published?

Joey Pinkney: “Cardinal Rule” is my first solo publication. I’ve published two other short stories (“Children in the City of the Fallen Towers” and “To Catch a Book Cover Model”) and a short nonfiction guide (“8 Simple Twitter Tips for Authors”). I also co-wrote a poetry collection with Earline Jones, the female lead in “Cardinal Rule.”

Yes, you read that right. I wrote a poetry collection with one of the characters from one of my short stories. (Available to read for free on Wattpad: “E.A.R.L.I.N.E: Poetry Inspired by Cardinal Rule.”)

NefretitiM: Where is the most unlikely place that you have found inspiration for one of your works?

Joey Pinkney: The most unlikely place I can readily think of is being inspired by an aspect of one of my short stories. When I was writing the story that eventually became “Cardinal Rule,” I had an idea for a conversation involving a man and woman.

As the imagery began developing, Teddy (from my now un-published short story “Swiggers”) landed the role to be the male lead. Since I had experience with his sense of humor, I wanted a serious female for him to deal with. But who?

I looked to “Swiggers” for clues. Lo and behold, one of Teddy’s friends asked him about a woman named Earline Jones. I didn’t remember her character reference, nor did I remember having a character named Earline Jones in that story.

I named the female lead in “Cardinal Rule” Earline Jones and began building from there. Now, I have a few story ideas to further flesh out who she is.

NefretitiM: I know you are a chocolate lover as am I, how does your love of chocolate play into your writing process?

Joey Pinkney: Ah, chocolate… That timeless sweet treat… Love, love, love… Oh! Sorry. Got caught up.

As much as I try not to rely on foods and drinks to write, the truth of the matter is that I do my best writing with TONS of chocolate and GALLONS of Mountain Dew.

Chocolate calms my brain and helps give me the creative focus I need to sew ideas together to make literature. Chocolate has fueled some great ideas.

I actually used the flavor of chocolate as a means of contrasting Earline and Teddy. He had a chocolate shake, and she had strawberry ice cream. That was a nod to my social media friends who read my stories. They got it and thought it was funny.

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

I like doing graphics for book promotions. I like eating chocolate. I like watching intellectual movies, comedies and documentaries.

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

Joey Pinkney: Instead of worrying about whether or not readers will like your story, write it. Be creative. Take educated risks. Do the stuff within a story that you think it’s cool. Experiment. Take a chance.

Stop trying to find a bandwagon to jump on, and start building your own style and your own brand. Be true to YOUR art. And let the chips fall where they may…

Well said Joey.  Get your copy of Cardinal Rule @

Cardinal Ruleshttp://amzn.com/B014EIYJC8