Who Art Thou Thursday: Benjamin Jones

My buddy Benjamin Jones, author of the H.U.B. series, returns for an interview. Let’s find out what he’s up to, shall we? 🙂

Tell us about your most recent publication.

My most recent publication has been Humanity’s Ultimate Battle (H.U.B.) Volume 2: Blowback which is a continuation of H.U.B. Volume 1 which came out last March.

H.U.B. is a series set around vampires who, long believed to be nothing but myth and legend, do in fact exist. For years they have lived peacefully amongst humans but all that is about to change. Not content with being considered an equal to the human race, a faction has arisen that is threatening to fracture the delicate truce and engage in a global war pitting humans against vampires.

Why did you decide to publish independently?

I decided to publish independently due to the freedom it allowed me to have. I like being able to put my work out WHEN I want and HOW I want, plus I get to keep all of the profit w/out having to split it with a publishing company.

What’s your favorite part about the publishing process and why?

My favorite part so far has been the book conventions. I attended one in Tulsa, Oklahoma in March and I had a BLAST meeting all the people and being able to talk about my book. And then, for those that actually purchased the book, it made me so happy!! I loved being able to take pictures with everyone that bought my book. It was truly an amazing experience and I’m looking forward to my next one which is in June.

What is your character development process?

When I initially start I have a general idea about what each character is going to be like but what I’ve found is that, as the story gets written, the characters start taking on a life of their own and they end up evolving as the story does. So, I sit back and let them grow and they usually end up being vastly different than what I had anticipated but it all works out in the end.

For you, what’s the hardest part of the writing process?

The hardest part of the writing process is getting noticed because, without that, you essentially have nothing but this great piece of work that no one knows anything about. This is where the frustration and stress comes in.

What’s the easiest part?

The easiest part to me is actually the writing part itself. It’s very easy for me to put pen to paper because I feel that’s what I was born to do. It’s everything AFTER the work is finished that gets hard.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

My advice to writers is to KEEP WRITING – that is the single most important thing that you can ever do. After that, network with your writing peers on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc… Also, invest in yourself and you will always have a good return on your investment.

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m actually working on two projects simultaneously, the first being H.U.B. Volume 3: The Tipping Point which is to be released on 9.10.11 and I’m also working on my romance novel entitled Head Above Water which will also be released sometime this year.

Who would you say is your biggest fan in your writing career?

My wife, most definitely. She’s been SUPER supportive in everything and always offers constructive criticism/feedback. She’s been great.

How about some quickies!

Pencil or Pen: Pen

Print or Cursive: Cursive

Pantser or Plotter: Pantser

Favorite Candy: Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

Worst habit: Eating too much ice cream!

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About the Benjamin Jones

Who am I? My name is Benjamin Jones and I’m what’s known as an independent (for the time being) author who is working tirelessly to make this dream of mine to be the world’s greatest writer a reality (right now I’m simply the greatest writer that 99.99998% of the world hasn’t heard of but I’m working to get that percentage a little lower).

All jokes aside, I’m a person who has a family (wife, kids, dog, cat, all that good stuff), who works a 9-5 (actually a 7-4) job by day, and writes whenever he can find the time. My goal in life is to be a writer, and it’s something that I take VERY seriously. Not having an agent at the moment I spend all my time either writing, promoting myself on Twitter/Facebook/Goodreads.com/etc…., or thinking of ways to get myself noticed by people.

Keep up to date with Benjamin Jones at his Author blog or Author Website.

 

H.U.B. Volume 1 & 2 by Benjamin Jones is available at the following locations:

Smashwords

Amazon

Barnes & Nobles

 

 

Who Art Thou Thursday: Terrance Foxxe

Today we have Terrance Foxxe. 🙂 If you recall, he did a series of posts about his adventures in publishing. Be sure to check those out here. But first, the interview he did with me.

Tell us about your most recent publication.

In The Dreaming is a collection of short stories bridged together by a larger narrative, a mosaic novel.

I thought this novel would work out well if I could find the perfect vehicle to drive my character’s interactions. Would a mental ward patient do?”

In The Dreaming offers a wide variety of stories to suit any tastes. From Native American legend to urban detective. Science fiction, magic and love, alongside vampires, barbarians, presidents, elves, and (walking talking) toys. Horror with the hope.

Give us a brief description of a story you have hidden in your skeleton closet? And will it ever see the light of day?

Nothing will remain hidden with me. It will all come out . . . in the end. My mind has a case of the mental squirts. The trouble with that is too many ideas, and I can’t type fast enough. Seriously, I will never suffer brain farts when it comes to writing.

How much of you/your life do you put into your stories?

Heart and soul goes into each novel and story. I have fun.

Which of your characters do you relate to most?

All my characters are real to me, and I am simply their scribe.

For you, what’s the hardest part of the writing process?

The time involved. From the start on through final publication, I want my readers to enjoy a great book. I try to be the consummate professional. 150% effort for 99.8% perfection.

For you, what’s the easiest part of the writing process?

There is no easy part. Some days  are simply easier than other days.

With hindsight being 20/20, is there anything you would have changed with your publishing journey?

I’ll let this question slide.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Like it or not, this is a business. 150% effort for 99.8% perfection.

Anything special you’d like to say to readers?

What readers?

What are you working on now?

I’m in editing mode for the next six months. I need to get my backlog up and running.

When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer?

A long time ago.

Why did you decide to publish independently?

Because I can.

Where do you get inspirations for your stories?

They come to me in a flash. No kidding. Sometimes from start to finish, and other times an idea will just keep me on edge.

How do you come up with your cover art?

I do it all myself, and it relates to the contents. I’d like to think I got a cool retro thing going.

What is your character development process?

My characters are who they are. They act and speak as themselves.

What’s your favorite writing tool and why?

Computer. I can save my changes to three flash drives. I don’t lose words.

How about some quickies!

Pencil or Pen: Pencil

Print or Cursive: Print

Pantser or Plotter: Pantseater

Favorite Candy: None

Worst habit: Blowing spit bubbles in public.

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About the Terrance Foxxe

Terrance Foxxe is crazy enough to share everything he knows about catering to readers on his blog, because readers matter most to the Indie Author of today and tomorrow. He had two books published under his real name, only to discover publishers suck. After being royally ripped off and then some, he is the Indie Author of A Post-apocalyptic Story of Love, $2.99 USD & In The Dreaming, $0.99, both for the Kindle, and on Scribd. He’s now a happy man. Buy his books. Read them. Write reviews.

Connect with Terrance Foxxe:

Blog

Facebook

Twitter

Find In the Dreaming at:

Amazon

Scrib

 

 

and A Post-apocalyptic Love Story at:

Amazon

Scrib

Who Art Thou Thursday: Calllie Norse

Today’s featured author is Callie Norse, author of For the Love of Lisa.

Tell us about your most recent publication.

For the Love of Lisa is romance/mystery with paranormal happenings. Readers say it is an emotional roller coaster and a definite page turner.

Lisa and Greg Carrington and their six-year-old daughter move into an old Victorian home which has many mysteries. Lisa becomes ill believing she must be pregnant. When she discovers the reality is that she is seriously ill, she leaves a dying wish for her husband. The wish is unthinkable. Has she asked too much?

The story has many twists and turns and is sure to intrigue to the end.

For you, what’s the hardest part of the writing process?

The most difficult part is the beginning. Once I have that down, the rest flows. I am not a plotter. Sure, I have some ideas, but never know how they will unfold until my fingers hit the keys. It always amazes me how things that I don’t expect, happen before my eyes. If I get stumped, I let it sit for a few days. It is then, that I go to sleep thinking about the plot, and wake up thinking about it, until I find the right direction the plot needs to take.

For you, what’s the easiest part of the writing process?

It’s fun and fairly easy once I get the first chapter written.

Anything special you’d like to say to readers?

Whether you enjoy romance or mystery you will enjoy For the Love of Lisa–that is, if you don’t mind some steamy love scenes and a few spirits. If you enjoy touching, heart wrenching stories, you are sure to enjoy this one.

What are you working on now?

I’m now in the editing phase of A Love Too Soon, the second of the Carrington Series. It is also romance/mystery with paranormal happenings. It takes place where For the Love of Lisa leaves off–a little over a year later. Those who have read my manuscript love it as much as the first one. They say they become quite involved with my characters and keep wanting more.

Why did you decide to publish independently?

I sent my manuscript to several publishers. Each publishers required different things. I was spending so much time preparing to send to each and then would receive rejections. I have read how many famous authors received large numbers of rejections before finally being accepted. I didn’t feel I had the time or years left. I wanted to devote more time to my writing than this would allow me, especially with a genre I had heard was more difficult to get accepted. I then began researching self-publishing companies and chose iuniverse. They gave me guidance that I wouldn’t have received with others. I have now signed with iuniverse again to publish A Love Too Soon.

How do you come up with your cover art?

I create my own photo using things I have in my own home such as the barn/dutch door on the cover of For the Love of Lisa. I used berries and branches from a tree in my yard and arranged them around a lighted candle which represents many things in the book. I want some form of light to represent all the books in the Carrington series. The next book has a lantern on the cover.

What’s your favorite part about the publishing process and why? (consider the initial book concept all the way through marketing, and beyond)

To finally see my long awaited book in print is definitely my favorite part. The actual publishing process was not fun. Writing is the fun part. Editing is work that never seems to end. I begin to doubt everything I have written. When I write, I let the words flow, right or not, until what I call the rough draft is finished. Then I go back and reread it making obvious changes such as typos, spelling errors, revising wording until it sounds right, and deleting words that aren’t necessary. I keep editing until I feel it is the best I can make it. Marketing is probably the most difficult. I am still learning new ways to promote my book.

How about some quickies!

Pencil or Pen: Pencil

Print or Cursive: Cursive

Pantser or Plotter: Pantser

Favorite Candy: Milk Duds

Worst habit: I’m a procrastinator

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About Callie Norse

I have always loved to read. My eighth grade English teacher required us to write short stories. This is when I first learned I loved to write. When my three children were young, I would write short stories, dreaming of someday having time to write seriously. After my parents passed away 16 days apart, I wrote a book on the loss of elderly parents and how devastating it can be, even when they are elderly. I completed the book, but have never published it. Later, I developed a short story into For the Love of Lisa.

I reside in Northern Illinois with my husband, and continue to write.

Connect with Callie Norse:

Website
Facebook
Article in PageSuite
callienorse [at] yahoo [dot] com

For the Love of Lisa by Callie Norse is available at the following online stores:

Amazon

Barnes & Nobles

iUniverse

Book Depository

 

 

Who Art Thou Thursday: Valerie Maarten

Who Art Thou Thursdays is another feature I’m starting. I’ve met so many wonderful people over the last year or so, one day really isn’t enough to introduce them all. Alas, there’s only so much time in the year. I’ll be chipping away at those introductions each Thursday starting with Valerie Maarten author of Second Chances.

Give us a brief description of a story you have hidden in your skeleton closet? And will it ever see the light of day?

I’ve outlined a Time-Travel Romance that I’ve always had in the back of my mind.  But the current WIP are taking priority, but I believe it will see the light of day because it’s a great story with a nice premise I’d like to explore more through the written word.  For sure, this story will be a challenge.

How much of you/your life do you put into your stories?

I can’t say I put any of my personal experiences into my stories, though I do inject a lot of my personal emotions about a particular scenario or point of view.

With hindsight being 20/20, is there anything you would have changed with your publishing journey?

I would have been less impulsive and more introspective in terms that I would have planned for the promotion/marketing before I published.  After I published is when I began to learn the most difficult part of publication…building a readership.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on “Forget Me Not” another real-life drama with a much deserved “Happily Ever After”

When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve never decided I wanted to become a writer.  I just WAS.  I’ve been writing for more years I can count and have recently decided to become published.  If that makes sense to you.  There’s really no other way I can explain it.

Who is your favorite author and why?

Maya Angelou.  I’ve grown up reading her books and she’s inspired me and evoked emotions from me like no other.

Why did you decide to publish independently?

Because I don’t like stringent deadlines or “cookie cutter” formula.  I like the freedom of deciding plot/story-line content, cover art, word count, etc.  I’m more of a dictator-type and don’t really like being told how to do something differently than the way I have decided in my head.

Where do you get inspirations for your stories?

Life.  I’m constantly wonder, “What would happen if…” so once a story or scenario gets stuck in my head, I explore all of the scenarios then allow my imagination full reign.

What is your character development process?

My process is simple.  Most of my characters are people that have, in one way or another, been a constant part of my life just waiting for me to tell their story.  Because I write about real-life issues, all development requires from me is to be observant of people around me.

What’s your favorite writing tool and why?

My favorite writing tools are pen and paper because my mind flows easier while writing.

How about some quickies!

Pencil or Pen: Pen

Print or Cursive: Cursive

Pantser or Plotter: Plotter

Favorite Candy: Chocolate covered raisins

Worst habit: Procrastination

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About the Valerie Maarten

Valerie Maarten has been writing ever since she discovered that letters made sounds and a combination of letters made words. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to share her work.

She can generally be found with pen and paper in hand, scribbling the next storyline or reading one of her many “favorite” authors. Although she has an eclectic taste in what she reads, there isn’t a romance sub-genre that she will pass up.

She currently lives in Orlando, FL with her three sons, plotting to write the next story in her head that needs to be told.

Until then…

Connect with Valerie Maarten:

Website
Blogspot
Facebook
Twitter

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“Valerie Maarten has been writing ever since she discovered that letters made sounds and a combination of letters made words. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to share her work.

She can generally be found with pen and paper in hand, scribbling the next storyline or reading one of her many “favorite” authors. Although she has an eclectic taste in what she reads, there isn’t a romance sub-genre that she will pass up.

She currently lives in Orlando, FL with her three sons, plotting to write the next story in her head that needs to be told.

Until then…”

Connect with Valerie Maarten:

Website
Blogspot
Facebook
Twitter

Second Chances by Valerie Maarten is available at the following online stores:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Nobles

Diesel E-book Store

Smashwords

Sony E-book Store

 

Second Chances by Valerie Maarten is available at the following online stores:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Barnes & Nobles
Diesel E-book Store
Smashwords
Sony E-book Store