Wednesday, September 16, 2020

New Indie Book Release: Looking for Life (Clayton Graham)

New Indie Book Release:
Looking for Life - Clayton Graham
Science Fiction / Anthology (273 Pages - September 2020)

Looking for Life is a collection of seventeen Classic Science Fiction stories, available in eBook and Paperback formats.


About the Book

Looking for Life (Clayton Graham)
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Strap in, turn down the lights, and enter worlds that will stretch your imagination to the full… 

From a stranded alien comedian to the darkest depths of the human psyche; from a mind-blowing galactic adventure to clandestine extraterrestrial behavior on Earth. They’re all here and more in this spell-binding collection of seventeen short stories to keep you guessing at every turn. 

With tales of alien invasion, deep space mystery, time travel, and dystopian future Earths, this is a collection which takes inspiration from the much respected ‘old masters’ of Science Fiction. 

Here be new realms to explore—can you cross the void and challenge your dreams?





About the Author


Author Clayton Graham
Author Clayton Graham
As a youngster growing up in the cobbled streets of Stockport, UK,  Clayton Graham  read a lot of science fiction. He loved the ‘old-school’ masters such as HG Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham. As he left those formative years behind, he penned short stories when he could find a rare quiet moment amidst life’s usual distractions.

He settled in Victoria, Australia, in 1982. A retired aerospace engineer who worked in structural design and research, Clayton has always had an interest in science fiction and where it places humankind within a universe we are only just starting to understand.

Clayton loves animals, including well behaved pets, and all the natural world, and is a member of Australian Geographic.

Combining future science with the paranormal is his passion. Milijun, his first novel, was published in 2016. Second novel, Saving Paludis, was published in 2018. They are light years from each other, but share the future adventures of mankind in an expansive universe as a common theme.

The sequel to Milijun, entitled Amidst Alien Stars was released on December 1, 2019.

In between novels Clayton has published short story collections Silently in the Night and Looking for Life where, among many other adventures, you can sympathize with a doomed husband, connect with an altruistic robot, explore an isolated Scottish isle and touch down on a far-flung asteroid.

He hopes you can share the journeys.


Connect with Clayton Graham via the Author's Website
and on Twitter: @CGrahamSciFi


Sunday, September 13, 2020

New Indie Book Release: Operation Navajo (Anita Dickason)

New Indie Book Release:
Operation Navajo - Anita Dickason
Suspense Thriller (320 Pages - August 2020)

Operation Navajo: “… every armchair detective will enjoy the magnificent twists and turns. If you haven't been following the Tracker series, do yourself a favor and get started.”


About the Book


Operation Navajo (Anita Dickason)
Apprehensive over a cryptic note left in his coat pocket, Frank Littleton’s phone call to the head of the FBI Tracker Unit at three in the morning has Scott Fleming rushing out the door.

The clandestine meeting at a run-down diner leaves Scott holding a political time bomb when he discovers someone intends to assassinate Frank. He’s got to come up with a plan to protect the 2nd most powerful man in the government. Frank Littleton is the Federal Reserve Chairman.

When a bizarre message, along with a baffling set of bank reports, is sent to the Tracker office, the urgency to find answers intensifies. 

Is the message, written in a decades-old code used by the Navajo Code Talkers in World War II, a communique from the dead? Who sent it? Why are the bank reports important? Are they linked to the imminent launch of the fiercely contested gold-backed currency?

A new Tracker agent and financial crimes expert joins forces with an undercover Interpol agent to infiltrate the inner sanctum of the Federal Reserve. The case turns deadly when they become the target for an assassin’s bullet.

Stalked by a killer, can they survive to stop the assassination and prevent a global financial cataclysm? 




About the Author

Author Anita Dickason
Author Anita Dickason
Award-winning author, Anita Dickason is a twenty-two-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department. 

She served as a patrol officer, undercover narcotics detective, advanced accident investigator, tactical officer and the first female sniper on the Dallas SWAT team.

Her fictional works are suspense/thrillers, and her plots are drawn from her extensive law enforcement knowledge and experience. 


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Wednesday, September 09, 2020

New Indie Book Release: The People Eaters (Bret Tallent)


New Indie Book Release:
The People Eaters - Bret Tallent
Horror (456 Pages - August 2020)

The People Eaters takes a Ute legend, along with several other actual occurrences from history, and asks the question, "what if?"


About the Book

The People Eaters (Bret Tallent)
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The People Eaters talk in the wind and torment you in your dreams.

They call an enormous blizzard to their aid and fall upon the tiny mountain town of Copper Creek. The residents and visitors of this quaint village have more to fear than the raging blizzard that has cut off their town from the rest of the world. They have more to fear than the nightmares they can't quite remember in the morning.

The People Eaters have come to feed. This is a fast-paced heart-pounding fear fest. It follows the lives of a small group trying to survive the greatest horror they have ever known, and an enemy like no other on earth. Johnny Silversmith is a half-Ute Park Ranger with supernatural powers living in the town of Copper Creek. His knowledge of the People Eaters legend may be the only thing that can bring this group together to fight for their lives, and save the souls of the town of Copper Creek.

It is up to Johnny to finish what his ancestors had started that Winter the Stars Fell.





About the Author


Author Bret Tallent
Author Bret Tallent

Bret Tallent grew up in the southwestern United States where he gained an appreciation for the Native people's culture and traditions.

He has since lived all over the country but now resides in Arizona with his family. While Bret has written poetry and non-fiction, his true love is classic horror with a great creature.

"My goal as a writer is to pull the reader into my nightmares and let them roam around in them..."






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Monday, September 07, 2020

Featured Indie Book: Secret Monitor Men (Jamie Dickey)


Secret Monitor Men (Jamie Dickey)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Mystery / Thriller Secret Monitor Men by Jamie Dickey.

Secret Monitor Men is a puzzle. The reader is not getting all the pieces, as Secret Monitor Men kicks off a series, however, hidden in plain sight in black & white there lies subtext, sneaky foreshadowing (solve the riddle to see where Milwaukee Sky Burning is going), code & clues. In other words, there are secret messages cloaked in the story.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 542 pages - released in June 2020.


About the Book

Six friends make the ill-advised decision for an unauthorized rendezvous at a local cemetery well past normal visiting hours.

Driven by curiosity and led by their pal, Ray, stubborn in the belief he is right, the men drift deeper into the abyss of the summer solstice night. Eavesdropping on the dead charges a special toll even for the well-intentioned free-mason. As lightning flashes in the distant sky, a premonition overcomes some that the night has its own designs. Gravestones mark their progress to the square & compass, but should they have let sleeping dogs lie?

Skye Keller and cub reporter, Katie Pierce, begin an investigation into nocturnal crimes and strange goings-on, luring them into a secret world, where interlopers remain unwelcome. The naive girls soon find themselves out of their depth, immersed in an international conspiracy, where factions of a powerful organization are waging war for the right to control the secrets to space, time, and life itself.

Secret Monitor Men (Jamie Dickey)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "Following Skye's experiences kept me captivated as I tried to piece the mystery together. Just when I thought I had things figured out, a new twist would unravel and keep me guessing with new predictions."

- "This book is hard to put down and difficult to predict; a great start to a promising series with serious potential to be made into an action-packed movie one day!"

- "Mesmerizing! I am blown away by this novel and highly recommend it to all! From the very first pages, the author masterfully spellbound me and had me thoroughly spellbound by this original, suspenseful tale."

- "Captivating! Anyone who loves mystery/thriller should read this book."

About the Author

Author Jamie Dickey
Author Jamie Dickey
Author Jamie Dickey has always loved stories in the medium of film, books, or oral tales around the fireside.

A curious ‘why’ child, he developed a fascination with where we come from (genealogy), the secrets lost in time (history) and the depths of space with its hidden wonders. Educated in Fanshawe College and the University of Western Ontario, Jamie utilized his research & analytical skills by weaving historical facts & theories into his chapters. His creativity & imagination are the twin engines of his craft of storytelling while he strives to improve his writing skills. His university experience is helpful, earning valuable transferable skills as he had his 4th year paper published in March 2004. Titled ‘Made in Vienna: The Indoctrination of Adolf Hitler,’ he argues Hitler was primarily influenced to be the man we know from his five post-high school years in pre-war Vienna. The construction of Made in Vienna and many other papers helped pave the road for the building of forty fictional chapters into a full-blown thriller novel.

Hard work, perseverance, and attention to detail should be part & parcel of every author’s writing process. Do not underestimate the importance of atmosphere. It can be used in any genre and is the necessary vehicle to transport the reader into YOUR world. Reader escape is mandatory and is the very reason anyone wanders into a pharmacy or bookstore. Their expectation is your book will transport them into another world, where they can forget their problems and live a more exciting life vicariously through your characters. Jamie lives in Canada with its harsh winters and looks forward to an escape to the gentler southern climes, where the Queen’s wreath grows.




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Secret Monitor Men (Jamie Dickey)

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Featured Indie Book: The Moment Before Dying (Marek Záhorec)


The Moment Before Dying (Marek Záhorec)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Historical Crime Thriller Novel The Moment Before Dying by Marek Záhorec.

The Moment Before Dying is a story about how far is a man willing to go to make his life easier and to protect the ones he loves. It's all about family, loyalty, vengeance, and retribution.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 278 pages - released in August 2020.



About the Book

Family. Respect. Betrayal.

When Tony Castello, a soldier of the Falcone family, finds himself at the wrong end of a gun, his future doesn't look very bright.

The trigger is pulled, and Tony thinks about the steps that brought him to this point.

It's 1920, and prohibition is knocking on the door.

The Moment Before Dying (Marek Záhorec)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "Taking place in the 1920s, The Moment Before Dying contemplates what it means to be family and the decisions we make. The story follows Antonio Castello, a war veteran who is honorably discharged and thrown back at home, where his father is dead, and his family struggles to pay rent. In order to support his family, he finds himself in the middle of a war among the city’s mobs and the police. To keep himself and his family alive, he has to make hasty decisions, but those choices could lead to a life full of regret and uncertainty." - Taylor A.


About the Author

Author Marek Záhorec
Author Marek Záhorec
By day, Marek Záhorec works as a physical therapist, supporting handicapped children and recovering accident victims.

When he returns home to his wife and newborn, it's time to heat up bottles, change diapers, and care for his budding family.

Born a Slovak, married to an Italian, and now a resident of Austria, Záhorec is accustomed to slipping through cultures, identities, and languages.

But it's after dark that a wholly different side of him emerges. As coffee brews and the world goes to sleep, he locks himself away in his study to dream up hair-raising adventures, ruthless antagonists, and heroes ready to face the unthinkable.




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The Moment Before Dying (Marek Záhorec)

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Featured Indie Book: Within the Flame - After the Fall (Jordan Crestwood)


Within the Flame - After the Fall (Jordan Crestwood)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Novel Within the Flame - After the Fall by Jordan Crestwood.

Within the Flame - After the Fall describes a terrifying vision of what humanity becomes when civility dies and chaos takes its place. Those who are evil become empowered, and those who are good have their morality tested in the face of what they must do to survive another day. In the world after the Fall, you grow stronger or you die.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 293 pages - released in July 2020.

About the Book

Global explosions bring society to a screeching halt. When the remnants of the government vanish and leave everyone to fend for themselves, chaos reigns.

James is a martial arts student visiting a city thousands of miles from home when disaster strikes, surrounding him with destruction and death.

Charlotte is a young woman with a troubled past and a unique way with people. When society dies and chaos takes its place, her strengths become invaluable both to her and the small group of survivors she leads.

In a world where the evil become empowered and the good have their morals tested by the things they must do to survive, the search for safety becomes this group's only purpose. As they struggle against the growing anarchy of a fallen civilization, as well as the perils of the natural world, they discover one truth. In the world after the Fall, you grow stronger or you die.

Within the Flame - After the Fall (Jordan Crestwood)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "A fantastically realistic post-apocalyptic story that takes the reader along on a journey of survival, loyalty, and choices. When the world and civilization as we know it comes to an explosive end, various groups ranging from families, to friends, to strangers must work together to ensure their survival. James and Charlotte--new acquaintances who are struggling with their emerging feelings for each other--step into leadership roles whether they are ready or not. Jordan Crestwood delves into the minds and sometimes conflicting personalities of the characters to give the reader a boots-on-the-ground perspective of the new civilization in this post-apocalyptic world. What would you do in the same situation? How would you survive?" - Anne-Marie Rutella

- "[...] this book is an excellent read and a poignant review of the heart of man and the characteristics of heroism in the face of utter chaos. Jordan Crestwood has a bright future as an author and this reader gives his debut a 5/5" - Caleb Wileman

- "It's a really good book. The characters are diverse and thought out, the story is is just the right pace (for me at least), and its realistic to what would probably happen if phones, TVs, etc, became useless. [...]" - H. Brown (Amazon)

- "I was hooked by the time I finished the first chapter. Everything you want in a good read. Gripping details and storylines that leave you wanting more as you finish the last page.[...]" - Nana (Amazon)

About the Author


Author Jordan Crestwood
Author Jordan Crestwood

Jordan Crestwood is a fiction author from the southeastern United States.

His love of bushcraft and martial arts shows clearly in his work on the After the Fall series and his passion for the art of storytelling drives him.












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Within the Flame - After the Fall (Jordan Crestwood)

Thursday, August 20, 2020

TOP 50 INDIE BOOKS - Readers' Choice - on IndieAuthorNews.com

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Friday, August 14, 2020

New Indie Book Release: PINK PANTHERS: The Greatest Thieves in the World (Neboysha Saikovski)


New Indie Book Release:
PINK PANTHERS: The Greatest Thieves in the World - Neboysha Saikovski
Crime Thriller (490 Pages - June 2020)

PINK PANTHERS: The Greatest Thieves in the World is an adventure drama that shows the correlation of organized crime, social anomalies, wars, and interests of the great who ruthlessly manipulate and destroy the lives of the small, from individuals to nations. "Gripping, enthralling thriller about the infamous international Pink Panthers gang of diamond thieves [...]"


About the Book

PINK PANTHERS: The Greatest Thieves in the World (Neboysha Saikovski)
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Ocean's Eleven meets The Sopranos in this real-life story thriller about the infamous Pink Panthers gang of diamond thieves which has it all, shocking war and political drama, sweeping dialogue, dark humor, well-placed twists and flashbacks, and sufficient heist action scenes and crime thriller suspense to keep you constantly engaged. A powerful blend of true story real-life situations and crime thriller. One elevates the other, making this novel's theme all the more important in today's world...

If you’re curious what it’s like to be a Pink Panther, read this book. If you have the courage, dare follow the steps of our heroes, embark on an action-adventure with the Pink Panthers, and personally experience the world’s most famous diamond robberies. Furthermore, find out how diamonds are made and come to that array of glittering shops, from the hot sands of Africa where greedy corporations exploit human and mineral resources in collaboration with corrupt politicians, through shining modern Europe all the way to Dubai.

Get to know the dark world behind all that glitter and glow of riches, touch the blood, sweat, and tears that they represent in reality.





About the Author

Author Neboysha Saikovski
Author Neboysha Saikovski
Neboysha Saikovski is the author working on the Pink Panthers trilogy series, including the first novel “The Greatest Thieves in the World”, which was published globally in June this year.

As a logistics specialist having worked for large international organizations and corporations such as the United Nations, Halliburton/KBR, or DynCorp, he was stationed for twenty years working in areas consumed by ferocious civil wars in Bosnia and Serbia or the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq. He is an author who lived and worked in 4 continents and witnessed 4 wars, walking the paths of his characters, therefore being able to turn his extensive experience into inspirational and instructive fiction and non-fiction narratives.

Saikovski's novels are telling stories about paradoxes of the modern world where evil reigns while chivalry yet survives and he writes only based-on-true-events stories which have it all, a powerful blend of real-life situations and crime thriller, shaking family experience and shocking war and political drama.



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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

New Indie Book Release: Within the Flame - After the Fall (Jordan Crestwood)


New Indie Book Release:
Within the Flame: After the Fall - Jordan Crestwood
Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi (293 Pages - July 2020)

Within the Flame: After the Fall describes a terrifying vision of what humanity becomes when civility dies and chaos takes its place. Those who are evil become empowered, and those who are good have their morality tested in the face of what they must do to survive another day. In the world after the Fall, you grow stronger or you die.


About the Book

Within the Flame - After the Fall (Jordan Crestwood)
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Global explosions bring society to a screeching halt. When the remnants of the government vanish and leave everyone to fend for themselves, chaos reigns.

James is a martial arts student visiting a city thousands of miles from home when disaster strikes, surrounding him with destruction and death.

Charlotte is a young woman with a troubled past and a unique way with people. When society dies and chaos takes its place, her strengths become invaluable both to her and the small group of survivors she leads.

In a world where the evil become empowered and the good have their morals tested by the things they must do to survive, the search for safety becomes this group's only purpose. As they struggle against the growing anarchy of a fallen civilization, as well as the perils of the natural world, they discover one truth. In the world after the Fall, you grow stronger or you die.




About the Author

Author Jordan Crestwood
Author Jordan Crestwood

Jordan Crestwood is a fiction author from the southeastern United States.

His love of bushcraft and martial arts shows clearly in his work on the After the Fall series and his passion for the art of storytelling drives him.












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Monday, August 10, 2020

New Indie Book Release: Prince(ss) - A fair(l)y (odd) tale (Sara Gravatt-Wimsatt)


New Indie Book Release:
Prince(ss): A fair(l)y (odd) tale - Sara Gravatt-Wimsatt
Epic LGBTQ+ Fantasy (389 Pages - July 2020)

Prince(ss): A fair(l)y (odd) tale is an epic fantasy tale that just happens to have LGBTQ+ characters-they aren't tokens, caricatures, or plot devices-who have amazing adventures that aren't defined by their sexualities. To everyone looking for this type of story: I see you. This one's for you!


About the Book

Prince(ss) - A fair(l)y (odd) tale (Sara Gravatt-Wimsatt)
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Prince Julian Stoneshire, heir to the throne of a powerful kingdom, has spent his entire life taking all that he has and all those around him for granted.

His disagreeable behavior attracts the attention of a powerful sorceress, and, as women have borne the brunt of his ill-treatment, she decides to teach him a lesson by making him take a walk in their shoes—quite literally. Transformed by a powerful curse, the newly-christened "Juliane" must leave all he has ever known behind and journey to obtain the cure that will restore him to his male form.

Accompanied by the sorceress’s daughter Liliana, a capable warrior who has taken pity upon him, he must face terrifying monsters, treacherous magic-users, and legendary creatures both friendly and hostile—all while fending off calculating would-be paramours and trying to decipher his unexpected feelings for his traveling companion—in order to be restored to his “true form.”

Juliane’s journey might teach him more than just how to be a wiser, kinder Juliane—it might show him that there is more to him (her?) than (s)he had ever imagined.





About the Author

Author Sara Gravatt-Wimsatt
Author Sara Gravatt-Wimsatt
Sara Gravatt-Wimsatt (they/them or she/her) is a queer nonbinary femme who grew up dreaming of high fantasy, swords-and-sorcery stories featuring people like them and decided to write them as an adult. They have written one, but hope to write many more.

They live in New England with their wife, AJ, and their catbaby, Gage, in a home they share with two close friends. When they aren't writing they can be found helping LGBTQ+ kids and adults (as well as other folks who need their help) at their day job as a therapist, and they like to travel, hike, take photos, read, attend live music shows, sing in a punk cover band, and enjoy all things spooky during their spare time.


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Friday, August 07, 2020

New Indie Book Release: Say It In Spring (Savannah Marlowe)


New Indie Book Release:
Say It In Spring - Savannah Marlowe
(Second Chance) Romance (188 Pages - July 2020)

Say It In Spring is "a heart-warming story that will leave you crying happy tears and wishing for a sequel."

About the Book

Say It In Spring (Savannah Marlowe)
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Katie Bentley's life changed forever after one night with Mark Kingston.

Seven years later, she lives in a different city, has a different look, and uses a different name, but one thing remains the same.

She's still in love with the man who just became her boss.















About the Author

Savannah Marlowe has always loved tales of romance.

As a journalist for more than three decades, she's seen the heartbreaking and depressing side of the news. Love stories including the one she shares with her high school sweetheart keep her going through tough times in life.


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Saturday, August 01, 2020

Indie Author Interview: E. E. Kellogg


Indie Author Interview with E. E. Kellogg - Author of the Literary Fiction / (Small Town) Romance Novel Full Circle.

E. E. Kellogg has been writing in one form or another since childhood, and professionally for over two decades.

Interview with E. E. Kellogg

Author E. E. Kellogg
Author E. E. Kellogg
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
E. E. Kellogg: My parents were both writers, and I grew up with books everywhere. Writing was something you did, whether you wanted to make a profession of it or not. I wrote a little play about Eleanor of Aquitaine with my best friend when we were 12. Professionally, I guess it started when I was 18 and had my first office job - I rewrote some pretty badly written letters as I typed them, and soon everyone wanted me typing their letters. I've done writing and editing as part of any job since.

Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
I love the sanity of Jane Austen, and the gentler satire of Angela Thirkell. Robertson Davies and A.S. Byatt are awesome - their abilty to juggle huge and complex worlds while writing pure golden prose is spectacular, though they have very different tenors as writers. All Austen's novels (except Mansfield Park), Davies' The Lyre of Orpheus, Murther and Walking Spirits (this was a big influence on the world of Full Circle), The Cunning Man. A.S. Byatt, my favorite so far is The Children's Book, which also influenced Full Circle. Mystery novels - old ones especially. I love Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe books.

"[...] beginning to introduce original characters, learning to write dialogue in difference voices, and gaining confidence"

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
I had toyed with the idea for years, with no results. But I got involved with reading some excellent fan-fiction (my young writing mentor writes nothing but that), and had and impulse to write a little of my own. My husband, reading it, suggested I should write original material, but I knew I had work to do, and wrote fan-fiction for a while, beginning to introduce original characters, learning to write dialogue in difference voices, and gaining confidence.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
That was another effort with my best friend (we're still best friends), a satire piece called Penny From Heaven. I'm not sure we finished it, though I know I still have it somewhere.

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
I write mornings, mostly, in the early hours, though if inspiration strikes, I will write any time. I do a lot of musing, researching - it's amazing how much research it takes to write even a fairly contemporary novel about a setting I know well.

"Easiest is once I've started. Hardest is getting started."

What do you find easiest about writing? What the hardest?
Easiest is once I've started. Hardest is getting started.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That I have created and continue creating a world. That's what I've always loved about fiction, the imagined and realized worlds. Finding and writing my characters' individual voices. I love my people so much. They are so real to me.

E. E. , please tell us a little about your Literary Fiction/Romance Novel Full Circle.
Full Circle is a tale about a small-town in Maine and its people. Love - romantic, familial, friendly, communal. Different people growing, different sorts of thriving, different modes of adversity to overcome. Family and families are central, heritage. Traditions, holidays. And food. Definitely food.

Full Circle (E. E. Kellogg)
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What inspired you to write the book?
My best friend (yes, the same one, 50 years later) suggested I try my hand at a mystery series. I liked the idea, and began researching the writing of mysteries. Got my characters outlined, backstories. And I found I had no taste for mystery-writing, though I enjoy reading them. So I just wrote the story of the people and their relationships. And there is Full Circle. The story continues with follow-up novels.

Who do you see as your target audience?
I guess the book appeals more often to women than to men, though a good number of men have enjoyed it. It seems to appeal to both small-town and city dwellers, and a variety of ages.

"[...] a variety of appealing but flawed human beings as characters"

What makes your book special?
I think it's a combination of good and accessible writing, a variety of appealing but flawed human beings as characters, and a pretty classic, universal story of circumstance-crossed love.

How would you describe the success of your self-published books so far?
Well, readers love them, so that is success. Getting the word out so people know about them is the hard part.

"Make a point of writing. And let yourself write badly - you can fix it later."

Can you give some advice for other Authors regarding the writing process?
If you want to write, write. Don't put it off until you've "time," or until "X" gets done. I know a lot of people who have told me for years and years they want to write, and have produced nothing, because it always gets put on the back-burner. Make a point of writing. And let yourself write badly - you can fix it later.

Are you working on another book project? Can you tell us a little about it?
I am currently working on Root and Branch, the third novel in the Season's Turn series, of which Full Circle is the first. The second is Crossroads. They take us further down the roads of my people, as life moves on.

Where do you see the book market in 5 or 10 years? Will there be only eBooks and will book stores disappear like record stores disappeared?
I don't believe physical books will die. There's something about holding a book in one's hands, turning the pages, smelling paper. I hope bookstores won't disappear, but people still listen to LPs, though record stores are few.

What is your e-reading device of choice?
Either my PC or tablet - the latter is what I use to edit my own writing when I'm away from my house.

"I take care of my almost-18-year-old do [...]"

Do you write full-time or do you have a day job? When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a part-time job (it entails a lot of writing). I take care of my almost-18-year-old dog, stay in touch with friends, cook, read a lot, and watch films.

How can readers connect with you?
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/E.E.Kellogg/
Twitter @SylvieFeather
email to LocusNOLA@gmail.com

Thank you very much for the Interview, E. E.



About the Book Full Circle

Full Circle (E. E. Kellogg)
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When Seth Greenlaw ’s father dies, the 17-year-old needs all his determination to keep his brilliant 12-year-old brother out of foster care, and see him into college. Good thing he has plenty of it.

Gwen Hardie, the headstrong, red-haired girl next door, cooks like nobody’s business, and calls Seth her favorite ‘brother.’ Seth’s feelings for her are not brotherly, but what he wants for himself has to go on the back burner, and Gwen is sent to college in Boston. There, she finds the new life – and the opportunities – her parents want for her.

But tragedy strikes, and, heartsick and homesick, Gwen returns to Haven Point. Will Seth find the words to tell her how passionately he’s always loved her? He’s used to keeping his secret. If he does, can Gwen come to see him as something more than her best-beloved brother?

Or will the revelation wreck the closeness they both depend on?

- "A spectacular read! Ms. Kellogg’s gift for prose has long been known in her essays, and here she unleashes these gifts in creating characters and places about which the reader wants to know more and more. Her characters draw you into their lives and her depictions of life in rural Downeast Maine are authentic, compelling and come from the heart of a Mainer. I’m not usually a reader of romance novels, a la Austen, but 'Full Circle' kept me wanting more. Gorgeously written and perfectly paced." - Reader Review




Links to the Book

Link to the Paperback Full Circle on Amazon

Link to the eBook Full Circle on Amazon