Saturday, July 13, 2024

Interview With Author Ronald Gregory (Greg) Huddleston

 



 

1. What inspired you to write this book?

I was employed at a local public school district that celebrated an annual Book Week at their elementary building.  Each day of that week featured a different speaker or presenter of children's literature throughout the entirety of the day.  During one particular Book Week the person responsible for scheduling events contacted me in a panic, disclosing that her scheduled speaker for Wednesday had an unexpected emergency and would need to cancel.  She explained that she had heard I spent time writing and asked if it was possible I could create something on the topic of reading and substitute for the absent speaker.  That was nearly midday Monday.  Bekunn's Treasure was the result of that endeavor, the concept and text completed over a 36-hour period.  The year was 1987.

 

2. What exactly is it about and who is it written for?

Bekunn (pronounced as "beacon") is a little ogre that lives in an ancient forest.  One day Bekunn literally stumbles over an unknown object during his daily walk.  He and his forest friends attempt to determine exactly what this mysterious thing could be.  Wise Old Owl comes forward and finally identifies it as a book, explaining what books are and their purpose for being.  Bekunn is originally designed to be read by an adult with a child on their lap, however feedback from many relate that beginning readers enjoy it as well.  The book has become a great supplemental tool for daycare centers and early learning facilities.  Along with the story is a section that presents an introduction to the alphabet, providing an educational experience along with the entertainment of the story.  The teaching aspect is taken from the reading techniques in hundred year old textbooks, a time when the basics of education were stressed over those subjects considered less so.

 

3. What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book?

One, an expanded imagination.  Imagination is the source of innovation.  Two, enjoyment and pleasure.  Three, a connection or bonding between the one reading, the one being read to, and a good story.  I recall the closeness and fondness I associate with my great-aunts during the story times they shared with me a lifetime ago.  I wish to duplicate the warmth and wonder of my childhood experiences in some small way.  I did have a person contact me to let me know she had to read Bekunn to her granddaughter 15 straight times the first night of acquiring the book!  She finally told her they better put Bekunn on the shelf and let him rest.  At least on this one occasion I felt I had accomplished what I intended.  The teaching section is an additional benefit that can be used in tandem with the story, or stand alone as an educational exercise.

 

4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design?

Both are a combined image of the main character along with the "treasure" that was discovered.  Treasure is generally defined in monetary measures, however there are treasures we obtain in life that simply can not be measured by financial parameters.  Those types of treasures become a precious and valuable part of our existence.  Reading is one of those treasures, in my humble opinion.

 

5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than run!?

Evaluate what your writing means to and FOR you.  I have written for as long as I can remember.  (Someone once told me compulsive writing is a form of epilepsy, although I have no clue or idea if that is true or not!  At least I APPEAR normal. *chuckle*)  Writing has always been an emotional outlet for me.  It is in that release that I find its value.  I am forever being told "you need to publish this!" so on occasion I invest time and effort and resources in exactly that, only to repeatedly discover that my energy used to "peddle" my writing is actually taking away from the very purpose I write and thus diminishes its value to me.  The writing is so much more important to myself than the publication.  Not sure I can articulate this situation to many that would understand but, regardless, KEEP WRITING!

 

6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?

I am dismayed by the extent politics has seemed to infiltrate all forms of literature.  While researching possible publishers for Bekunn I was struck by the number that was only receiving new submissions promoting diversity and/or social issues - even for children's books.  My hope is for a return to simple entertainment and storytelling, especially for the younger readership demographic, but I don't see that happening anytime soon.  If ever.

 

7. Were there experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book?

Many.  Permit me to relate only one. As a child I often sat on the lap of Melvina Luttrell Witt.  Aunt Mel would draw stick figures in the dirt at our feet and give each one a name.  There was me.  There was my mother, Dorsie.  There was my maternal grandparents, Fred and Parthena.  There was my maternal g-grandparents, Bluford and Mary and Tom and Safronia.  The figures all looked the same, but each name whispered to me across dark ages.  Aunt Mel's voice brought each name to life, fleeting glimpses of unknown faces, barely discernible amidst the blackness of the past.  A common practice among the oral traditions of my heritage is this "telling of the names".  This practice took many forms but always aimed to accomplish one goal - passing on from one generation to the next a personal interaction between the two.  Let my writings be that bridge between my generation and those after me.  Let this be my version of the "telling of the names".

 

8. How would you describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to?

I would say my writing and preferred tools to do so are classified as old-fashioned.  I have managed to successfully transition from Big Chief tablets to yellow legal pads.  Pencils have remained relatively unchanged over the years, however I would caution those who still use them to refrain from keeping them in the back pocket of your trousers, especially when you thoughtlessly sit down before removing them.  (Now I know why they call them #2 pencils.)  I suppose you could describe my writing style as John Boyish.  I fear comparing myself to any author or writer would greatly tarnish their works and diminish their legacy.  Let's just describe it as a merger of Dr. Suess and Tolkien.

 

9. What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book?

Technology, technology, technology. Hillbillies and technology is a dangerous mix.  It is quite embarrassing to have to call your niece in third-grade to come and see what you've done to your computer.  Also, I can't draw a straight line with a ruler so it took 30 years to find, by happenstance, a very talented illustrator.  Heather asked what I exactly wished for each page, and I replied that I wanted her to read each verse of text and then transfer on paper the image my words placed in her mind and imagination.  If her illustrations reflected what I envisioned then I did my job as a writer.  It was almost miraculous how closely her vision was to mine.  Heather Mote brought Bekunn's Treasure to life in a manner in which I could have never done, or even hoped for.

 

10. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours?

Reading, the most basic fundamental aspect of learning, is the foundation of society.  Each educational subject is dependent upon it.  Without reading skills how are we to understand the others?  Science, mathematics, medicine, language arts, fine arts, history, geography, etc. and etc.; all are foreign and useless without the ability to comprehensively read.  Bekunn's Treasure imaginatively emphasizes the importance of books and reading while assisting your young reader in preparation for the educational process awaiting for them in those first school years. It all begins at home!

 

About The Author: Storytelling and family are a part of my Ozarks heritage.  I still reside in an area of central Missouri which was settled by my ancestors in 1830.  With educational opportunities practically nonexistent at the time nearly all forms of communication were done orally.  Food recipes, family history, medical treatments, entertainment; all these were passed from generation to generation by the spoken word rather than the written word.  While very young I sat on the laps of great-aunts, listening spellbound to the most wondrous tales as their soft voices carried me to mystic places and exotic lands.  Sadly now, the oral traditions that inspired my writings are nearly gone.  From my own experience I encourage everyone to read books to children.  When a child spends time with a television they are watching someone else's imagination.  When a child spends time with a book a door is opened to their own.

 

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Friday, July 12, 2024

Interview With Author James M Moten


                                 I IRS (My Hell of Life)


1. What inspired you to write this book? My tough life as a black person in America who

     does not hate anyone. How my tough life paralleled the IRS. 

2. What exactly is it about and who is it written for?  The book is a verification of

     God's existence in my hell of life. The book will frighten one's conscience of the truth about 

     America. 

3. What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book?  To believe in God no

     matter what happens to you in life that is racially motivated, evil, and endorsed by mankind. 

4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design?  I got the idea from looking at skull designs on the computer.   

5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than run!? Allow your imagination does not have boundaries. 

6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? The Book publishing industry is making a comeback. That is why every FOX news journalist publishes a book every six months and people are lined up around the block. 

7. Were there experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book? All of my experiences of hell from the KKK, military, women of all races, murder, IRS, gangs, seeking an education, violence, helped me reveal America from a black world. 

8. How would you describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to? I'm new and used all tips presented by Dorrance Publishing Company.  The going back and forward in time style is my idea to enable the reader to cover decades easily.  The audiobook voice is excellent characterizing decades. 

9. What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book?  Time and age along with horrible memories which I found of my tough marine exterior in tears.  

10. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours?  It should be my book because I take the armour of fear off the most hated organization in the world and why America made me.

 

About The Author: I am James M Moten, a retired IRS Agent, USAF, MARINE veteran. I am seventy-six years old. I have a degree in Finance, and I'm the father of eight.  I am a witness that God exists, and I survived hell.

 

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About Brian Feinblum

Brian Feinblum should be followed on www.linkedin.com/in/brianfeinblum. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2024. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue dog, and El Chapo, a pug rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent.  This award-winning blog has generated over 3.9 million pageviews. With 4,900+ posts over the past dozen years, it was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby  http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs  and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by www.WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 years as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book publicity firm, and director of publicity positions at two independent presses, Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres, right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Todd Duncan, Susan RoAne, John C. Maxwell, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America several years ago, and has spoken at ASJA, Independent Book Publishers Association Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, APEX, Morgan James Publishing, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, The Journal News (Westchester) and The Washington Post. His first published book was The Florida Homeowner, Condo, & Co-Op Association Handbook.  It was featured in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald.

 

Interview With Author Matthew Johns

 


1. What inspired you to write this book? Nearly dying was the catalyst for writing the book which is, in fact, one book split into three, with this book being the first of the soon-to-be-three ‘Angel O’Clock’s, as it were,  with another, say, two books ready to be typed -up on top…In addition to an ever-increasing sense of spiritual intuition, the book was, at least in part, born out of a sense of betrayal by some of those closest to me…Along the way, I found that my nearly dying, and everything else that’s ever happened to me, was, in fact, not happening TO me but FOR me - 23.23, I now see on my iPhone clock as I type this - Confirmation! - God always knew that I would write this book and what would need to happen FOR me in order to create the author -come-conditions needed to create the book before us…forgiveness is the answer! 

2. What exactly is it about and who is it written for? As well as many other forms of spiritual guidance mentioned in the book, the name‘Angel O’Clock; A Language of Confirmation’ was born out of how time, I have discovered, is not a man-made construct, but God’s…The book also explores free-will, fate and family, synchronicity, tarot and time… 

The book is for Jesus, God, and you and me, proving thoroughly therapeutic in the process though, as I felt compelled by Spirit to keep pushing through, it is also to glorify His name and works…Furthermore, I suspect that this book and the books to come will provide insight, for those who ‘know’ me, as to my thoughts and feelings; my side of the still-to-come-story… 

3. What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book?I hope that the book will strengthen my readers’ existing belief in God and/or birth the beginnings of belief for those, say, less then sure by way of documenting an overwhelming number of examples of ‘there’s something going on! It’s just too weird!’Ask God for a sign! He will not let you down! Once you have a sign and have a line of communication with your Spirit-Team, you can begin to build on that; you can tell ‘Them’ what signs you’re looking for or what ‘They’ should do to make it clear and obvious…  

4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design? Come say there is power, signs and messages in numbers, in what they ‘mean’…Angel numbers can be interpreted to take meaning and, at least with me, even provide instruction and/or confirmation..or, perhaps not, as the case may be…God speaks through us every day and, often is the case, at least with me, words or thoughts of significance can be confirmed, as it were, when said at an Angel O’Clock…when the time, at the time, includes an Angel number. Having said that, it is worth saying that everyone’s intuitive relationship with the Divine is, no doubt, unique and different. Spirit knows EXACTLY what you’re thinking and EXACTLY how you’ll react to anything that could ever happen in eternity… 

I stumbled upon an old photo one day, after I had nearly died a few years back now, that seems to show Spirit, in various forms, both present and communicating with me, through the photo, from the past, but speaking to the present as though They always knew I would see the photo, Them and their messages…which I do explain in depth in the book. The main ‘sign’, that initially grabbed my attention is, what I am convinced is the face of an Angel looking right at the camera from inside the TV screen… 

5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than run!?I guess I got ‘lucky’, if you will, in that I am extremely passionate about what I am writing about…Easier said than done, I know, but perhaps writing about what you are passionate about is the way forward…?  

6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?  In all honesty, my knowledge of the book world is somewhat lacking, however, I would imagine that books of a spiritual nature are on the rise as authors and readers alike have been Divine-design-forced to go within, as they say, in an attempt to find mind, meaning and more… 

7. Were there experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book?  The book is centered around personal experiences with many, many mentioned and more missed out…Events, emotions, interactions and experiences were fuel for the Jesus-driven vehicle I’m enjoying…  

8. How would you describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to? I’d like to think my style will make the more complex concepts and theories fun, more accessible, digestible…understandable…to the masses and the average Joe… 

9. What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book? All my relationships were affected; shaken, some destroyed…writing the book pushed me and others apart which only served to make me write more which further perpetuated the cycle…all the while I’m being told that I was going to fail…I forgive those who doubted and worse, if not thank them, for they have pushed me further than I ever thought I’d go…all by Divine-design, they weren’t supposed to know!   

10. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours? I know that God helped me to write this book…I just know that there’s a message in there for you! He knew you would read it! The next books are even better, I feel, so you might as well hit the ground running…but I’m not telling you to run! 

About The Author: Nearly dying was the best thing that ever happened to me. Somewhere along the way, I realized that things I had previously thought had happened to me had, in fact, happened for me; for my own good. This journey took a turn for the spiritual ever since I saw my soul mate; the catalyst for much of who I am today. This second chance at life; this process of death and rebirth has brought me closer to The Divine and, with an ever-increasing psychic vocabulary, I have begun to develop the language with which to have an intuitive conversation with Spirit; The Divine. My relationship with Angel Numbers and numerology has led me to the epiphany that Time is a God-made construct with which to live out our earthly-lives to a Divine timeline; a timeline within which 'coincidence' is Queen but synchronicity is King. The knowledge, love and support of The Angels and spirit-realm will always be available to you and I when we embrace Their existence and willingness, if not desire, to inspire, guide and protect us along this energetic journey; a dance with The Divine; danced to the rhythm of Divine-Design, pre-destiny, spiritual partnership and co-creation. Trust in your Spirit-Guides. Ask Them for a sign! They are always right beside you! Try even help me with my music…

https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKYe2aGVC4NhfCfhaX7ZWWNgYfmeuiK2y

 

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About Brian Feinblum

Brian Feinblum should be followed on www.linkedin.com/in/brianfeinblum. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2024. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue dog, and El Chapo, a pug rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent.  This award-winning blog has generated over 3.9 million pageviews. With 4,900+ posts over the past dozen years, it was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby  http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs  and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by www.WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 years as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book publicity firm, and director of publicity positions at two independent presses, Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres, right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Todd Duncan, Susan RoAne, John C. Maxwell, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America several years ago, and has spoken at ASJA, Independent Book Publishers Association Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, APEX, Morgan James Publishing, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, The Journal News (Westchester) and The Washington Post. His first published book was The Florida Homeowner, Condo, & Co-Op Association Handbook.  It was featured in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald.

 

Book Marketing Is Fun!

 


Which of these things do/did you dislike doing the most?

* Going on a diet
* Reducing your spending
* Looking for a job
* Selling & buying a house
* Creating a will
* Training a puppy
* Putting your dog down
* Going to the dentist
* Cleaning out the basement
* Doing your taxes
* Planning a funeral
* The day after a natural disaster
* Getting into an accident
* Recovering from surgery
* Filing for divorce
* Getting sober
* Hearing a bad medical diagnosis
* Bailing your kid from jail
* Being sued or suing another

Now, not all of these things are equal in their importance, but all of them are bound to cause you to twitch a little. They are some of the many unpleasant, anxiety-inducing things that most of us may have to confront at some point in life.

Now, compare that to book marketing. Where does that rank on your list of little horrors?

For some, it could still rank high, but as you can see, there are many more things that likely strike terror and cause more pain in people than to be tasked with marketing their book. So, the next time you fret about marketing your book, remind yourself of the far more unpleasant and unrewarding life experiences that are out there.

Come see book marketing as not just an obligation, but a fun opportunity to spread the word about your book. Be on a mission to help others by getting your book to them. If you believe your books helps another, makes them happy, or informs them of useful things, then you should love and embrace the act of marketing your book.

And it beats dealing with death, destruction, or the IRS!

 

Need PR Help?

Brian Feinblum, the founder of this award-winning blog, with over 3.9 million page views, can be reached at brianfeinblum@gmail.com  He is available to help authors promote their story, sell their book, and grow their brand. He has over 30 years of experience in successfully helping thousands of authors in all genres. Let him be your advocate, teacher, and motivator!

 

About Brian Feinblum

Brian Feinblum should be followed on www.linkedin.com/in/brianfeinblum. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2024. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue dog, and El Chapo, a pug rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent.  This award-winning blog has generated over 3.9 million pageviews. With 4,900+ posts over the past dozen years, it was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby  http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs  and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by www.WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 years as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book publicity firm, and director of publicity positions at two independent presses, Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres, right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Todd Duncan, Susan RoAne, John C. Maxwell, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America several years ago, and has spoken at ASJA, Independent Book Publishers Association Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, APEX, Morgan James Publishing, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, The Journal News (Westchester) and The Washington Post. His first published book was The Florida Homeowner, Condo, & Co-Op Association Handbook.  It was featured in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Interview With Author Charles Bruckerhoff

 


1. What inspired you to write this book? 

I served in Vietnam in forward field positions, arriving in May 1968, just after the Tet offensive. The people, sights, sounds, smells, weapons, and losses have never faded. Through the decades since, I have tried to understand that war, like so many of my brothers in arms, with little gain, until the recent pullout from Afghanistan. That horrible, scandalous event, and the research I did for Plowman, pulled it all together for me: “A Wrong War.” My hope is that Plowman offers solace to the Vietnam War veterans and all other veterans, and reason enough to fight on the home front against government officials and the corporate-media-military-industrial-complex on behalf of Americans and citizens the world over to never permit Another Wrong War.

2. What exactly is it about and who is it written for?

Plowman follows two girls from birth into their married lives. Hana and Stella are the best of friends. One day they discover the wartime journals of their great grandfathers from WWII and one from a living grandfather who served in Vietnam. At first, they were set on writing the journals into a narrative. Then, Stella’s father, serving in Afghanistan, is killed in a firefight. Their close-knit families were shattered. The girls' research led them to discover writings that are seldom mentioned about what our government did that caused the Vietnam War, the plight of Vietnamese people seeking freedom and self-determination over thousands of years, and that our government officials were willing to put American soldiers in harms way for conquest and profit — lying to us all the time. Plowman is written for adults who are seeking answers not about a particular war, but any conflict that our government enters into with an enemy. 

 

3. What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book?

A fresh look at Americas military actions, and a commitment to do their part, get involved in American politics — written small, to help ensure that all wars from now on are for defense of our nation and defense of our allies. Most notably now, Israel.

 

4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design?

My family heritage is rich in farming. The farmers feed us. Plowing is a revered occupation. Farm families are the bedrock of civilization. Thus, Plowman. Mario Lampic, from Belgrade, Serbia, did the cover design, interior design, and typesetting. He’s the best. I wrote down my thoughts of what imagery might work and he did everything from there. 

5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than run!?

Yeah, that’s cause for a hearty laugh, if not a cry. Plowman was at least three years in the writing/revision/rewriting phase. Every word, paragraph, page, chapter is written, worked over, and reworked, and moved forward or backward, until something inside you tells you the entire flow is good, every word. Then, you find a very good editor. Many things need to be revised again. All for the best story.

 

6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? 

First, a very troublesome trend: book and author banning—the alphabet mafia, or militaristic Wok-ism. Their reviews return bitter diatribes against conservative thought, truth, historical accuracy, religion, private schooling, wholesome life, etc. Second, if the industry can establish minimum standards and rules, with consequences, for individuals and companies that purport to help self-published authors, that would save authors time and money, and assure the public gets the best reading experience. What Jeff Bezos and other companies did with technology and marketing for self-publishing should be coupled with a drive for book publishing and marketing ethics.

 

7. How would you describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to?

I hope that readers find my writing style natural, smooth, descriptive, stream of consciousness at times, real, meditative, and philosophical. Hemingway, Clancey, Edmund Morris, Follett, Ludlum, Whitman, Joyce, Stein, Burroughs, Muir, Leopold, Eliot, Dickenson, Shelly, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Sun Tzu, Carr, Samuelson, Kilmeade, Freeman, Lowry, Sugden, Polanyi, Toulmin, Nietsche, Camu, Plato, Aristotle, and others. 

 

8. What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book?

Writing simple, crisp, English prose, bordering on poetry at times.

 

9. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours?

The children’s book series, Adelyn's Adventures, is a good choice for parents and children to read while vacationing in the forest, the garden, and on the beach. Starting August 1, with help from the folks at BookTrib, the ebook version of Plowman will be available for $.99 at Amazon. Plowman promises drama, suspense, and truth wherever one sits for a good read.

 

 About The Author:Charles Bruckerhoff is the publisher of Sequoia House Books and the author of the Adelyn’s Adventure series. Plowman is his first novel. He gardens, bakes bread, cooks, and studies American history, ancient civilizations of the world, the Hebrew Bible and the Saint John’s Bible. He places no limit on new adventures. For more info, please see: https://www.sequoiahousebooks.com

 

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Interview With Medical Thriller Author Anthony Lee

 

 

1. What inspired you to write this book?

For several decades, medical thriller stories have captivated readers, thanks to authors like Robin Cook. I've read books of this genre as well as other thriller subgenres, like crime thrillers, enough to become inspired to write my own thriller stories. Given my background in medicine, it's natural for me to contribute my own medical thrillers. That's when I saw an opportunity. 

While medical thrillers have been around, I haven't noticed the genre evolving all that much. I was getting tired of rehashed genre tropes, like doctors committing ethical violations. I also saw up close what the everyday work of a doctor is like. These things made me brainstorm medical thrillers that really celebrate doctors as frontline heroes as well as look outside the medical community for villains who would disrupt healthcare. One such idea: a computer hacker killing patients by altering digital medical records, creating medical errors that have devastating consequences for patients and their doctor. It's a premise we have not really seen before in medical thrillers. 

2. What exactly is it about and who is it written for?

My debut medical thriller, Doctor Lucifer, centers on a hospital internist named Mark Lin. He is cynical and disillusioned about humanity, given his early life tragedies and grueling medical training. It is this doctor who is the target of a computer hacker named Doctor Lucifer. Things are really bad for Dr. Lin from the start, because three patients crash nearly at the same time, and he comes to realize that there are errors in their medical records that he knows he didn't make. Eventually, the story becomes a game of cat-and-mouse as Mark teams up with two of the hospital's information technology specialists to outwit Doctor Lucifer before that hacker could kill another patient. 

This is no doubt a book for any fans of medical thrillers. In addition, I believe this story has additional appeal for people who work in healthcare and for the Asian American community who would like to see more representation of themselves in fiction. 

3. What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book?

First off, I want readers to be entertained, enjoying the rollercoaster ride of ups, downs, twists, and turns that I have laid out. Beyond that, I hope that readers also come away with a better understanding and appreciation of how doctors actually work in real life. For too long, medical drama shows on television have been criticized by healthcare professionals for missing the mark on medical accuracy. I want to tell a medical story that portrays real medicine as I understand it from my days in medical training. 

4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design?

I knew that I wanted the title to reflect the villain's moniker, one that would be a reference to the devil. There are several names for the devil, like Satan, but I ultimately settled on Lucifer because that name also refers to the demon associated with pride, one of the Seven Deadly Sins. By calling my novel Doctor Lucifer, the title can reference both the villain as well as one of the key themes in the story: arrogance in medical professionals. 

For the cover design, I wanted a look that tells readers what the book is about while also making them curious. I decided that it should have two elements: (1) a patient in a hospital bed, to indicate that it's a medical tale and (2) a computer monitor showing a caduceus dissolving into ones and zeroes, related to the cybersecurity aspect of the story. I had a cover designer incorporate these elements and he did a great job with it. 

5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than run!?

Don't stop. In other words, don't stop writing your books and don't stop marketing them. Just keep going and enjoy the ride. 

6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? 

At this point, the entire book industry has become heavily democratized. In other words, after decades of major publishers being the primary means of publishing books, the tools for publishing have become so accessible to the general public thanks to advances in technology. I cannot imagine the industry going back to the way it used to be. The genie of independent publishing has left the bottle, so to speak. This new world of book publishing provides both exciting opportunities for aspiring writers as well as great challenges related to the sheer competition in getting one's work in front of readers. As someone who could not get a literary agent after trying for two years, I had no choice but to self-publish, but it's a route that I have now accepted and embraced because I cherish my control over my own work. 

7. Were there experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book? 

Much of my life and career experiences have made their way into my novel. If anything, reading the novel to see how the main character had gone through life before and how he deals with events in the current story is sort of a way to know who I had been earlier in my life.  

8. How would you describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to?

I would describe my writing style as intense, vivid, methodical, and always moving forward. My writer's voice developed mainly from looking back on certain tough moments in my earlier life. It would end up sounding sort of like the tone of hardboiled crime novels. Funny thing: I had a friend who even said that my writing style seems to be similar to that of a specific novel by Dean Koontz, whose books I still have not read as of today. 

9. What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book?

The main challenge I had while writing my book was self-doubt. Would anyone actually enjoy this story, or would they find it boring? Will they sympathize with the main character, or will they hate him? I got past that just by proceeding to publish and accept whatever happens. To my delight, there are plenty of readers who have enjoyed my novel, appreciated my main character, and were able to see themes I laid out in the story.  

10. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours?

Just look at the many positive reviews I received from professional reviews, associated with sources like Publisher Weekly's BookLife, Kirkus Reviews, and Foreword magazine., as well as readers. Doctor Lucifer has been out for only one-and-a-half months and it's doing fairly well in terms of audience reception. Based on the overall response, I think this is a medical thriller that you will enjoy and, with its pacing, likely read nonstop in a relatively short time. 

About The Author: Anthony Lee has a unique background in medicine. After graduating from medical school, he switched from clinical medicine to health technology assessment, analyzing new medical tests and treatments in a career spanning over 15 years. After years of brainstorming his own story ideas, he finally wrote and self-published his first medical thriller novel, Doctor Lucifer, in 2024. He lives in Northern California. For more information, please see: anthonyleebooks.com and spoutible.com/AnthonyLee 


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About Brian Feinblum

Brian Feinblum should be followed on www.linkedin.com/in/brianfeinblum. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2024. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue dog, and El Chapo, a pug rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent.  This award-winning blog has generated over 3.9 million pageviews. With 4,900+ posts over the past dozen years, it was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby  http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs  and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by www.WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 years as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book publicity firm, and director of publicity positions at two independent presses, Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres, right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Todd Duncan, Susan RoAne, John C. Maxwell, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America several years ago, and has spoken at ASJA, Independent Book Publishers Association Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, APEX, Morgan James Publishing, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, The Journal News (Westchester) and The Washington Post. His first published book was The Florida Homeowner, Condo, & Co-Op Association Handbook.  It was featured in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald.