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Blog 188: The Magic of Woven Words – Author Interview #59

Dear Readers,

A huge Thank You and a Loud Shout out to the Author Adele Darcy and Lola’s Blog Tour –  for agreeing to participate and kind enough to send prompt response to all my questions.

Adele Darcy – Solitude Lake (Available on Amazon)

–>  A Brief Bio (As is written by the Author)

I am based in Raleigh NC, but have traveled to forty-six states and lived in Tennessee and Montana for many years.  
 
I fell in love with reading at a young age.  I spent my afternoons hidden in a corner of our neighborhood library reading Nancy Drew and The Baby Sitters Club, before falling in love with literary greats like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens in high school. As a child I loved adventure stories and mysteries, but began to crave a bit of romance after reading Pride and Prejudice when I was sixteen.
 
I started my writing journey in second grade when I began to journal and write poetry.  I started creating short stories in fourth grade – usually fairy tales about far off places.  I began to write mysteries and romance in college after being introduced to the cozy genre by my mom. I love crafting stories with strong characters and dynamic small towns with fun and interesting characters. 

Question 1: What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?  How do you handle writer’s block?

Author’s Response: The key to becoming a successful author is consistency and vulnerability.  When I first began writing I had a great story, but my phrasing was clunky and filled with typos.  I received a scathing review and it crushed me.  I had to learn that this is part of the process – writing is a mix of creativity and consistency.  The creative spark powers our ideas, but we also need to recognize that it is also hard work.  Carve out time every day (even ten minutes) to write and get ideas down on paper. 

Writer’s block and inadequacy can paralyze writers – but guess what – the best way to overcome writer’s block is to keep writing.  It doesn’t have to be perfect – even one paragraph a day is better than nothing.  Eventually you will get your groove back.
 
I also recommend that you wait to ‘soft edit’ for a day or two after you finish writing that section.( Soft edit is checking for grammatical errors, rewriting sentences and doing a quick edit)  Our creative and editing brains work differently and trying to edit and write in tandem often leads to stress and tense writing.  
 
Writing is hard work, but it is meant to be fun!  If you block off time and allow yourself to enjoy the process without beating yourself up you will not only write a wonderful story – but you’ll open yourself up to new and exciting opportunities for your writing.
 
No matter where you are in your writing journey – never be afraid to learn and invest in your craft.  I invested in a grammar for creative writing course and started connecting with other writers in my area.  Believe it or not, writing is a team sport – you may write alone – but you are also engaging with your editor, readers and writing community.  You have support – don’t be afraid to use it.

Question 2: Where do you draw inspiration from?  What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?

Author’s Response: I draw inspiration from driving down a country road and seeing a gorgeous sunset to reading a news report. My novel Solitude Lake was actually inspired by a weekend getaway in northwestern Montana.  My mom and I were driving the scenic backroads near Glacier National Park when I discovered a secluded lake lodge surrounded by forests.  I imagined living on the lake, surrounded by solitude – driving up to the neighboring lodge for a steak dinner accompanied by a local bluegrass band…the story began to take shape.

Question 3: What do you like to do when you are not writing?  What book is currently on your bedside table?  What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Author’s Response: When I’m not writing, I love to travel to national parks and scenic places.  I’ve visited 26 national parks (US).  I also enjoy music and art.  I began painting with acrylics in 2017 and sell my landscapes on etsy.  
 
My bookshelf is a mix of genres: I’m currently reading ‘A Whisker of Trouble’ by Sofie Ryan.  I like this cozy mystery’s small-town Maine vibe with an inquisitive cat named Elvis.
 
I’m also rereading The Hobbit by Tolkien.

Question 4: Recommend three of your favorite books to the readers.

Author’s Response:

This is a hard question:

  • ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen – it may sound cliche but this continues to be my favorite novel and I reread it once a year
  • The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton – she makes words come alive, blending romance, mystery and atmosphere into a spellbinding novel
  • Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy– this is a classic that is filled with drama, romance and second chances…a bit different from the cozy romance genre I write, but one of my favorite books of all time.

#Stayhungrystaybookish

Lots of love,

mrsswiftnib

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Blog 187: Blog Tour 19 – Book Review #65

Dear Readers,

Today is my stop in the blog tour organized by Author Marketing Experts. Thank You for your consideration and inviting me to participate in this blog tour.

BOOK REVIEW ALERT – Review, Recommendation, Rating & Opinion are my own.

Title – The Great Tree

Author – Able Barrett

Genre – Children’s Book

This book follows our main Character – Andrew, a young boy in search of his older brother. Andrew’s brother Nicholas went missing and it was his mission to find him.

We follow all the dangers this little boy faces in search of his long lost loved one. Their mother is very sick and it is Andrew’s wish to make his mother see his brother before she passes away.

Nicholas was stolen away at a very young age and getting back seems a very hard task from The Great Tree.

  • Will Andrew get to his missing brother?
  • Will their dying mother ever meet Nicholas?
  • Who had kidnapped his brother?
  • What is The Great Tree?

Rating – 5/5 Stars
Recommendation – High

This Christmas Fable is a darling read for kids. I absolutely enjoyed reading the book and loved every character portrayed here.

P.S – Thank You Author Marketing Experts for organizing and inviting me to be a part of this magnificent blog tour. Thank You for sending me a Hard Copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

#Stayhungrystaybookish

Lots of love,

mrsswiftnib

Blog 186: Blog Tour 18 – Book Review #64

Dear Readers,

Today is my stop in the blog tour organized by Author Marketing Experts. Thank You for your consideration and inviting me to participate in this blog tour.

BOOK REVIEW ALERT – Review, Recommendation, Rating & Opinion are my own.

Title – Daughters of Teutobod

Author – Kurt Hansen

Genre – Historical Fiction

This historical fiction follows the character of Gudrun, the stolen wife of Teutobod. This fearless leader leads the people of Teutons.

We follow another character Susanna who is a farm wife. Her husband is Karl. Together they have four kids being raised when Word War Two strikes.

The third main character we read about is Gretel. Gretel is one of the daughter’s of Susanna. She is a Professor of Women’s studies and a Nobel Laureate.

Rating – 3.5/5 Stars
Recommendation – Moderate to High

This books takes us through three powerful women in their own capacitates and their fearless, relentless pursuit to face adversity. Each one has a journey and their story is described very well in this book. I enjoyed the book and the characters were all pieced together very well. Overall a good read.

P.S – Thank You Author Marketing Experts for organizing and inviting me to be a part of this magnificent blog tour. Thank You for sending me a Hard Copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

#Stayhungrystaybookish

Lots of love,

mrsswiftnib

Blog 185: Blog Tour 17 – Book Review #63

Dear Readers,

Today is my stop in the blog tour organized by Author Marketing Experts. Thank You for your consideration and inviting me to participate in this blog tour.

BOOK REVIEW ALERT – Review, Recommendation, Rating & Opinion are my own.

Title – Guide to Smart Wedding Planning

Author – Edna Dratch – Parker & Jeri Solomon

Genre – Non-fiction

Holidays are round the corner and for anyone planning their wedding, this book titled – Guide to Smart Wedding Planning is for your rescue.

This book is beautifully divided into 7 comprehensive chapters detailing everything right from the start -The Planning Stage to the last phase – The Big Day.

It is detail oriented, crisp yet concise, easy to read and implement. The best part, there is a Summary at the end of every chapter.

There are worksheets in the book for perfect planning and for of us who like to work on pen and paper, then this book accommodates that.

Rating – 4/5 Stars
Recommendation – High

I love the cover page of this book and the whole color theme of Pink follows inside the pages too. I love the pictures for every chapter which depicts the title and it so well coordinated like an outfit of the bride and groom. It was a very insightful read and comes as an extremely handy guide to plan your wedding.

P.S – Thank You Author Marketing Experts for organizing and inviting me to be a part of this magnificent blog tour. Thank You for sending me a Hard Copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

#Stayhungrystaybookish

Lots of love,

mrsswiftnib

Blog 184: The Magic of Woven Words – Author Interview #58

Dear Readers,

Happy Halloween Y’All!

A huge Thank You and a Loud Shout out to the Author J.V.Hilliard –  for agreeing to participate and kind enough to send prompt response to all my questions.

J.V.Hilliard – Vorodin’s Liar (Available on Amazon)

–>  A Brief Bio (As is written by the Author)

I grew up in the Pittsburgh area and took an interest in Dungeons and Dragons. My family would play it, and I loved creating stories for my characters. I grew up reading high fantasy like the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and a few others. I took a number of creative writing classes over the years, but my career took off in government and grant writing, so my writing took a back seat. When the pandemic shut everything down, I decided to try my hand at writing a fantasy series based on my campaigns in DnD.

Question 1:  What inspired you to start writing?  How long have you been writing?

Author’s Response: My uncle and I would write in addition to playing DnD together. I discovered The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and was fascinated with the world, and that was a huge source of inspiration for me. My uncle gave me my own copy of The Hobbit that Christmas. After that, I wrote a bit in high school and college, but nothing too in-depth. It was in 2020 that I started to write more extensively.

Question 2: What in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing? What comes first, the plot or characters? How do you develop your plot and characters?

Author’s Response: Good writing stems from passion for the project. A passionless prose is not inspiring anyone and always falls flat. For me, the characters came first as I drew from the background I had assigned to them through my DnD campaigns (especially Sir Ritter). The plot follows afterward.

Question 3:  Describe your writing space.  What time of the day do you usually write?

Author’s Response: I write at any time of the day, and try to write at a nearby coffee shop when I can but most of the time it’s my den. Close your eyes and picture overstacked bookshelves and inspiring collectibles that draw me into writing moods.

Question 4: How do you do research for your books?

Author’s Response: I guess you could say that playing DnD was the main source of my research. I did need to look into different background details like how specific war machines moved for battle scenes or information on castle privy specifics.

Question 5: Recommend three of your favorite books to the readers.

Author’s Response:

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Dark Elf trilogy by R.A. Salvatore

The Time Wars Series by Simon Hawke

And in truth—most, if not all of my world building takes place before I even sit down to write a sentence. I am a plotter to the core, so having direction and knowing the end before I begin are necessary for me.

Author’s Favorite Quote: 

“I fear little from enemies. I fear more from friends.” – Drizzt Do’Urden of the Dark Elf Trilogy.

#Stayhungrystaybookish

Lots of love,

mrsswiftnib

Blog 183: Blog Tour 16 – Book Review #62

Dear Readers,

Today is my stop in the blog tour organized by The Write Reads . Thank You for your consideration and inviting me to participate in this blog tour.

BOOK REVIEW ALERT – Review, Recommendation, Rating & Opinion are my own.

Title – The Miraculous Sweetmakers – The Frost Fair

Author – Natasha Hastings

Genre – Children’s Fiction

The year is 1683 and London has been swept by a Great Frost. We follow the main characters – Thomasina Burgees and her brother Arthur Burgees. Their father owns the A Sweet shop. Brother and sister duo are the best of buds, until a heart breaking tragedy strikes and one of the sibling drops dead. Life doesn’t remain the same until one day a ray of hope frosts in the form of an enigmatic conjuror, who promises something to bring back the sibling to life…..Back from the dead…

  • Which sibling drops dead?
  • Who is this mysterious conjuror?
  • What happens at the Frost Fair?
  • Do the siblings ever reunite?

Rating – 5/5 Stars
Recommendation – Very High

This was a beautifully delightful fall read y’all. As the plot thickens, the characters pace quickens which makes it a wonderful page turner. Surrounded by mystery and magic, it’s a frosty affair with the frost fair indeed. I love children’s fiction books since I have been a reader all my life and my journey started with children’s books.

Natasha Hastings has done a fine job in piecing together the characters brilliantly well to bring it to life. I was utterly hooked to his book right from the start and actually finished this in one sitting. Loved the read.

P.S – Thank You The Write Reads for organizing and inviting me to be a part of this magnificent blog tour. Thank You Harper Collins and Netgalley for providing the ecopy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

#Stayhungrystaybookish

Lots of love,

mrsswiftnib

Blog 182: The Magic of Woven Words – Author Interview #57

Dear Readers,

Happy Fall Y’All!

It’s the last quarter of the year and the first ten days are over. The days seem to be sprinting and I want them to walk. I have a goal to devour FIFTY ONE books and I have Ten remaining to wrap this year up. How is the reading coming along? Are you exceeding or meeting the magic number you’ve set for yourselves? Let me know in the comments below.

A huge Thank You and a Loud Shout out to the Author Anna Valencia –  for agreeing to participate and kind enough to send prompt response to all my questions.

Anna Valencia  –  The Chestnut House (Available on Amazon)

–>  A Brief Bio (As is written by the Author)

As a child I was a real bookworm, usually staying up much later than I was allowed to, reading in bed! The first books I can remember really loving were the ‘Famous Five’ books by Enid Blyton, and the ‘Emily’ trilogy by L. M. Montgomery. Now my favorite genres are historical fiction, timeslip fiction, adventure, drama and women’s fiction.

Question 1:  How much ‘world building’ takes place before you start writing? Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing the story?

Author’s Response:  My novel is set partly in 1944, during the winter of the occupation of Italy, when the second Gothic Line was drawn right through my village in Italy. I had to do a lot of research to get the facts right, and it meant translating quite a few books that were all in Italian from my local library in Molazzana. I read books about the Gothic Line, the local resistance, and the war in general. Italian is my third language, I am English by birth and studied French at University, so it took me some time to translate! My novel is set in and around our village, so I was living in the world of my novel. At times it became difficult to remember what was fiction and what was real life! 

Question 2: How do you do research for your books?  What are the tools of the trade?

Author’s Response:  I learnt a lot from my neighbors in the village who lived through the war, and would tell me their stories. Our close neighbor Armanda is 93, and loves to tell me wartime tales. She was just a child, but remembers it all so vividly. For many years after the war it was a taboo subject for lots of people; too many difficult memories. But now there is a change, with people realizing these stories will be lost forever if they are not documented. Some local historians in the Garfagnana started to interview people and write their stories down, which is an invaluable resource. I have so much inspiration and so many ideas for my second novel, which will be a sequel to ‘The Chestnut House’. 

Question 3: Where do you get your inspiration?

Author’s Response: I took my inspiration for ‘The Chestnut House’ from our own house, in Italy. It was abandoned and unloved when we bought it in 2018, but has so much history and character. It’s a special place, and I knew from the moment I saw it I wanted to write a book about it. Inspiration is powerful, I literally had to find time to sit and write this story down. It was difficult, as we were renovating the house and our children were 4 years old and 1 year old, but I had to make time. 

Question 4: Who is your favorite author and why?  What are you reading now?What book is currently on your bedside table?

Author’s Response: My favorite author is Lucinda Riley, I have read all her books. I just love Roald Dahl and his fantastic imagination , and I’m reading all his books with my daughters. At the moment I’m reading ‘Thornbirds’ by Colleen McCullough, a family saga set in Australia. I’m gripped!

Question 5: Recommend three of your favorite books to the readers.

Author’s Response:

a.) Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
b.) The Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley
c.) 100 years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Author’s Favorite Quote: 

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” 

C.S. Lewis (British writer and lay theologian)

P.S: Stay tuned for my Review on this book soon.

#Stayhungrystaybookish

Lots of love,

mrsswiftnib

Blog 181: The Magic of Woven Words – Author Interview #56

Dear Readers,

Happy Week Ahead! Here is another brilliant Author Interview and I loved the responses.

A huge Thank You and a Loud Shout out to the Author Eva Laurenson –  for agreeing to participate and kind enough to send prompt response to all my questions.

Eva Laurenson  –  Amantos

–>  A Brief Bio (As is written by the Author)


I’m Eva Laurenson, born in Berlin, Germany (West, as I still get the question about East or West a lot). Over the past fifteen years I have worked and lived in the Netherlands, Scotland and Australia; and have recently moved back to my hometown of Berlin, Germany. My previous day job was in academia as an agricultural scientist, but alongside my location change also came the decision to give writing a fulltime shot. How else will I know if I could make it as a writer…

I would not describe myself as an avid reader growing up, but I was fortunate enough to have had a father who read to me a lot. The first books I actively remember my dad reading to me were The Hobbit, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Lord of the Rings. So, fantasy adventure was a genre I grew up with and still like. I think my dad finally got me reading with mysteries such as Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple; and then later, like many, Harry Potter. Thinking back now, I might have read more than I give myself credit for…By now, I have added historic novels and sci-fi to the genres I enjoy (and especially like to write in).

I wrote a draft of my first book (Das Erbe des Seefahrers) in my early twenties but then had a lot of life happening until I actually sat down again to edit and finally publish it in 2020.

Question 1:  What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?  How do you handle writer’s block? 

Author’s Response: In a nutshell, good writing should stay in the background and not be noticeable, a little bit like good make-up shouldn’t be visible, both should just support the feature but not be the feature. The feature in writing is of course the story which should be good and is in my opinion even more important than the writing itself.

To prevent writer’s block, I tend to have multiple stories in various stages on the go at the same time, so if I get stuck on one, I continue with another. If I cannot motivate myself to write at all, I try to either relax and don’t do anything or make new experiences which usually get my imagination going again.

Question 2:  Describe your writing space.  What time of the day do you usually write?  Describe a typical writing day.

Author’s Response: As I have just moved country and barely had any furniture for over a year, I tend to write with a laptop on my legs sitting either in bed or on a sofa. I would like to have a proper writing space, either a desk at a perfect height so that I can sit for hours or a nice armchair with a leg rest. I like to write either first thing in the morning, but the problem is that I rarely have time then, or later in the evening. I guess it’s times when the world seems to be quiet. Most days, I write whenever I get time to focus.

My perfect writing day would be waking up, making myself a cup of coffee and start writing for a couple of hours without having had any human contact; then get on with other chores, maybe a lunch at a nice café, brainstorming and researching ideas; after dinner settle down again for another couple of hours of writing. My typical day is way less structured, and I write and research whenever I get time.

Question 3: What does success mean to you? What is the definition of success?Is writing your full-time career? Or would you like it to be?  On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

Author’s Response: To me success means to be free to do what I love, whenever I want to do it. Success to me is when I go to bed and feel like I had a productive day that made me happy. In a larger picture, such a day would have also provided me with an income that allowed me to keep on having those happy productive days.

I quit my job last year and I’m now trying to write full time, however, this is easier said than done as it requires a lot more discipline to keep your creative time free from any other tasks that might creep up. On a typical day I spend between 2-5 hours on actual writing and as much time (or more) on researching or simply thinking about my characters and stories.

Question 4:  Who is your favorite author and why? What are you reading now? What book is currently on your bedside table?

Author’s Response: I wouldn’t say I have a favorite author in the terms of definitely buying a book because they are the author. I quite enjoy reading Noah Gordon, Frank Schaetzing, Neil Gaiman, Ken Follett, Dan Brown, Agatha Christie, Jane Austen, Suzanne Collins, Umberto Ecco, Thomas Mann, …

I’m currently reading Dune by Frank Herbert. It’s a writing style I need to get used to but definitely very intriguing.

Question 5:   Recommend three of your favorite books to the readers.

Author’s Response:

1.      The Physician by Noah Gordon (this book started my desire to write and as foolish and young as I was (early twenties), I wrote my first novel because I thought I could write something equally great. Das Erbe des Seefahrers (The Mariner’s Legacy) is out on Amazon and did unexpectedly well for my first self-published attempt, although it is nowhere near the same standard as Noah Gordon’s books.)

2.      Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt (this book made me laugh out loud and cry in equal amounts)

3.      American Gods by Neil Gaiman (I really enjoyed this book because of the twist and turns in the story, it’s references to mythology, and the poignant connections to the present. Might actually read it soon again…)

Author’s Favorite Quote: 

A writer lives a thousand lives before she dies and takes the reader on their journey without them having to move their feet.

#Stayhungrystaybookish

Lots of love,

mrsswiftnib

Blog 180: Blog Tour 15 – Book Review #61

Dear Readers,

I am finally catching up on my Netgalley Reviews and here is one such amazing book that I got as an ARC (which is not an ARC any longer, since the book released a while ago.) I am going to finish my back log reviews and then request more books.

BOOK REVIEW ALERT – Review, Recommendation, Rating & Opinion are my own.

Title – Wish You Were Here

Author – Jodi Piccoult

Genre – Thriller

Covid – 19 changed the world in a way no one could comprehend. During this time, the author managed to come up with this fabulous book that was an absolute page turner.

The wonderful read follows the Diana O’Toole who has charted out her whole life to the T. But little did she know that her whole plan was going in a direction she would never have dreamt of. Well, that is life.
Diana’ has planned her life in a certain direction. Married at Thirty with kids done by Thirty-Five to her amazing Doctor Boy Friend Finn, a surgical resident. A much awaited holiday to the Galapagos Island where a beautiful proposal awaits and the whole planned life is to take a new shape and form.

But, a virus breaks out and is spreading real fast. At the nick of the time, Finn has to back off as he is called on to doctor duty and there is no way that he’s going to join this trip. Diana is urged and pushed to take the trip alone as she has been wanting to go to the island for the longest time.

As soon as eh reaches the island,. the whole island is under quarantine and there starts a whole new world that Diana would never have envisaged. Friendships budding and secrets buzzing, Diana has to steer around with care while her mind is have a race of its own.

What happens when she returns?
– Will her choices remain the same?
– Would she have become a whole new person?
– Can her secrets in the island remain a secret?

Rating – 4.5/5 Stars
Recommendation – High

I loved this book so much that I read it one go. An absolute page turner, if you haven’t got your hands on this book, then now is the time. It keeps you guessing till the end and piques your interest right from the beginning till the very end.

P.S – Thank You The Write Reads for organizing and inviting me to be a part of this magnificent blog tour. Thank You Penguin Publishers and Netgalley for providing the ecopy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

#Stayhungrystaybookish

Lots of love,

mrsswiftnib

Blog 179: Reading Challenge

Dear Readers,

Can you believe it’s the First of September already? This year is almost coming to an end and so is the summer season. Goodbye Summer of 2022 and Hello Fall 2022. With the season almost over we completed our Summer Reading Challenge too. Woo Hoo, I did the challenge and it felt so exhilarating. I love my local library and a big shout out to them for coming out with such amazing programs round the year.

So since I completed my challenge, I got to win a gift too. Such a delightful perk. When I went to the library, I was given two very tough choices to make. It was a very hard one believe me. I was given two options,

  1. Choose the mug with the print on it of the challenge. OR
  2. Customize my own mug

I was torn between such lovely options. But I went with the later one for two reasons,

  1. I have never customized a mug ever. AND
  2. I had a design ready before hand.

I went to the library and got to see the whole process of how the mug is printed. It came out so beautifully in the end.

Here is the final outcome,

What do y’all think of my mug? I love the design I got on it. The design is from Pinterest and I love the picture and the quote – Bad Vibes Don’t Go With My Outfit!

Have a lovely long weekend lovelies! (One more day for it though 🙂 )

#Stayhungrystaybookish

Lots of love,

mrsswiftnib

Blog 178: The Magic of Woven Words – Author Interview #55

Dear Readers,

How has this month been for you all? I have managed to read a few books this month and have some interesting non-fiction reads I really enjoyed.

A huge Thank You and a Loud Shout out to the Author Natasha Anne –  for agreeing to participate and kind enough to send prompt response to all my questions.

–>  A Brief Bio (As is written by the Author),

​I wasn’t much of a reader at all when I was a child (I was way more a TV kid). I had a few favorite books as a young kid but it wasn’t until high school when I actually enjoyed reading. I remember sitting outside in my backyard when I was around 15, reading the Gossip Girl series, and thinking that was the first time I actually enjoyed reading a book that wasn’t assigned to me in school. 
Writing on the other hand has always been a passion of mine. I’ve enjoyed writing in journals since I learned how to write to begin with. I would write short stories and small plays in elementary school. It really just advanced from there until I finally published my first book in 2020. 

Question 1:  Can you share a snippet that isn’t in the blurb or excerpt? What was the highlight of writing this book?

Author’s Response:  I can honestly say, everything I could legally include in the book, I did. Of course there were dates and relationships I didn’t include but those were just less interesting. I wanted to book to be short and sweet – something that someone could read on a train or travel with. 

I actually never even intended to write and publish the book. When I left my nearly decade long relationship in 2017, I ventured into the world of dating, which meant going on dating apps, and the stories that ensued were so weird and interesting that my friends encouraged me to write them down. I kept a journal of my dates over the course of about 2-3 years. In 2020 I was in a pretty serious relationship; and when we broke up in the late summer, I decided to have that one be my last dating journal entry and to publish my top stories into a book. I found an amazing editor, a cover artist and a graphic designer, and was able to publish the book about a month or so later. 

Question 2: What do you hope your readers take away from this book? Where do you draw inspiration from?

Author’s Response:  I hope everyone who reads it finds a little bit of themselves in it. My stories aren’t unique. Dating is pretty universal and for many, a rather strange journey. It can feel overwhelming at times and I was watching a lot of my friends shy away from dating altogether because it seemed too scary. I just wanted people to know that even if you’re scared, put yourself out there. It’s worth it because you get to know yourself, know what you like and what your type is, and know what you’re looking for in a partner. Even if it ends in a painful breakup, I still think it’s an experience worth having. 

I wrote the book from an honest place that leaves nothing out so my readers will know all that happened, all that I felt throughout each experience, and that dating isn’t as scary as it seems because I made it out of all of these relationships totally fine. 

Question 3: How do you do research for your books? Describe your writing space.

Author’s Response:  I live in Los Angeles so that seems to provide plenty of material on it’s own. I usually just write in my apartment, preferably late at night since I’m able to focus best then. 

Question 4:  Who is your favorite author and why? What are you reading now?

Author’s Response: Oh boy. That changes constantly. Right now I’m reading a lot of Glennon Doyle (basically everything she’s ever written). I’m also reading What I Did While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman. I go through phases of reading and right now I’ve been in a year-long memoir phase. It’s been mostly female writers because I find a part of me in every story and have come to realizations while reading these memoirs I thought could only come from an intense therapy session. 

Question 5:   Recommend three of your favorite books to the readers.

Author’s Response: 

  1. Love Warrior – Glennon Doyle
  2. Spilled Milk – K.L. Randis
  3. Mating in Captivity – Esther Perel  

#Stayhungrystaybookish

Lots of love,

mrsswiftnib

Blog 177: June Reading Goals

Dear Readers,

It’s almost time for Mid-Year Freak Out blog in a few days. And truth be told, I am lagging behind a lot. How are you all doing with your mid year goals?

For now, I have my June Reading Goals. I went MIA after posting January goals and her I am back with June Goals. Consistency is the key, but my key needs to be turned up a wee bit. 🙂 But I am hopeful to post it every month for the rest half of the year.

My June Reading Goals,

  • The Stationery Shop of Tehran by Marjan Kamali –> Fiction
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben –> Non-Fiction
  • Turn a Blind Eye by Jeffrey Archer –> Fiction
  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallero –> Fiction
  • The Cousins by Karen McManus –> Fiction
  • The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey –> Non-Fiction
  • Help Me, I’m Stuck –> Non-Fiction

In Total I plan on reading SEVEN Books this month, out of which, FOUR Fiction and THREE Non-Fiction books.

What have you peeps planned this month? Let me know in the comments below.

Have an awesome reading month y’all!

#Stayhungrystaybookish

Lots of love,

mrsswiftnib

Blog 176: The Magic of Woven Words – Author Interview #54

Dear Readers,

Managing time is quite hard at times. Off-late I am the tail end of it. And, here I always thought I was good at time management, but clearly nope. It’s been such a long time that I posted on my blog and today I decided, I got to put this up. Hope you are all doing great and are almost ready for the Mid-Year Freak Tag.

A huge Thank You and a Loud Shout out to the Author K.W Hall –  for agreeing to participate and kind enough to send prompt response to all my questions.

K.W Hall  –  The Songs of Fate (Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iBooks, and Google.)

–>  A Brief Bio (As is written by the Author)

I am K.W. Hall, an avid reader and writer of romance novels.  Living in Oahu, Hawaii, I can be found amongst the sea turtles and the sunshine. Most days I spend writing or enjoying the beauty of the island. I write in many subcategories of the romance genre ranging from military romance, to contemporary romance, to romantic fantasy.

Growing up, I read Francine Pascal books and stole my mom’s romance novels! When I was old enough to get myself to a library or bookstore, I was reading Neil Gaiman, Christine Feehan, George Orwell, Nora Roberts, and anything with love, adventure, or another world.  My favorite genres are fantasy, any romance, dystopian novels, and spiritual non-fiction books… yes, I like to keep an open mind and full bookshelf.

Question 1:  What inspired you to start writing? How long have you been writing?

Author’s Response:  I first started writing in 2019 when, as a registered nurse during a pandemic, I needed a mental escape. Books were always a beautiful sanctuary for me, but I pushed myself to do something I truly loved, and write my first novel. What came from it? Changing my career to romance novelist!

Question 2: How do you develop your plot and characters?

Author’s Response: All good characters are sparked by a dream. I have vivid dreams, which usually lead to the next book I write. The plot comes from sitting with a blank notebook and envisioning the life of my character with all of their flaws, problems, and heartache. Then I write every single thought, word, color, song, that describes this character. From there, I can note a few major plot points, but I try not to get too detailed or do a major outline. The characters tell me where to go and how they will solve their heartaches as I write. I can’t force it. They show me how, and I just put the words on the page.

Question 3:  Describe your writing space.

Author’s Response: My writing space is very simple—the less clutter the better. I have a calendar for publishing deadlines, editing deadlines, and marketing dates with a stack of my published novels some pens, a journal, and my laptop. The walls are almost barren except for my all-seeing eye (yes, I’m one of those weirdos) and lots of windows for fresh air and light. If I can’t write in my office then outside to the ocean I go. There is something about walking in silence and staring at the water which produces plot twists and lovable characters.

Question 4:  Who is your favorite author and why? What book are you currently reading?

Author’s Response: That is one of the toughest questions you could ask me. If I have to narrow it down to two: Meghan March and Neil Gaiman. They are both inspiring authors not only for their works, but for their dedication to writing and life story. I’m currently reading: A War of Two Queens by Jennifer Armentrout and Happy Days by Gabrielle Bernstein.

Question 5:   Recommend three of your favorite books to the readers.

Author’s Response:

Dark-Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon (My favorite paranormal books to date.)

A Creative Rebel’s Guide to Winning the Game of Life byMeggan Wilson and Jacob Wilson(It’s a brilliant non-fiction book by a beautiful husband-and-wife team.)

1984 by George Orwell (My first novel I read that made me think, terrified me, and I still refer to it today!)

Author’s Favorite Quote: 

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline

#Stayhungrystaybookish

Lots of love,

mrsswiftnib

Blog 175: January Wrap Up

Dear Readers,

I can’t believe that January is coming to an end which means the first month of 2022 is almost over. Jeez! Time indeed flies. As this month is coming to an end, I decided to jump onto the band wagon of posting this month’s wrap up.

January Wrap Up,

–> No. Of Books Read = 5

–> No. Of Fiction Books = 4

–> No. Of Non-Fiction Reads = 1

–> Physical Copies Read = 1

–> Audio books = 4

A.) BOOK # 1 – THE HIGH FIVE HABIT

AUTHOR – MEL ROBBINS

RATING – 3.5/5 Stars

B.) BOOK # 2 – SIX ANGRY GIRLS

AUTHOR – ADRIENNE KISNER

RATING – 2.5/5 Stars

C.) BOOK # 3 – DEAR SANTA

AUTHOR – DEBBIE MACOMBER

RATING – 4/5 Stars

D.) BOOK # 4 – TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT PINKY

AUTHOR – SANDHYA MENON

RATING – 4/5 Stars

E.) BOOK # 5 – PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION

AUTHOR – EMILY HENRY

RATING – 3/5 Stars

I hope to read atleast 5 for Feb. Let’s see how much I get done. What is your reading goal for February?

Happy Reading Peeps!

#Stayhungrystaybookish

Lots of love,

mrsswiftnib

Blog 174: The Magic of Woven Words – Author Interview #53

Dear Readers,

I finally have the book I have been wanting to read and that is – People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry. I fell in love with this Author’s writing after I read Beach Read. What are you all reading?

A huge Thank You and a Loud Shout out to the Author Quinn Miller–  for agreeing to participate and kind enough to send prompt response to all my questions.

Quinn Miller   –  Better Days (Available on Amazon for purchase.)

–>  A Brief Bio (As is written by the Author)

I have been an avid reader most of my life. I think books have always been an escape for me. When I feel lost in life or the weight of my world gets to be too much, I can escape into another. Some of my favorite books are Count of Monte Cristo, the Catcher in the Rye, The Last Lecture, and as for current reads, The Ravenhood Series by Kate Stewart. I have loved words and their power for as long as I can remember. My family loves to tease when I was little, I’d create scenes and pick friends up and place them where I wanted them to be and make everyone act out what was in my mind. In high school, I survived by writing poetry. I am sure I drove the boys I dated crazy with the letters I’d write to them. I have always felt it is more to write than to say. Verbal words can be forgotten but written, there is always a record.

Question 1: Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about? Where do you draw inspiration from?

Author’s Response:  My debut novel releases 2/2 and am currently finishing up self-edits on my second book. My second book, tentatively titled, Reason, is about perception and how even when we view ourselves as broken, someone else sees us as the treasure we are.

Question 2: What is your work schedule like when you are writing? Describe your writing space. What time of the day do you usually write?

Author’s Response:  I work a “normal” job on top of writing and have a family, so my writing usually happens at night. I am often up till three a.m. We have a home office that my husband and I share with a two-sided desk. I create a playlist depending on the book I am writing and usually listen to only that playlist. I slip on my headphones and get in the zone for that book.

Question 3:    Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing the story?

Author’s Response:  The first thing I do is try to figure out my characters. I ask myself what are their personalities, maybe some quirks? I often search Pinterest for photos till I spot someone that looks like the image in my head. I have my next series plotted out, but they are siblings of my main male character in my current work in progress, so I had to write out a family tree and figure out all the sibling relationships now to properly write this character.

Question 4: What are you reading now? Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, are there any you’d recommend?

Author’s Response:  I am about to start Sinful Heir, by Michelle Heard. I listen to audiobooks when I am driving and when I am cooking and cleaning; it helps pass the time. Kandi Steiner just put out a three-book compilation, The Pain in Loving You I just listened to. Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills, and Carnage by Lesley Jones are good time suck audiobooks. They pull you in and time passes without you realizing.

Question 5:   Recommend three of your favorite books to the readers.

Author’s Response:  Oh gosh, this is hard. I read, A LOT. If I had to pick, I’d say,

Only Series (let’s just pretend it counts for one) by Cristin Harber

Drive by Kate Stewart

Sacrifice by Adriana Locke.

Author’s Favorite Quote:  One of my favorite bookish quotes is by Virginia Woolf, “Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.”

#Stayhungrystaybookish

Lots of love,

mrsswiftnib

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