Interview with Joy Frawley

Tell us about your latest book.

Two Worlds Two Men is a time travel romance that takes place in Scotland. My heroine, Jocelyn, travels between present day Edinburgh and the medieval Highlands on a search to learn about her past in order to find her place in the present. The story takes the reader on a journey filled with superstition and folklore as they follow Jocelyn’s footsteps between the handsome rugby player, Neely, and the medieval clansman, Colin. Both men have much to offer, but their worlds are very different and Jocelyn must choose which man she wants to remain with. In addition, she must face the painful past that was long ago forgotten and by doing so she could lose her very life.

What marketing methods are you using to promote your book? 

I have done two virtual blog tours, both of which I highly recommend to any author because it has really allowed me to make contact with romance readers. I also have an active author page on Good Reads and Amazon in addition to my blog, joyfrawley.com. I’ve also made appearances on a couple radio talk shows and posted a few general advertisements in newspapers during peak seasons like Christmas. Twitter is an amazing social network to participate in and I really enjoy promoting not only my book, but so many other talented authors on it.

What advice do you have for other writers?

My advice to aspiring authors is to believe in themselves and press on regardless of any outward appearance. By demonstrating perseverance you will set yourself apart from the competition because the unfortunate truth is many people give up when they hit an obstacle. Don’t allow that to happen to you.

What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers?

If you only knew who walked beside you at all times you would never again experience fear or doubt.” ~Wayne Dyer Quote

Who is you favorite character in your book and why?

This question is difficult to answer because I love all my characters so much! Still, I would probably say Neely is my favorite character because his dynamic charm, humor and confidence are very sexy and I adore these attributes in men. Neely is the present day love interest in this time travel romance and the candid flirting between him and Jocelyn makes me laugh every time I read it because they both reflect how great a team men and women can be if we meet the right person.

Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?

I believe readers enjoy Two Worlds Two Men because it offers a great mix of romance, history and adventure. Plus, the characters mingle together in a great blend of humor, sexiness and realism that I hope readers embrace.

Did you learn anything from writing your book that was unexpected?

I was surprised how attached I became to the characters I wrote about! It was not something I would have predicted.

Who inspires you?

The people who inspire me are the ones who are fearless in their pursuit of happiness.

What are your thoughts on self-publishing verses traditional publishing?

Two Worlds Two Men is my first published work and it was released by a traditional publisher. Still, I am quite impressed at the social media and options a self-published author has available to take total control of their work. I am debating which route I want to go on my own nonfiction book right now! For me, marketing is the key factor and nowadays most the promotion falls almost entirely on authors which makes it apparent why self-publishing is so popular.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

I am a major outdoor lover and travel hound so anything related to either of those things are on my A-list.



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How Writing Has Inspired Those Around Me

How Writing Has Inspired Those Around Me, guest post by Lawrence Elliot, www.writersandauthors.info

Writing has inspired many people around me. Individuals told me that my   book, “Practical Proverbs for Everyday Living” has motivated them to increase their teachings of fundamental life principles to their children. Parents said that the proverbs should be taught in the schools, to help build a good foundation in children.

There was a particular individual who is the President of a large company, whom I presented a copy of my book. This individual was fascinated because it was a picture of a lighthouse on the cover. He told me to look around his office and as I glanced around his office; I noticed various pictures of lighthouses and even a miniature light house. He said that the lighthouse is his company’s symbol. He stated that he studies the meaning of a lighthouse, so that he can learn its purposes. I also listen attentively to his conversations with me over the years, thus I was able to write an autograph that exactly suited his passion in life. Those comments I wrote caused him to be ecstatic. He responded by saying, how did you know what is my passion. I replied, I listen to your conversations over the years. This is a prime example of how people are inspired by one’s writings. He told me that I touched his life in a tremendous way that day. If I had not written the book, that inspirational moment would have never occurred.
When writing an inspirational, motivational, uplifting book etcetera, the author should be aware of several key points that ought to be utilized. A key point is to be real. If you are not real in your writings, people will see straight through the fa├žade, and then your work will become discredited. You have to genuinely believe that what you are writing is true and would help individuals to become better. Your sincerity shows up in your writing. The reader has to believe in what you are saying. If you are not passionate about it, how can you ignite the passion in others. Real people, produce real results.

Another key factor is to stay emotionally connected to your story. Your energy is transferable. The emotion that you release on paper, transfers to the mind of the reader. If the author displays a strong or angry emotion, then that feeling may turn the reader off. If your goal is to inspire your readers, then you have to balance truth with love. A proper mixture of truth and love produces inspiration.
Another characteristic is to be respectful in your writings. When you show a person disrespect, it means that you misunderstand their value. Every human being on this planet is valuable. Some may not be aware of their value; however, they are still valuable. You can never motivate someone if they do not respect you. An Author can be absolute in his writings, but still   be respectful. Remember the goal is for the reader’s mind to be motivated, not deflated.
Another key component is to be solution oriented. My mantra is, “For every problem, there is a solution”. Once you get your readers to be solution driven, then it becomes easy for them to grow. When an author seeks to inspire his or her reader’s, he must introduce them to the concept of “What a person consistently thinks about, he actually becomes”. The ultimate foundation of inspiration and motivation is how you think. Finally, give your readers hope, to realize that life can become better. Give them the inspiration to realize that once the information is applied, upward mobility is inevitable.

There was a gentleman who told me that he started to read my book. As he began to read the first proverb in the book, he stopped, pondered, and closed the book. I was curious as to why this was done. The first proverb is   “A fool is one who becomes aware of God’s plan for his life, but rejects the assignment”. I found out from him the reason he closed the book before moving on, was to stop and think of his purpose for being on earth. He shared with me that this proverb inspired him to act on his assignment and it taught him the difference between knowing the assignment and actually living it. This inspiration became possible because of my sincere passion to transform lives. When an author inspires his readers, it releases inspiration into the atmosphere to encourage others as well. We are all interconnected. Whatever we do individually, effects us collectively. I admonish authors to write uplifting books, so the world can become a better place. Be greatly inspired and abundantly blessed.

How Writing Has Inspired Those Around Me, guest post by Lawrence Elliot, www.writersandauthors.info
Lawrence Elliott was born in one of the beautiful islands of the Bahamas called New Providence. He is married to a lovely lady named Deborah. His passion is to teach the laws of life in a practical way. Presently, he volunteers teaching junior high school boys the word of God, in a group called the Christian Boys Movement. Additionally, Mr. Elliott volunteered teaching ‘at risk’ high school boys, the principles of life at a special institute designed for them. www.facebook.com/zirconempowerment

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Excerpt: KAYLEN'S RISING by Yves Robichaud


Title: KAYLEN'S RISING
Author: Yves Robichaud



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Kaylen has been in the dark for fourteen years – in every sense. His people are hunted, so they must struggle to survive within underground caves. His community despises his family, taunting him constantly. His parents keep him housebound, forbidding him from wielding sword or wand.

When he is finally allowed to attend school, the harsh truth reveals he has much to learn – including a unique magical ability. Kaylen can summon and control skeletons!

With surface-dwellers threatening war, he will need every friend he can make, and to stay true to himself if he is to survive what is to come.

Excerpt:

Chapter 13: Preparation for the first mission

“Are you excited about our first mission?” asked Turin.

“Yes and no.” stated Avery. “I'm not sure that I want to come face to face with Locien, the Snake Dragon. I've heard stories about this creature destroying complete armies.”

“Let's hope Erynel's plan works and we can just go collect the scales while Locien is away so we don't have to face her,” said Kaylen.

“Erynel… why does she hate you so much, Kaylen?” asked Turin looking his friend in the eyes.

“I don't know—I seem to have that effect on people,” replied Kaylen, looking at Avery and smiling.

Avery looked down, embarrassed.

Alysse sat there quietly, trying to take in as much as she could.

Everyone stopped talking when Erynel walked into the room. Kaylen was impressed as to how someone so young could command such a presence.

“Today, you all leave on your first major mission. Do not think of this as a social event or an adventure. We have a specific task, and if you wish to be admitted to the League of the Shadows, you will obey my commands at all times. This mission is a dangerous one. Chances are that not all of you will make it back alive. One single mistake can cost us dearly. Stay close to the group, and don't do anything unless I tell you to.”

Author Bio:

Yves Robichaud is originally from the small Acadian community of Grand-Barachois, New Brunswick, Canada. He has studied Business Administration and Information Technology, currently works for the federal government, and is the proud father of one son: Jeremy. Inspired by a love of fantastical, magical tales, Kaylen's Rising is Yves' first attempt to share this literary passion with his son and the rest of the world.

Author Website: www.yvesrobichaud.com
Twitter: @yvesr72

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8 Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Author Website

8 Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Author Website, www.writersandauthors.info

Spring has sprung!... well almost... in some parts of the world at least. It will hopefully come for the rest of us in the near future. 

When we think of Spring, we often start thinking about Spring cleaning and new, fresh, starts. It's the perfect time to get organised and clean up your online presence. 

Spring clean your author website

Here's a few ideas of things you can do to Spring clean your author website:

1) Update your author photo. Is your author photo current? If it's been a while since you updated your author photo now is a good time to take a new one. If you were to do a book signing tomorrow, would people recognize you as the same person on your website? If you're still using the same photo from years ago, maybe not. Get a good clear headshot for a professional look.

2) Check your contact details. Is it easy for people to connect with you? Do you have your social media buttons (with working links) in an easy to find spot on your website? Maybe you've added some new networks? Add new buttons/links and make sure the old ones are still up to date. Also make sure you either have a contact form or email on site so that fans and press can get in touch with you.

3) Update your website header. Your header is the first thing people see when they visit your website. What does yours say about you and what you do? Is it still current? 

4) Update information about your books. Hopefully you at least have links to your books sales pages on your website. If not, do that now. If you've been busy writing you may have books that have been recently released. Update your website to showcase all your titles.

5) Update your author bio. When was the last time you updated your author bio? If it's been a while, a few tweaks here and there might be in order.

6) Update your "About" page. This follows on from #5. Did you know that the "About" page is one of the most visited pages on any website? Just check your own visitor stats and you'll most likely see it's one of your most frequented pages. Make sure yours gives readers a good overview of who you are and what you do. 

7) Have a blog. Although static sites can be lower maintenance blogging will do wonders for your SEO. If you don't have a blog on your author website, start one. 

If you do have a blog, take a look at your editorial calendar. This is something that often gets overlooked on author blogs. In fact many of you might not have even thought of having an editorial calendar for your author blog. It's a great way to make sure the content you put out is on target with your goals, suited to your target audience, and saves loads of time in the long run. Take a look at your goals for your website and brainstorm post ideas that help you reach those goals. 

8) Add social share buttons to your website. Social media is huge. Nearly everyone is on at least one, if not more, social media sites these days. Make sure your making it easy for visitors to tell others about your website. Adding social share buttons is a quick and easy way to do this. 
 
Do you Spring clean your author website each year? Got a tip of your own to add to the list above? Tell us about it in the comments section below.



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