Interview with Ryan Quinn

Interview with Ryan Quinn

What genre do you write and why?

I write espionage thrillers set in the present day. I’ve always loved spy thrillers, but I’m particularly drawn to the challenge of writing modern-day stories because it allows me, via my characters, to dig into the key technological and social issues that we’re all grappling with as a culture.

The protagonist of my current thriller The Good Traitor, and its predecessor End of Secrets, is Kera Mersal, a former CIA-operative who’s accused of treason after leaking documents that exposed an illegal domestic surveillance program. In addition to the action, the books weigh the impact of surveillance, cybersecurity, privacy, and the role of the media.

What advice do you have for other writers?
Keep writing, keep reading. There’s really no other way to do it. It’s probably best not to listen to other people’s advice. There isn’t anything I can tell you that you won’t better discover on your own through writing and reading as often as possible. If you’re passionate about writing and connecting with readers, and committed to it for the long haul, you’ll figure out what you need to make it work best for you.
What's the best thing about being a writer?
I find the level of observation and reflection required to write a novel-length book to be very rewarding. When we talk or read or think on our own, we can learn a lot about ourselves and the world we live in. But the act of writing is really the act of thinking on a much deeper level. You write and then you revise over and over. And that process forces you to discover things you never would have otherwise—including things that the reader never sees on the page.
Obviously, there’s a big thrill when you have a book published and see the impact it has on other people. But those moments are so few and far between. It’s the daily reward I get from working in the trenches that sustains me.

Interview with Ryan Quinn
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How long did it take you to write your book?

The Good Traitor took about a year to write, and then another nine months of editing and seeing it through the publication process. That’s a few months faster than my previous book. Ideally, I’d love to get it down to a book each year. But I’m not going to force something for an arbitrary timeline. I think six to nine months of writing and three months of revising would make sense for me, creatively. But it’s not always about that. Unfortunately, life has a way of stealing me away from that ideal writing schedule.


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

Every day. I tend to need to do a lot of research for my books, so I start learning new and unexpected things even before I’ve written a chapter. But once I start outlining and writing and watching it all come together, the scope keeps expanding and new areas of meaning and learning open up. It’s like I said before, writing forces you to think and observe at a different level. When you do that every day, you’re going to learn things you never saw coming.

           
How do you research your books?

Mostly by reading or listening to other relevant books. I do spend a good deal of time discovering resources online, especially if a very narrow question needs answering, but for wrapping my head around a big topic like the Edward Snowden leaks, cybersecurity, or big data, I turn to books written by experts. One of my tricks is to listen to audiobooks while I’m running or driving in the car. It saves me time and makes it so that most of my day is spent immersed in whatever topic I’m trying to absorb.

What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.

Right now I’m working on a standalone thriller that is unrelated to The Good Traitor and End of Secrets. The new book is about the colliding worlds of neuroscience and artificial intelligence. Both of those fields are on the cusp of some revolutionary breakthroughs that, in our lifetimes, might seriously impact what it means to be human. So the stakes there are high and I couldn’t resist getting a piece of the action.

Interview with Ryan Quinn
What are you currently reading?

Most of what I’m reading and listening to now is for research in support of the book I’m working on. But I’m still always reading at least one novel strictly for pleasure. Right now that’s a debut novel called Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley. I got an advance copy and it’s incredible. It’s one of those books that stands out from the first page. It comes out in June and it’s going to be huge.

For research, I’m reading an academic essay collection called The Future of the Brain, written by various scientists; a fascinating book by the philosopher John Searle called The Mystery of Consciousness; and I’m listening to Tales from Both Sides of the Brain by Michael Gazzaniga, which is part memoir about his life in science and part explanation of our current understanding of neuroscience and what we know about how the brain creates the mind.

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

I stay pretty content if I’m able to run, write, and read every day. Most weekends I play beach volleyball, and my fiancé and I are pretty social with our group of friends.


Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
All the basics can be found at my website, ryanquinnbooks.com. The Good Traitor and End of Secrets are easy to find on Amazon, but feel free to ask about them at your local bookstore if you prefer. I’m also on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I love hearing from readers, so drop me a note if you’ve got a question or comment.


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The Two Greatest Challenges For Today’s Writer


The Two Greatest Challenges For Today’s Writer, guest post by Andrea Kane


In my mind, the two greatest challenges for today’s writer are: (1) Creating an amazing book while tackling all the elements necessary to make that happen; and (2) Working and keeping up with the ever-changing publishing industry.

Yes, I know I just asked you to figure out how to boil the ocean.  And the ocean is getting deeper and wider every day.  But let’s set aside the thousands of details and hours of angst necessary to pull these things off.  Let’s talk about the overall.

Truthfully, I can no longer say which of the two challenges is harder.  In the simpler world of yesteryear, there was no contest.  It would be creating your book, hands down.  Writing takes your heart, your soul, and your emotional energy (not to mention most of your time).  All your efforts would go into crafting your novel.  The rest—the marketing, sales, and publicity—would be done by the publisher.

Fast forward to the present, where, sadly, that business model is gone.

Now, for a successful writing career, you have to write an amazing book as well as invest time, effort, and money into promoting that book and into riding the wild waves of social media.  You must write additional material.  You must run contests, make your own videos, enhance your own websites.  You must invest yourself into finding the best ways to communicate with your readers, not via weekly letters, but on a daily, sometimes multi-daily, basis.  While that part is both validating and rewarding, the entirety is a crushing combination of responsibilities.  Immediacy is the name of the game, and waiting is no long an option.

As a result, both the writing process and the marketing/networking efforts are imperative.  Which means you need to understand a rapidly changing business while still creating an outstanding product.  Effectively, you need to hone and fully utilize both your left and your right brain, the former for contending with the business side of things and the latter for managing your creative process.

I wish I could tell you I’ve mastered both, but the truth is it’s nearly impossible to master either.  You listen.  You learn.  You practice.  And you grow.  Most of all, you care.

Never feel alone.  Your fellow writers are struggling right along with you.  I’ve been published for over 25 years and 27 novels, and I continue to pound away at the process, evolving as I go.  The industry is forever changing, especially as technology grows.  And the creative process is still an all-encompassing entity unto itself, one that demands so very much of your time and energy.

Yet, more and more is expected of authors in today’s world.  And we’re all afraid of imbalance—doing too much in one area and not enough in the other.

Still, I have to believe that the process begins with a great book.  So the very best advice I can give you is to remember why you’re a writer.  It’s because you love sharing your stories with your readers.  Even if you fall short in other areas, never compromise on the quality of your work.  Do the best you can with your marketing, social media, conferences, and everything else relating to getting your book out there.  But always, always write the best book you can.  It’s what makes you and the industry successful.  And it’s what makes the union of book and reader possible.

The Two Greatest Challenges For Today’s Writer, guest post by Andrea Kane
ANDREA KANE's psychological thriller, The Girl Who Disappeared Twice, became an instant New York Times bestseller, the latest in a long string of smash hits. With her acclaimed signature style of developing unforgettable characters and weaving them into carefully researched story lines, Kane has created Forensic Instincts, an eclectic team of maverick investigators. Recruited because of their special talents and dynamic personalities, the high-energy members thrive on blatantly disregarding authority. Armed with skills and talents honed by years in the FBI and Special Forces, and with training in behavioral and forensic psychology, this unstoppable team solves seemingly impossible cases while walking a fine line between assisting and enraging law enforcement. With a worldwide following and novels published in over twenty languages, Kane is also the author of numerous romantic thrillers and historical romances. She lives in New Jersey with her family, where she is busily crafting a new challenge for Forensic Instincts.

Catch Up with Ms. Kane:
author's website http://www.andreakane.com/​
author's twitter http://twitter.com/Andrea_Kane​
author's facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAndreaKane


Giveaway:

This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours for Andrea Kane. There will be 6 US winners. There will be THREE (3) winners for this tour. The winners will each receive an eBook copy of The Murder That Never Was by Andrea Kane. The giveaway begins on May 9th and runs through June 9th, 2016.

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Book Showcase: The Madness of Mercury by Connie di Marco


Book Showcase: The Madness of Mercury by Connie di Marco

Title: The Madness of Mercury 

Author: Connie di Marco

Book description:

Astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought her chosen profession would bring danger into her life, but her outspoken advice in her newspaper column, AskZodia, makes her the target of San Francisco’s recently-arrived cult leader, Reverend Roy of the Prophet’s Tabernacle. The followers of the power hungry preacher will stop at nothing to quell the voices of those who would stand in his way and Julia’s at the top of his list. She’s willing to bet the charismatic Reverend is a Mercury-ruled individual, and she knows all too well that Mercury wasn’t just the messenger of the gods, he was a trickster and a liar as well.


Purchasing link:

http://amzn.to/23SHHA7


Author bio:

Connie di Marco is the author of the new Zodiac Mystery series from Midnight Ink, featuring San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti. Writing as Connie Archer, she is also the author of the national bestselling Soup Lover’s Mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime. Some of her excerpts and recipes can be found in The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. Connie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. She grew up in New England and now lives on the other coast.

 

Connie di Marco's website http://www.conniedimarco.com/ 
Connie di Marco's twitter https://twitter.com/askzodia 

Giveaway:

This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours for Connie di Marco. There will be 3 US winners. One winner will receive one $20 gift card from Amazon.com (US Only) the other 5 winners will each receive eBook copy of Deceived by Ashlee Mallory. This giveaway is for **US residents only**. The giveaway begins on May 1st and runs through May 31st, 2016.


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Book Review: The Purse by Julie A Burns

#BookReview: The Purse by Julie A.  Burns


Title: The Purse

Author: Julie A Burns

Purchasing link: http://amzn.to/1s6DTu9

About the book:

"When Lydia Blackwell visits her dying father for the last time, he reveals the deeply hidden truth about her mother. After the funeral, the stranger Derek Meade gifts her with a gorgeous antique purse. But before she has the chance to connect with the man who knew her father intimately, Lydia finds Derek murdered in his home. 

Lieutenant Sonja MacIntosh is assigned to investigate Mr. Meade’s death, but her career on the force never prepared her for Lydia Blackwell. As Sonja works to solve the murder, Lydia takes the greatest risk of her life in leaving Chicago to search for clues to her mother’s past. Their instant attraction surprises them both, but even through the chaos Lydia can’t deny the intensity of her feelings for the strong willed Lieutenant. 

Lydia’s possession of the antique purse throws her already chaotic life into a whirlwind of kidnapping, blackmail, vengeful mob bosses, and mind-numbing revelations. Through it all, Lydia must find the strength to accept herself – and those closest to her – despite their darkest secrets."









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Enter to Win an iPad Mini

We all love a good giveaway right? Well, I got the chance to join in this one and just had to share it with you all. Who wants to win an ipad mini? I thought so :)  I absolutely love my ipad, and use it daily. 

Today's post gives you the chance to enter to win an ipad mini but also let's you know about a marketing strategy that you might be interested in using to grow your readership. 

Everyone loves giveaways, and they are a great way of reaching a new audience. Entry requirements are simple e.g. visit a Facebook page, or send a tweet, and so lots of people click so they have a chance of winning the fab prize up for grabs. Participants often stick around after the giveaway and become fans too. 

Enter to Win an iPad Mini

GIVEAWAY DETAILS
Prize: iPad Mini ($399 ARV)

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 6/14 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
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Interview with Rachael Tulipano

Interview with Rachael Tulipano

What genre do you write and why?

Of all literary genres, I enjoy writing romance most. From innocent crushes to descriptive intimacy, there’s something about a love story that hooks nearly any reader. I feel that a book is incomplete without at least some love interest. Love stories offer a nice contrast to violence, action, betrayal, and the like. Having some scenes of tender intimacy, companionship, and sacrifice in the name of love usually make the hardships characters experience more justifiable.

That being said, I don’t write romance exclusively. I pride myself on pushing my limits and challenging myself when it comes to genre writing. Presently, I’ve written paranormal, dabbled in Young Adult (YA), and am now writing my first New Adult (NA) trilogy. All of these genres feature love stories, but they’re not quite classified as solely “romance”. To me, romance is an essential addition to any genre I write, now and in future manuscripts.

Tell us about your latest book.

My latest book is Unwanted, a New Adult dystopian romance. Unwanted is the first story I’ve written in the NA dystopian genre. It covers new ground, which for me is an exciting challenge!

Unwanted follows the life of Quinn Mayer, a second child in the fictitious country Stonewall where the government has issued a strict one-child policy. Set in the future, the world lost 95% of the human race after the population census rose to twelve billion people. As if knowing what to do, Earth cleansed itself, eradicating nearly all of humankind. As such, the United States fell, and in its wake the country Stonewall was born. To maintain a sustainable planet, Stonewall issued a nationwide ordinance that requires families to follow a mandatory one-child policy.

Extra children are known as Unwanteds. Legally, the military can execute unwanted children if they’re discovered. If an Unwanted survives to age eighteen, they then become Untouchables. Untouchables refer to second-born children who survived their years as an Unwanted and are now safe from execution. Untouchables are legally protected from assassination, but society (or the people known as Underlyings) continues to shun them for what they are.

Unwanted begins with Quinn’s eighteenth birthday, charting her journey into Stonewall. She becomes the most hated in her sector Ash and the face of Untouchables nationwide. Quinn receives great hate, many death threats, and witnesses Unwanteds murdered all around her. Quinn quickly discovers she needs to effect change to fight for basic human rights and freedom.

Her greatest ally comes to her in the form of Reeve Sutton, an Underlying of all people, and a soldier at that. While Reeve should hate Quinn for what she is, he finds her curious, beautiful, and misunderstood. Their friendship and mutual attraction bring them together, a unique bond that could possibly challenge President Lynch and all of Stonewall forever . . .

Interview with Rachael Tulipano


What marketing methods are you using to promote your book? 

Presently, I’ve been marketing my books on a variety of platforms: Facebook (www.facebook.com/rachaeltulipano), Twitter (www.twitter.com/rachaeltulipano), Instagram (www.instagram.com/rachaeltulipano), and my website (www.rachaeltulipano.com). I’ve also hosted several giveaways on Goodreads. I plan to launch more giveaways in the future, especially via my monthly author newsletter. Interested participants should subscribe to my newsletter to access these free, exclusive giveaways: www.rachaeltulipano.com/newsletter.

One of—if not the—most important marketing method I’ve been using lately is networking. Social media has been pivotal in bridging me with fellow writers and authors. The connections I’ve made in the last few months alone are invaluable to me. I do believe the most important marketing tool of all is word of mouth. Having people who believe in you, support you, and ultimately advertise your work for you is crucial to any marketing campaign.

I’ve been returning the praise, too! When I meet authors on Twitter or Facebook I add their books to my Amazon shopping cart and do my best to endorse their work on my pages. Self-promotion only helps to a point. It’s really what other people say that makes a difference. I do my best to promote others to share the love and spotlight. I believe writers supporting writers really is the way to build a solid author platform. With a firm foundation of loyal readers and supporters, the books are bound to sell themselves!

What advice do you have for other writers?

Write from your heart. It’s a tad cliché, but the best advice I can give to fellow writers and aspiring authors at this point in my career is to write from a place of absolute passion and enthusiasm. Writing to fill a void in the literary market or to claim the title isn’t enough. Writing in hopes of becoming a New York Times bestselling author shouldn’t be your main goal, either. Writing should be your side hustle, full-time gig, or hobby because you can’t imagine your life without it. If you write, do it for your love of storytelling and the rest will fall into place.

Write content that speaks to you, moves you, and ultimately makes you feel something. I’ve started a plethora of projects that I quickly abandoned because they didn’t feel right. For example, just because there’s a market trend in YA lit doesn’t mean you need to push out a YA book in hopes of earning high royalties. A good story is bound to sell itself. If you’re passionate about a story and it means something for you to tell it, that’s when you write. Write with no intent of gaining anything but a good book to share with the world. After all, money is no object. It’s the love for the craft of writing that matters most.

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

My favorite quote about writing is by Toni Morrison. In her wise words, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

The moment I found this quote, everything clicked for me. Authors are readers first and foremost, and often times imagine stories that don’t yet exist. Being a writer means rising to the occasion to put that story into words. If I’m disappointed by what I don’t see in bookstores, libraries, and the like I know it’s my chance to write the book I’m longing to read. This quote in particular inspired me to write my debut novel Torn.

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?

Interested readers can learn more about me by visiting my website www.rachaeltulipano.com. I offer synopses of my novels Torn, Mated, Unwanted, Untouchable and Underlying. Additionally, I share links to all of my social media platforms there.

One social media account worth noting in particular is the Instagram platform for my Unwanted trilogy (www.instagram.com/the_unwanted_trilogy). It’s a new feature I’m experimenting with that gives readers exclusive snippets from my upcoming trilogy. I post a new quote each day with stock photos I believe relate to specific passages and scenes from the books!

Finally, my newsletter is also a great place for people to find out more about my writing. I first launched my author newsletter in April 2016 and so far it’s working really well. I share exclusive content with my subscribers and plan to host giveaways to reward my supporters for believing in me. To sign up, simply visit www.rachaeltulipano.com/newsletter.

Who is you favorite character in your book and why?

My favorite literary character that I’ve created is Bria Lawrence from my paranormal romance novels Torn (book one) and Mated (book two). When first writing Torn I sketched Bria up by embodying her with all of my favorite traits: undeniable beauty, unwavering devotion, a streak of humor, raw sexuality, magnetizing charm, and acute intelligence. To me, Bria is the most complicated yet enchanting character in this paranormal romance series.

Her biggest weakness is how effortlessly she trusts everyone she meets. She consistently gives others the benefit of the doubt, even when they’ve crossed her. Still, Bria remains my favorite because although she’s a vampire, she’s very compassionate. She feels everything, and at times she feels too deeply. Her emotions often drive her decisions, which in both books becomes her greatest misfortune. She is fiercely loyal, and while her happiness means everything to her, the happiness of others comes before her own. Bria lets characters Landon Pratt, Natalie Taylor, Alexander Stanton, and Aidan Collins choose their happiness, which in turn affects her.

The complexity with which I wrote Bria is interwoven across the series. Upon meeting her in Torn and bidding her farewell in Mated it’s safe to say all readers will have a soft spot for Bria. Though flawed, she’s perfect in every way that matters and my most beloved. I have yet to write another character that I cherish as much as Bria.

Interview with Rachael Tulipano
Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?

I believe readers will enjoy my books because they encapsulate a multitude of emotions and cross genres. I like to incorporate a lot in my writing: romance, violence, betrayal, grief, light humor, and then some. I do my best to create real, likeable characters while also crafting interesting villains. Sometimes the line between dark and light blurs, holding the reader accountable for choosing their own hero/heroine. With all of these characteristics, I believe my writing is catered to almost any reader, regardless of preferred taste. There’s a treat for everyone in my books, it’s simply a matter of testing out a new author and giving my writing a try!

Where can a reader purchase your book?

Readers can purchase my books by visiting my website www.rachaeltulipano.com. Under the “books” tab on my website, each novel cover is featured and is clickable. The link will take you to a new page where you can read a full synopsis of the story and browse through listed reviews from other readers. Each book link also will take you to my Amazon author page.

To directly visit my Amazon author page, please visit www.amazon.com/author/rachaeltulipano. This website features my titles that are currently published, with options to purchase both print and/or e-reader formats. If you feel so inclined, please post your ratings and reviews on Amazon and Goodreads to help other readers discover my work!

What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.

My current work in progress is Untouchable, the sequel to Unwanted and book two in the Unwanted trilogy. Untouchable is intended to begin where Unwanted ends.

This second installment brings Quinn Mayer straight to the president’s mansion. Facing President Lynch head on, Quinn joins forces with another Untouchable, Kye Lux, to change the way the president reigns over Stonewall. Quinn learns that her love interest, Reeve Sutton, may have betrayed her trust and now she’s convinced she can’t confide in Underlyings at all, not even her family! This discovery may have lasting repercussions that could haunt her.

President Lynch is threatened by Quinn’s knowledge, and as such decides to pass a new law: Untouchables are now legal to execute, just as Unwanteds are. After being an Unwanted for eighteen years, Quinn knows what it’s like to live in fear of death every single day. Her greatest nightmare is having to relive those haunting memories, especially now that the entire country knows her name, what she looks like, and who she is.

In Untouchable, Quinn Mayer is on the run. Soldiers are searching for her, hunting her down in every sector of Stonewall: Ash, Cinder, Slate, Ember, and Somber. She begins to realize anyone can betray anyone in the harsh, cruel, unjust world of Stonewall.


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