Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Narrator Interview: Jake Urry and Giveaway! #MayhemFeature

Please welcome Narrator Jake Urry to the blog. When I first listened to a book narrated by him, I actually thought it was someone much older talking. I was surprised to see how young he was!! Lol. He definitely has a distinctive tone. Every one I've listened to by him, has been a 5 star read.


I’m a British actor and audiobook narrator, and also co-founder of Just Some Theatre. Since graduating from an Acting degree course in 2012 I’ve toured with Just Some Theatre as an actor and producer, worked on a number of commercial and non-commercial voice over projects and most recently started producing Audiobooks.

Photos by Tom Barker Photography.

Website: https://www.jakeurry.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jakeurryaudiobooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JU_AudioBooks
Audible: http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_hp_tseft?advsearchKeywords=jake+urry&filterby=field-keywords&x=0&y=0

Here's a sample of his work:



Narrator Interview:

> 1) How many books have you narrated?
17 so far, and 5 more in the pipeline, I'm hoping to get to 30 by the end of this year!

> 2) Out of them, have you a specific genre you like best?
The 3 main genres I produce are Thriller, Horror and Mystery, and I love them all! But I'd go with Mystery if I had to choose. I love setting a mysterious tone and narrating tense 'revelations' towards the end of mysteries!

> 3) How do you choose the books you want to narrate?
I audition for things that I think I can take the listener on a journey with, and always look out for interesting characters and voices in the book when I'm deciding. I've been really lucky to get work by some amazing writers who create a great atmosphere for me to explore and translate into a dramatic listen!

I also like to find stories with strong female characters, as I don't like hearing male narrators give typical high pitched readings of potentially powerful female roles.

> 4) Take us through a typical audition that you do? How do you prepare?
I have the luxury of recording auditions so don't have the pressure of a 'live' audition. This is great for me because I can tweak and perfect things before sending them off. So I start off by finding a section with a few different character voices in if possible, then try a few different things before recording the final reading.

> 5) How do you keep track of the different character tones/voices?
It can be tricky but usually the characters I get to work with are strong and distinct in the text, which makes it easier for me to give them a distinctive voice. I'll sometimes record short samples for each character on my phone and when they come up in the reading I can quickly check the voice I gave them and carry on. The most difficult characters are ones that show up for a few lines early on in the book and then disappear, only to come back later on, so I have to try and find that particular voice again - that's when those phone recordings are most handy!

> 6) Do you read the book before starting the narration or fly by the seat of your pants?
It depends on the book. If I've recorded work by the author before then I'm used to their writing and can usually just find the main character voices and get straight into recording. If it's a new author I'll usually read the whole text and make some decisions before going in. But I like to 'fly by the seat of my pants' most of the time, as I think it adds to the feeling that I'm experiencing the story for the first time, just like the listener.

> 7) Best and worst thing about being a narrator?
The best thing for me at the moment is the excitement before going to 'work' and the exhausted feeling after a day in the studio! I just love narrating and playing with different voices and to call it my full time job is a dream come true!

Having said that... the worst part for me is definitely the editing process! I edit all my own stuff and it can take forever. Finding the motivation to edit from home can be a struggle but it's worth it when the books get released!

> 8) Who's your favourite narrator/s?
I can listen to Stephen Fry all day! But a less cliché choice would be Samuel West, who's reading of 1984 got me hooked on audiobooks. I also hugely admire 'one off' narrations like Helena Bonham Carter's reading of Anne Frank's Diary, really powerful stuff!

> 9) Is there any narrator you'd love to work with?
Too many to choose from! But I'd like to do a half male half female narrated book someday, I think those can work really well. Maybe with Cate Blanchett... it's good to have ambition!

> 10) What are you working on now?
I'm currently working on a 12+ hour epic fantasy called Greatshadow by James Maxey - it's a real action packed rollercoaster full of big characters, and I'm particularly enjoying voicing enormous ageless dragons! After that I have a few books lined up by authors I've worked with before, along with some new faces, so it's very busy right now!

> 11) Any tips for aspiring narrators?
I would just advise them to listen to any and every audiobook they can and get a good feel for the work they want to produce. Find a few genres that work well with your voice and get a good base before branching out to different genres. I'd also say that it can be very hard to make a career out of narrating, but it is possible if you want it enough!

> What do you like to do when you're not narrating?
I love travelling when I get chance, and really enjoy walking with a good audiobook. I also co-run Just Some Theatre Company and love working on original stage productions with them!

Some Get to know me Questions: 

> What’s the best vacation you ever had?
I had an amazing family holiday in the French Alps when I was younger and will be almost of revisiting it this year across the border in Switzerland, so really looking forward to that!

> What’s your favourite rainy day movie?
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey - always makes me emotional, and the animals are better actors than the humans!

> If you could be any age again for a week, which would you choose and why?
I'd go back to my teens and tell myself to give up geography and biology and focus on Drama and English! It would have saved a lot of wasted time!

> If you could have personally witnessed one event in history, what would it be?
I'd love to go back and see Shakespeare acting in Macbeth at the Globe - sitting in the balcony of course! I'd try and get him to sign the script for me too, that'd make a fair bit on eBay...

> What's you favourite place to read?
To be very specific, by a small isolated lake in Langdale in the UK's Lake District, in the summer. With some chilled white wine. And a cigar.

But failing that, anywhere quiet and preferably outdoors in the sun!

> When you walk into a book store, where do you head first?
Honesty, I go straight for the stationery and gifts! But then I'll most likely head for the drama section and probably the maps too. I don't tend to read many physical books in my spare time now that it's become a career, but I love finding new scripts and old maps!

> If you had a million dollars, what would be the first thing you would buy?
A recording studio! I'd love to set up an audiobook production studio focussing on new narrators and authors, giving up and coming narrators chances like I was lucky enough to get last year. It's a pipe dream but dreams come true sometimes!

And I'd probably get a house in the country and fill it with dogs!

> What are some things about you that would surprise people if they knew?
I'm a big fan of Rupaul's Drag Race - it's hilarious! My housemate and I are going to see a past contestant, Courtney Act, performing in a few weeks time, we're hoping it'll be outrageous.

Thanks so much, Jake, for stopping by the bog. Guys, check out some of my reviews from books that were narrated by Jake. 

The Cryptic Lines: http://www.audible.com/listener/Natalie-BookLoversLife/A3OBJGGKN1KREP/ref=a_listener__cco_1_1_rvwTtl?asin=B01D0HYUKA
Transmission: A Supernatural Thriller: http://www.audible.com/listener/Natalie-BookLoversLife/A3OBJGGKN1KREP/ref=a_listener__cco_1_1_rvwTtl?asin=B01M7V8KG0
The Black Talisman: http://www.audible.com/listener/Natalie-BookLoversLife/A3OBJGGKN1KREP/ref=a_listener__cco_1_1_rvwTtl?asin=B01N4GQFJE


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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Seeker by Veronica Rossi Nerd Blast and Giveaway!



Series: Riders (Book 2)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (May 16, 2017)

Synopsis

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Veronica Rossi's new fantasy adventure in the Rider series—Seeker .
When Daryn claimed she was seeing visions during her sophomore year of high school, no one believed the truth. She wasn't losing her mind, she was gaining the Sight the ability to see the future. If she just paid attention to the visions, they'd provide her with clues and show her how she could help people. Really help them. Daryn embraced her role as a Seeker. The work she did was important. She saved lives.
Until Sebastian.
Sebastian was her first and worst mistake.
Since the moment she inadvertently sealed him in a dark dimension with Samrael the last surviving demon in the Kindred guilt has plagued her. Daryn knows Sebastian is alive and waiting for help. It's up to her to rescue him. But now that she needs the Sight more than ever to guide her, the visions have stopped.
Daryn must rely on her instincts, her intelligence, and on blind faith to lead the riders who are counting on her in search of Sebastian. As they delve into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems and where Samrael is steadily amassing power, Daryn faces the ultimate test. Will she have to become evil to destroy evil? The very fate of humankind rests in the answer.


Praise for THE SEEKERS

"The feeling of imminent danger and the constant battles with terrifying creatures help bring this vivid story to life. However, the depth of characterization is what will make readers connect to this small group of teens on a mission to save humanity. Gideon and Daryn display a powerful chemistry from their very first meeting, while the personality conflicts between Gideon and his fellow horsemen keep this adventure both intense and humorous."―RT Book Reviews, Top Pick!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veronica Rossi is a best selling author of fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, was the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy. Released in January 2012, it was deemed one of the Best Books of Year by School Library Journal. The series appeared in the NY Times and USA Today best seller lists and was published in over 25 foreign markets.
Her second series for young adults will begin with RIDERS (published February 16, 2016), the story of four modern day teens who become incarnations of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and the prophetic girl who brings them together.
Veronica completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is a lifelong reader and artist. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she has lived in Mexico, Venezuela, and all over the United States, to finally settle in Northern California with her husband and two sons.
When not writing, Veronica enjoys reading (it’s worth repeating), painting, and running. She does NOT like anything involving numbers, the addition of them, subtraction of them, you name it. They terrify her. Her obsessions generally lead to fictional works. Currently, she’s exploring New York City during the Revolutionary War.
Don’t tread on me. (If you know what that means, then you are my people!)
What else? This is getting more fun, isn’t it?
She–okay, I–am a huge fan of the SF Giants and the Golden State Warriors. I know, I know. Book types and sporty types shouldn’t be one in the same, but what can I say? I’m breaking the mold. Continuing. I have an irrational love of elephants. They make me cry, but it’s the best kind of cry. On other end of the spectrum, I abhor the shrill squeak styrofoam makes when it’s coming out of a box. Just typing that sentence made me want to scream. Needless to say, Christmas is great, but also really tough on me.
It’s probably time to wrap this up. If you’re here, it’s likely because you’ve read one of my books, or because you’re thinking about reading one of my books. Either way, thank you. Writing fulfills me like nothing else and I feel exceedingly fortunate to also call it my profession.


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10 Winners will receive a Copy of SEEKERS and Swag (Glow in the Dark Bracelet and Stickers) by Veronica Rossi


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Fractured Beauty: The Fairy Tale Five by Adrienne Monson, Lehua Parker, Angela Corbett, Angela Brimhall, and Angela Hartley Nerd Blast and Giveaway!


Fractured Beauty
Publisher: Tork Media (June 1, 2017)
Publication Date: June 1, 2017

Synopsis 
Beauty and the Beast may be a tale as old as time, but in this collection by the Fairy Tale Five you’ll meet five newly imagined Belles and the Beasts they love. 
Angela Brimhall’s beast is a terrifying sea monster cursed by a scorned gypsy. He must risk all to save the strong-willed princess before losing his last chance at love and redemption, becoming forever damned to the briny deep. 
Lehua Parker’s Nani is trapped by Indian and Hawaiian traditions and a fiancĂ© locked in stasis in a medi-mod. Cultures and expectations collide in this sci-fi futuristic world where nano-bot tattoos and dreams reveal the secret of Nani’s heart. 
Angela Corbett’s Ledger is determined to find out more about the mysterious woman who saved him from certain death and uncover the secrets of Withering Woods, but some beasts are better left caged. 
Adrienne Monson’s Arabella rushes to an enchanted castle to pay her father’s debt, but is met with a burly beast with a mysterious past. It’s a howling paranormal regency romp that will keep you turning pages well past your bedtime. 
Angela Hartley’s Porta Bella discovers there’s more to Oregon life than taking care of her father when she finds herself rescued by Bigfoot. It’s up to Porta Bella to unravel the faery’s curse and discover who’s the real monster. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

LEHUA PARKER is the award-winning author of the MG/YA Pacific literature magic realism series, The Niuhi Shark Saga: One Boy, No Water; One Shark, No Swim; and One Truth, No Lie.

Originally from Hawaii and a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools, Lehua is an author, educator, and public speaker. Trained in literary criticism and an advocate of indigenous cultural narratives, Lehua is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposiums.

Now living in exile in the high desert mountains of Utah, during snowy winters she dreams about the beach.

Lehua is a pen name for Michelle C. Parker, a mediated message design and research professional. As Michelle she works as an editor, book consultant, and literary critic. In addition to her Lehua writings, she also publishes speculative fiction, short stories, personal essays, plays, and poetry.
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Adrienne Monson has always had a voracious appetite for books. When she became a stay at home mom, she finally listened to her muse and began writing.

She enjoys Zumba, kickboxing and weightlifting. She also loves delicious foods, which is why she has to work out so often.

Dissension and Defiance is available where books are sold. Deliverance, the final installment of the Blood Inheritance trilogy is slated for release April 2016.

Eyes of Persuasion is a mashup of paranormal and historical romance, found exclusively on Amazon.
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Angela Corbett graduated from Westminster College with a double major in communication and sociology. She started working as a reporter for her local newspaper when she was sixteen and won awards for feature, news, and editorial writing. She has also done freelance writing. In addition to being an author, she works as a director of communications and marketing. She loves classic cars, traveling, and listening to U2. She lives in Utah with her extremely supportive husband and their five-pound Pomeranian, Pippin, whose following of fangirls could rival Justin Bieber's.
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Angela Hartley spent much of her childhood being shuffled from house to house with only a book for companionship. The magic she found in the written word saved her in many ways, transporting her into worlds far happier than the one she resided in. Literature became her passion and the idea of someday writing carried her through years of uncertainty.

Long ago, Angela left the disease of poverty behind. Through all of life’s ups and downs, her desire to make her own magic never waned. With a strong support system, she set out to create worlds, and publish books. Along with perusing her lifetime goal, she’s built and managed several writing organizations, been a life coach, and project manager. She has also entertained and educated at schools, symposiums, and conventions. In her down time, she studies religion theory, psychic abilities, and psychology to gain a better understanding of the human condition.
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Angela Brimhall grew up trying to decide whether she liked romance or horror novels best. She graduated college with a BS degree in health, but decided she'd much rather experience the drama of life through her characters. She received an MFA in English and creative writing from Southern New Hampshire University and is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society, Romance Writers of America and Horror Writers Association. She lives in the heart of a city between two mountains with her husband, son and four dogs where spired castles dot every hill and fairy tales really do come true.
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Monday, 22 May 2017

Shift of Shadow and Soul by Hilary Thompson Book Blitz and Giveaway!


This is the blog tour for author Hilary Thompson's new YA Epic Fantasy novel, organized by Itching for Books. Check out the awesome teasers and enter to win a hardcopy of the book. 

Release date: May 22nd 2017
Series: Soul Shifter #1
Publisher: Star Shadow Books
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

Synopsis via Goodreads:
There are three kinds of magic in the world, and Corentine has the wrong one.

Long ago, the Restless King forced Corentine’s people into hiding as he scoured their blood for the SoulShifter. When Corentine learns she possesses some of the forbidden Shifter magic, she must hide her power or risk the same death her twin suffered.

Raised to trust no-one, she rejects the General’s son Sy, until she realizes his family secrets might be the key to unlocking hers. When his brother turns against them, they are forced to fight family to save what’s left of their home, or accept banishment to find a new future.

If Coren and Sy can’t convince their people to accept the light of Shifter magic, the growing Shadow will ruin everyone’s chance of freedom.

Travel this richly imagined world with a diverse cast that readers have compared to fantasy favorites like Sarah J Maas and Leigh Bardugo.

Sulit Witch
Weshen Shifter
Umbren Shadow

When dark meets light, will all become Shadow?


The boy leaned closer. Coren risked another glance at his face, expecting to find the widened pupils, the swollen lips of desire and anticipation.
But it was worse than that.
He stared at her intently, gray-blue eyes narrowed and full lips slightly upturned in conquest.
Claim them with a kiss. The hunt’s opening speech echoed in her mind.
He pulled her closer, and she stopped moving entirely, going limp. Playing dead. He thought this was a game, like all the others did.
Then she allowed her lips turn up in a grim smile. It certainly was a game. The boy just didn’t realize that her rules were different, and he was about to lose.
Her tongue reached into the cavity of her cheek and retrieved the plump goshen berry hidden there. As his lips neared, Coren broke the berry against her teeth, bracing for the instant burn. Then, tongue searing, she shoved the pulp past his opened lips, preventing the claim.
He burst away, the shock of the acidic berry sending him stumbling backward, swiping drool from his slack jaw.
And she ran, darting around him and ignoring the pain and the blisters that were already bubbling and popping on her tongue and lips. Reaching the cliff, she hazarded a glance over her shoulder. He was tougher than expected, for he was crossing the plain too, moving quickly through the sandy grass.
“Stop!” he yelled hoarsely. Strangely, he was grinning widely, lips blackened with goshen juice and bright blood. Coren had no more ground left, but out of curiosity, she paused to watch as he approached. He walked softly now, as though she were a beast he was cornering. Perhaps he was a real hunter, after all.
Even so, the berries had stopped him, making the kiss forfeit. She could claim he hadn’t actually caught her.
“So…goshen berries?” he asked, wiping away more blood with the hem of his white shirt. “I must be the first hunter ever to receive that treatment.”
Coren’s brain nagged at her to escape, but something in his grin made her ask. “Why the first?”
“Because surely no one has ever caught you before. And I can’t imagine another girl willing to martyr her own lips just to avoid a small kiss.”
He was very close now: not quite near enough to grab her, but mere steps from it. She stepped back carefully, heels nearly hanging off the edge of the cliff.
“Nothing is small when it is against your will.” She watched his eyes widen as he processed the words, and then she bent her knees and pushed away from the earth, arcing back and out into the void, then straight as an arrow toward the water below. His shout was erased by the wind rushing past her ears, and then the water closed over her head with a crash.
Under the surface of the sun-warmed water, Coren somersaulted quickly and reversed directions. She surfaced only to locate the face of the cliff and gulp a breath, and she didn’t dare look up to see if he had spotted her. Ducking back under the waves, she stroked hard against the current, finally feeling rock. Her lungs throbbed as her head bobbed up again, but she was safely inside the hidden sanctuary.




About the Author
Hilary ThompsonHilary used to be such a practical girl. Then she let the stories out.
Now she creates worlds, people, and problems that are grounded in real life, if you accept that real life has magic around every turn.
Hilary was born to parents who made a habit of taking roads less traveled. But she was also a first child, and an independent, willful child, so she's made a habit of taking a few roads on her own.
Now she teaches Creative Writing, English, and AP Literature, writes whenever and wherever she can, and reads as much as her eyes can handle. She plays superheroes and dress up games and reads books in bed with her own independent, willful children, and plays at homesteading and world traveling with her wonderful soulmate of a husband. She tends to ignore laundry and dirty dishes.





Darkest Days by N W Harris Book Blitz and Giveaway!


Darkest Days
N W Harris
(The Last Orphans, #4)
Publication date: May 22nd 2017
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult

The ancient slave mongers who killed the adults and enslaved the children have angered a more advanced species of aliens. Composed of pure energy, this superior race has attacked the Anunnaki home world and is now setting a course for Earth.
The energy-based aliens believe in a system of trial by battle. They seek to push Shane and his friends into the arena with the ones who killed their parents. The results will determine if humans deserve to live, or if they should be made extinct as well. It’s up to Shane to keep his friends—and an army of kids who look up to him—alive. They’ll be fighting not just for their own lives, but for the fate of the entire human race. Can the enemy of Shane’s enemy be his friend, or is this just another species determined to exploit and destroy them?
GUEST POST BY N.W. HARRIS:

What would I tell a new author?

What to tell a new author, hmmm… There is so much to tell, though every writer’s journey is different. First off, I’d tell them to write for themselves. If one writes just to get published and make money, I think they’ll go mad and/or quit before they ever get close. Why? It takes years to polish one’s craft enough to be published by a creditable publisher. I think writing has to be looked at as a hobby that could become a career. A writer has to want to write because there is something that is inside them that needs to get out. Write for a creative outlet. Write like it doesn’t matter if anyone besides you ever reads it. Write almost everyday, but it is important to take days off too.
Much of the education for the profession comes from practical experience. Sure, a writer draws from their experiences and traditional education. My educational background is mostly based in science, biology and anthropology, and it provides a volume of information to draw upon. But, I had to learn the craft of writing by trial and error. Every writer has to find his or her voice. That can take years, and it can only be discovered by hard work.
I’d tell them to persist. It’s my favorite word. You have to write a novel. Destroy it. Rewrite it. Invest countless hours and sometimes even years. Then you have to be willing to let all that work go because it was just the classroom where you polished your craft. You have to swallow rejection after rejection and keep fighting. When you get criticism, you have to listen to it. I’m not saying a budding writer should try to oblige every critic, but growth is critical and growth comes from taking in criticism. Deal with any pain it might cause quickly, and then get into the game again by applying what you’ve learned.



Author Bio:
Born at the end of the Vietnam war and raised on a horse farm near small town north Georgia, his imagination evolved under the swaying pines surrounding his family’s log home. On summer days that were too hot, winter days that were too cold, and every night into the wee morning hours, he read books. He lives in sunny southern California with his beautiful wife and two perfect children.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Author Interview: Iain Rob Wright and Giveaway! #MayhemFeature

Here we are at another Mayhem Feature. This time I have the pleasure of introducing you to an author I discovered 2 years ago, but whom has become one of my favourites. His books never fail to entertain, and often times frighten, me!!  Please welcome Iain Rob Wright to the blog!!

THE 3 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IN IAIN'S LIFE ARE HIS WIFE, HIS SON, & HIS FANS
Iain Rob Wright is from the English town of Redditch, where he worked for many years as a mobile telephone salesman. After publishing his debut novel, THE FINAL WINTER, in 2011 to great success, he quit his job and became a full time writer. He now has over a dozen novels, and in 2013 he co-wrote a book with bestselling author, J.A.Konrath.
His work is currently being adapted for graphic novels, audio books, and foreign audiences. He's an active member of the Horror Writer's Association and a massive animal lover.

Website: http://www.iainrobwright.com/
Blog: http://www.iainrobwright.com/blog
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Author Interview: 

Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas come from being a big fan of the genre. I have watched so many horror films, and read so many books, that my head is filled with stories. I love horror, and as a fan, it’s easy to write what I enjoy consuming myself.

How do you develop your writing ideas?
Sometimes I just face an empty page and go for it, but oftentimes I will spend a couple of days creating brief summaries for each of the chapters I intend to write. By plotting first, I know that I will be hitting all the necessary story beats, and I find I can write more quickly when I have  plan in front of me. I tend to follow a 4 part structure, with the middle section of the story split into 2 parts.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?
I love Buffy and Angel, and these shows have really strong and flawed characters. The characters arcs for villains are often just as strong as those for the heroes, and so I often strive to give my characters a path to be on. I don’t like my bad guys to stay bad, and I like my good guys to have real people problems. Most times, I draw from parts of my own personality and expand on those. Sometimes the bad guys are the parts of myself I do not like.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Around twelve I started to enjoy the process of writing neatly on a blank piece of paper. I think I fell in love with words before story, but when I began reading Terry Pratchett, James Herbert, and the Point Horror books, I knew I wanted to write stories. It was always a dream I didn’t expect to attain. Lucky is one word to describe me, and I am thankful every day.

What makes you unique as a writer?
I feel I am from a new generation of horror writer, and as such some of my ideas (I hope) are unique and refreshing. I am a product of the modern world and so my stories are often more forward thinking that some of the more traditional authors from the past. I love the apocalypse, so I think I have added a lot of value to that genre through my various methods of destroying humanity. Also, despite being British, I am heavily influenced by American culture, and I feel I do a pretty good job of appealing to both audiences.

Describe your book in 140 characters or less.
I have lots of books. I would describe them all as ‘different’ as I try not to retread the same ground too much. I don’t want to become a ‘zombie guy’ or a ‘vampire guy’.

Tell us about the main character(s)
My main characters tend to be flawed, and begin their stories at bad stages of their lives. They often find strength they didn’t know they had throughout the events of the books they feature in.

Where do you find/come up with your characters names?
It’s completely random usually, but sometimes I try to make the names meaningful - such as Harry in the Final Winter having the surname ‘Jobson’ - Job’s son.

What writers inspire/d you?
Stephen King and Brian Keene have inspired me the most. Both write very relatable characters, and both enjoy telling a wide variety of stories.

How has your writing career changed since you started?
I’ve gotten richer, which is nice. Nice because it allows me the luxury of paying for advertising and finding even more readers. Nice because I get to do prize giveaways for my biggest fans. Nice because I get to just do what I love, which is writing stories. It’s also got tougher, as I have a lot to lose. When I was trying to make it, I only had everything to gain. It’s a lot less complicated at the beginning. Being established takes a lot more time.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I hate writing in silence, so I tend to have films running in the background. Often i will watch a horror film while also writing a horror novel. It gets me in the mood.

What are your writing goals for the next year?
The next goal I have set for myself career-wise is to surpass $100k in sales in a year. Last year I was close. Each year I try to do better. Also, I would like to eventually increase my input and write even more books each year. When my children are a little older, that will be easier to achieve.

What is the most useful tool you use as a writer?
Obviously, my computer. But specifically, the software I use day to day is indispensable. Scrivener, ProWriting Aid, Screenflow, Writeitnow5, Indesign, Photoshop, Vellum… I could go on. In a nutshell, being a writer is a lot easier if you invest in professional tools.

Name the five biggest distractions from your writing.
Children, wife, tiredness, videogames, chores.

What character would you most like to be stuck in an elevator with?
Repairman Jack. He could probably fix it on his way to kill a bunch of demons.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I have regular contact with my readers via Facebook, email, newsletters, Patreon, and Youtube. It’s one of the best parts of the job. I only make a living because of their love and support. I’m always happy to hear from them.

Some Get to know me Questions

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I love eating at restaurants, watching movies, reading, and playing videogames. My wife and I love Disney and would love to spend every day at Magic Kingdom. We also love the theatre and go as often as we can. At heart we are both couch potatoes, so our evenings are spent mostly watching box sets. With the kids, we spend a lot of time at zoos and farms. We all love animals.

What’s the best vacation you ever had?
3 weeks in Orlando for my honeymoon was wonderful and I think about it all the time. I love all the parks and I love the weather. Americans are also my favourite people, so I love being around them. Also, the food!

What’s your favourite rainy day movie?
Groundhog Day.

If you could be any age again for a week, which would you choose and why?
12. I would love to just restart my life and do it all again perfectly. I met my wife at 22, and it wasn’t until then that life really worked for me. So I would like to redo the ten years in between.

What's you favourite place to read?
I read in bed ever night for an hour or so, but I love being on a subbed with my Kindle on holiday. Sometimes I’ll read in the bath.

When you walk into a book store, where do you head first?
Back outside. I only read on my Kindle now. I use to own hundreds of books, and getting rid of them freed so much space. Ebooks are cheaper and better for the environment. Also, most of my income comes from the existence of ebooks—so I’m a major supporter of them.

If you had a million dollars, what would be the first thing you would buy?
One day, I would like to buy a second home in Florida. I would maybe like to emigrate to the USA, but the Visa system there makes it extremely difficult, so a holiday home that I can visit for months on end would make a good compromise.

Check out some of Iain's books that I've reviewed, click on the cover to go to Goodreads.

The Final Winter by Iain Rob Wright 26182331 Wings of Sorrow (A horror fantasy novel)

Thanks so much Iain for stopping by the blog!! This is an author I always recommend so you should definitely check out his books. 

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