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Question 1. How did you decide upon this career?

I think, as it happens with many career minded people, the career picked me. Almost a calling, if you will. I was eleven or twelve and began to read seriously for the first time. It was as if an entire new world opened up to me. Jules Vern took me to faraway exotic places and Zane Grey transported me back in time to the old west and all this happened without having to leave my bedroom. It fueled my imagination and the desire to create my own stories that, hopefully, would touch people the same way. I’ve since interviewed doctors, police officers and even priests while conducting research and many if not all share similar experiences, that at a young age they simply felt a calling.

Question 2. What was the path you took to your current career?

It’s called the long and rocky road. Writing is an art form and like any other art form it takes years in time and experience to perfect. It’s not much different than say acting, painting, dancing or singing in that regard. After twenty years of grueling dedication to perfecting your craft, you’re suddenly an ‘overnight sensation.’ At an early age, I knew what I wanted to be, but I lacked the life experience to do it. I worked many different jobs as a young man and gained knowledge and experience from all of them. I was in the Marine Corps and that experience is something I still draw upon today. My path took a turn for the better when, after many years of gaining knowledge and experience in life, I was able to put feelings into words. If Hemingway had not driven an ambulance during World War One, would he have written A Farewell To Arms? If I had not failed and succeeded at many things, met many different types of people and lived in many places, I doubt I would be successful at what I do today.

Question 3. How do your values and ethics impact your current career?

Pretty much one hundred percent. My values and ethics are directly reflected in the stories that I write. I believe that good will always triumph over evil. It may take a while and some good guys may die along the way, but in the end evil will be vanquished. I place a high value on family and friends and this is also a big part in my stories. I lived the ‘No Man Is An Island’ rule and can tell you firsthand that without a strong support network of family, friends and coworkers, your career path will be much more difficult. My mystery and western novels directly reflect the values I believe in and I generally try to show the strength of the characters as they face adversity and hardship in their journeys. My characters usually have to come face-to-face with their own ethics and must decide what is right and what is wrong in their lives and this is something I have had to do many times in my own life. It’s all part of that ‘rocky road’ I mentioned earlier.

Question 4. How do you balance the demands of your current career with the other areas of your life?

This is a question I’m asked quite a bit, mostly by young writers just starting out and some veterans who find it difficult to juggle many different hats. The answer is actually hidden in the question in the words ‘balance the demands.’ Easy to say, difficult to accomplish. As with most careers, especially when just starting out, you want to make your mark in the world and show you’re worthy of the trust placed in you. Longer hours at work become midnight burners and family, friends, social life and outside interests become neglected. This is a very unhealthy trap to fall into, both mentally and physically. For a while I fell into this trap myself and it’s not so easy to climb out of. Work and career can become all consuming if left unchecked. I had to learn to prioritize, create a balance of work, family and friends, a social life and outside interests. There is some discipline involved in this juggling act for it to be successful. When I’m working, I’m totally dedicated to the task at hand. I set a time limit of say six o’clock to quit for the day and then it’s fun time, time for family, friends and social activities and I’m as equally dedicated to that as well. By prioritizing my work with all the other areas in my life, I have become what I consider a well-rounded person.

Question 5. What habits as a student did you carry over to the working world?

Many. For me, college was a shock compared to high school. No parent to make sure homework was complete is one big change that can take some getting used to. You either study on your own and do the required work, or you don’t. If you don’t, you fail. It’s all on you. I had to learn discipline, something I sorely lacked. I learned quickly, though, that it does require discipline to study alone in your room when it’s much more fun to hang out with your buddies. Multitasking is another habit I learned as a student. The ability to study more than one topic at a time and do well with all of them. This is one habit you best acquire early and draw upon for the rest of your life as there will be very few days in which you will do only one thing in an entire day. Another habit I acquired as a student was to do research. This habit has not only stayed with me, but is vital in my work as a writer. Equally as important is perseverance. To stick with a course when it’s easier to give it up is a habit and a trait that stays with you forever.


Question 6. What are your typical daily activities?

As a writer I am my own boss so to speak. Here is where many of the habits I acquired as a student come into play. I’m usually out of bed and after a gallon of coffee, am in my home office by nine and ready to work. If I am working on a book, which I always seem to be, I read and edit what I wrote the day before. This sometimes takes two hours or more and requires patience and discipline because the urge to turn the page and write something new is always tugging at me. When the editing is done, I’ll generally write for about two hours before I break for lunch. Then I write at a steady pace until five in the afternoon. At five, I force myself to stop and stopping requires just as much discipline as starting. From five until six I do whatever research is necessary for tomorrow’s writing. At six o’clock, I’m on my own time. I take weekends off and I usually make time to go to the gym at least three times a week. Keeping your body fit helps to keep your mind sharp. Generally speaking, most of the habits I acquired as a student are used everyday as a professional writer.

Question 7. What do you like most about the job? What do you like least? Why?

Hands down the best part of my job is the creativity. Creating characters, plots and story and tying them all together into a book is a joy for me. What I like least is dealing with the ‘Boss’, the editors. An editor is there to make your book a better book and in doing so they look at every word, comma, period and paragraph. They cut some of your favorite paragraphs and request you add more someplace else. Here is where discipline and patience come into play. The editor, like any good boss is there to help make your work better. Unfortunately, some never fully grasp that and that lack of understanding usually leads to failure.

Question 8. What important changes are taking place in your profession?

Without a doubt the most important change happening in the publishing world as well as all communication is technology in the form of the Ebook. Now that being able to read a book on line is here to stay, and believe me it is, it has changed the habits of the reading world. In my opinion this is good and bad at the same time. Good because it has gotten more people to read. Bad because the product has become watered down.

Question 9 How will these changes affect your writing.

Writing is simply communicating and the way we communicate today is vastly different than even fifteen years ago. Look at a movie from say the late nineties. If someone had a cell phone it was the size of a football and a computer took up an entire desk. Pay phones were still widely in use and the word text had an entirely different meaning. Technology has advanced so much in the last decade it’s difficult to keep up with. For me as a writer, I needed to learn to adapt to these changes and use them as tools to better my profession. I believe anybody in communication in today’s world has to do the same thing.

Question 10. What advice can you offer someone seeking to break into the field.

Remember the basics of what you learned as a student. Dedication, perseverance and discipline are key ingredients to a successful career. Be willing to change and learn new things. We don’t live in a stagnant world. The way we communicate today will probably be as different in the next decade as the way it was twenty years ago. Remember patience. It can take a long time to become an ‘overnight success.’ Think of it as a journey through life because that’s what it really is. Be honest. Be kind. And don’t forget to enjoy yourself along the way.

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Yesterday’s Daughter is full of suspense and surprises as the plot develops. It holds a mirror to contemporary society so we can consider our feelings about people who seem different from us, the assumptions we may make about other groups, and the consequences of those assumptions. Yesterday’s Daughter is an emotionally laden paranormal vampire romance novel woven with layers of betrayal, love and loss. Grace Stone, who later learns her true identity is Sapphira, is a loner who survives abuse in the foster care system after being abandoned as a child. A brilliant student, she escapes from her brutal foster parents as a teenager and creates a life for herself. But, her life is little more than existence; plagued with questions about what she really is, a family that she has never known and the never-ending need to keep her differences hidden. She is alone and lonely, believing it will always remain so until Malachi appears in her life. Malachi, a Guardian of the vampire communities, has searched for his life mate, Sapphira, for decades. He refuses to cease searching for Sapphira even though she is believed dead by all. Conflict arises over the decades between Malachi and his family because of his refusals to accept another mate. But his very soul drives him on to continue his search, knowing that he could not exist if Sapphira were not in the world, somewhere.

Strong Chance of Showers.

Meka Secretan is use to handling preps and hunting her prey. Meka’s work is her passion, focus and destiny until she becomes the focus of stalkers. Now, she is the hunted. The stalkers will stop at nothing to have her and anyone in the way will pay the ultimate price.

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1. What would you like to tell us about yourself? For example, why did you choose the path in life and as a vocation as a writer?I am a journalist, author, motivational coach, and parent. I work diligently to achieve my goals and ensure that God plays the primary role in my life. Trying to be diplomatic rather than insistent, I never accept “no” for an answer. I believe that everything in our universe is possible as long as we do not surrender based on our failures but instead stand strong on our own two feet and persevere. I also believe that everything comes to us through God and that hardships are assigned to us so we can gain needed knowledge, experience, and wisdom to coach, positively influence others, and develop a strong relationship with God. Hence, through writing I try not only to entertain, but also to share my knowledge and thereby serve to positively influence my readers. Moreover, I adore writing, which allows me to create something new that can both spark the imagination and serve as an example.


2. What are your future career plans? What are the sources of your skill sets and your talents?As an author of fiction, I will continue writing and covering topics that capture readers’ interest while at the same time offering them a world in which to escape. Nonetheless, I aim to teach, provide guidance and direction, and highlight the salient and cogent issues that we humans are confronting. I would like to try different genres to produce divergent and diverse fictional pieces for my readers. However, I view writing not as my career, but as a hobby. As a motivator, mentor, and coach, through deploying my radio voice and other communicative skills, I plan to conduct a radio program and TV shows where I can help others find solutions. The inspirations for my skill sets derive from my natural talents and abilities such as a solid education, acting abilities, influential tendencies, persistence, faith in my own talents, a belief in positive outcomes, and a rich life experiences.
3. What does the title of your book, Broken Chains, symbolize and has it been published and reviewed by publishers, editors, and your readers?Broken Chains symbolizes a yearning for freedom from one’s fears, anxieties, and negative predicaments. It demonstrates a firm desire to break from everything that keeps one down and shackled in place, while moving forward to new and better pastures without looking back with regrets. However, although it has not yet appeared in print, a few publishers have requested to see the entire manuscript. Currently, it is being translated into the Russian language. Nonetheless, it has already been reviewed, including at Readers’ Favorite. Based on these positive reviews, it seems as though my book has the potential to become a bestseller that will rescue many readers from their lives of servitude. You can read the reviews at www.emiliyaahmadova,com
Reviewed By Divine Zape for Readers’ Favorite (5 stars):Broken Chains by Emiliya Ahmadova is a touching story that will appeal to a wide audience because of the sensitive, not-so-often discussed questions it raises. In the heart of this story is the important question: What does it take to live with a deep sense of inner freedom? The author opens her narrative with a fortuitous encounter between the parents of the protagonist and moves on to show how this encounter leads to a brief affair that culminates in an unwanted pregnancy. Esmira, the mother of the protagonist, raises her daughter alone, under difficult conditions. Now an adult, Silvana has to face the challenges of growing up and the horrors of abusive relationships. How she deals with her abusive Christian partner is what will blow readers’ minds. This is a page-turning tale of one woman’s struggle to avoid the same fate that befell her mother, a story of suffering, inhumanity, and redemption. Emiliya Ahmadova’s

Broken Chains is a powerful work in the area of protest literature, a tale that gives voice to the voiceless people who suffer in any form of relationship. In Silvana, Ahmadova develops an icon of protest against the numerous forms of injustices orchestrated against women. The author writes confidently about issues in a wide selection of themes, including religion, interracial and inter-religious marriage, the primacy of human dignity, the primary right to freedom and happiness, and a lot more. Silvana is a compelling and well-developed character who will not only interest readers but will be a powerful example of a warrior for freedom and human rights.


4. What is the nature of your narrative in terms of both plot and themes? Why do you think readers will grab it off the bookstore shelves or online and want to read it?My novel invites my readers to new experiences in the Asiatic country of Azerbaijan with its exotic culture, customs, and beliefs and its vibrant inhabitants. From Azerbaijan, I take my readers to Kenya with a tale of emotional topics and formidable characters. The main protagonist of my novel is an Azeri woman named Silvana, who has had a sad childhood. She grows into a young and beautiful Muslim woman. However, when one thinks that finally she finds love and happiness, in fact Silvana ends up in horrid circumstances after marrying a false charmer named Mark. Every reader can relate to Silvana’s life experiences and the lessons she learns along the way. Silvana is a compelling and well-developed character who will not only interest readers but will be a powerful example of a warrior for freedom and human rights (Readers Favorite). Scenes in the book and Silvana’s strong personality compel readers to keep reading it. They will keep wondering what will happen the next. For example, in one part Silvana lifts a knife to commit suicide, leading readers to wonder if she will carry through. Seeing her fears, hopes, frustration, and unfortunate experiences with abuse in all its forms, readers will keep reading to find out whether she will find a solution and how she finds the strength and fortitude.


5. In its genres of women’s fiction, romance, family saga, and protest literature, what makes your first novel different from others in competition and in those respective genres?The plot itself and the issues presented make it different from stereotypes and templates in many of these genres. Readers can find everything in my book: romance, betrayal, problems with parents, teachers, abortion issues, child bearing, dealing with stigmatization, love, abuse, faith, and drama. Here are examples of what makes Broken Chains different:EXCITEMENT: A wedding set in exotic Azeri culture is new and different for Western readers. Central is a divorce from an abuser and at the end a true love, transforming a fearful woman into a shrewd businesswoman.ADVENTURE: Silvana’s whole life is full of excitement and disappointments. She ends up in a school for children without parents and has confrontations with teachers. Moreover, her father beats her mother while she is at home. She has a life full of rich experiences and moves away from Azerbaijan as a Muslim woman and becomes an Orthodox Christian in Kenya, upsetting her mutinous Muslim family in Baku for betraying her own religion.MYSTERY: Samed uses a false identity, conceals from his family the existence of his children until he ends up in jail. Esmira abandons her other bastard daughter, Arzu, to her friend for adoption. Her daughter knows neither about the existence of her siblings nor about the mother who gave her away.


6. In your book, you serve as a potent voice against abuse in all forms (generational, sexual, domestic, parental, and child) and thus a motivational coach and mentor in the person of your main protagonist Silvana. If she were an actual living person, what would be her message to all readers, specifically, and any victims of abuse, generally?Many females choose to be victims of abuse because of fear of leaving their abusers. Thus, they allow these fears to chain and mire them down in negative and hopeless situations with escape routes. Some lose hope and faith in God, wondering if anything good will come their way or whether God will be there for them. There are two types of abuse: emotional and physical, Emotional abuse is the worst one because negative and derogatory words are said, which can be more damaging and inflict more harm than physical wounds, It affects someone’s life, self-esteem, health, and relationships with others. Some may fall into depression. Knowing all these facts, Silvana would say: “Today I am here to let you know that you can turn your life around and find a happy ending. God did not desert you. He is here and will deliver you. You just have to lean on Him, keep praying and keep asking for His help. However, you must exert some effort, stay strong, remain focused, and work hard to find a solution and a happy ending. In return, God will open up doors or opportunities for you. If you are in need of help, do not feel ashamed to ask for it. If you do not ask, no one will come to your aid and rescue you. Remember that there is always bright light at the end of a dark tunnel and an end to the bad that surrounds and envelops you. However, you must be willing to exit the bad situation and move to something better! You do not have to tolerate someone’s foul and inappropriate behavior or be a victim of abuse any longer. You are beautiful souls and deserve to be happy and respected. So, stand up for your rights by making every step to break your chains and eradicate negative syndromes from your lives.


7. Silvana is a worrier and a strong woman who experiences many trials and tribulations, in addition to pervasive abuse. However, at the end she surmounts this abuse and severs her shackles and chains. Through what strains of thought and owing to which sources of strength does she achieve this feat? Besides her upbringing, what other sources inform her worldview?Silvana has always been a fighter and a strong believer in positive outcomes, Even as a child, she continually fought for her beliefs and rights while supporting what is right as opposed to a pervasive wrong. She never justified the wrong behavior, especially abuse or cruelty. She is a firm believer that every human being has a right to freedom, respect, love, and understanding, especially for women who struggling to make significant sacrifices for their children. She understands that she deserves the best and did not come into this world to be ceaselessly abused, manipulated, or controlled. She strives to rise above and move to the future that she always visualized for herself. She absolutely needs her freedom and peace of mind. Silvana despises being disrespected and abused by her partner. Hence, abhorring abuse, she faces her fears and terminates an existence that she never accepted by standing up for her rights and raising her voice against abuse. She understands that the role of a victim is not for her. Her relationship with God through prayers, dreams, goals, and hopes leads her to contend that there will be a happy ending to feed her strength.


8. We live in a world of borders and the trespassing of them. In finding love beyond Islam’s borders, what is Silvana’s primary lesson in life?After enduring an unhappy marriage, Silvana comprehends that when you meet someone you do not jump into an intimate relationship or even marriage unless you know the person well. Marriage should be based on love, respect, care, and understanding, not control and abuse. She learned that sometimes we attract the wrong people into our lives with our negative thoughts and fears. When we think that we do not deserve happiness, love, or in fact anything good, that is what we attract.


To be happy, one must first learn to love oneself (instead of depending on someone’s love) and spread love. Thus, love must grow within you and shine toward others. The more you give love to others, the more you get back. You must also think of yourself positively and nurture your self-esteem. This will help you find and attract a healthy relationship. And, yes, there is true love waiting for you. At the end of my book, Silvana learns that the greatest love is God’s love toward us.


9. You have covered a delicate topic that some are even afraid to talk about. What compelled you do to treat it?I have met too many people who went through abuse. Some of them have been able to turn their lives around, but others still struggle. Not only seeing their desperation and pain, but also knowing that sometimes society ignores them can lead us to think that society in general does not understand the seriousness of abuse. I decided to write a book that would help victims of abuse and act as a powerful and motivating voice against abuse.


10. Have you written other books?
Yes, I have scribed Across the Darkness, a collection of mysteries. However, I am still in search of a quality publisher. Currently, I am working on a children’s book, My Twin Sister and I.


AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Emiliya Ahmadova was born in the city of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.When she was just nine years old, she developed a passion for reading, literature, poetry, and foreign languages. In high school, she participated in and won many poetry competitions. Starting at the age of ten, she began writing poems and short stories in Russian.
Emiliya has diplomas in business management as well as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in human resources management. She also has international diplomas in the advanced study of the theory and practice of management, administration, business management, communication, hotel operations management, office management and administration, and professional English from the Cambridge International College, in addition to a certificate in novel writing. Emiliya speaks four languages (Azeri, Russian, English, and some Turkish), but her native language is Azeri. Because of her love for humanity and children, she has started volunteering in a local school and in 2011 became a Cub Scout leader and won a trophy as the first female parent leader. Emiliya likes being around people, adores travel, enjoys playing soccer, and relishes in helping other people.

During her lifetime, she has encountered a variety of female friends who have been physically and verbally abused as children or adults. Some of them have subsequently been neglected, had childhood traumas, or ended up in relationships with abusive, controlling men. Knowing that these people were unconsciously crying for help but no one was there to help them or hear their voices, she felt and understood their pain and witnessed their hopelessness, frustration, fears, disappointment, and isolation. In writing Broken Chains, Emiliya seeks not only to depict other people’s struggles and dilemmas, but also to give a voice to those who are in the same situation. She also wants to show that there is always hope and light even in the loneliness of darkness. Emiliya sincerely hopes that this novel will assist other people to get their lives on a positive track as her protagonist Silvana does.


As a sophisticated prose writer and masterful storyteller, Emiliya has an innate sense of style and narrative, betraying a marvelous talent for weaving an intricate story of victory over domestic violence in all its pedigrees. Thus, beyond the fictional world, she emerges as a global voice and motivational speaker for combating abuse in all its carnations (sexual, parental, familial, spousal, partner, and child)
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Crystal and Sylvia are best friends, each the only one the other one trusts. But they each have a dark secret, and neither one knows how to tell the other. Crystal’s secret is that she’s gay and strongly attracted to Sylvia. She wants more than friendship, but she’s afraid to destroy what they already have by letting Sylvia know. And after all, friendship is better than nothing, isn’t it? But Sylvia’s secret is more sinister. It could not only destroy their friendship, it could also hurt Crystal—in more ways than one.

What is an important aspect of writing that is often overlooked?
I feel that writing education focuses much more on content than marketability. There is this belief that if you write something good, that the readers will come to it. Unfortunately, there is an overabundance of fantastic writing out there. Business savvy is also necessary. For that reason, detailing target audience is probably the most overlooked aspect. There is nothing wrong with writing in small, niche readerships. There is less to compete with, but also less potential customers. It’s something you should consider as you are brainstorming.

What book are you promoting today?
A Turbulent Affair is a F/F romance with light bdsm elements. It is the story of two women attempting to overcome their perceived flaws and build a lasting romance. Please note, trigger warnings for suicidal thoughts and self-harm as both are themes in the book. The book is a novella, so my goal was to capture the essence of the relationship without bogging it down with erroneous information. I am not a terribly congenial person, so another goal was to show that stoic characters can still be likable.

What is something interesting about the book that surprised you?
Believe it or not, there have been several reviewers and blog slots that have declined to feature the book because of the F/F element. I could see not wanted to present the darker or violent themes to a readership, but I was surprised that a F/F story would negatively affect their audience. I was additionally surprised that they were so willing to say it was because of the same sex relationship when they could have omitted the reason or left it ambiguous. I suppose it has been a hot button topic in recent years.

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My goal is to help you live a life of peace that you deserve. You are worthy and can experience inner-peace sooner than you think. It does not have to be a lifelong journey or only be during your retirement years when you experience that feeling of peace and be able to live in the moment and not think about time. You can “just be” in the moment and be “mentally free” from distractions. The Emotional Cleanse Challenge will get you closer to this feeling that most people never achieve!

Unresolved emotions are toxic to our body. Our body is a remarkable storage device (just like our intestines) for unprocessed thoughts and feelings. Most people spend a lifetime depositing unresolved emotional issues throughout the body; in fact, it is not only painful experiences that are stored; all sorts of memories get lodged in the body's tissues. We tend to store our unpleasant or negative feelings in a “file cabinet” deep down inside of us (our subconscious) thinking they will never come out. Dr. Candace Pert, who was an internationally known pharmacologist and published over 250 research articles was a significant contributor of Mind-Body Medicine. In her book, Molecules of Emotion: The Scientific Basis Behind Mind-Body Medicine (Scribner, 1997), she explains how emotions are stored in the body. Dr. Pert stated that “Your Body is your subconscious mind.” Pert goes on to say, “Buried emotions can impact your perceptions, decisions, behavior, and even health, all unconsciously.”

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Runt, Cricket, is an honorary beta of Team Greywolf, an elite special ops branch of the Lycan Intelligence Agency. As a member, she poses as a human and collects forensic evidence. Because of her low rank, she is assigned in the rehabilitation of Prince Slade suffering from morphogenesis after his entire pack is murdered, and then his indoctrination as a member of their team. Babysit a psycho, domineering alpha? Not on her watch. To complicate matters, she lusts for Slade. Foolish. A runt can never take an alpha as a mate.
Slade has two choices. Honor his murdered kin and serve Team Greywolf, or once healed, obey King Conan and return to his territory with an alpha mate. Complicating his decision is his relentless desire for the hot sexy little she-wolf, Cricket.

Early into his recovery, Slade and Cricket are sent to investigate missing werewolves. An unstable werewolf seems hardly a match for a former Nazi werewolf bent on bringing on Ragnarok, the destruction of mankind.


Can they stop this evil regime, while conforming to pack law that forbids any chance of them fulfilling their desire for each other?


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Why vampires?

There was no conscious decision to select vampires as the characters in Yesterday’s Daughter, as there was no real choice to write a book. The decision was made for me in that the characters formed in my dreams, in my imagination as vampires. Why my subconscious selected these mythical creatures as inspiration, that’s open to speculation. Since I don’t have access to a psychiatrist or someone who analyses dreams, so I’ll take a stab at it answering the question of why I chose to write about vampires.

The easy answer would be to say that I’m a huge fan of vampire books and moves. I’ve seen every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and watched Christopher Lee drain more than a few damsels in distress. I read Stephen King’s, Salem’s Lot and the first time I saw the movie, I had nightmares for a couple of weeks. And let’s not forget Octavia Butler’s, Fledgling. Who can forget Shori who appears to be a child, maybe eleven years, but is actually 53 year old.

I could say all those books and movies going in my head like quarters in a slot machine were bound to produce like output. I’m sure that part of it. But, when I search deep, what draws me to vampires is time. They have time to experience life, experiment, make mistakes, and witness the great and small. When you compare the lives of the legendary vampire you can’t help but be struck by fleeting span of the human life. The idea of creating characters that may have lived at the time of Mark Anthony, discussed brush strokes with Michael Angelo or watched the sky as the Russian Sputnik passed causes my imagination to churn with possibilities of what characters can do when they are not constrained by time. There is so much opportunity to create enormous literary canvas when my characters are not married to specific era.

So what have some of my favorite vampires done with all that time on their hands? Take the vampire Godric from the Sookie Stackhouse books, he’s like a thousand years old and choses to meet the sun, to die because he can’t bear the terrible things he done. He is totally one of my all-time favorite vampires. Of course, I hate the evil he’s done. But I like Godric because he wants to do the right thing. It’s so easy for vampires characters to be jaded as Lestat is in Interview with a Vampire. But for all the death and mayhem Godric leaves in his wake, I had compassion for him which wasn’t easy, given his bloody history.

There are numerous vampires, that are all my favorites for different reasons; Spike because of his ability to make me laugh and Blade because of his constant struggle to fight the thirst. I could go on and on, but in a closing word, no one deny that all these characters have at least one thing in common, time.

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Yesterday’s Daughter is full of suspense and surprises as the plot develops. It holds a mirror to contemporary society so we can consider our feelings about people who seem different from us, the assumptions we may make about other groups, and the consequences of those assumptions. Yesterday’s Daughter is an emotionally laden paranormal vampire romance novel woven with layers of betrayal, love and loss. Grace Stone, who later learns her true identity is Sapphira, is a loner who survives abuse in the foster care system after being abandoned as a child. A brilliant student, she escapes from her brutal foster parents as a teenager and creates a life for herself. But, her life is little more than existence; plagued with questions about what she really is, a family that she has never known and the never-ending need to keep her differences hidden. She is alone and lonely, believing it will always remain so until Malachi appears in her life. Malachi, a Guardian of the vampire communities, has searched for his life mate, Sapphira, for decades. He refuses to cease searching for Sapphira even though she is believed dead by all. Conflict arises over the decades between Malachi and his family because of his refusals to accept another mate. But his very soul drives him on to continue his search, knowing that he could not exist if Sapphira were not in the world, somewhere.

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Blakefields Mansion

What has possessed the normally level-headed Isabelle to abandon her childhood friend among strangers and make a madcap dash across windswept moors in a frantic search for help?

Two months earlier - the summer of 1856 - and the two girls are eagerly anticipating a stay at the imposing Blakefields Mansion in the West Riding of Yorkshire. They dream of grand balls, dashing young men, and mysterious, elegant ladies. But the reality will prove very different.

Intrigue upon intrigue builds to an unexpected and dramatic climax.

As they come to know the various gentlemen – the Lord of Blakefields; his cheerful friend and confidant; the ambitious but seemingly honest guest; the enigmatic neighbour with a dark past - it becomes less and less clear who will turn out to be the champion of decency and integrity.

Blakefields Mansion and its soon-to-be-released sequel, Stonecrest, are both realistic historical romances set in a tempestuous period of England's history. Queen Victoria is on the throne; social values are beginning to change - something that Isabelle will discover as she learns that true friends and true love are to be valued above either fame or fortune.


If you enjoy the likes of Austen, Thackeray or Dickens, then Blakefields Mansion is for you.

Interview with Clive A S West

What part of the world are you from?
South West England although I now live in Central Italy

What was the first important thing that you've ever written?
I've literally drawn up thousands of contracts and legal letters and I've long since forgotten which was the first important one. In terms of creative writing, I'd have to say that it was a series of training articles that I did for upwardly mobile employees.

Did you keep a diary as a child and do you still write one today?
No. I've tried many times but I just don't have the discipline. I really admire those who do (like my wife, fortunately) but 'it ain't me babe'.

Which book are you currently reading (or are just about to read)?
Because of the Westerns I'm ghost-writing, I'm reading some books written at the end of the 19th century to help give me a better feeling of the era and the way of life 'on the trail'.

What made you take up writing as a career? As I said, I've always been a commercial writer so it was a natural thing to become a freelancer when I got disabled. I enjoy writing and I get a real feeling of the wind in my hair when I've got a subject and I know where it's going.

What have you written so far that's been published? I've written a series of twist-in-the-tail stories while I was in a lymphedema clinic (I've got 'worse case scenario' as far as that disease goes). I read them out to my wife every day and put them together into a book when I got home. That's called Hobson's Choice. Since then, I've written a full length blockbuster called The Road. That's about the corruption that surrounds the construction of a new road and how this affects the people whom it touches. Despite its seemingly 'cold' subject matter, it's actually a very human story - just read the (genuine) reviews on Amazon to see that I'm not alone in thinking this. I've also written a patient's guide to lymphedema and a self-helper for interview candidates telling them how to take charge of their job interviews. My latest book is a Victorian romance called Blakefields Mansion which I'm co-writing with Jen Smith - it's very much in the style of Austen, Thackeray and Dickens and is a mixture of romance and dawning social awareness.

What books do you have in the pipeline?
I'm able to write in my head - often in my sleep - and I've got 3 stored up there at the moment. The one which I'd most like to finish is a tortured view of life seen through the eyes of a serial killer. A follow-up to Blakefields Mansion will soon be published (it's provisionally called 'Stonecrest') and another volume of twist-in-the-tails (called 'A Snake In The Grass') is at the final polishing stages. On a different tack, I recently spent nine months in hospital (having gone into a coma and then having a 2kg tumour removed). It was followed up with a further 6 months living 24/7 on our sofa while I waited for medical assistance to organise itself. My wife wants me to put that into a story but it's still a bit painful to recall - maybe later.

What or who inspires you?
I'm inspired by the events that I've seen - many bad, sadly. I'm a keen observer of patterns and I love the use of probability trees to help me consider all possible outcomes of any given event.

How do you begin a story, chapter or scene?
I take what I hope is an interesting event and then ask myself - what if ...? I then run with it. My stories must always be possible and plausible: as a reader I don't appreciate slipshod tactics such as skipping over contradictions and plot hitches therefore I try to make sure my own writing is watertight in that respect.

Which famous authors do you admire?
That's easy but it does depend upon the context. Asimov for his sheer perceptiveness regarding the way people behave. Technology may change but people don't. RD Wingfield for his witty dialogue. Just read his Frost books and be prepared to be blown away by the man's talent. Tom Clarke for the gritty realism of the brilliant Muck and Brass series (for my book, The Road) Alan Bleasdale for Boys from the Black Stuff (again, for The Road) Robin Hobb (Margaret Ogden) for her wonderful and detailed fantasy worlds. I appreciate the attention to detail that goes into her writing - the 3D worlds she creates are amazing. Maybe I should say the 3C's (Culture, Customs and Characters) - something we should all bear in mind when we're writing any kind of fiction.

How do you come up with your characters?
Most of my characters are composites of people I've known although I'm at great pains not to make any individual a 'real person'. I love colorful people and I've been told I do my 'bad guys' particularly well. They're the ones who give me the most pleasure describing, I do confess!

How would you describe your style of writing?
I like to think my writing has a light touch. I'm a plot fiend and I try very hard to make sure that I never resort to deus ex machina devices. I hate books like that and I assume my readers feel likewise.

Would you say your books are realistic?
I know they're realistic! In The Road, the sheer number of dirty dealings that I've seen during my years in the construction industry form its basis. It's chillingly realistic, believe me. In Blakefields Mansion and Stonecrest, I've been at great pains to get everything right - from the tracks that they would have rode down to the actual times of the trains. I've checked the birth and death certificates of any real characters, downloaded the house floor plans, read the legal statutes - you name it.

Could you describe your plots in just one sentence?
In The Road, the story is one of how the corruption centered around the construction of a new ring road impinges on the lives of the ordinary people who come into contact with it. In Blakefields Mansion, the story is of how a romance gradually develops between two people who, in turn, have come to appreciate that true friendship is the most valuable gift of all and that it is not based on class, gender, attitudes etc.

Which part of your books gave you the most trouble and why?
In The Road, significant chunks of the book follow young people. I wanted to get the interchanges - dialogue, actions, dress, tastes - as accurate as I could. It took considerable research but I think I got there in the end. In Blakefields, I remember getting bogged down with dance cards would you believe? What dances occur when, who holds the cards, where they came from, how did men remember who they'd arranged to dance with, how did a lady reject an invitation, what happened if no-one asked her to dance and so on!

Did you learn anything from writing the books?
Yes, in The Road, I learnt about ecstasy and I also discovered a lot about offshore banking and moving money around. Blakefields Mansion really boosted my knowledge of history and law. So much happened. My specialist subject at university was public health engineering so I was able to use my knowledge to write about cholera but I'd little idea about how much attitudes changed towards it in the space of just a very few years. It went from it being 'A curse of God' to 'this is how we treat water' in the blink of an eye. Not only that, John Snow (who finally convinced people what cholera really was) introduced the idea of an incident map - the same kind of thing that is used to plot the activities of serial killers today.

If you were to rewrite your bools, what would you change?
In The Road, I'd definitely try and find a way of splitting it into 2 volumes. I'd then be able to put the books out at a lower price per book and this would probably attract more buyers. They might also feel less daunted by two thinner books. In Blakefields, I'm torn about whether I should have created more balls but I decided at the time that it would end up appearing as just padding and thus detract from the story. There was so much more to include but it was always going to be a balance between detail and story. My feedback so far is that I 'got it right' but it was definitely something that I was and am aware of.

Is there anyone whose help you'd particularly like to acknowledge?
My wife, Damaris West, who is also an author, helped me very considerably with editing, characterization and also with snagging. Corny as it might sound, I couldn't have done it without her. Blakefields Mansion was co-written in conjunction with Jen Smith, a lady who lives in Illinois. It was her original idea and storyboard that we worked together.

Does the e-book format give rise to any specific challenges or benefits? I wouldn't say that there was much in the way of challenges about it although it is always awkward to include images or tables because of the nature of the reading software. As far as benefits go, e-books are the way forward - we sell twenty to thirty times as many copies of an book in electronic format as we do in its physical counterpart.

If you had to pick a genre you'd not previously written in or considered, what would it be and why? I'd love to write a fantasy saga. I know there's a lot of that about at the moment (with the HBO serialization of the George RR Martin books) but I'm sure I could come up with something original. I'm also quite sold on doing a series of ultra-realistic (used advisedly, of course!) dystopian novels.

How much time do you set aside for your writing?
Like most authors (I'm sure), 'not as much as I'd like'. My work involves getting our publishing business up and also ghost-writing. I'm currently involved in a non-fiction book about cyber-crime (definitely the most technically challenging book that I've ever written) and also a series of Westerns (again, with the idea of being realistic).

Is writing going to be your career for the foreseeable future?
I'd like it to be. Obviously the publishing business is in there, too. I don't want to split them.

Do you have any news you can tell us?
I've written the first three chapters of that serial killer book I mentioned earlier in the interview. I won't say too much but it's in the First Person (that makes it a little unusual) plus it's from his birth (which is definitely rare). I really want to finish that!

What advice would you give new or would-be writers? Everybody has their own way of writing but what I do is to figure out a plot from beginning to end and write it up without bothering much about side plots, setting or details not directly relevant to the story line. I even skip over dialogue. Once I've done that, I return and fill in the missing pieces. I then return a third and fourth time to polish and edit it. Doing it this way avoids continuity breaks and also ensures that I do actually have a viable and plausible story. Far too many people get bogged down with minutiae. Of course they matter but they shouldn't come between you and the story. My books tend to get about eight edits before they get released - yes, that's a lot of work but it produces a more 'fluid' book than if you grind away word by word.

What would you like to say to your readers? I get a genuine pleasure out of writing although I'd hate to think what I write is 'comfortable'. I want people to enjoy my books but also to stop and think - even with the romances where I endeavor to cover all the emotions and not just love. For example, in my short stories, several are dedicated to creating situations which are 'obvious' (only so because we are all inherently prejudiced and blinkered) but turn out to be anything but. I like to challenge people - I hope I succeed - as well as entertaining them, of course!
Clive West writes for Any Subject Books Ltd

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Stuart Mackenzie doesn’t want to be a hero, just an ordinary guy with a wife and a job and a mortgage, but Destiny had other plans.A decorated hero in the Second World War, two years later Stuart is nothing but a washed up short order cook estranged from his war-bride wife.Walter, an old army buddy he hasn’t seen since the war offers him a job with the newly organized Central Intelligence Agency doing the same things he was so successful at during the war. But Stuart turns him down. He’d rather just be a regular guy. But when his wife leaves him, he reconsiders. His first mission: investigate the crash of a flying saucer at Roswell, New Mexico. The Air Force claims it was really nothing more than a simple weather balloon, but what are they trying to hide? Join Stuart as he uncovers the truth behind the rash of saucer sightings, their origin in the occult laboratories of Nazi Germany and their influence on the events of the Cold War.

Understanding Show, Don’t TellBy M.E. Brines
“Show, don’t tell” is commonly repeated advice for writers, but there seems to be a great deal of misunderstanding about the meaning. I know I misunderstood it at first. I mean, writers tell readers things all the time, right? We’retelling them a story. We have to tell readers about the beautiful sunset, that there’s a piano in the background and about that lovely roast simmering in the oven. But description isn’t what we mean by telling.Telling is stating story facts bluntly, explaining and handing out conclusions. It’s informing the readers of facts you want them to know, rather than allowing them to deduce them for themselves. If you state there’s a roast simmering in the oven, you’re telling. If you describe heat coming from the oven along with a sizzling noise and the succulent scent of something broiling its own juices down into a thick, beefy gravy – that’s showing.If you’re writing non-fiction, telling is how it’s done. People read non-fiction to get the facts. They want everything set out where they can see it so they understand completely and don’t miss anything.But they read fiction for entertainment. They want to watch a story unfold in the movie theatre of their mind’s eye.James N. Frey in How to Write a Damn Good Novel called this “dreaming the fictive dream.” An author is like the tour guide of a specific daydream. If you’re good at it, people won’t want to put your book down until the very end. But telling turns the fictive dream into a documentary.Documentaries have narrators whose job is to lecture the ignorant viewers on the pertinent facts and figures so they’ll be able to pass the test next Thursday. This is how textbooks read – boring! Nobody reads textbooks for fun. And nobody reads novels for the facts and figures. They get those from Cliff’s Notes.But people pay to experience a movie. Movies show what’s going on and let the viewer reach his own conclusions. Movies, even bad ones, don’t load down the viewer with three paragraphs of back-story whenever a new character comes on screen. They don’t spoon-feed viewers by revealing a character’s thoughts so they know exactly how a character feels. We have to make our own conclusions from watching the actor’s expressions, his actions, hearing the shrill anger in his voice, watching him tremble, seeing his knuckles whiten as he clenches a fist.Movies rarely employ a narrator, and when they do he usually shuts the hell up after the movie gets going. The text at the beginning of Star Wars movies that crawls up the screen into the distance never explained the Force or any of the characters’ back-stories.The old noir-style detective films where the protagonist’s introductory voice-over ramblings might seem like telling. But even those are just a different style of showing. Sam Spade doesn’t come out and tell us he’s a low-down womanizing jerk. But when we find out in The Maltese Falcon that he’s worried about becoming a suspect in his partner’s murder because he’s been sleeping with the guy’s wife, we get that. It’s obvious from their relationship that he’s been sleeping with the secretary, too. And it’s never overtly stated in the book or movie versions that creepy Joe Cairo is queer as a three-dollar bill, but we get that just by watching the guy. If you’re especially clever you figure out the young gangster is his catamite. All that got past the movie censors of the time by being shown not told.Telling gives lengthy explanations of the how, what, when, where, and why that belong in newspaper articles, not prose. It informs readers of conclusions rather than presenting the evidence and allowing them to figure it out for themselves.Description isn’t telling unless you include a conclusion. “The homeless man had been living on the street for years,” tells. “The man in filthy rags limped along, pushing a battered shopping cart filled with his meager possessions, his expression one of hopes too often betrayed and now abandoned,” shows.Good writers show emotions through the use of expressions, body language, dialogue and word choice rather than overusing adverbs or just bluntly telling us “Mary was angry.” Telling us why she was angry is even more blatant telling. Such things are usually obvious from context.Actions speak louder than words, and sometimes you can say a lot by what hasn’t been said. If a scene opens with a fully dressed man having his breakfast and reading the paper when his wife shuffles in wearing a housecoat and yawning and starts fixing herself something, that he just sits there reading gives the reader a more telling view of their relationship than anything the author could state.The important thing to remember is, readers don’t like to be told a bunch of back-story as if there’s going to be a test later. They want to watch the movie and come to their own conclusion. Ernest Hemmingway’s famous “iceberg writing style” is all about this. In an article on bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon he wrote:If a writer of prose knows enough of what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water.That said, there are times and places for telling. If you “show” the whole novel you’ll end up with Ulysses or One Day in the Life of Ivan Denislovich, which might win you a literary prize, but nobody’s going to want to read it for fun. It’s okay to skip the boring stuff and just tell the reader what happened.For example, in one of my early novels I included several pages describing a lengthy train journey through Occupied France in World War II during which nothing important occurred. It was a typical train journey, and about as much fun to read about as somebody’s daily commute. A critique group said as much and I was clever enough to follow their advice and replace it with a one-sentence comment to the effect that a week later they got off the train in Paris. But for all the interesting scenes where people discover important things about the characters or plot, you want to show, not tell.Show, don’t tell by avoiding “was.” Besides being passive and weak, declarative sentences are used to state facts, the very definition of telling. Use word search to examine every “was” in your work. Unless they’re used in dialogue, odds are when you use was, you’re telling the reader instead of showing him.Stay out of your character’s heads. Telling readers your character’s thoughts and feelings is a cheat that dispenses with showing them through actions and dialogue. And if you do show us those thoughts and feelings elsewhere, there’s no point in telling us, too. Not only are you treating readers like imbeciles and spoon-feeding them the story, but then they have to sit through you telling them again what you showed them in the first place.
Remember the fictive dream. That’s what your readers want to experience. Every time you stop their mental movie so the narrator can come out from behind the curtain and lecture themon back-story or to make a plot point clear, you risk readers getting bored and leaving the theatre. Textbooks can get away with being mind-numbing. Peoplehave to buy those books. But readers aren’t required to read yours. Don’t make your story come across like a textbook. Show, don’t tell.

M.E. Brines spent the Cold War assembling atomic artillery shells and preparing to unleash the Apocalypse (and has a medal to prove it.) But when peace broke out, he turned his fevered, paranoid imagination to other pursuits. He spends his spare time scribbling another steampunk romance occult adventure novel, which despite certain rumors absolutely DOES NOT involve time-traveling Nazi vampires!A former member of the British Society for Psychical Research, he is a long-time student of the occult and a committed Christian who sees himself as a modern-day Professor Van Helsing equipping Believers for battle against the occult Principalities and Powers that rule a world in darkness. (Ephesians 6:12)The author of three dozen books, e-books, chapbooks and pamphlets on esoteric subjects such as alien abduction, alien hybrids, astrology, the Bible, biblical prophecy, Christian discipleship, conspiracies, esoteric Nazism, the Falun Gong, Knights Templar, magick, and UFOs, his work has also appeared in Challenge magazine, Weird Tales, The Outer Darkness, Tales of the Talisman, and Empirical magazine.
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The sequel to the bestselling A LONG ROAD HOME (TOMMY’S STORY). Two emotionally-scarred people meet in tragic circumstances and fall in love

Katie and Drew's Interview from Waiting for Dusk by Nancy Pennick
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What did you feel when you first saw each other? Drew: Could I be the first to answer? I know it might sound clichéd but it was love at firs

The Devil is in The Details---Writing advice from Stan Hampton, Sr.
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There is an old saying that, “The devil is in the details.” Truer words were never spoken. When writing, details can help make or break the

The Houses’ of Opposites by T. M. Smith
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Today, I’m going to fill you all in on ‘The Houses’ of Opposites. I’m long winded and it’s a long explanation so, grab a bottle, hunker down

Our collective mindset by Sallie Lundy-Frommer
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A posting from one of my blog followers lead me to thinking about the notion of collective mindedness. In response to my posting about life

I had a 5 star experience for start to finish!! The salesman was helpful but not pushy and the delivery guys were awesome. All in all, my experience with Ashley Furniture was super positive. I will definitely shop there again and recommend it to family and friends.
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