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Say Hello to Kimberly Iverson

Wrapping up my trio of quick interviews with writers featured in the big Speculative Fiction giveaway on Instafreebie, I’m pleased to introduce Kimberly Iverson, the fantastic lady who is hosting the giveaway and a pretty awesome author.

In line with my unplanned trend of featuring west coast authors, Kimberly fits right in, hailing from near Seattle, Washington. She is a prolific writer with numerous books in several genres, such as the Dark Illusions, Dynasty of Moirae, and Guardian of Life series. If you’re looking for some good reads, check out her books. Now to the chat:

LW: Please tell us about the book that you’re featuring in this amazing giveaway and what inspired this story.

KI: I’m combining these two because this is a multi-part answer for me. They go hand-in-hand. By that I mean that Hope of the Future was two different books. The first book that I wrote was inspired by simply the idea of what would happen (mind you, I was very young for this idea – 12 to 16, I think) if in the future, humans kept other humans as pets. The other idea I had was similar to that, but I wondered what would happen if women could no longer bear children, but because they were so desperately afraid, their bodies changed and prevented it? What would happen if that had such repercussions that even generations down the line, that was so ingrained it changed humans? Next thing I knew, when I was editing the second book, which was Hope of the Future, I felt it was lacking, and a friend offered me a tip, which then led me to remember the “Future Story” I had from when I was young. I removed about 90% of that story, and combined the other 10% into the first Hope of the Future. After that I thought of humans living longer and the rest came to light.

LW: Awesome. I love it when something that didn’t work out long before becomes relevant in a new project and can be incorporated. Nothing is ever lost when writing. But when you sit down to write, what is the one thing that you absolutely have to have?

KI: Water. That sounds so odd, but I can’t. I can go without music, without sitting at the desk, without pretty much everything except…water. I will even drink coffee or hot chocolate, sometimes green tea (Arizona Green Tea with Honey is what I love the most), but I will always have water. I was a mermaid in a past life, I’m sure.

LW: Very interesting and maybe you were a finned-female in the past. While you’re sipping on your water and plotting, do you slip any secrets in your books that only a few people will find? (Drop a hint, I’m a Pisces myself, so no secrets among fishies, right?)

KI: I do! But then…if I told you, they wouldn’t be secrets now, would they? For those readers like myself who love books so much that unless they truly hate it, they’ll read it again, I have little secrets in the majority of my books. Some are obvious, some come through double-entendres, but most you have to pay close attention to the stories and all my books to find.

LW: Guess I have a lot of reading to do, but that’s okay. I’m intrigued. What is your process for choosing names for your characters?

KI: This depends on the person and story. Many times the name is there. There’s no other name it could be. Like with Hope. She is the epitome of the term so for me, her name couldn’t really have been anything but Hope. When I struggle, I may make one up, grab one out of thin air, or do what I did back when my mom bred Shih Tzus when I was young. Go to the baby name books. Nowadays it’s baby name sites. I research the pronunciation, the terms, what the name means, all of it. Some names go through a few changes before it’s settled. Like Ronin in Hope of the Future. Not sure how many names that man had before I chose Ronin.

LW: I hear that! You try out a few then one day a name just clicks. Actually I’ve done that with my pets when naming them. And with that thought in mind, what’s your favorite paranormal creature and why?

KI: Has to be the werewolf. I think it’s because I grew up seeing them a lot. I watched planet of Body Snatchers and zombie movies, but I was always drawn to werewolves. My love of wolves in general could be a clue, and that I constantly dream about them, but I am also drawn to Beauty and the Beast and I think that contributes. Their strength, power, and presence. That they could be beast or human. Walk in day or night. To me, they have a lot of the great attributes of vampires without the desperation for blood so they are in many ways still alive and can LIVE like a human.

LW: Definitely cool characters those wolves. I thought maybe you’d go for a sea creature. When you have time to relax and read, who are your favorite authors?

KI: My favorites are always the people who make me forget everything. I start reading and then I’m late to bed because I thought . . . just a few more words, annnndddd I’m five chapters in. Those people are: Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Michael Crichton, Anne Rice, Keri Arthur, George R.R. Martin, and J.K. Rowling. I only just read Harry Potter for the first time in 2015 so I was late to that game, but I love it. I also recently read Alianne Donnelly’s Wolfen and that story sucked me in.

Thanks very much for taking the time to do this and for hosting this great giveaway. You can learn more about Kimberly’s work on her website and forum:

Speculative Fiction Writer & Occasional Paranormal Romantic
kimberlysueiverson.com
Come by the new forum!
kimberlysueiverson.boards.net

So, those of you who haven’t read anything by Kimberly Iverson yet, this is a great opportunity to pick up a free copy of Hope of the Future and maybe find a new favorite author. By the way, she’ll be releasing two more books in the next few months.

Just click the picture for the link to the giveaway page where you’ll find over 80 books for free downloads, including one of mine and my short story as well. Hurry. This giveaway ends on March 4th!

A Short Chat with Author Jerry Gerold

Checking in with my second interview during the Speculative Fiction Giveaway promotion, I’d like to introduce you to Jerry Gerold. He’s a diverse author, writing in various genres from science fiction to horror, mystery, and romance. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he moved to Sacramento, California, then eventually returned to Portland, where followers of Grimm know that it’s not safe. Why are you there, Jerry?

Seriously, Portland is a great city and really inspires authors and artists. Speaking of which, Jerry also draws anime characters. Truly a talented guy. So let’s get to the questions.

LW: First off, tell us about Strike Aura, the book you have up for grabs in this giveaway.

JG: Strike Aura starts out on Earth, with a young man named Cordell being visited by a young woman from another world, Haza, who presents him with a mysterious box. She opens the box and he falls instantly in love with her. Then her childhood friend Fia arrives and claims she is also in love with him, because of the box. The double planet these women come from, Versac-Nestantia, is nearly depleted of men and are forced to use this method of attracting mates. Versac-Nestantia is at war with the Uvii, a planet completely devoid of men. The Uvii are warlike and intent on taking men by force. Because of Haza and Fia, Earth moves to the top of their list. Haza and Fia now must defend Earth using their invention Strike Aura (the human aura weaponized) to stop the Uvii and put their war to an end. Cordell gets caught up in this conflict, not only between planets, but between Haza and Fia.

LW: Women from two worlds on the hunt for men? That sounds like a good read and one I plan to pick up. What triggered this idea for your novel?

JG: Strike Aura is the result of watching too much Japanese anime over the course of two years. I had a lot of ideas after watching them and wondered if anyone out there was writing novels in an anime-type style and decided I would do it. The plot of a single, uninteresting male being visited by females from outer space is common among anime plots and that’s how my story begins.

LW: Anime inspiration is great. What can potential readers expect from this novel?

JG: Space travel, alien planets, alternate universes, interesting situations, goofiness and sex.

LW: Sounds like fun to me. Speculative fiction often has unusual and alien-sounding names in it. How do you select the names for your characters?

JG: A lot of cases, they just come to me. The character will introduce themselves to me and tell me their name. In the cases where this doesn’t happen, I have to designate them one. I have changed names in the middle of a story on more than one occasion. For made-up, science fiction-like names, my fingers just tap out a few letters and I decide if I like it or not. Haza and Fia are the products of this method. Cordell introduced himself to me. Another character in the book, went from Christel to Crystal to Krystal.

LW: I know what you mean about names evolving and changing. Which authors do you like to read?

JG: I grew up reading and loving Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Piers Anthony, Dean Koontz, Robert Heinlein and Philip K. Dick. All of these authors drew on my imagination and made me view the world in a different way. They made me want to keep reading and eventually start writing. I wanted to create my own worlds for others to read and maybe tap their imaginations and make them view the world differently, too.

Thanks, Jerry! Check out the giveaway below to pick up Strike Aura and go to Jerry’s author page to see more novels to entice you, including mine, O’Ceagan’s Legacy, a sci-fi adventure novel.

Free Book: https://instafreebie.com/free/fwX0R
Author page: https://www.facebook.com/Jerry.Gerold.Author/

Speculative Fiction Giveaway

Good day, fellow book readers…

National Read Across America Day is March 6 and the celebration is starting early.

My science fiction adventure novel, O’Ceagan’s Legacy, is part of a big speculative fiction giveaway hosted by author Kimberly Iverson.  It is live as of today, so hurry over to pick up some great reads for free.  It will vary by author, but most of us are asking for a sign up to our mailing list in order to download. My short story, The Wizard’s Gift is also featured in this giveaway.

I also ask, nay- beg, you to consider writing an honest review of my book if you download and read it. You can post your review on Amazon, Goodreads, Instafreebie, or any other location you prefer. Reviews are very important to a writer.  In order to get exposure from sellers, such as Amazon, Apple, or other books sales sites, you need to have reviews. The more positive ones, the better, but I just ask for your honest opinion.  Please consider writing one or at least rating the books you read.  Thank you.

Follow this link to the giveaway:

In the next few days, I will be posting short interviews with three of the writers participating in this giveaway, including Kim, so look for those.

Don’t waste time.  Get to the page above and grab some good reads!  Happy reading, my friends.

Meet J.R. Bournville, Author

This month, I’m pleased to feature a fellow writer, who is part of the Ninja Writers Science Fiction and Fantasy book promotion on Instafreebie. Check it out here.

So allow me to introduce J.R. Bournville to you with a little interview and an invitation to check out her writing.

Q: Right off, please tell me about your books and the one included in the promotion, #NinjaSFF giveaway.

J.R. – I’m one of three contributing authors to the Prompted Musings series. Prompted Musings is a collection of flash fiction, based on visual writing prompts. As flash fiction is so very short, these anthologies allowed each of us to experiment with form as well as content, trying ideas which might well have been too intimidating to pursue in a longer piece of work.

Prompted Musings with flash fiction from J.R. Bournville.
Prompted Musings with flash fiction from J.R. Bournville.

Volume 2 is free as part of the #NinjaSFF giveaway, with Volume 1 available for free on https://www.instafreebie.com/free/VDBGS
I have also written two short stories; Company of the Raven, a reworking of the well-loved poem by one of my earliest influences, Edgar Allen Poe; and The Old House 

Recently, I’ve branched out into non-fiction with my book, Embracing Possibilities,  which talks about how a change in attitude helped get me to where I am today, and helps readers to take steps toward whatever would make them happy in life.

Q: Does writing energize or exhaust you?

J.R. – Both, equally, though not usually at the same time. When I’m writing, and the words are flowing, then nothing else exist. There is no fatigue, no aches and pains, no hunger. But if the flow of words is more a trickle, each one is a drain on my already-limited resources. On those slow times, my solution is usually to disengage from my writing, and dream.

Q: How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

J.R. – The first book I published was A Humourless Death. I’d spent several days not quite daring to click publish, and finally daring to was a great relief for me. Since then, I’ve learnt how to recognise when my writing is not ready to be released into the world, (which is why I unpublished A Humourless Death earlier this year). My writing process now includes more time away from the finished book, with added opportunities to discover weaker sections within my writing before publishing.

Q: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

J.R. – At current count, excluding all books which only exist as scattered notes (there are far too many of those), I have four half-finished books. This includes A Humourless Death, the first book I released, which I decided to unpublish and revise earlier this year.

Q: How do you select the names of your characters?

J.R. – If the character is willing to “talk”, then I’ll write a scene or two, and see if their name comes to me. If that doesn’t work, I usually sit the character down and interview them. I’ll ask them all manner of questions, but crucially, not what their name is. I’m a firm believer that there’s power in a name, and a person’s name is a reflection of their personality.

Q: If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?

J.R. – If I didn’t write—that’s a difficult reality to imagine—then I’d want to teach. Smaller classrooms, working with children and adults with disabilities or learning difficulties. With my experiences of falling ill and recovery, I understand more of the challenges and frustrations which arise in learning something new.

Q: Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

J.R. – Yes, I do. I like to know what someone has enjoyed (or not) about my book. No one likes a bad review, but I try to understand what exactly that reader didn’t like, and if it is a fault in my writing then I make note to improve. Good reviews, I sit quietly, smiling. If I can contact the reviewer then I do so, thanking them for their review, and wish them well.

Thank you, J.R. Bournville, for taking the time to answer these questions.  You can learn more or connection with her at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JRBournville
twitter: http://twitter.com/JRBournville
web: www.jrbournville.com

And now that you, my readers, know a little more about this up and coming author, go check out her books.  You might find a new gotta-read author.

Author Interview Blog Hop: Read more about some of the authors in the Ninja Writers SciFi and Fantasy Giveaway by going here,