Fab Friday with Author Danielle DeVor!

Danielle DeVor Interview picture 26th July

The wonderful author of ‘Tail of the Devil.’
Danielle DeVor.

RWM – “Hello Danielle, it’s a pleasure to meet you today and take an opportunity to talk to you about your work, so can you tell me what your current genre is? What made you chose this subject?”
DD – “YA Fantasy. I’ve always been interested in fantasy and horror. I was the kid reading Stephen King when I was eight, that type of thing.” 
RWM – “Ha-ha must admit to enjoying some of Stephen Kings work myself. Do you have a current book or piece of work you wish to talk about?”
DD – “Tail of the Devil is about a street kid who gets turned into a vampire only to discover that he is the reincarnation of a long lost vampire king.”
RWM – “Wow that sounds like something that as a vampire fan I would love to take a look at, can I ask who your favourite author is? Can you recommend one of their books?”
DD – “Gosh, this is a hard question. Right now, Richard Matheson comes to mind. He recently passed away. My favourite book is his is I Am Legend.”
RWM – “Ah yes, the acclaimed SF novel about vampires. According to Amazon the story is about the last man on earth but he is not alone . . . Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth . . . Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville’s blood.
By day he is the hunter, stalking the un-dead through the ruins of civilisation. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn. I can only think that the Will Smith film is based on the book. So back to you, how long have you been writing?”
DD – “I started with poetry when I was a child. Had my first poem published when I was thirteen, so roughly 25 years. Though I didn’t start writing prose until about 7 years ago.”
RWM – “Wow, a child writing poetry, that’s so wonderful, can you tell me if you have any pet hates?”
DD – “Lateness. I am an early bird, so if someone is meeting me for something, and doesn’t have a good reason for being late, it drives me crazy.”
RWM –“Yes I am a bit of a stickler for time as well; it can get a little obsessive. Tell me a quality you really like about yourself?”
DD – “I’m not easily rattled.”
RWM – “That’s a really good way to be Danielle; I wish I could be the same. What do you hope to achieve in your life, from your writing?”
DD – “I would eventually like to buy my parents a house- this, of course, would be if I would suddenly take off like a rocket. For now, though, I would like to save enough from my writing to take a nice vacation.”
RWM – “Please Danielle could you take some time to sell your book! Can you tell the readers what your favourite work is? What is its link so people can buy it? Tell me about it and why you believe people should buy it?
DD – “Tail of the Devil
http://www.amazon.com/Tail-of-the-Devil-ebook/dp/B00CJHO7D8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367324817&sr=8-1&keywords=tail+of+the+devil
If Mathias thought being homeless sucked, being a vampire is worse. The vampires who transformed him believe he is the reincarnation of an ancient king. They expect him to quit swearing, use a napkin, and play by their weird, ancient rules. Screw that.
But after the reigning queen assaults Mathias, he has visions of a past life in which he was that king. Turns out the current queen killed him then, and wants to kill him again. He’d better grow up fast, because if he doesn’t his second life may be shorter than his first.
I think people will like this book because it isn’t the same old usual vampire book. I’ve put some unique things in here, and I hope people enjoy the story.”
RWM – “Thanks so much, now do you believe that big authors can charge too much for their eBooks?”
DD – “It’s not mostly big authors that charge too much, but their publishers. The big authors don’t set the prices of their books.”
RWM – “That’s a really good point, would you please tell me a little about yourself, what made you become an author and do you have a job besides writing?”
DD – “Everyone around me kept asking me when I was going to write a vampire book because I have studied vampires for years. Finally, an idea popped into my head that was a little unique, and I knew I finally had something I could work with. Six years later, I had a completed novel.
When I’m not writing, I teach a class that teaches people how to fit pointe shoes (the shoes ballerinas wear that allow then to stand on their toes).”
RWM – “Wonderful, that sounds fabulous. I would really like to say thanks so much to you Danielle; it has been such a pleasure to speak to you today. Can I wish you mush success for the future and I really hope you get you house for your parents.”

By Ruth Watson-Morris

An Absolute Beginners Guide to Authorship! Yes, another one!!! :-)

Self-Help for absolute beginners.

After looking into self help books, I have never come across a down to earth, say it as it is booklet or book guiding the new authors through step by step.
Not just when they have their manuscript, but even before that!
So this is what I have been taught throughout my life as a self Published author.
A guide I wish I had before going into this world of many books being written.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/writer-another-self-help-writing-ebook/dp/B00E4OHMKO/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1374692566&sr=8-9&keywords=Ruth+watson-Morris
Available world wide only on Kindle and on Amazon through KDP!

By Ruth Watson-Morris

Why Talk About the Weather?

London Eye picture from Huffinton Press.
After the celebration of our Royal Birth the UK weather came out in all it’s rainy glory to solute the new little man.
3 weeks of sunshine have lead to the popular “Rain, rain, go away come again another day!” as the children break up for summer break.
What a beautiful purple sky, looks like our sunshine phase has gone.
Which in UK can only make us all smile.

By Ruth Watson-Morris

Decent of Blood ~ Elizabeth Marx

5 Star Reading.

5 Star Reading.

I decided to treat myself and brought this book in paperback.
I love it, if you enjoy Vampire books this one is fabulous.
Meet Meridian and other characters in times of war between Humans and Vampires.
Old language in parts, but it’s one of the best Vampire books I have read for quite a while
FREE at the moment on Amazon.co.uk if you fancy a great read!
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Descent-Blood-Series-Prequel-ebook/dp/B009YN23K4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1374517649&sr=1-1&keywords=decent+of+blood

By Ruth Watson-Morris

Friday Fab Author 19th July 2013 with my first guest Stuart Laing!

Today’s guest author is Stuart Laing, fabulous Author of the book series called ‘A Robert Young of Newbiggin Mystery.’

Today’s guest author is Stuart Laing, fabulous Author of the book series called ‘A Robert Young of Newbiggin Mystery.’


Book cover to Stuart’s latest
Robert Young of Newbiggin mystery series.

It has been my pleasure throughout the last couple of years to meet and befriend some fabulous authors, I feel very privileged to know some of the favourites who have brought so much entertainment with their stories, including Stuart Laing, Bob Atkinson, Diane Major, Shannon McRoberts & many, many more. What has become even more of a pleasure is their agreement to an interview.
So here’s where I start, I first came across Stuart Laing’s work when I bought his book ‘A Pound of Flesh,’ I found it to be one of those books that draws you in even from its first sentence, here is a quote from his book.
QUOTE: “For the briefest moment the dark city of Edinburgh was illuminated as brightly as at midday when a plunging finger of lightning smashed into fiery ruin and glowing splinters an unfortunate tree which had stood for over a century on the slopes of the Pentland Hills.”
Copyright Stuart Laing 2012© A pound of flesh ~ A Robert Young of Newbiggin Mystery.
This book to me is both thrilling and spine chilling; heading me down the road to reading the series, discovering a crime thriller series that blew me away.
The story begins in April, 1745: to read more find – ‘A pound of Flesh on amazon with this UK link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pound-Robert-Newbiggin-Mystery-ebook/dp/B007B2SG74/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373990308&sr=8-1&keywords=A+pound+of+flesh+stuart+laing
So my first dilemma was what to ask one of my favourite authors? Here are my top ten author questions…
RWM – “What is your current genre? What made you chose this subject?”
SL – “Scottish historical crime fiction.”
“I chose it mainly due to my love of Scottish history and all things Edinburgh. It is a city of never ending delights plus the fact that it is really two cities for the price of one. You have the gorgeous splendour of the Georgian New Town which rivals Bath in elegance and then you have the hodge-podge of the Old Town which despite various ‘improvements’ has managed to retain so much of its original character. To explore down the narrow, dark closes and wynds is to take a step back in time. It is easy to imagine all manner of nefarious deeds being committed in these tight lanes.”
RWM – “Wow Stuart, what a great answer, sounds fabulous there. You are so lucky to have all this close at hand. – Can I ask you about your current book or what your latest work is about?”
SL – “I am currently working on Major Weir’s Dark Legacy which will be the fourth Robert Young of Newbiggin Mystery. Major Weir was a strange character from the 17th Century. He was a pillar of the community, a war hero who suddenly claimed to one and all that he was conjuring demons up and communicating with the Devil. It seems everyone was desperate to explain this away as senility (he was in his 70’s) but he, along with his equally elderly sister, were adamant they were Satanists who eventually were put to death. The basic plot is that rival booksellers want possession of what is claimed to be his private writings and alleged spell book. One bookseller is murdered; the other is accused and turns to Robert Young to clear his name. The murder is the dark legacy.”
RWM –“That is fantastic can’t wait to read it! – So who is your favourite author? Can you recommend one of their books?”
SL – “Deep breath. Ian Rankin and Rebus, Lindsey Davis and her Falco series set in ancient Rome, Robert Louis Stevenson, Tolkien, Tom Clancy, Stephen King, Val McDermid, Bernard Cornwell amongst the established authors, and then if we are to add all the Indie authors I have been lucky enough to discover over the past year the list grows into several pages!”
RWM – “Yes we are getting some great talent in the Indie author industry, I must admit to buying more indie than traditionally published work now, I must admit to owning a few on your list myself obviously a man of great taste! – Can you tell me how long you have been writing?”
SL – “I wrote several fantasy fiction books during my late teens and early twenties which never saw the light of day although I quite enjoyed them. I only got back into writing five or so years ago when I wrote what was intended to be a short story to be shared with the Bible study group I was attending. They all enjoyed it so much it became a dozen or so short stories which in the manner of the old cinema serials became a whole. These introduced me to Robert Young, his wife Euphemia, Captain Travers and Estelle Cannonby although the tales were set in my hometown and a hundred years before the RyoNM. I liked the characters but when it came to the current series I moved them to Edinburgh and 1745. So far they seem to have enjoyed the move.”
RWM – “Yes I have to admit, I love this area of Scottish history myself.”
Both author and interviewer pause before the next question.
RWM – “What is one of your pet hates?”
SL – “When my cat turns up her nose at perfectly good food…I may have misunderstood the question! Seriously I don’t understand people who refuse to read a book because of the genre. Over the past year I have read lesbian erotica, vampire tales, science fiction etc which would not normally have featured on my reading lists but having got to know the others I have discovered just how enjoyable all these genres can be. I now kick myself for not discovering what I was missing sooner.”
RWM- Big smile, agreeing completely. “Tell me a quality you really like about yourself?”
SL – “That’s the hardest question to answer, curse you lol. Probably the ability to see another person’s point of view and not just go “because I said so, and we all know that I am always right!”
RWM – “A quality I wish my husband had, after all, I am always right!” LOL.
RWM – “What do you hope to achieve in your life, from your writing?”
SL – “My greatest hope is that my daughter achieves all the things she hopes for. That would give me more satisfaction than anything else. I would be quite content if my books amuse and entertain those who read them and encourage them to discover Edinburgh for themselves. I won’t lie and if I could make a living from writing rather than working nightshifts in a hotel I would be overjoyed. Until that happens I shall just continue to plug away and do the best I can.”
RWM- “That’s so lovely Stuart; I can only hope you get what you wish for, for both yourself and your daughter, what a lucky girl to have such a great father!”
RWM- “Please take some time now to sell your book!”
SL – “Tales of murder, mystery, political intrigue, double dealings along with the dramas of family life and romance on the cobbled streets of Auld Reekie. From the glamour of balls at Holyrood Palace to the lowest drinking dens on the Cowgate old Edinburgh is brought to life in all its noisy, smelly splendour!”
RWM – “What is your favourite work? What is its link so people can buy it? Tell me about it and why you believe people should buy it?”
SL – “With three books and a short story already written in the series I would be hard pushed to pick out a favourite. If someone was to pick up just one of them I may suggest the first one (A Pound of Flesh) as a logical starting point although all are self-contained with only small stories continuing between books such as the growing romance between Charles Travers and Estelle Cannonby so they can be read in any order. I think the third one The Children in The Shadows would be my own favourite purely as it features Alice Galbraith more than the others. She has forced herself into my heart with her wicked sense of humour and her pluck.
Okay, if I have to pick just one I’ll plumb for that. The murder of a young girl leads Robert and Charles into their darkest investigation to date and brings Robert face to face with his most dangerous enemy to date.”
UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Children-Shadows-Newbiggin-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00CBELIZE/ref=sr_1_2_bnp_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373982164&sr=1-2
US – http://www.amazon.com/Children-Shadows-Newbiggin-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00CBELIZE/ref=sr_1_2_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373982216&sr=1-2
RWM – “Thanks so much Stuart, I now know where to find this fab new novel. So, do you believe that big authors can charge too much for their eBooks?”
SL – “Now there’s a touchy subject! Personally I feel that some do, although they probably justify the price compared to the time and effort that goes into writing a book. I think a higher price can be more justified in an actual physical copy of a book as you have printing costs to be considered. I suppose the marketing budget has to be covered somehow though for eBooks!”
RWM – “Lastly please can you tell me and your fans a little about yourself, what made you become an author and do you have a job besides writing?”
SL – “Middle-aged, balding Scotsman with a fondness for real ale, football and cats! Married for 20 years come this September to Joellen with a 17 year old daughter who has clearly seen everything the world has to offer!
As I mentioned earlier I fell into writing more by accident than design but so far most people seem to have enjoyed the books so I must be doing something right which makes me smile. When not writing I have the more respectable job of being duty manager at night in a posh hotel on the shores of the Forth here in the Kingdom of Fife.”
RWM – “It’s been so wonderful to talk to you Stuart thanks so much for your time, much success for the future for you and your lovely family.”
SL – “Thank you Ruth for allowing me the opportunity to have this chat with you this afternoon. I’ve enjoyed it immensely.”

Interview end

By Ruth Watson-Morris

FRIDAY FAB AUTHOR INTERVIEWS!!!!!

Yes I am committed to this! I am looking forward to interviewing some of my most favourite authors, including my first guest this Friday the fabulous Stuart Laing!
Watch this space!

By Ruth Watson-Morris