Welcome to the Author Spotlights Page
Jack Croxall Why Science and Fiction Are Total Bros
Jaimie Admans Where dreams come true…?
Boyko G. Ovcharov Interview
Nicole Saunders Author Update-Nicole Saunders
Rosemary A Johns BLOOD RENEGADES
Rose MontagueMeet Jade Smith, a magical mutt with a mission.
I am proud to host Jack Croxall, I am a huge Fan of his work. I feel that his is book Tethers is a modern classic. Everything that he writes is extremely interesting and from a fresh view point. He is knowledgeable about science, physics and the planets, and is always happy to share his wide range of ideas though his many published works. I have always passed on his books as I want everyone to read him. So please read on and share this fascinating piece.
Why Science and Fiction Are Total Bros By Jack Croxall
‘I don’t know.’ This is the default position of science. If you ask any decent physicist how the universe came in to being, they will probably say: ‘I don’t know, but here are some theories.’ Likewise, if you ask any biologist what colour a baby Triceratops was, they will probably say: ‘I don’t know, but I can speculate.’ This lack of absolutes is what makes science so awesome, and what makes the scientific process so encompassing and so (mostly) open-minded. By a happy coincidence, it also leaves a lot of mystery and a lot of room for guess work, and this is where our good friend fiction comes in!
Because our scientific understanding is far, far from complete, authors can take a scientific concept and flesh it out however they want. In 1963 a physicist named Hugh Everett published his theorem, The Many Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. His radical new idea proposed that, thanks to some incredibly clever calculations and observations, our universe must not stand alone. In fact, Everett’s ground-breaking theory proposed that there are actually an infinite array of other universes existing parallel to the one we call home. Whilst the theory was criticised at the time, it has since gone on to gain a huge following with notable scientists likening the significance of Everett’s work to that of Einstein’s.
Fast forward to 1995 when Philip Pullman, inspired by Everett’s work, published the first edition of His Dark Materials. The series takes place across a host of parallel worlds with the central duo being able to cut openings in the air and travel between them. Now, Everett’s theorem says little about what any of these parallel worlds are actually like, and so Pullman was able to imagine them however he wanted. Daemons, armoured bears, witches; all of Pullman’s sublime creations would not have been able to light up the world of fiction if Everett had not published his ideas thirty-two years beforehand.
So, at a glance, it’s perhaps easy to think of science and fiction as poles apart but, in my experience, this is far from the reality. In fact, it was Pullman’s work which inspired me to start writing fiction and simultaneously helped fuel my love of science. Are Pullman’s ideas anywhere near the truth? Well, I don’t know. What I do know, however, is that our world is all the better for them.
Jack Croxall is an author/scriptwriter living in Nottinghamshire. You can view his books by clicking here.
Boyko G. Ovcharov from Bulgaria, but am also a UK graduate.
I am looking forward to publishing my next book by the end of summer ort early autumn/fall.
When and why did you begin writing?
Back in 2012, when I felt I had a story to share, although to be a writer used to be my childhood dream. I know it may sound a bit cliched, but it is true.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Still in the process, but maybe when I received more than a couple of dozen good and serious reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Basically, some personal and professional experiences that I wanted to analyse and share with others.
How did you come up with the title?
Very creatively, but somehow naively, because sometimes I do realize some people before us had come up with similar titles and ideas.
Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Readers tend to say my style is a bit poetic, which I definitely like. Of course, finding the right, but not the same words and phrases every time the author wants to give life to their various characters is always a challenge. However, it can also be a great reward in the end.
How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I try to make my writing realistic and convincing, but also appealing to a larger group of readers
To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I usually rely on my everyday interactions, musings, findings and memories.
Who designed the covers?
Honestly, myself with the help of my girlfriend and some Amazon templates.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Never give up searching for your better self, the better in others and the world. And here, I do not want to sound populist by any means. I mean that this message will inevitably assume very specific forms in different people’s lives.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
There are many of them and what strikes me about them is their freedom of expression and even courage.
Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Other indie authors around the world.
Do you see writing as a career?
One should never stop dreaming and aspiring.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Maybe not, the process of creativity needs refinement but not too much restriction.
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Many new things about humankind in general and our way of thinking as individuals.
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Perhaps a newly discovered cast of talented actors.
Any advice for other writers?
Be yourselves as much as possible and tell others what you have learnt in life in the appropriate way or genre to that matter.
Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Be ready to be surprised and learn something new. Do not always expect to read anything comfy, casual and cozy.
What book are you reading now?
As usual, full of popular science and adventure.
Do you remember the first book you read?
Either Treasure Island or Alice in Wonderland.
What makes you laugh/cry?
Human wisdom and stupidity in either order.
Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Stephen Hawking comes to mind, because he seems to know a lot about present-day life and writes so cleverly.
Do you have any hobbies?
Yes, walking in nature and physical activity.
What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Detective stories and police tv series, representing universal justice.
Favorite foods, colors, music?
Tasty food, stylish colors and rhythmic music.
Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Teach as I still do.
What do you want written on your head stone?
Hopefully, in the distant future, something more modest like: ‘He was a wise and respected man.’
Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I am please to welcome Nicole Saunders to my spotlight page. Nicole is not only a very talented Author but also reviews books and a all-round nice person.
Author Update-Nicole Saunders
My author journey with my first novel, Disposable, has been thrilling. In October, I released the Ebook version of Disposable. The sales were modest. I searched for answers.
Then, I decided to be proactive. I reached out to my potential readers to see what they wanted from me as an author. The answer was loud and clear: a print book.
So, I went to work. I spent almost all of my free time researching how to transform an Ebook to a print book. I soon realized that doing so was a huge undertaking. There were so many rules! Formatting rules. Cover art rules. Editing rules. Just rules. And, all of them were crucial to creating a correctly-formatted book. One misplaced tab or superfluous space could completely ruin my formatting and force me to start again.
It took over 5 months for me to transform Disposable from an Ebook to a print book. But, it was well worth it.
Since I released the print version of Disposable, my sales have quintupled (5X the sales)! I even made a bulk sale where I sold over 20 books to a single buyer. My Amazon reviews have seen a significant increase.
Thus, all of the hard work was worth it.
Along with producing a print copy of the book, I’ve focused on increasing my social media presence. I actively follow other authors and social media influencers. So far, I have amassed over 300 Twitter followers to my Nickifixnwriter page.
My author journey has just begun. But, so far, it has been an exciting, frustrating, and beautiful ride.
ROSEMARY A JOHNS – BLOOD RENEGADES
Rosemary A Johns – Award-winning Bestselling Fantasy Author
4 LOLs, 5 WTFs, & 6 OMGs
Surprises, plot twists,
& shockers keep coming ♥
Meet Jade Smith, a magical mutt with a mission. A detective partnered with a shifter named Rolfe, she’s on the case to solve a slew of murders: Vamps are killing humans, and nobody knows why. When London Jane, the most powerful vamp in town, is implicated in the murders, Jade knows something isn’t right. Together with Jill, the Winter Queen of Faerie, Jade and Jane take their investigation underground. On the run, with nowhere to hide, they uncover a secret that could destroy Faerie, as well as the human realm. Will Jade stop the killer in time? Or will she be the next victim?
Magic, mayhem, and mystery abound, and the odds are stacked against them; it’s three against three hundred.
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About Rose Montague….
My Goal: To have fun writing fun books to read.
My Writing Style: Not much pretty prose or flowery fluffiness, pretty much non-stop action and fun.
My Dream: To be able to write full time.
Reading Order: The chronological order is Jade, Jane, & Jill followed by the Norma Jean’s School of Witchery series, Jewel and Ghost School. Jill bridges the gap between the Three J’Amigos and Norma Jean’s School of Witchery. The way I have written these books you can however, start with Jewel & Ghost School and then read the Three J’amigos series to get the back story on Jewel’s adoptive parents, Jade & Jane as well as her Godmother, Jill.
Rose has worked both in a library as well as several bookstores. Rose lives in Elon, NC and is currently working on a Sci-Fi/Urban Fantasy book called Wiznewski James.
Jade is now available on audio!!!!
Amazon, Audible, iTunes links to Jade (audio book)…