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Revealing You: The Author Interview

Author interviews are a great way for readers and potential readers to learn more about your writing and your person (if you so desire). It gives them the opportunity to “silently” decide whether your work might suit their tastes.

Some readers are forthcoming and eager to get to know authors yet others can be hesitant to overtly approach and make contact. If you are a self-pub or indie, even more so, as no doubt some of you have experienced. That seems a little unfair sometimes, but I’ve found it to be true. So requesting an interview from willing sites gets your name out there. It’s great advertisement and friendly marketing. Adding a giveaway or contest of some kind also increases your “traffic”and response.

Anytime is a great time for an interview but especially:

  • If you are a new writer eager to (hopefully) blaze your name across the web in a good way.
  • You have an upcoming release and you’d like to build anticipation.
  • You’ve had positive response to your work and you want to remain on the crest of your personal “wave.”
  • You’ve been on hiatus or away from the writing world for some time and wish to restablish yourself and provide updates.
  • Sometimes it’s “clean-up”, and by that I mean when there’s been a general “misunderstanding” of some sort and you wish to clarify or address an issue in a positive way.

But whatever the reason, you have to decide what or if you wish to reveal about yourself personally professionally, or if you wish to talk mostly about your work or writing.

So what about the interview questions, the content? Most websites or individuals I’ve worked with have a base set of questions they use with authors. If you are an acquaintance, if they’ve done a review of your work or it’s a specialty site, they likely will ask you more specific questions about your genre, books, background or even fun or personal questions (if appropriate). Others have extended lists of questions and give you the option of which ones you wish to answer.

Some readers like to feel a connection with an author, finding similiarities or something exciting and entirely new to them. As long as it’s comfortable for you, be willing to share knowledge of yourself and your writing that makes you stand out in the viewers mind, not just when they’re reading the interview but later when they searching for which book they’re going to buy next.

There’s plenty of sites out there open for interview requests but it’s a good idea to browse around first before sending your email. Looking through their archives, contact or “about us” pages are good places to generally learn what kind of authors and genres they’re interested in hosting. For example, it may be a pointless endeavor requesting an interview with a site that specializes in vampire fiction and dark fantasy, yet you write Christian romance. It doesn’t mean they don’t like your work or that they don’t wish you the best, but they are concerned with what their followers and readers want to view, and of course, they have their own preferences and agendas.

It’s always a plus to read their guidelines and requirements, following them as closely as possible. When you send your request and hopefully receive a response, it is a matter of basic courtesy to give acknowledgement of their acceptance EVEN IF they say they’ll get back with you at a latter date. This lets them be sure of your continued interest.

If they are writing a review of your work and need to schedule it in conjunction with your interview among the many others they likely have in queue, they need to know they’re not wasting their time. Often they have a very busy schedule, do not exclusively run a review/interview site but have jobs, families and other activities to attend to as well. In my case, as a fellow writer, I also have my projects and deadlines I need to complete. They, like myself, certainly wish to accommodate authors, but it’s important for authors to do their part, too. Ambiguous or even non-response can be counterproductive to inclusion.

What can you do if you’ve not been approached for an interview? I’ve also known writers who have not or as yet haven’t received a note of acceptance for their query. Deciding to set-up a “Q & A” of their own, on their website or page was a momentary and solid “fix.” I think this is a great idea as readers can “pre-learn” about you at their convenience, and might be prompted to research you a little further.

Another great idea is to take the initiative and ask to interview a fellow author, as this just might spur some reciprocal offers. From my own history, after creating a few pages at the wiki website GLBT Bookshelf, I happened to have a question about content and wrote for extra information. Although I knew the site was founded by well-known author, Mel Keegan, I had no idea they would personally reply to my query. Friendly, sincere and direct (qualities I particularly like in a person), we established a certain dialogue and taking the chance, I asked if I could conduct an interview.

To my great joy, for they were personally one of my favorite authors, Mel accepted. Not only did I learn and get to share with others background information about Mel’s writing and their work, but as they’ve been in the writing industry for decades, we were all provided invaluable wisdom and direct knowledge about both traditional and indie publishing that actually gave me confidence to strike out on my own.  I realize some people don’t read or consider gay fiction, but as you’d read in the interview, Mel does write under other names the general public aren’t aware of. The information is applicable for all, at whatever stage of their careers.

So, my best advice is:

  • Be available.
  • Be courteous and adaptable.
  • Be knowledgeable and willing to take the intiative.
  • Be your own best advocate when necessary.

Who are some of the writers out there making positive steps to help their writing career and others? Visit the Indie Book Collective group on Goodreads.com for more of the discussion, but here are some of the participants and their achievements:

  • On “A Teen’s Reads” Indie Feature, an interview with Gwenn Wright, author of “Filter.”
  • At website Indie Ebooks by Nadine, which is specially dedicated to indie author interviews, more than 200 interviews have been conducted with  12000+ page views for my new site.
  • At the Authors Promoting Authors site, J.A. Belfield was featured in their article “The Author Experience: “My Journey from Non-Writer to Published Author.”
  • Interviews conducted here at Flying With Red Haircrow: French author, Anne de Gandt, Hawaiian native & memorist Faith Folau, Dolores McCabe, specializing in historical fiction, Aaron Hoopes, martial artist and Zen master and Mel Keegan, master of the gay thriller. Upcoming Robert Dunbar, Brian Springer and Boyd Lemon.

Obviously these writers and websites, like myself,  are try to “pass it forward.” Sure, we are indie authors, but we don’t have to be independent of each other.

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Memoirist Faith Folau, on her story “Stoned Honor”

Greetings, today I am interviewing Faith Folau, a native Hawaiian, part-time dominatrix and author of the memoir “Stoned Honor”. It is the story of one transgender woman’s goal to stamp out pain and replace it will happiness. It is a past many of us have shared, and a healing journey we walk daily.  Available in hardcover, paperback and electronic file, published 4 January 2011.


What was your first published work? When was it written and/or published?

My first book ever was ‘The beginning to an end of a “Bad girl.’  It was published on December 20 2010, but within a week later, I pulled it from being sold.  I revised it because of a privacy violation, and then shortly after the book had a new title and a new cover jacket:“Stoned Honor.”

At what age did you develop an interest in writing? Did you ever ask or let your parents read your work?  I ask that because as an eleven year old I read some of my poetry for my parents and received a very negative response. I didn’t let anyone else read my work for almost twenty years.

I started to write when I was 11 years old also. My early work was songs and poems that I kept to myself. I was afraid to show anyone because they might make fun of me.  Especially the love songs that I used to write, I did not want anyone to see them. Today I have no idea where all those writings are.  So no, my parents didn’t ask or see my writings.

After that, I started a diary and then blogs on the internet.  I would watch music awards on TV and later write my thoughts on the awards shows, and post them onto the internet on forums.
What or who were some of the bands and you liked best?

In the 90’s I listened to Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, Salt’n’Pepa, Lil’Kim, Foxy Brown and many others who are not around any more.

Do you have a specific genre in which you write? What are some of your themes?

Well, when I write I don’t really think of a genre. I just start writing from my experience, the things that I went and am still going through.  I guess you can say I write fiction in the biography genre.  This year I am going to push my writing towards erotica.  I will for now stick to what I know, and that is memoirs and erotica.

How would you describe your writing style? To whom would you compare your work?

My writing style comes rolling right off the top of my brain.  Therefore, if I have a writing style it would be a personal style.  A personal style from words of the brains, of me.  A style of words everyone can understand.  As for comparing my written words to someone, there would be no one. I am the narrator.

Your memoir, Stoned Honor, is available now, would you tell us what it’s about?

Before I was a bad girl. I did what I had to do to survive in the streets of Hawaii.  I grew up in church so I knew that there was a higher power out there that I believed in.  However, discrimination all over our Island forced me into picking a career, an industry that involved nude modelling.  After all that, I chose to hold my self higher than nude modelling and sought God for help.

My goal was stay alive and keep positive in my life. It worked. I found many answers in life that took me so long to find out, just simply by going the spiritual route.  In my book, I explain how I kept positive things around me and because of it, I was able to write and publish my book in 30 days.

Please tell us a little more about your background, and what your philosophy of life means.

Growing up in a very strict Hawaiian family that was poor to the bone.  Most times hunting on the land for food and fishing in the oceans was necessary in order to keep from starving.  Going to school and church was a high demand growing up, and if you did not attend, you would be punished.  Punishment from a very abusive grandfather who thought that hard-core beatings was a form of talk.

Everyone has enemies but it’s your job not to acknowledge them with the same feed back they give you, instead show them love and kindness. Because I have dealt with envy and competition all of my life.  As TS (transsexual) women there are other transgender out there that feel the need to compete with everyone, and in my case, it almost turned into a violent situation.  In addition, I was able to save my self from hurt, harm and danger by praying and being three steps ahead of jealousy.

I was able to save my self from suicide from a very abusive father.  My father was a local boxer and taking his fist full force to my face many times since the 3rd grade made me think about suicide.  Everyone was afraid of him so they could not help me, not my mother and not my siblings.  My mother was much brained washed from my father making her think that it was ok to try to convert me with abuse.  He also told her that if I do not change my girly ways he would leave.  Therefore, she let him abuse me, so that her children would have a father around.

In addition, all of this had led to alcohol abuse, divorce, adultery, and violence in the family.  I talk about this in the chapter “Family Affair”, in Stoned Honor.

Now please understand that I do not go into self-pity, I want to share my stories because I know there are people out there going through the same things.  I gave you my stories, and I gave you solutions on what and how to knock out all these negative situations before you do something crazy to yourself.  If it has helped me, I hope my words can help other as well, kids and adult.

I thank you for sharing your experiences. I, in no way, feel it is self-pity of any kind, but rather a courageous declaration. As a survivor of many abuses myself, I know how hard it can be to reach the point to speak of it, and how much harder it is to relive it in order to write a memoir and remain strong.

As a person who survived multiple suicide attempts when I was younger, I love your message of speaking about yourself, from your wisdom, in order to help those suffering through similar feelings. Like you, it is a natural feeling for me to say of what helped me, and to hope it might help others.



Do you currently have any writing projects or works in progress?

I feel like stoned honor was an inspirational and positive book.  Now I am going to talk about my experiences with a more adult genre. I would say this next book is more than erotica, but at the same time, I want to keep this next book in a positive light.  As well as continuing to write articles of everyday life on my blogs.

I wish you good luck with that. I believe erotica, whether fiction or a revealing of personal occurrences can help provide a window into another person’s mind and life which can help others. In particular, understanding that you are a transgender woman, I believe your work would help shed very important light on people who continue to be somewhat misunderstood by others.

You are also an independent publishing author. What made you publish independently versus publishing with a traditional house?


With Stoned Honor I went independent because I do not think you need a book contract to get your words out there for the world to read.  In addition, I wanted Stoned Honor to be an e-book mainly because it is a short book, about 60 pages.  I could not really go into every topic, as I wanted to, because even though Hawaii is a part of the United States, we still have our own laws.  I had to really watch what I was putting in the book because Hawaiian families have their own beliefs, and if I took it far, I would face either death or being abandoned my family.   In addition, that is how the story came about, because in some races if a women talks about sexuality or experiences it, she would get stoned to death.  In addition, the “honor” part (of the title) came because if stoning happened to me, I would take it in honor.

As for my next book, I want this one to be published with a house.  It is going to be 300 to 400 pages long.  However, I am not going to wait for a house to pick me up, if I have to than I am going to publish it myself.

Telling one’s own story, as I am working at through my memoir “The Boys Who Died”, can very well bring retribution from one’s tribe or people. In my tribe, stoning to death is still utilized also. Being shunned and abandoned, not able to return to your home on pain of death, is still applicable for some “wrongdoing”, which can include aspects of sexuality which one has no control over.

What good things have you experienced with independent publishing? Have you had any problems?
It is so easy to be able to put your work out there for people to read. In addition, I like the work that I put in it keeps me productive everyday, so that is the good for me.  Moreover, I had no problems.

Would you suggest other authors self-publish? Why or why not?

Amanda Hocking, she has sold thousands of e-books, and at the time, she was self-published.  Now she has been picked up by a publishing house and has a contract.  Therefore, I suggest her because if she can continue to sell, then her books must be worth it. http://amandahocking.blogspot.com/

Would you care to tell us something about yourself personally?
You all must know by now that I am a pre-op transsexual woman.  I am not afraid to say that I am.  Besides a writer, I am a part time dominatrix.  My next book will be experience from that. 

What kind of books do you like to read? Do you have any hobbies or past-times?
I love to read documentaries on celebrities or real ghost documentary. I try to read non-fiction, but on the back of my mind, I know it is not real.  I want to read a book that has truth.Besides reading as a hobby and past time, I love to cook and bake.  I spend time with family very often.  I love to have talks with them about life.  I love a good conversation or debate.
Thanks for the interview, Faith. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you and hope others have as well. Where are some of the places we can find you online?

Like most people, I am on Facebook at Faith Folau.  Find me on twitter @ reality_blogs.  My website www.faithfolau.webs.com, and my blog spot http://faithfolau.blogspot.com/ where all my articles can be found.  I also have my mistress website at www.tskimiko.webs.com .

This interview was originally posted at Swedish website, Queer Magazine Online.

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Interview with Dolores McCabe, Author of “Shadow of the Phoenix”

Greetings, today I am interviewing Dolores McCabe about her book, “The Shadow of the Phoenix.”  My review coming soon!

Description: “Take a trip back into History and witness the final days of the Roman Empire as experienced by Rome’s Empress and her daughter. Taken captive by the Vandals, they must carve a new life for themselves in this hostile and anarchic society. One chooses to remain Roman; the other chooses to become Vandal.”

History is one of my favorite subjects, is it also one of yours? What made you choose the time period of the fall of the Roman Empire to write about?

Hello, Red, thank you for this interview. I absolutely love History. I hold a BA in English Literature and Philosophy, and I am also a musician. There is something magnetic about the Arts and how they reflect the interests and preoccupations in Humanity’s journey through time.  History is especially fascinating because it is created by living people. We are all part of History.

I am drawn to moments in History when something new appears: something unexpected, something that quietly slips into human events and changes the course forever. These moments can occur in times of peace, such as the appearance of Christianity, or they can blow in on the winds of war, such as the rise of the first Germanic Kingdom. Consider the state of the world in which THE SHADOW OF THE PHOENIX is set. The Roman Empire had ruled the known world for nearly a thousand years (if we count the 500 years of the Republic and the 500 years to the accession of Odoacer).  It had become a way of life for the human race. And yet, in a brief hundred years, it collapsed into anarchy. However, something new had been introduced as the Empire crumbled, and that was the rise of Feudalism: the Germanic Kingdoms. They set the course for human history for the next thousand years.

Who remembers that the Vandals under Gizeric were the first to tear themselves free of Rome’s domination and establish the first independent kingdom? Until Gizeric, the Goths and other invaders had been awed by Rome and content to “govern” her lands as “foederati.” Gizeric severed all ties with Rome and tore the Province of Africa from the Empire, declaring it the Vandal Kingdom. He then engaged in warfare with Rome on all levels, including military, religious, and diplomatic.

Is this your first book? If not, what other books have you written?


THE SHADOW OF THE PHOENIX is my second book in a series of four romance novels. In Music we would call these “Four Variations on a Theme.” THE SHADOW OF THE PHOENIX abounds in imagery of fire. The Phoenix itself is the legendary “Firebird” of Egyptian mythology, a beautiful bird that lived for a thousand years and perished upon a funeral pyre set by itself. From its ashes rose the new Phoenix. I felt this was a wonderful theme for my novel.

I have also written NORTHWIND, which uses the element of Air as its symbolism, AXIOS, which is Earth, and THE HIGHEST DESTINY, which uses Water.  These four Alchemic symbols were appointed by ancient soothsayers to explain the constant death and rebirth of the elements, of humans, and of historic eras. I am fascinated by archetypal symbols: wizards, priests, druids, etc., to name one category. If anyone has doubts about the power of these pure ideas, ask yourself why every Age, every nation, every culture, knows about dragons but no one has ever seen one!

What are the genres you prefer to write in?

I love a good romance novel. English Literature offers memorable ones, such as “Jane Eyre” and “Pride and Prejudice”.  Even Dickens has his romantic moments! Poetry is shot through with romance. I think there is a direct link between romance and the human capacity to dream. Who remembers Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott?” And yet Anne (of Green Gables) took a romantic boat ride down the stream, as did Viking funerals, Arthurian lore,  and even today The Band Perry echoes the theme in their latest hit song. Romance in all its forms is what makes us human, don’t you think?  It sets us apart from the rocks, vegetation, and animals as we search for that Other who will make us whole.

Veracity and credibility are important in historical fiction. Has your academic background helped with this? Would you tell us a little about this background?

My Liberal Arts background opened my mind to this opportunity to write. Unfortunately, the load of facts that a History teacher must present in any given class is so huge that much of the excitement, adventure, and living people who made History are completely lost in the classroom. We all learned that Charles Martel defeated the Moors at Tours in 732. And the point is…? Well, it stopped the expansion of the Moslem conquest that could have eclipsed the entire Western world. What does that mean for us today? What did it mean for the people of that time? How about the Magna Carta of 1215?  Big deal, right?  Well, that little document was the birth (or the rebirth, if you consider the ancient Greek civilization) of Democracy. Look around today’s world and think about what that word accomplished and what it is still doing! Fascinating, isn’t it?

 

You are quite correct to say that veracity and credibility are important in historical fiction. While the “formula” novels are entertaining in their own right, the imagination becomes impatient knowing what will happen next and how it will all end. I confess that I have also become tired of reading about bygone eras with a modern story-view. What do I mean by that? Let’s take a concrete example.

 

In my book, NORTHWIND, the Vikings had a ritualized form of execution used to settle blood-feuds when families could not offer sufficient recompense for the murder of a family member.  It was called the “blood eagle,” and it was horrible. When you come with me and “enter another age,” there will be no excuses, no glossing over of the facts, and certainly no soul-searching by Eirik and his brothers. Einar killed their brother in a malicious ambush and Einar had to die.  No excuses. No judge and jury (they didn’t exist at that time anyway).   I love the Viking Age.

Most of us envision horned helmets and berserkers, but do we know that they formed the Varangian Guard that fought Byzantium’s wars and protected the Emperor? Do we know that their raids throughout Europe led to the end of the Dark Ages and the rise of Feudalism as armies were formed to protect towns?  (Interestingly enough, these warriors were called knights, which hearkens back to the rise of the Roman Empire, when the Equestrians, also called knights, fought Rome’s wars for the patrician Families)?  Do we know that they enjoyed a democratic type of absolute freedom that shaped the American dream?  Do we even know that they accepted divorce and that women enjoyed freedoms the rest of the Eighth Century Western World couldn’t imagine? Why waste so much time apologizing for the way things were? Wouldn’t our reading time be better spent learning about the mindset and motivations, the dreams and harsh realities of the people who lived in this particular era?

For those of us who studied Western Civilization and other history classes, not simply because they were required courses, we were genuinely interested. I find it interesting you used the example of “blood eagle”, a kind of wergild, as I’ve found some people who feel themselves to be very educated in all academic main courses, and well-read, do not know what that involved. I use the raw imagery of blood ritual in my memoir, as its something first researched as a pre-teen.

This is a very ancient form of expiation. The “wergild,” or “price of a man,” is ancient Teutonic. These tribes understood that a human life, once lost, could never be replaced and that the man’s family had lost, not only his presence among them, but also his contribution to their  – can I call it “financial well-being” – for lack of a better term? Since they understood that this person could never be returned to them, it followed that his killer should expiate his crime by paying the family the price that he would have contributed to them. Today we have life insurance. If the killer’s family could not make the “wergild,” then the “blood feud” followed. The dead man’s family was bound by honor to avenge his death.

You pose some very interesting questions which I believe directly relate to why history continues to repeat itself, and indirectly, reader response and variances in the writer’s market.

“Wouldn’t our reading time be better spent learning about the mindset and motivations, the dreams and harsh realities of the people who lived in this particular era?”

People read for different reasons, but many people continue to want to read a book which only meets their personal expectations. In some ways, it’s as if they don’t want to learn anymore, nor be introduced to something unexpected or formerly unknown.

Of  course, reading has always been considered a leisure-time activity, except for text books and other “how to” learning tools.  So when the reader pulls up an easy chair and a box of chocolates, the reader has certain expectations about what this novel will offer.  Thus we have the various genres. Romance is difficult, because it has so many sub-genres, such as erotica, Edwardian, Christian, and so on. Many romantic novels have become “formulized”, a word I just made up, and by that I mean they have to have certain elements, settings, certain prescribed interactions between the beautiful heroine and the Apollo-like hero. There must be a villain who also has designs on the heroine, and so on.

Now if an author wants to create a romance between two people set within exciting times and also wants to re-create those times in all their truth and bare reality, then this author can expect to meet some resistance. It is too different, perhaps too raw, or it doesn’t present the main characters in ways the reader expects.  For instance, many of the criticisms levelled against my writings have to do with “not enough sex” or “too many adverbs.” I don’t find these remarks helpful to me as an author with a message burning within me.

There is a certain amount of truth in your observation that people don’t want to learn anymore or be introduced to something unexpected or formerly unknown. We are comfortable with our well-worn forms and formulas. We don’t want to think that people are just that: PEOPLE!  We don’t want them to behave in unexpected ways. That is too bad, because when we lost our sense of adventure we impoverish ourselves and stop growing intellectually. But as an optimist, I think that a well-written book with all the Aristotelian elements developed will eventually find its way into the mainstream.

You have to have a good plot, believable characters, an accurate setting, and a mix of dialog and prose to carry the action forward. Today’s reader gravitates toward dialog rather than lengthy prose simply because the modern media has made that the preferred form of communication. We are also competing with Hollywood and its slick scripts and awesome special effects, as well as the myriad story-genre games available out there.

One of the challenges of writing historical fiction lies in making it “ring true.” After you have researched all the facts, verified dates, events, and personalities, you still have to go back to the existing primary sources to dig into the mindset of your chosen era. Works of poetry, songs and epics can help. Imperial Rome had satirists, who are invaluable. The things that make people laugh are most revealing! Tacitus, Suetonius, and other historians are invaluable. After that, it is time to let the imagination run free. Then it’s back to checking the facts all over again, reworking, rewriting, rechecking. If you have the luxury of setting your work aside for a period of time and then re-reading it, you will discover many errors or weaknesses that you missed because you were too close to your work.  This is the craft of the art of writing.

My four books consumed thirty years.  After all, what was the rush?  I didn’t have the credentials for a publishing house to take me seriously.  The POD (publish on demand) revolution was like an answer to a prayer.  Then E-books and Smashwords happened.  It was time. Some of the progressive booksellers welcome local authors and organize book signings for self-published authors. I had the opportunity to meet extraordinary, talented people with a passion for their work at these events.

What has been your experience as a self-published or independent author? One of the reasons I founded Flying With Red Haircrow, was the difficulty with obtaining reviews for indie work, as many groups auto-reject any such titles.


Being a self-published author is a lonely life.  There are few venues for getting reviews. I have begged my family and friends to post reviews of my work on Amazon, but no one ever seems to find time to do it. I could pay someone to review my work, but logic tells me all I will get is a review that won’t go anywhere. I have tried to approach romantic writers’ websites, but it always comes down to self-promotion, rather than cooperative collaboration. I enter contests and rarely win. So what works?

I have a small business grooming dogs and I discovered that nothing can compete with “word-of-mouth” referrals. All the newspaper ads were a waste of time and money. Before that, I was an independent music teacher. Again, nothing could compete with that “word of mouth” referral. Students referred other students, and so my business grew. My goal now is to find a way to get that “word of mouth” referral for my novels.

They have “social media experts” now to promote songs and I suppose it could work for books as well. I am trying to develop a persona and a presence that will work for me. On the other hand, the social media network is huge, and it would be easy to get lost in the crush there. They say that “blogging” gets the word out, but my blogs go out into cyberspace and vanish. I often think about the great English novelists and poets, who all seemed to have “clubs” where they gathered to exchange ideas and to support each others’ endeavors.

I think that it’s the loneliness and isolation that discourages fledgling novelists more than anything else. It seems as if you are sending your story out into a vast void, a type of black hole that crushes your hopes along with your novel.  It is hard to keep believing in yourself when no one acknowledges that you exist. I went through this dark period of despair and almost burned all my works. But I couldn’t extinguish that hope that one day I might see my work in print. I packed my books away. I moved and lost track of where they were. Finally, I happened upon them and stood there for awhile asking myself why I should bother. Eventually I re-read them. They were still really good. I re-wrote them and put up the funds to self-publish. I will never forget the feeling of holding my newly published book in my hands for the very first time. It was epic!

Do you currently have any works in progress?

I have just completed THE HIGHEST DESTINY. It covers the reigns of Claudius, Nero, and the terrible Year of the Four Emperors, a year of civil war after the death of Nero which resulted in the military takeover of the Empire. One might argue that Julius Caesar started it, but he was a Patrician, and so Rome was content to accept his Julian dynasty as Emperors. Vespasian, however, was an Equestrian whose military skill raised him to that moment of destiny in which he seized the ultimate power and became Emperor.

Naturally, there is a love-interest between a beautiful British woman and the leading legalist of the day. Both characters are created by me and dropped into First Century Rome. How many of us think of Rome and see gladiators, chariot races, and persecutions of the Christians? Do we even know that Roman law is the backbone of all Western law? Do we realize that, if we could speak with a First Century Roman, much of the conversation would revolve around the Law  (and the price of corn)? Advocates, Censors, Vigilantes…and the Twelve Tables (have you ever read them? Very interesting!)…the list is endless.

I am currently working on a collection of my father’s memoirs. He is gone now and I miss him very much. His life story is the story of America’s “Greatest Generation,” the children of the Great Depression and WWII. He never said much about his life, but the little bits that he shared are like snapshots of an era that is totally incomprehensible to us today.

The New York he grew up in is erased. The war he fought in shaped him and through him, me. This work will be painful for me, but it won’t be silent and go away. I will have to write it, and it will open a new genre for me. There was the romance of my mother, but above all was the reality of survival. This will be a deeply personal narrative.  After that, who can tell where my imagination will take me?

 

Could you provide us with links where we can find you online, and/or some of the sites you find interesting or advocate?

Sure. You can find me online at www.enteranotherage.com

I have found Authonomy.com very helpful, and of course Smashwords is a wonderful outlet for the self-published author. Amazon.com offers various forums that might be helpful. Createspace.com, hosted by Amazon, is another place to explore forums and independent publishing.

Selfpublishingreview.com is also helpful, and Podpeep.blogspot , Step-by-step Publishing also looks promising. Writersdigest.com is another possibility to showcase your work or to get ideas and leads.

I haven’t had the time to look into the Midwest Book Review or Kirkus, but I would tell all aspiring self-published authors to insist on an LC (Library of Congress) number in addition to the ISBN number supplied by all publishing houses. There is always an additional cost for this LC number, but it opens many more opportunities for your book.

 

Author Bio:

Dolores A. McCabe holds a Bachelor’s degree in English literature and Philosophy from Chestnut Hill College.  She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Music, Piano from SUNY The College at New Paltz. She is the mother of six highly successful children and an independent businesswoman and owner of Eine Kleine Kennel. Ms. McCabe lives in the beautiful Catskills of New York State

 

Links:

http://www.authonomy.com

http://www.smashwords.com

http://www.createspace.com

http://www.selfpublishingreview.com

http://www.podpeep.blogspot.com

http://www.stepbysteppublishing.net

http://www.writersdigest.com

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