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At BookSliced, it’s not just about the discounts. With Author Talks, we share the stories behind the stories and tell the tales of the writers, in their own words.

Kathryn Meyer Griffith: Why I Became An Author

January 2nd, 2017

Since childhood I've been an artist and worked as a graphic designer in the corporate world and for newspapers for twenty-three years before I quit to write full time. But I'd already begun writing novels at 21, over forty-four years ago now, and have had twenty-four (romantic horror, horror, romantic SF horror, suspense, time travel, historical romance, thrillers, and murder mysteries) previous novels, two novellas and twelve short stories published from Zebra Books, Leisure Books, Avalon Books, The Wild Rose Press, Damnation Books/Eternal Press.


Alva v.H: About My Writing Process

August 10th, 2016

I have started as a part time writer only to very quickly discover there is no such thing, at least not for me. As with all creative enterprises once the creative process has taken on there is actually no time factor in this equation. It is an ongoing process to the point that even when I do not literally sit at my desk, the book so to say, continues to write itself in my head at all times. Which depending on the situation, leads to having to taking notes sometimes in the oddest of circumstances.


Barry K Nelson: First Time Author Journey

May 18th, 2016

I've always had a good talent for writing. One of those things that comes natural for some people. Some people are natural born athletes. I was born a writer. Although my deepest regret is not following up on this when I was younger. If I did then at this stage I'd probably be concluding my McKenzie Files science fiction series, which I plan to run into thirty books. A lot of you are probably saying to yourselves wow. Thirty books in a series? That's quite ambitious. Especially at my age, 56. But I think that I can get the job done.


Erik Therme: Books That Inspired

June 10th, 2014

I'm often asked if my debut novel, Mortom, was inspired by other works. The short answer is yes: Stephen King's Salem's Lot and the brilliant A Simple Plan (Scott Smith) both factor into the finished project. But what most people don't know is the biggest influence didn't come from another author . . . but rather a cartoon dog.


Shaun Jeffrey: Casting the Movie of My Book

May 11th, 2013

Authors are often asked who would be their dream cast if a movie of their book was made. I'm in the enviable position that I don't have to make up a dream cast as my book The Kult really has been filmed. It may only be an independent production, and the actors will not be people you'll of heard of (yet), but I think it's still a major achievement having a film of ones work made. Lots of books are optioned, which basically means someone secures the rights for a period of time to make the film, but most never go beyond this stage to actual shooting, so I'd never expected mine to really progress, but then back in 2010, shooting began.


Jackie Pilossoph: About My Writing Process

January 16th, 2013

What happens when you find yourself dating again after divorce?

Lots of disappointing dinners, so many moments of laughing with your friends about dates gone bad, frustration beyond belief, and hopelessness, thinking the last of the good guys are taken. Until that heart stopping moment when you finally meet someone. He makes you weak in the knees, he brings warmth back into your jaded heart, and he makes you realize that regardless of what happens, you now know your post marriage life is going to be okay. In fact, it's going to be more than okay. It's going to be wonderful!


Matt Tomerlin: Casting the Movie of My Book

December 6th, 2012

The heroine, Katherine Lindsay would require a young, fearless actress who is able to effectively portray the character's emotional journey and evolution. At the end of the story, Katherine is barely recognizable from the timid girl in the first chapter. A daring, versatile actress like Emilia Clarke, who currently plays Daenerys on Game of Thrones, would be best. Another great choice would be Lyndsy Fonseca, who is demonstrating a lot of range on Nikita.


Steve Haberman: Books That Inspired

November 28th, 2012

From time to time, I'm asked which authors have influenced my writing. I invariably reply none have. I make no conscious decision to imitate for why would a reader buy a second rate copy, when he could get the real thing? However, there are writers who I enjoy reading, and I enjoy for two reasons. First, they were there; they served in intelligence agencies and therefore probably know the workings of the spy world and the human heart better than most. Secondly, because they were there, they're interested in conveying (my assumption, I admit) what that world's like. They're not crowd pleasers. They're not primarily businessmen, interested in making a buck. They seem to be interested in only one thing, the truth. And they're damn good at conveying that through atmosphere, dialogue, tension, the loneliness and fear. Nothing James Bondish about them.


Hallee Bridgeman: About My Writing Process

November 19th, 2012

I have found over the years that I tend to write in layers. I have all of these action scenes in my head that drive the story, and I have to get to each one of them. So, I write action -- "she walks into the room, does this action thing that drives the story, and leaves the room."


Gerald Hansen: About My Writing Process

November 14th, 2012

A few years ago, my mom and dad won the Irish lottery. After they bought a house and two cars, there wasn't much money left. Some members of my mother's family seemed to have difficulty realizing the money wasn't limitless. They weren't very kind.


RP Dahlke: About My Writing Process

November 8th, 2012

Sailing on the deep blue ocean had always been a dream of mine. I'd done a Barefoot Cruise on a four masted schooner when I was young and single and came to the conclusion that I was destined to be a sailor. Luckily, I married a man who liked to sail, and we bought a 27 ft. water ballasted sailboat for the San Francisco bay. There's a saying, that if you can successfully navigate the bay of San Francisco, you can sail anywhere. True, but it took me a couple of years before I could effectively scoot across the bay without hyperventilating. There were all those tides and currents, not to mention crossing the channel where international freighters hourly pressed for homeport.


Giacomo Giammatteo: What's On My Kindle

November 6th, 2012

The last book I downloaded was To The Grave by Steve Robinson. This book appealed to me on several fronts: it was a mystery and it was about genealogy. I have always been fascinated with genealogy, and I'm even more interested because my daughter owns a genealogy business, Roots in the Boot, that does research for people of Italian heritage. I haven't started reading the book yet, but it's near the top of my TBR list, and I have to say I'm eager to get into it.


Richard Due: About My Writing Process

November 1st, 2012

I began writing The Dragondain eight years ago, which may seem like a strangely long time ago for a second book in series that debuted as an ebook last year. But I can explain. You see, I write the books in the Moon Realm series two at a time. After I get the barest framework into my mind, I write just a sentence or two for what will become each chapter on a piece of paper. I really like when the books are this small. It's very easy for me to hold it all in my little brain, and see how everything is connected. As soon as it feels like there's some solidity to it all, I expand the sentences to one or two paragraphs. I spend the most time here, playing with things: trying things on, throwing things out, adding characters, cutting characters. It's daunting, knowing that whatever I write during this time will shape everything that happens for the next two books, so I stay with it until I'm insanely happy. The instant I reach that state of happy madness, I expand those paragraphs into two-page chapter treatments (that all happens on my laptop).


Jesse V. Coffey: About My Writing Process

October 30th, 2012

I used to have an apartment within a ten minute walk from my mom's house. At the end of her street was the local cemetery. Every time I walked past it, I would look in, and I started noticing little details about the place. In fact, every cemetery I've ever set foot in seems to follow a sort of universal layout -- so very much like a small city. And if you go in, you'll see it too. There's the section that is full of the mausoleums and statues that reminded me of downtown Anywhere, with its City Hall, municipal buildings, and the business setting. Then, you have the suburban areas and all of the headstones would be laid out that way. One area will be the affluent section of town, another will be the middle class section, and of course, one section will be the poorer section. And the roadways that run through each.