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An Interview with Paul W. West (Author of Bridgetown High)


Paul West is a freelance writer and novelist. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul claims to be a “Prune Picker,” though he now makes his home in Taylorsville, Utah.

The rustic San Francisco Bay Area countryside, the quaint small town in which he grew up, and the colorful people who once lived there, have all teamed to fertilize his ever-churning mind with stories that are yearning to be told.

From his earliest days in high school, his English teachers saw some raw writing ability in him, both for fiction and non-fiction, and urged him to pursue his dream of being a writer. In college his creative writing professors also encouraged him to mold his ability into a talent.

After settling on a career as an environmental biologist, where he’s written numerous technical publications, the stories swarming through his mind kept crying to get out. So Paul began writing fiction, but only as a hobby at first. He has recently finished his first novel,Bridgetown High, and is working on his second. Paul intends to keep letting his stories out through future novels.

Most importantly, why don’t you tell me a bit about yourself?

Originally I’m from a small town in Northern California called Port Costa. I attended the small, 3-room, grammar school there until the ninth grade, when I went to the much larger high school (John Swett High School) in the neighbouring town of Crockett.
After graduation, I attended Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California until the Vietnam war made me enlist with the U.S. Air Force. I served in the AF for nearly 4 years and spent most of that time in Germany. After discharge, I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where I met and married my wife.

I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Range Science and a minor in Wildlife Biology. I
worked in Oregon for a short time, but now we make Taylorsville, Utah. We have four children, two and two, and 14 grandchildren.

What has your career as a writer been like?

Frustrating. My novel “Bridgetown High” has garnered several great reviews. Everyone who has read it has loved it. However, few people are aware of its existence. So, a lot of my spare time is spent marketing.

What do you aspire for the future of your career?

I would like to write more novel, many of which are currently swimming around in my head, including a sequel to “Bridgetown High.”

What are you working on at the minute?

A sequel to “Bridgetown High.”

What genre do you typically write and what draws you to it?

I love historic settings. I grew up near an old railroad terminal at the end of a railroad town, with historic buildings and houses. Even as a youth, my home town combined with the rustic San Francisco Bay Area countryside, and the colorful people who once lived there, all teamed to fertilize my ever-churning mind with fictional stories that are yearning to be told. From my earliest days in high school, my English teachers saw some raw writing ability in me, both for fiction and non-fiction, and urged me to pursue my dream of being a writer. In college, I had creative writing professors who also encouraged me to mold my ability into a talent.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

I got serious about being published several years ago when the idea for Bridgetown High
wouldn’t let me go. So, several years ago, I realized I could write during my lunch breaks and began penning some of the early scenes that did not become a part of my novel. Over the years, I’ve kept up with my writing regimen of writing for a half-hour a day until I finally finished and published BridgeTown High.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

No. I just try to find a quiet half-hour and put pen to paper, or keyboard to computer.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I really do prefer paperbacks or hard back books, but I find a lot of my recent purchases have been for the electronic versions

Do you have any advice for young writers?

Yes. Come visit my blog on web site ( I have been giving writing ideas and suggestions in my blog entries titled “Everyone Wants To Be An Author.”

What is your favorite book and why?

Oh, wow. There are so many. Aside from the Holy Scriptures, Jack London was my first mentor. I could name off numerous other authors I’ve tried to emulate including John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Richard Paul Evans, Dean Hughes, James Mitchner, and many others.

Favorite movie adaptation from a book?

After I’ve read the book, I rarely go to see the movie adaptation. I really prefer to read the story. However, I enjoy a good WWII movie such as “The Longest Day.” I also love drama movies if it’s not over done. Even though the current TV shows are largely police, detective, etc., and are totally fake, I enjoy the personal dramas depicted in them anyway.


An interview with Gail Ledford (Author of The Tail of Scarlet)

Gail Ledford is a 29 year old dog lover from Georgia. She lost her best friend, Scarlett, after spending the better part of 13 years together in January of 2015. Her first children’s book, The Tail of Scarlett, is a tribute to that friendship.

Why don’t you give us a short rundown on your new book The Tail of Scarlett?
“The Tail of Scarlett” is a children’s book based on a true story of my dog Scarlett and all of the different things that she and I went through together throughout her life (and mine).
What inspired you to write this book?
This is going to sound a little bit sad, but grief is pretty much what inspired me to write this book. I had always wondered what it would be like to write a children’s book, but I could never come up with anything that “felt right” if you know what I mean. And then Scarlett passed away in January of 2015. She was 13 years of age and she had been with me since she was 6 weeks old. That’s a long time! So, of course I was extremely devastated when she passed and I was trying figure out a way to process my feelings (she was my best friend in the entire world after all), but I also enjoy helping others as well and so I thought that I could use the book as a way to help others who may be grieving the loss of their own pet, especially children, because more often than not it’s the death of the family pet where they have their first experience with this kind of thing. I basically wanted to use this book to create a reminder for people to always remember the good times you had, and when the time comes to say goodbye, to always remember that you gave them the best life that you possibly could and to know that you will see them again someday.
How difficult has the marketing process been?
I won’t lie and say that the marketing process has been easy (I’m a terrible liar so that would not have worked anyway, haha!) This is definitely new territory for me and I’ve been learning as I go. I’m lucky that I have a great support system here at home who is willing to help me out in any which way that they can, and I’m very lucky to know a fairly large group of animal lovers who have been able to help me find places where I know where a great amount of my target audience will be. It definitely has not been all sunshine and daisy’s, but I’ve been enjoying it more than I thought I ever would.
So about you. Do you write full time or part time?
I am not a full time writer, at least not at this point in time. When I’m not writing I’m a nanny to my five year old niece (who is in the book by the way!), and I do volunteer work at Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia on the weekends (I live about 30 minutes away from there so it’s not too bad of a drive). There, I work closely with the education department where I educate zoo visitors about the animals that live there along with all of the ways they can help their counterparts in the wild.
Did you always see yourself as an author?
I’ve always enjoyed writing stories, but I don’t think I have always seen myself as an author. I sometimes even have trouble saying it to myself now! Even after the first couple of book sales (which were mainly just to family and friends really) I found myself saying, “am I an author now? Is this like, official?” Then the local newspaper did a small interview with me and I went to my first self-published authors event and I was like, “well I guess I AM an author now, huh?” It’s definitely been a lot of fun.
Is there any other genre you might want to take a crack at?
This might sound rather odd coming from a 29 year old, or maybe it doesn’t, but kind like Young Adult books. I think I ever got the chance that would be the one other genre that I would eventually like to take a crack at.
What made you decide to sit down and write your first book?
As I said before, I’m lucky that I have a great support system here at home, but I think what really inspired me to write this book was that I felt like I needed a way to process the feelings that I was having. Scarlett might have been a dog, but we were together for 13 YEARS. That’s a long time to be best friends with someone, even if it’s a person! So I guess I felt like I just needed a way to finally release all of the emotions I was feeling inside. It turns out that it’s actually helped quite tremendously! And I’m not just talking about me either, others have come up to me after buying the book and have told me that Scarlett’s story has really helped them process their grief, or they bought it for a friend who was going through the same thing and how much it really helped their friend. And this is just the adults! I also know that sometimes it’s hard for adults to explain certain things to their children, and I was hoping that The Tail of Scarlett would be able to aid in that in some way.
If you could be the original author of any book, which one would you choose?
I LOVE J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, so I think if I had to pick it would be that.
What is your favorite movie adaptation from a book?
I have to pick just one? Hehe. There are actually quite a few book-to-movie adaptations out there that I think are quite decent. But if I absolutely had to pick one to put at the top of my list it would have to be To Kill a Mockingbird. Now, every time I go back and read the book I can’t help but hear Gregory Peck’s voice every time Atticus speaks in the book. His performance gives me chills every time.
And finally, what are you working on now?
Right now, I am slowly but surely working on another children’s book. This time it will be an animal alphabet book, but because I do volunteer work at a zoo, it might not be the typical animals that you are probably used to seeing. I tend to enjoy animals that are more of what I call “the obscure variety.”
Thanks for taking the time for this Gail! Anything you would like to say or plug?
Well, the most prominent feature of the book is Scarlett’s tail (hence the name) which makes an appearance throughout the entire book. The same goes for her real life counterpart. And if you notice throughout the book, Scarlett’s tail, no matter what she is doing, is ALWAYS wagging, because that’s just the kind of dog she was. So, I guess I would like to just say, “always keep your tail waggin’!”
You can check out Gail Ledford here…


An Interview with A.C. Efverman (Author of Game)


Swedish crime fiction author A.C. Efverman was born in Stockholm, year 1972. She lived and worked in many countries before she finally settled in Australia in 1996. During her time of travel she saw and experienced a lot – in one horrific moment she had a gun pointed at her head. She writes from her experience of being a victim of crime, as well as drawing from her extensive imagination, plus many hours’ research of real life murderers, police procedures and forensic data. Her novels contain the same main characters and the stories are set in her adopted home town Sydney. A.C. Efverman is also an artist – she is a graduate of Stockholm School of Arts – and she utilizes her artistic view of the world in her writing. Her books are available world wide in both English and Swedish.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I have always written stories since I was a child; I started out by writing novellas and poetry. I then started reading books by Agatha Christie when I was about eight years old and I also read real life crime stories in my grandmother’s lifestyle magazines at about the same age – and looking back at it, I think that this sparked my interest in crime fiction. I started writing many novels when I was in my late teens, but at that time I had started travelling the world, so I left many unfinished manuscripts in my wake… and it wasn’t until I had settled in Australia that I finished writing a crime fiction novel – a book that was published in Sweden year 2002.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

When I have a deadline I keep a strict schedule of when I write and do my research – when I don’t have a deadline; the time spent writing is more scattered…

What genre are your books?

Crime fiction / Mystery / Thriller.

I understand you are a Swedish author. Is the Swedish market any different than the English?

Yes the Swedish market differs from the English speaking market in my opinion. Swedish readers grow up with Scandinavian Noir (like I did) and they are more open to the cold and realistic way us Swedes tell a story.

Is it difficult to translate your own books?

No it’s not difficult, as I know my stories inside out – but it’s very time consuming.

What inspired you to settle down in Australia?

I travelled the world by myself for six years and worked and lived in many countries – Australia was my favourite country of them all and I when came back to Sydney in 1996 I met my husband. You can work out the rest…

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I start with an idea of a plot – and from there the story grows constantly in the back of my mind.

What are your thoughts on writing a book series?

For me it was natural to write a book series – I have created characters that need to live on. I do have an idea for another story that wouldn’t involve my main characters, but that book will have to written further down the line as I’m completely immersed in this series for now.

Can you tell me about the time you were held up at gunpoint?

I came to Australia for the first time in 1994 – and I landed in Perth. A few days after I had arrived, I went to the beach – it was a windy mid-week day and there was no one else on the beach. In fact, it was so windy I had to take shelter among the sand dunes; and I had been sitting there for a while reading, when I looked up and saw that a young man was running down a sand dune towards me. I remember thinking that he was good looking and that it was odd that he was running straight towards me but he wasn’t looking at me. When he reached me he still didn’t look at me, but he took a gun from his shorts pocket and held it to my head. I just froze in sheer terror and fright. But then the guy turned his head slightly and stared at something behind me and I turned my head and saw that a middle aged man was jogging towards us on the beach. The guy then put the gun back in his shorts pocket, turned his back on me and ran up the sand dune. I sat there and watched his back until he was gone and then I ran down on the beach, but the middle aged man was gone; there was no one there – so I kept running on the beach until I reached a kiosk; where I asked the man who was working there if I could use his phone to call the police. The police came and they took me in their car, cruising the area to look for the man – but he was nowhere to be seen, so they took me to the police station where I gave descriptions of both the young man and the middle aged man. The police then told me that both of these men were suspects in a string of rapes that had been committed under gun threat in the local area! I suppose that the middle aged man had jogged on the beach towards us to warn his partner that someone else was coming – but I can’t be sure of this, or why the men didn’t carry out their attack on me; and I never will know.
I left Perth a few days later, feeling lucky to have escaped unharmed. A few years later I heard on the news that young women had started going missing in that same area in Perth and it was later revealed that they were victims of a serial killer – a killer that still hasn’t been caught… With all the research I do on serial killers, I know that most of them start out as serial rapists and I have a disturbing thought that I could have ended up in a shallow grave in Perth if the timing had been different…
I will say this though: this experience – and other experiences I have had the misfortune of experiencing whilst travelling – have taught me what it feels like to be a victim – and I recall these feelings when I write about the victims in my books.

Ever thought about branching out into other genres?

No, I write crime fiction only. It’s a genre that I love: both reading and writing.

What are your ambitions for the future of your writing career?

I plan to write more books in my series ‘DS Morgan Callaghan’ – and I can’t wait to see what else happens to my characters! And, as I mentioned earlier; I have an idea for a different kind of book – but it’s still crime fiction.

Favorite movie adaptation of a book?

Perfume: the Story of a Murderer – both the book and the movie were outstanding!

If you like what you have heard, and why wouldn’t you, you can check out  A.C. Efverman and pick up her new book here…


An interview with Jennifer McKeithen (Author of Atlantis On the Shores of Forever)


Jennifer McKeithen has always been fascinated by lost civilizations, dusty old libraries, and tales of adventure. It was only natural that she should begin to write as a distraction from the doldrums of her mundane existence. In her spare time/research for her stories, she enjoys Classical and Medieval history, reading lots of fiction, cooking, herbalism, and English Country dancing. Recently, she has learned to appreciate the fun and excitement of riding horses, hiking, canoeing, and climbing Mayan pyramids.

Jennifer would be quite content to live the life of a travelling literary beach bum—like Hemingway, only with a brighter outlook. Her husband, Japheth, hopes her books will become famous one day, so he can at last “live the life he’s accustomed to.” Until then, they’ve settled for making their home in Kansas City, Missouri.


How do you deal with writer’s block?

Writer’s block affects everyone differently. For me, I’ve found it means my imagination simply needs more fuel. I feed my mind lots of fiction, music that inspires me, do non-fiction research related to whatever I’m currently trying to write, look for eye-catching pictures of people and places, and let’s not forget people-watching!

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Just do it! Don’t put it off for later. Do what you love now, even if it’s only 15 minutes a day. Just do it!

What are you currently working on?

Right now I’m working on revising Book 2 of the Atlantis trilogy for publication in July.


What motivated you to become an indie author?

This is probably the best age to be an author! I love the freedom and complete control over my story the indie publishing route gives me. Don’t get me wrong, I think traditional publishing is here to stay, and I hope to someday ink a deal myself. It’s just that after reading about some of the greatest and best selling authors today getting rejected many times because they didn’t fit a certain mold, I decided it best to forge my own path starting out. The indie path isn’t necessarily the easier way, but I have no regrets.

What’s the story behind your latest book?

Atlantis on the Shores of Forever has been in my head for years! At my husband’s encouragement, I finally wrote it. It’s my geek fantasy, and I’m jazzed that other people enjoy it as much as I do!

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?

I love discovering my stories as I write them. Just as much, I love sharing those stories with others. I intend to make a positive impact on the world through my stories.

Who are your favorite authors?

I greatly admire and love to read Jane Austen! She is my heroine! I also love Tolkein, Peter Mayle, Lyle Saxon–and a ton of others I can’t remember at the moment!

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

I grew up in beautiful south Louisiana, and my earliest memories were in New Orleans. Living in “America’s first melting pot” taught me to appreciate history, music, cuisine, and culture, as well as both the good and bad aspects of the human existence. Oh yes, it has a tremendous influence on my writing.

What is your favorite movie adaptation from a book?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy (I should specify, this does not include The Hobbit movies)! While some liberties were certainly taken in making these films, I feel like the filmmakers and actors stayed true to the spirit of the story. I like the themes of what makes a true hero, and sacrificing oneself to save the world. And of course, I love the way the world of Middle Earth was brought to life.


Jennifer’s latest book, Atlantis On the Tides of Destiny will go on pre-order on Amazon on July 4. Until then check her out at…







An interview with The Mustard Tigers


Recently I “sat down” with punk bank The Mustard Tigers from my home town in Michigan. Consisting of Jared Micheau on drums and lead vocals, Brett Becks on guitar and backing vocals, and Taylor Donovan with the bass and backing vocals…

1. How exactly did all the members of The Mustard Tigers meet?

The Mustard Tigers came about after a cheap cigar. Jared went to Elmers Grocery Store where Brett worked to cash his paycheck, and Brett was on his way out. Brett offered Jared a cigar and they brought up how they missed being in a band. So we set a date, and got a singer that Brett new and rolled from there. Taylor is actually a part of The Mustard Tigers 3.0 and Jared and Taylor have been in two bands previously. One was a crappy metalcore band that we never speak about, and the other was Alligator Sundae. Alligator Sundae was a weird emo-pop band that we also almost never speak of. Taylor and Brett met at a basement show Alligator Sundae put on. So, we remembered her and how great she was at bass and got her in.

2. How has your experience been with Funeral Records, and how did that come about?

Funeral Records have been very kind to us, and we both kind of helped each other out in a way. (If I may say that.) They were coming around at the same time we were, and they gave us a good kickstart to what ended up to be a great fall tour. They booked our first ever show in Chicago, they feature us on their radio, and they’re really cool guys. As far as how it came about, it seems as though they popped up on our “radar” and we really liked their ideals and purpose so we said “sign us up!”

3. Recently you went on tour with other local punk band Grounded, and often preform shows with them. What is your relationship with them?

Grounded is just a bunch of nerds. No really, they’re basically our older-brother-band. Our first ever show was with them at a local pool hall called “Crazy Joe’s.” Since then, we’ve played dozens of shows with them, went on tour (obviously), and they recorded our EP that’s coming out at Studio 110 productions. They’re pretty rad dudes, and I recommend them to everyone.

4. Where did you get the title for your first album The Shadd Inside Of Us All?

It’s a funny story, actually. When we were recording our first single “Fish Taco” at Studio 110, Jared’s bass at the time had a really messed up annotation and none of the notes he played were in tune. So Shadd (Grounded’s bassist) learned the song and re-recorded the bass. Either Brett or Jared made a comment regarding how Shadd is inside of us. Then it changed to “Shadd is inside of us all”, and it just stuck.

5.How long was the recording process for this album?

In total it took us 3 sessions to finish everything. The first day was just a couple hours of doing scratch tracks on guitar. The second day was a 10-9er with a few little breaks in between. The last day was only 4-5 hours of ruining Jared’s voice on vocal tracks, and it’s just been a waiting game since then.

6. Have you ever experimented with other genres of music?

Aside from Alligator Sundae and that awful metalcore band, we have experimented with a few different musically influenced pieces. A lot of the music we’re writing now has a lot of hardcore and pop-punk influence, which is kind of part of our roots. Other than that, we’ve always been based around punk in some sort of way.

7. Lastly, if you could set one goal for The Mustard Tigers to achieve in the next year, what would it be?

I can’t narrow it down to one, but I think they would be to play some awesome shows with some more awesome bands, record and release a new album this fall, and just have a great time doing it.


The Mustard Tigers first studio album is set to release soon! Until then check them out here…



An interview with Vincent Morrone (author of Torn Away)


I’m very happy to have “sat down” with a fantastic author and person, Vincent Morrone. His new book Torn Away released May 24th and he has graciously agreed to give away 1 FREE  PDF advanced reader copy to a lucky person who likes, comments, or shares this interview on WordPress, Facebook, or twitter within the first week. On top of that someone will also enter the drawing for an audio book of his acclaimed novel Vision Of Shadows. Enjoy my interview with him.. Like, comment, and share!

Why don’t you give us a short rundown on your new book Torn Away?

Here’s the short blurb:

A man will face his worst fear: going home.

Nine years ago, Drew Duncan was arrested and charged with murder when his high school girlfriend disappeared. After being held for months for a trial that never came, he was released and left town, leaving his two sisters behind. When one sister is murdered, Drew is determined to protect her young son and find her killer. He’s faced with a surviving sister who refuses to forgive him for leaving, a nephew who trembles when he enters the room and an entire town who thinks he got away with murder.

What inspired you to write this book?

 I wanted to write a book that was a planned trilogy, where the story expanded with each novel. In book one, we explore Drew first and foremost. By book two, we get to see a lot more of Ashley. And in book three, their childhood friend who is present in all the books, Lily takes a more starring role.

Plus, I wanted to explore surviving the intense abuse that these kids went through. And how they each come together for Kelli’s young son, Cole.

What kind of research did you have to do?

I had to research to make sure being arrested for murder, even if the charges were dropped, would keep you out of the armed forces. Plus I did some research on tattoos.

 How long of a series do you anticipate for Torn Away?

3 books. Torn Away, Torn Apart, and Torn to Pieces. Book 2 is started and recently during a writer’s conference, a former senior editor at The Wild Rose Press got the read the opening and said she had one word for it. “Wow!”

How difficult has the marketing process been?

It’s always a challenge when you self-publish. My works generally are well received, but getting it out there and noticed is a challenge.

So about you. Do you write full time or part time?

 Part time. I work full time and have twin daughters that are about to start college. I write when I have the chance.

Did you always see yourself as an author?

I’ve always been very creative, and wanted to be an author since high school, but I sort of put the dream aside for some time during and after college. I got back to it about 10 years ago and finally got published with my debut novel, Vision of Shadows.

Is there any other genre you might want to take a crack at?

I’ve got 3 books out in the Vision series, with 2 more on the way. They’re a Young Adult/ Paranormal Romance.

Bristol Blackburn is a teenage psychic who is about to meet the boy of her dreams. Literally. Will he be the love of her life? Or the end of it?

I have another standalone book, Just Breathe that did pretty well. I see myself moving more towards books like Torn Away, heavy on the suspense. Less YA, although young adult will always have a special place in my heart. I’ve also got my sights on a zombie book, at some point, but with a healthy dose of romance and suspense.

I understand you are a family man. How has that affected your writing?

My daughters are my biggest fans. One daughter wants to be an author as well, and she and I have a book we’re writing. We’ve actually completed it and we’re going back and forth with edits. It’s called Lost Magic. The other daughter doesn’t write, but loves to read my stuff.

What made you decide to sit down and write your first book?

Actually, I tried back before I was in high school, but that didn’t work out. It was a science fiction book where aliens had taken over the Earth and we were all slaves. They had implanted something so nobody cared, but a few people were immune to the effects and they went on the run. All I had was them moving around and finding others like them.

In high school, I wrote a bunch of short stories and tried my hand at a few horror novels. I completed those, but in retrospect, they weren’t very good.

Then around 11 or 12 years ago, I wrote a book called Charlie Trouble Returns to Dragons Pride. It was a YA fantasy book that my daughter’s loved, but it wasn’t polished at was way, way too long.

Vision of Shadows, which is my first book to come out on audio recently, was the first one published.

If you could be the original author of any book, which one would you choose?

The Harry Potter books!!!! Love JK Rowling’s magical world!

What is your favorite movie adaptation from a book?

That’s a hard one. I love the Harry Potter movies, but the books are so much better. Maybe Jaws or Silence of the Lambs.

And finally, what are you working on now?

Book 2 of the Torn series is my main focus. I’ve also have a release coming up in September called The Red Strokes, part of The Hotel Paranormal anthology series. Basically, different authors write a romance where supernatural creatures interact, get into an adventure and of course, fall in love. At some point, they have to come to a hotel that caters to the paranormal. I actually got to contribute a lot towards the hotel staff.

You can check out Vincent here…