THANKS so much for buying my book(s). If you’ve already got your kindle copies of AMAZING MATILDA and/or PURE TRASH, I would love to send you a Message & an Autographed Cover for your kindle library. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU! Here’s the link that will take you to both of my kindle books on Authorgraph…
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on Dec 12, 2013
BOOKS: The gifts that keep giving… Happy Holidays! ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com
Originally posted on sharechair:
Flyers are advertising “pre-Black-Friday” sales, and many many stores are boasting that they will be open on Thanksgiving, trying to get a jumpstart on those bargain hunters.
Online shopping is certainly a good alternative choice to facing those crowds.
on Nov 26, 2013
Meet the Author:
J. Naomi Ay
What the reviewers are saying…
”Excellent series! This author sucks you in with the depth of her characters… It is obvious that none of them are perfect, but that’s what brings you closer to them. The character of Senya is a most interesting combination of good, and what we normally think of as evil. One minute, I thought he was heartless, the next minute I changed my mind. The Senya character is constantly evolving throughout this series. The whole series is a keeper, and worth the price.”
Welcome, Naomi. It’s great to have you with us today.
Tell us a little about you and about your life on the Pacific Coast.
I am fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful areas in the country. In fact, it probably looks a lot like your beloved Maine. I live north of the Seattle area on the Olympic Peninsula on a small bay inlet off of Puget Sound. Dungeness crab season is open again, as we speak. In fact, my husband was just out on the water today dropping pots. Hopefully, that will be our Thanksgiving dinner.
Sounds like the perfect plate to me right now!
Tell us a little about your family.
I have a husband of 27 plus years, three kids and a Pomeranian. My boys are both adults now, one just graduated from the University of Washington and the other is attending, both majoring in Engineering. Our daughter is thirteen and still in middle school; and, a budding actress.
How long have you been writing and what type of writing do you normally do?
Since kindergarten. I write Science Fiction/Fantasy. Basically, I put contemporary normal people in odd situations and surround them with futuristic and not so contemporary people. That makes the stories both interesting and humorous, I think.
Is there a specific age or demographic group that you write for, Naomi?
I thought I was writing for women of my own demographics although that has of course shifted over the years. As I age, my characters have aged too. I find that I get the most fan mail from women but surprisingly, men like my series as well. I’ve had some lovely fan letters from men and my husband has become quite the cheerleader for me. In fact, in some of my recent novellas he complained that Senya wasn’t in them enough and he isn’t doing enough cool things. Food for thought as I craft more stories.
Can you give me a brief synopsis of your latest book and series?
The Two Moons of Rehnor series is about a very strange man who is created to be King of the planet Rehnor. The Rehnorian people have spent much of their history killing each other and so the two enemy kings finally figured out that they could stop the wars if they created a single man to rule everyone on the planet. A royal marriage was arranged and a prince was born. The prince turns out to be very different from what the two kings had imagined; and, unfortunately, bad things happen to him. The series follows him from birth to well into middle-age and is all told in first person narratives by the people around him including the love of his life — a normal, ordinary human girl from Seattle. I think what sets my series apart is that even though it focuses on Senya, nobody has a bit part. You will get very involved in the lives of people who are on the periphery of Senya’s life. I like to think of Senya as the hub and all of the other characters are spokes revolving around him.
What prompted you to write your stories?
Boredom or an undiagnosed and subsequently untreated psychological condition. Actually, I started writing the series more than twenty years ago and kept writing and rewriting it. Finally. earlier this year I decided, enough! After releasing it and coming to the conclusion that I can’t change what’s already published, I’ve been able to actually write something else! It’s amazing how all new characters and all new story lines simply popped into my head as soon as I dumped out that one.
Do you have a favorite line from your latest book?
Yes. In Metamorphosis, book 7 in the series, Senya says:
“Sometimes we need to make it snow in June so we will be thankful for normal weather.”
I’ve had that very thought myself a time or two, Naomi…
Who is your favorite character?
Senya, of course. He’s everything — amazingly beautiful, powerful, paranormal, brilliant, rich and vulnerable! (Sigh…) He also says incredibly smart things. It’s nice to channel a wise sage.
What was the hardest part about writing your book?
Originally, I wrote the whole thing in first person present tense. So for 20 years, that’s how I continued. Then I decided to self-publish and read that you shouldn’t use present tense. Uh, oh! I had to go back and change everything to past tense. Lots and lots of editing and lots and lots of mistakes, especially in the Book 1. By Book 4 and 5, I had figured it out and the stories were much cleaner.
Do you do anything besides write?
I do lots of things but the one that keeps me most busy is my sales job in the renewable energy sector.
How can my readers get a copy of your book?
Just about all of them are available at all major book and eBook retailers. Book 1, The Boy Who Lit Up the Sky is available from Amazon at this link:
What’s next for you, Naomi?
I started another series earlier in the summer called Journey to Rehnor It’s set about 1,000 years before the Two Moons of Rehnor series. Book 1, The New Planet, was released in July; and, I’m currently scrambling to finish Book 2, Aran’s Gift and release it before the holidays. In the meantime, I’m also adding more and more novellas or novelettes to my novella collection. These are about 10,000 word fill-in-the-gap stories, giving more background on some of the characters. They are quick and fun to write, and they each sell for around $1.29.
I’m not done with the Two Moons series although Senya and Katie are hitting their golden years. I think I’ve got another novel or two about them before — well before — you know….
Thanks so much for joining us today, Naomi. I am certainly enjoying your books. In fact, I highly recommend your series or individual titles, which can stand alone, to readers who tend to go for contemporary and historical fiction. Your Science Fiction/Fantasy series takes readers like me on a new journey, a welcome change of pace!
Find out more about J. Naomi Ay and her books:
Author Page on Amazon: www.amazon.com/-/e/B007BN8T7K
DON’T MISS THE VIDEO PREVIEW (click the link):
The Boy who Lit up the SKY and The Two Moons of Renhor Series :
Youtube Channel for trailers: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH0P1mSV-OgUmtB8Wc2g4oA/videos?view=0
- Interview by Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author/Illustrator
Meet the Author:
Amazon reviewers acclaim Speranza’s debut novel as
“great storytelling…[prose] flows with such beauty you are holding your breath to eagerly read each word!”
Hello, Susan. It’s great to have you with me today. Tell me a little about yourself and about your life in Vermont.
I was born in New York City and grew up on suburban Long Island. This became the setting of my novel, The Tale of Lucia Grandi, the Early Years.
Because Long Island is surrounded by water, all the things associated with water such as the ocean, the beaches, boating, fishing and swimming are an important part of the culture there. But that seemed to have so little influence on me; from the time I was a child, I always longed for mountains. The setting of many of the books I read was always rural — full of pastures, highlands, valleys, farms. It took many years – and a divorce – to help me achieve my dream. Eleven years ago I left Long Island, moved to Vermont and never looked back. Now, every day when I look out at my meadow and the mountain beyond, I know this is where I belong. I don’t miss the water or the ocean at all. And if on occasion I want to experience it again, I just travel three hours east to the coast of Maine and I’m good!
Well, Susan, when you’re hankering for a taste of the coast, give me a call; it would be great to share a cup of lobster stew with a fellow author.
I never refuse invitations, so be careful…that’s how I wound up in Vermont. My friend kept inviting me up, so after several years of visiting Vermont, I moved there permanently – and I bought the house next door to her!
The invitation’s an open one, Susan… Tell us a little about your family life.
Well, after a very unfriendly divorce, I took an eight-year hiatus, at which point I met a wonderful man (a fellow New Yorker transplanted to Vermont) and we are now engaged. There is definitely life after divorce.
I have many children but they are of the four-legged variety… years ago I took up the hobby of dog showing and breeding and have produced many Pekingese champions. The dogs I have now are the great-great-grandchildren of my original (or foundation) dogs. They sometimes seem to cost as much as human children — I think I have singlehandedly put all of my Vet’s offspring through college. Unfortunately, I can’t claim them as dependents at tax time…
How long have you been writing? What type of writing do you normally do?
I’ve been writing all my life. Even as a child I found communicating through writing easier than speaking. If I needed to say something important or explain something, I found I could do it better through writing, where I could measure my words and tame my thoughts. As a child I would write books and stories — imitating the books I loved. Some of them I’m sure involved copyright infringement as they were imitation to the point of plagiarism, but it was good practice and eventually, I learned to be original. When I was an adolescent, full of drama and raw emotion as most adolescents are, I found writing poetry was more fulfilling. I never really wrote for anyone but myself. The first work I wrote for public viewing was The City of Light — a fantasy or allegory — about the end of the world. That book has recently been reissued as an eBook. The Tale of Lucia Grandi is my first novel.
Can you give us a brief synopsis of your new book?
In this novel, a dying old woman is asked to tell the story of her life and so she tells about growing up in a troubled, warring suburban family in the 1950s and ’60s. It’s written as a memoir, where Lucia is the silent observer recording incidents in her family and illustrating the conflicts between them. Her conflict with her family grows as she grows, leading to the final crisis.
What prompted you to write Lucia Grandi?
I had so many stories I wanted to tell, but I’m not really a short story writer. A few years ago, while I was waiting to have my car repaired, an 83-year-old woman came into the waiting room where I sat by myself. She began talking to me — and before I knew it, she was telling me the story of her life. I thought of that afternoon when I searched for a framework in which to set the stories I wanted to tell. It seemed very compelling – an old woman looking back on a life she claims was not very interesting; yet, as the novel progresses, the stories she is telling are very interesting indeed.
Do you have a favorite line from the book?
There is actually a line Lucia (the narrator) says several times throughout the book in slightly different ways: “It was simple, really, all I needed was a kind word, a human touch – which never came…”
Who is your favorite character and why?
This is a difficult question in the same way that I find it difficult to answer people who ask me if I have a favorite dog. I always say no — I love them all (and I do!); but I am closer to some than to others. The same with my characters. I love them all, but some I had more fun with, and some were more challenging, harder to get right. With the mother, Ruth, it was difficult to find that balance; it’s easy to characterize someone as evil or selfish, but even such people as these occasionally have some redeeming qualities. Ruth was characterized as hard, cold, domineering; but there are many moments when her vulnerability slips through. I had to make sure that I didn’t make her one-dimensional. I had a lot of fun with Lucia’s sister, Lynn – the eternal drama queen. Again, I had to work hard at preventing her from becoming a one-dimensional character.
What was the hardest part about writing your book?
The hardest part about writing this book was finding the time to write it in the midst of an overwhelming, demanding life. I tried to get up at 4 a.m. to write, but I’m not a morning person. I can’t think straight that early. So I had to settle for writing on weekends, holidays and summer vacations. That’s why it took me six years to write my first novel.
Do you do anything besides write?
Most writers have day jobs — and mine is a high school librarian. The advantage is that I get a summer vacation when I can write every day. Writing a book seemed a natural extension of being a librarian; after all those years of being the keeper-of-the-books, I finally wrote one.
How can my readers get a copy of LUCIA GRANDI, The Early Years?
It’s available in print and as an eBook from Amazon and Barnes&Noble. It’s also available from the publisher, Brook House Press: www.brookhousepress.org. It can also be special-ordered through local bookstores.
What’s next for you, Susan?
The ending of the book requires a sequel. I’m not overly fond of sequels, but it was either that or writing an 800 page book, which I really didn’t think the public would go for. Hopefully, it won’t take me another six years to write that one!
Thank you, Susan Speranza, for sharing your story with me today. It was great to find out more about you and about your superb novel. I highly recommend Susan’s book to fiction lovers everywhere. Susan Speranza’s tale will hold your attention from the first word to the last:. This story of the human yearning to be loved, to be safe, cared for and understood, is told in words that will tug at your heart. My copy of THE TALE OF LUCIA GRANDI, The Early Years arrived at my doorstep last Tuesday. Don’t miss out… Order yours today!
Author Interview by Bette A. Stevens