Len Myers

lenIf the reviews on today’s indie author’s new book are anything to go by he has a sure fire hit on his hands.  Confronting and emotional, Tears with Rain has hit the ground running.  An amazon reviewer says, “A copy of this book should be MANDATORY READING for every Family Court Judge and Commissioner on the Bench. People who have not faced this problem in their lives, do not believe it is real. As a person who has, it is real, it is numbing, destroying, crippling and life changing, especially when most of the time all you can do is sit back and through tears watch the horror unfold.

Tears with Rain, sits in one of the latest bestselling literary trends that examine life-and-death issues, such as suicide, rape and cancer. Editor, Laura Rennet (from Andrea Brown Literary Agency) suggests such works that deal with these subjects ‘demonstrates the voracious appetite that exists among teen, and a cross-over adult audience, for gut-wrenching fiction’.  Not only that, but these issues are real and we all need to be made aware of them.  We might not personally be experiencing them but chances are there’s someone you know that is.  And its not an easy issue to talk about.

On a lighter note, today’s indie author, Len Myers, comes to writing with a background in technology and teaching.  He has a house full of cats (well just 3, but thats 3 more cats than I could bear 🙂 ) and for some reason mouldy cheese and raw squid in the fridge. Maybe he could whip us up a nice little fried calamari with blue cheese dressing!!

Anyway, enough of my waffling.  Let’s hear from Len in his own words. (All the best with your book Len!)

Tell us a little about yourself.

Retired from semiconductor industry. My passion for wilderness exploration was cut short by Multiple Sclerosis. My wife, Tammy, and I co-exist with 3 cats we rescued from a hole after their mother was killed by a fisher cat.

Who are the literary heroes that inspire your writing?

One of my all time favorite books is “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving. I also love Leon Uris who wrote “Trinity” and “Exodus” among others. But, one of the great characters of all time is Jean Valjean of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

Why did you decide to become an indie author?

Always wanted to write but became sufficiently motivated when my wife’s daughter became alienated from her. I felt the need to create a story when I learned the scope of this social epidemic and the isolation and shame experienced by victims.

What were you before you were a writer?

Out of college I spent several years in experiential education, working with delinquent teens. I taught a few courses at Boston College’s Department of Education Psychology before transitioning to
High Tech.

If you could give one piece of advice to new indie authors what would it be?

Just get an idea and start writing. I still find that a story begins unfolding on its own and finishes somewhere else than I originally planned. Write because you have a story to tell. Don’t be consumed with dreams of wealth. Remember, Vincent Van Gogh never sold a painting in his lifetime

What’s your number one cure for writer’s block?

Stop writing until the story comes back and tells me what happens next.

What is your greatest accomplishment to date?

Three expeditions into the interior of Labrador.  Raised 4 healthy children

Look out the closest window.  What’s the first thing you see?

Shivering, naked trees, silently bracing themselves for the first snowfall.

Name one thing in your refrigerator that probably shouldn’t be there.

Moldy cheese and raw squid that drives my wife crazy.

What do you least like about writing ?

Self-promotion, marketing

Finish this paragraph: “Helena shook the flashlight, hard.  She …”

instinctively reached for it after hearing something scratching outside her window. But, realizing she was more vulnerable holding a light she discarded the useless tool and carefully peered out under the cover of darkness.

Latest Book: Tears in the Rain

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“Tears In The Rain” is a novel about a teenage girl’s struggle to survive her father’s debilitating narcissistic manipulation that leads her to despise her own mother but, driven by guilt and depression ultimately seeks relief by attempting suicide.

Find out more here.

Ian Miller

Its been a while since I had an interview to write up, but this morning was delighted to find and email from Ian in my inbox.  Ian is an indie author who likes to inspire others to science through his writing.  I can totally relate.  Like myself, Ian writes in both the science fiction and science fact genres.  I believe a little bit (or even a lot) of truth is necessary to push the suspension of disbelief. And if readers get to learn something along the way – even better.  Ian has the passion of any scientist and teacher wanting to share his fervour with others. With subjects ranging from quantum mechanics, biogenesis, aliens, and the colonisation of Mars there is bound be be something in his vast collection of compositions to entice the most avid sci-fi fan.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a semiretired scientist living in New Zealand, and a widower with
an urge to write. I self-publish ebooks, fiction as well as archiving some of my scientific theoretical work, and I also compose a little piano music. My cat Horatio is my constant companion.

Who are the literary heroes that inspire your writing?

The two authors that made a big impression on me when young was John Wyndham, and Fred Hoyle, a famous scientist who wrote a thrilling story but showed something of cosmology at the same time. One of my ambitions then became to write stories that illustrated what science is all about.

Why did you decide to become an indie author?

In part because of age. I went into business for myself about thirty years ago, and at lunch time I would write a little for amusement. Over the years I began to have a serious collection. I tried to get an agent, but living in New Zealand meant I was not much use in promotion in the US or UK..

What were you before you were a writer?

I was, and still am, a research chemist. I have been involved in developing new products, and I also carry out some theoretical work, for my own amusement. I set up my own company, and while the original purpose failed, it has kept me financially fit for over thirty years.

If you could give one piece of advice to new indie authors what would it be?

Back yourself, and don’t le others discourage you. Equally, do not expect miracles.

What’s your number one cure for writer’s block?

I don’t have it.

What is your greatest accomplishment to date?

My alternative interpretation of quantum mechanics.

Look out the closest window.  What’s the first thing you see?

Someone cutting a macrocarpa hedge that has got out of control.

Name one thing in your refrigerator that probably shouldn’t be there.

Two jars put there by my late wife. I have no idea what is in them.

What do you least like about writing ?

Marketing. It is not very creative in my hands.

Finish this paragraph: “Helena shook the flashlight, hard.  She …”

was sure there was life in those batteries because she had put fresh ones in two weeks ago. Nothing happened. She shook again. There was a momentary flash, then nothing. She held her breath. Yes, she could hear creaking on the staircase. Someone was coming up the stairs. . .

Latest Book: After the Zombies

An advanced civilization evolved from Cretaceous life on Earth that had been transported to a nearby planet. It is a theocracy, and there are some who believe it is their holy task to recover the planet of creation, Earth, from those pesky mammals. Only Baht, must do what no other unacknowledged female has ever done or there will be interplanetary war.

Find out more here.

Amanda Steel

Amanda-SeptThe idea of a pie packer turned paranormal horror writer conjures up all types of images of bloody factory scenes.  If this is your type of reading experience then you’ll be pleased to meet today’s indie author, Amanda Steel.  Amanda’s ‘just do it’ attitude to indie publishing has seen her put up numerous works that you can find on Smashwords and Amazon.  She has a definite love of zombies and sounds very much like the perfect side kick for Stephen King.  He’s my 5 minute interview with her.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I love anything strange or paranormal, especially zombies and fairytale adaptations. I also like to exercise, but only so that I can eat cake afterwards. It’s good preparation for any forthcoming zombie outbreak too. I often imagine I’m being chased my zombies when I run.

zombie2Who are the literary heroes that inspire your writing?

Other than the obvious, Stephen King, who I could never write as well as, I often feel inspired by less well known authors. Recently I read a book by Jake Bible, after I had already written a short zombie novel and it made me want to write more in this genre.

Why did you decide to become an indie author?

I had a few rejections. People tried to be encouraging by telling me how many rejections famous authors had, before they finally got published. I decided that as I could get hit by a bus (or any other vehicle) tomorrow, I would want my writing to be out there for people
to read, if that happened.

What were you before you were a writer?

I’ve done a lot of different jobs including, cleaning, warehouse worker or my personal favourite, packing pies, because I used to get discounted pies and who doesn’t like discounted pies? They taste so much better than full priced pies.

If you could give one piece of advice to new indie authors what would it be?

Be prepared to spend a lot of time marketing yourself and your books and not as much time as you would like actually writing.

What’s your number one cure for writer’s block?

Leave it, work on something else and come back to it later.

What is your greatest accomplishment to date?

Completing a marathon. I won’t share my appalling time, but at least I finished alive.

Look out the closest window.  What’s the first thing you see?

Lots of rain falling out of the night sky.

Name one thing in your refrigerator that probably shouldn’t be there.

Empty shelves.

What do you least like about writing ?

That I don’t get to spend as much time writing as I’d like to.

Finish this paragraph: “Helena shook the flashlight, hard.  She …”

cursed herself for forgetting the batteries as the horde of zombies approached. Not that it mattered whether she could see them clearly or not. They were going to eat her either way.

Latest Book: After the Zombies

zombiesA short novel: Following a two year long zombie outbreak in Manchester, the handful of survivors attempt to get with on their lives, but can they forget all the horrible things they have been through and everything they had to do to survive and are the zombies really gone?

Get it here.

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