Welcome to Limelight, Bernard Foong — A.K.A. Young

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Please welcome returning author Bernard Foong Young to Limelight!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bernard Foong (designer) – A brief history

 

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At the age of 8, he was assisting his aunt and cousin, learning the art of sewing and fabrics/colors matching. He attended an exclusive private boarding school in the United Kingdom before obtaining his Diploma in Fashion Design at the Harrow College of Art & Technology in London, England.  He went on to complete his Master of Design at the Royal College of Art & Design, London, England. During his college years he won several international fashion awards and was already retailing bridal and evening dresses to several well known department stores in England. Liberty of London, Selfridges, Harrods and Harvey Nichols to name a few that carried his designs. His Royal College of Art graduation wedding/evening wear collection was sold to Liberty of London and displayed in their store windows for the entire month of June that year.

For four years, he worked for Liberty’s bridal department as their in-house designer until a trip to Hong Kong, while working on a freelance project for ‘Bird’s’(casual wear) company, he was recruited by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as their Fashion professor for the next 6 years. During his stay in Hong Kong, he freelanced for numerous fashion companies. From designing casual wear, swimwear, lingerie, and fur garments, men’s wear, bridal and evening fashions to accessories (bags, shoes, and head-wear). He also participated and organized numerous fashion shows, events, functions, and presentations in the Asia Pacific region.

Working for Keys Far East Hong Kong as chief lingerie designer – travelling extensively to the United States, he was soon  recruited as an Associate Fashion Design/Illustration Professor to the University of Wisconsin, Madison and also lectured at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design for a couple of years.

Foong was then appointed as the Fashion Development Manager by an established department store – Parkson Grand (22 stores in Malaysia and one in Shanghai, China). Producing under the label, Natural Life by Bernard Foong, he designed casual-wear collections for the Parkson Grand’s flagship store in Kuala Lumpur. After a couple of years later, he was invited by the Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore to join their design school to establish a Fashion Design department. For two years, he assisted several founding members of the design school – working on the fashion department’s teaching curriculum.

The Fitzgerald Theatre Department, University of Hawaii, Manoa, Oahu, Hawaii awarded a full scholarship for Foong to complete his second Master of Art in Theatre Costuming. Now a resident on the Island of Maui, he has assisted many charity organizations in their fund raising events with his extravagant fashion and performance shows/presentations. In 2005, he and his partner, Mr. Walter Jay Bissett opened Fire Dragon Bistro Orient & Design Shop. He also designs costumes/fashions for numerous theatrical productions in Hawaii and abroad.

Appointed as chief lingerie designer for Cerie International Limited – Hong Kong, his lingerie designs can be found in major department stores in Canada and the United Kingdom.

He showcased the BERNARD FOONG R-T-W collections and BERNARD FOONG @ Modern Classic Ltd.(an established – Hong Kong bridal & evening wear company) collections in Hong Kong. His 2008 & 2009 bridal/evening/bridal lingerie fashion show, “Grace” & “Coming Up Roses” were premiered at Hong Kong Fashion Week in July 2007 and January 2008 respectively at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center, garnering positive interest in many Asian press reviews, including a China nationwide television broadcast of his latest collection. Aika (International Opera Singer) wore several Bernard Foong special occasion dresses at her Japan & European tour in September & October 2009.

Foong was the chief Creative Director for Official (Special Occasion fashion manufacturing company)Guangzhou, China  producing– BERNARD FOONG Couture (specialty one-of-a-kind creations),White (RTW – Wedding/Special Occasion wear), Foxy Cute (Smart Casual/Cocktail wear), SexZ(decorative bustier) &Diva Bitch (sexual lingerie inner/outer-wear) collections.

Besides working on his regular haute couture, R-T-W and lingerie collections he is a visiting consultant/advisor for:

  • Pivot Point fashion college, Chengdu, China.
  • Hong Kong Design Institute (fashion department), Hong Kong, SAR.
  • Hong Kong Poly/U, Hong Kong (School of Apparel Design & Merchandising), SAR.
  • Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association, Hong Kong.
  • Singapore Temasek Polytechnic – School of Apparel Design & Merchandising (ADM), Singapore.

Bernard is also writing his autobiography, a seven book series of Mr. Foong’s young life.

 

 

 

1.  Please tell us about your Memoir.

A Harem Boy’s Saga: A Memoir by Young

This provocative story spanning 4 decades and 3 continents is about a boy who was sent to a very exclusive English boarding school in the 1960s where he was initiated into a clandestine sexual society and then spirited away to serve in wealthy and elite Middle Eastern harems .”

A Harem Boy’s Saga series is published by Solstice Publishing and is available in print and E-books internationally.

2.  Why did you choose to write about this topic? Four years ago, after I closed my fashion boutique in Honolulu, I decided it was time to document my positive adolescent life experiences that I’ve kept under wraps for close to 40 years. That’s when A Harem Boy’s Saga; a memoir by Young (my pen-name) series was born.

An inner calling told me to document my unique education. Now, is the correct moment to tell my story.Other factors that influenced me to write are:

  • Provide Tolerance to Sissy Boys by understanding parents/peers and the community.

Anderson Cooper 360 documentary on the devastating treatment of effeminate boys influence me to tell my story.

  • Bullying can be Avoided through Big Brother/Big Sister volunteer programs in school or outside school system. Older students acting as mentors to younger students.
  • Gay AdolescentTolerance – parents/child/siblings relationship issues.

Support/mentorship program to all parties involved to foster understanding and acceptance of Gay kids.

  • Provide an Alternative Educational System;

Understanding Big Brother/adolescent mentorship programs in schools, BB as protector to keep younger kids from being bullied.

  • Human Relationship Building Program;

Between parents/teachers and young students on sexual topics/issues, especially when adolescent are just discovering their sexuality. They can be guided on a healthy and honest sexual journey instead of “don’t ask, don’t tell” hide it behind the closet policy.

3.  Is this a personal story, or is it about someone else?  This is a personal story – a memoir series. My story has been kept under wraps for close to 45 years. The correct moment has arrived for me to make known my unique education.

4.  What was the most difficult part to write in your book? Why?  Staying focus to write daily especially writing a 7 volume epic saga of my adolescent teenage life. I had considered changing the book main title to The Chronicles of A Harem Boy instead of A Harem Boy’s Saga but my literary agent advised me not to.

5.  Why should readers choose your book over others in your field?  My unique memoir series is highly educationally, spiritually enlightening not to mention tantalizingly provocative. It will change the way people think about harem life and will expose many to a hidden world, our contemporary societies are not aware of.

  • I wanted to inform the larger world about my unique and controversial (to many) adolescent educational experiences. To be educated in at the Art of Sensuality and Sexuality at a young age.
  • Secondly: to tell my positively enlightening experiences spend in six different Middle Eastern extremely elite/wealthy male harems/households and my induction into an illuminating sexual secret society (I called E.R.O.S. – Enlightened Royal Oracle Society in my books).
  • Thirdly: on the contrary to what mainstream society thinks of harem life, I like to make clear that not all harem recruits are slaves (sold into slavery), abused or treated badly. My harem experiences and sexual education are completely the opposite. I was treated with love, respect and most importantly, I did not do perform any sexual services against my will.

6.  Are you an Indie Author or are you part of a publishing house?  Solstice Publishing is publishing my entire memoir series. Including A Harem Boy’s Saga; a memoir by Young audio books.

7.  Have you published other books?Tell us about them please.  Yes. Some years back I co-wrote an Asian fairy tale children’s short story book – titled Blossoms of the Spirit. I did a series of twelve Flower Goddesses paintings to go with each short story. It is still available on Amazon   

 

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Solstice also published another of my short story – No Distance Between Us. This is really a free standing chapter from A Harem Boy’s Saga – Book I – INITIATION. This E-book is available on Amazon

 

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8.  Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? What did you do to overcome it?  Writing a memoir or an autobiography is vastly different from writing a fictional novel. I’m writing about events, situations and emotional feelings that had happened; of ‘remembrance of things past.’ My outline, inspirations come from an abundance of old photographs, journals/diaries I had kept during the various periods of my life.

In the books, I’ve changed the names and places to protect myself and those involved, the experiences and events that happened are true. The creative part of my writing are in the dialogue throughout the books. Although I am able to remember the overall gist of what was said, I had to make up the dialogue since it’s been over 40 odd years since these events/situations occurred.

Therefore it is rare for me to suffer from writer’s block.

9.  Do you do any of your own marketing? If yes, how do market your book?  Yes, I do the majority of my own marketing, mainly through social media/networking/ twittering/facebook promos/ joining online book clubs, etc.

Its time consuming and slows down my writing process. I’ll rather concentrate fully on writing and hire a full-time publicist to market my books. J

10.  Have any readers tried to reach out to you? Are your replies short and to the point, or do you partake in a conversation with them?  Both. It depends on what my readers are asking about.

11.  If you can connect with your favorite author on one of your networks, which author would that be?  Anne Rice writing as A. N. Roquelaure – The Erotic Adventiures of Sleeping Beauty.

12.  What is next on your agenda?  I’m currently working on the 4th book in my memoir series: A Harem Boy’s Saga – IV – Turpitude; a memoir by Young. I would also like to mention that INITIATION audio book is now completed and is going through the amazon ‘greenlight’ process. Once my publisher gives me the greenlight, I’ll be actively promoting it. Plus, INITIATION’s screenplay and TV pilot are written. My literary agent is currently pitching A Harem Boy’s Saga (series) to potential TV/filmcompanies and producers.

 

 

 

If you would like to learn more about or contact Bernard Foong, go to:

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All of Bernard Foong Young’s books can be purchased at the following locations.

Amazon US              Amazon UK

 

Follow the links below to view the book trailers for all the 3 books in A Harem Boy’s Saga series.

Conservative Version                Bernard Foong Young

 

The following are the more sensual versions.

Initiation

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Debauchery

 

 

 

Welcome to Limelight, Blaine Coleman

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It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you, short story author, Blaine Coleman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lifelong resident of Virginia, I grew up in the rural southeastern part of the state with a large extended family. I majored in Religious Studies and minored in Creative Writing-fiction at Virginia Commonwealth University. I now live in a rural area near Richmond where five year old beagle, Leah, and her new companion beagle, Sage, have room to run. I spend my free time with my favorite activity, gardening, participate in Midlothian Wordsmith’s Workshop, and read and write as often as possible.

 

 

 

1.  When did you first start writing? – Age 17, first studied creative writing when I returned to school, Virginia Commonwealth University, at age 30. Joined a local writer’s workshop in 2010 and learned a great deal and vastly improved my skills

2.  Please tell us about the book(s) you have written—titles, genres, and storylines. I wrote a collection of 11 short stories based on the coming-of-age of a child-character in one early story. Published the collection as an eBook in 2012 Tunnels in the Briar Patch and later added 5 more stories of the same boy as a teen, published that in 2013 Finding Luck with Roland McCray then combined all 16 into a single volume in 2014 Finding Roland McCray. This became The Adventures of Roland McCray series. I tried to include subtle moral lessons in those stories so they could be considered YA, Literary, or Inspirational. Those books consistently rank in the top 100, often top ten of the top 100 top-rated books in anthologies/inspiration. In December 2014, I wrote a new collection of eclectic short stories dealing with love and loss, death, grief, acceptance, and spiritual and emotional rebirth, all with a focus on the ultimate goodness of life despite the requisite suffering it brings, along with several poems that I think are relevant to the message I tried to convey in that book Falling Water. I’ve received great reviews on that book as well as on the books in the first collection. Falling Water has been consistently among the top ten of Amazon’s Top 100 Top-rated books in Anthologies/inspiration.

3.  Are your books connected like in a series, or are they stand-alone stories? The first three are part fa series, The Adventures of Roland McCray, the most recent book, Falling Water is a standalone work.

4.  Where do you find your inspirations? Childhood memories and my varied life experiences.

5.  When you are not writing, what do you do to recharge? Gardening, which was a big part of my childhood years. I get a great sense of satisfaction in growing plants and designing and creating gardens and enjoying the peaceful relaxation gained from the finished gardens.

6.  Are you an Indie Author or are you part of a publishing house? Indie

7.  Do you read books within the genres you write? Yes, but I read a great deal and enjoy reading almost any genre. I believe Stephen King said that if you don’t have time to read, then you don’t have time to write. I’ve been a voracious reader all of my life and, frankly, reading has helped me learn to write.

8.  How much time do you put towards promoting yourself and your books? A few hours a week- not enough, but that’s all my time constraints allow.

9.  To help first time authors and aspiring authors, can you please tell us how you promote your work. Joining writing groups on Facebook is beneficial and Twitter is a great resource. Book trailers on YouTube can help as well. Publishing on Smashwords gets your books listed with multiple online book retailers as well as making them available in some public libraries. A blog or website helps, as well. In short, get your book(s)’s name(s) listed in as many places as possible and they will be easier for search engines (and readers) to find.

10.  Do you have any advice on how to deal with negative reviews? Never take a bad review as a criticism of YOU, just of your work. Every reviewer has their own biases and opinions, but something can be learned from any negative review received.

 

 

To learn more about or contact Blaine Coleman, go to:

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Available at:

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All four of my books are also on Apple iTunes and in print and audiobook editions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Limelight, Werner Stejskal

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It gives me great pleasure to welcome children’s author Werner Stejskal to Limelight.

 

 

 

 

 

Born in Vienna, Austria, Werner is now living in the paradise of Perth, Australia with his wife, two married children and three grandchildren. He worked in the printing industry for many years and later for the United Nations in Vienna. Now retired, after a full and eventful life, he began to write children’s stories. He found illustrators through Odesk, narrated them himself for YouTube and finally took the next step by publishing ebooks.

 

 

 

1. Please tell us a little about your book, starting with the name.  “Oliver and Jumpy”, are best of friends and experience many adventures together. Oliver is a black-and-white tomcat, who is very self-assured. As a matter of fact he says: “I love myself!” quite often. But his best friend Jumpy is aware that he is only putting up a front! Oliver has a soft heart and will always want to help others. The great thing is Jumpy’s pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in! He calls her his kangaroo taxi! This is the first book of an extensive series with 13 books so far and another 7 in the works.

2. What is the target age group for your book? The pictures would interest very small children with the help of their mom up until early readers to 8 years.

3. What inspired you to write your book? There are lots of fairy tales and bedtime stories around and many of them are quite violent and unsuitable for young children. This made Werner decide to write something different. On a flight from Europe to Australia he watched the movie ‘Magic on Belle Island’ with Morgan Freeman, where Freeman teaches a little girl to have imagination and write her first story. This inspired Werner as well and the first stories with his two characters Oliver, the elegant tomcat, and Jumpy, his kangaroo lady friend, made their appearance.

4. Did you draw your own illustrations? No. I have now the fifth illustrator, who will finalize this series. 

5. Are you an Indie Author or are you part of a publishing house? I am an Indie Author and do everything myself, except the illustrations. The only help I get is my aggregator to place the books on most ebook platforms.

6. What makes your book different from others with the same topic? I try to be very different with the quality of the illustrations and the language used. I believe in using adult language even with small children. I try to incorporate little lessons and touch subjects other picture books may not dare, for example pregnancy and anti-smoking.

7. Why did you choose to write Children’s Fiction?  I am a Child at heart! 

8. Have you read your books to a live audience? What was their reaction? Not yet! The main attraction of my books are the illustrations.

9. Who are your favorite characters in the book? Always the same again. Oliver and Jumpy

10. Are there future books in the making? I am getting another seven books ready. 

 

 

To learn more about or contact Werner Stejskal, go to:

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The Oliver and Jumpy series is available at:

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Welcome to Limelight, Vanessa de Largie

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Let’s give a warm welcome to returning author Vanessa de Largie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vanessa de Largie is an award-winning actress and author based in Australia.  Learn more about Vanessa’s work at her website www.vanessadelargie.net

 

 

1.  Please tell us about your book—title, genre, and storyline.

Title:  Don’t Hit Me!

Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Poetry, Journal

Storyline: Australian actress and author Vanessa de Largie is a survivor of domestic violence. Don’t Hit Me is the true diarised account of her time living with an abusive man. The story is conveyed through poems, journal entries and fragments of lyrical prose. The book is a snapshot of domestic violence in real time. Raw, poignant and brave – it’s a tale that will stay with you.

2.  Why did you choose to write about this topic?  I was reading a journal from my time within a violent relationship and I thought – “Shit, I have captured domestic violence in all it’s ugliness.”  I don’t want to edit this, I want it to stay organic. I self-published it and within weeks it was a #1 Amazon Best Seller.  Don’t Hit Me!  was recently picked up by Seattle publisher Booktrope and re-released as an ebook and paperback globally.

3.  What was the most difficult part to write in your book?  I’ve never had an issue with speaking my truth.  I actually feel more deceptive when I don’t speak it.

4.  Why should readers choose your book over others in your field?  Don’t Hit Me!  is unlike any other book on domestic violence.  It is written in real time.  Most books on DV are written in retrospect.  Most of these entries were written in the shower or sauna or toilet whilst the violence was happening.  This book is authentic.

5.  Are you an Indie Author or are you part of a publishing house?  I am self-published, hybrid published, traditionally published and small-press published.

6.  Have you published other books? Tell us about them please?  I am a feminist.  So I enjoy writing about issues that effect women.  My prior books cover the topics of domestic violence, unapologetic female sexuality and abortion.

7.  Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? What did you do to overcome it?  A glass of red wine always helps to get the words moving. J

8.  Do you do any of your own marketing? If yes, how do market your book?  I am from an acting background.  I have literally had to push myself since I was a teen.  At 14, with the assistance of my parents I was delivering CV’s and Headshots to TV Channels.  I then moved to the other side of Australia and continued PUSHING my acting and writing.  I’ve been handed nothing in my 38 years, I’ve had to do everything myself.

Book Marketing is just another part of that.  I enjoy the marketing part of my career – it gives me great pleasure.  With my books, I do interviews, blog tours, podcasts, photoshoots and write articles – I am open to any new way of exposing my work to new readers.

9.  Have any readers tried to reach out to you? Are your replies short and to the point, or do you partake in a conversation with them?  I’ve had many readers reach out and I always answer.  I always reciprocate. Readers are valuable and should be treated with love and respect.  They enable authors/writers to do what they love to do – write!

10.  If you could connect with your favorite author on one of your networks, which author would that be?  I’d connect with Bukowksi but he is no longer here. L sigh…..

11.  What is next on your agenda?  I am currently completing the finishing touches on two books for two different publishing houses.

 

To learn more about or contact Vanessa de Largie, go to:

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Welcome to Limelight, Blakely Bennett

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Please welcome erotic romance author Blakely Bennett to Limelight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blakely Bennett grew up in Southeast Florida and has been residing in the great Northwest for over nine years. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a degree in psychology, which accounts for her particular interest in crafting the personalities, struggles, and motivations of her characters. She is an avid reader of many genres of fiction, but especially enjoys erotica and romance. Writing has always been her bliss.

Blakely is married to a wonderful, loving, and supportive husband, who is also a writer, and who helps to keep her grounded. She is a mother, a communitarian, a lover of music (it is always on while she is writing thanks to Pandora), and a good friend. An advocate of love and female empowerment, she is also a facilitator for a women’s group. She loves to walk and hike for exercise, and finds that, since moving to Seattle, Washington, she is now one of those crazy people who walk in the rain.

Blue Persuasion is her seventh novel and the third in the Bound by Your Love Series (Stuck in Between and Bittersweet Deceit). She is also the author of the dark erotic suspense My Body Trilogy (My Body-His, My Body-His (Marcello) and My Body-Mine) and the co-author of the contemporary romance, The Demarcation of Jack, which she wrote with her husband, Dana Bennett.

 

 

1.  When did you first start writing? As a kid I kept a journal and wrote bad poetry and some short stories. I started a few novels over the years but didn’t complete one until I met my husband and we started writing together. My first novel was published in November 2012.

2.  Please tell us about the book(s) you have written—titles, genres, and storylines.  I have three series currently:

  1. The Bound by You Love Series (erotic romance with light BDSM): STUCK IN BETWEEN, BITTERSWEET DECEIT, & BLUE PERSUASION. This series centers on the romantic lives of a close-knit group of friends. It’s not necessary to read the stories in order, but Stuck in Between is the first.
  2. THE DEMARCATION OF JACK (contemporary romance with a twist), which I co-authored with my husband, Dana Bennett.Jack and Jenna vacation to Jamaica, hoping to rekindle their romance. Flirtations ignite with another couple, leading to unintended consequences. My husband and I have been so busy with our individual projects. We plan to get to the next book in the series soon.
  3. My Body Trilogy (dark, erotic, suspense): MY BODY-HIS, MY BODY-HIS (MARCELLO), & MY BODY-MINE. Experience Jane’s journey into domination and discipline, her loss of self, and ultimate recovery. “dark, scary, dangerous side of BDSM”.

3.  Are your booksconnected like in a series, or are they stand-alone stories? They are all part of a series and all written as stand-alones as well.

4.  Where do you find your inspirations? I have an active imagination. I also read and watch movies a lot. I really enjoy getting to know people and figuring out what makes them tick. I think all of that gets morphed into a book I’d like to read. Plus, any real fiction writer knows the characters take over and write their own stories.

5.  What made you decide to write romances?  That’s easy. I love, love.

6.  When you are not writing, what do you do to recharge? Spend time with my husband up at our cabin. We eat good food, hike, lay out in the sun, dance, and just enjoy the nature, and each other, of course.

7.  Are you an Indie Author or are you part of a publishing house?  I’m both. The My Body Trilogy was traditionallypublished. All of my other novels, including my husband’s novels were self-published.

8.  Do you read books within the genres you write?  Absolutely, but not just limited to my genre. Reading helps me become a better writer especially when I find an inspiring author.

9.  What character traits do you love to include when you write about your male protagonist? My males are alpha and dominate, most with a kind, soft side. I love my characters to be flawed with challenges to overcome. That’s more like life to me.

10.  Are the female protagonists in your stories like you or the person you wish you could be? Neither. I’ve never written a character based on me or who I’d like to be. These “people” form and my mind and become their own person to me.

11.  How much time do you put towards promoting yourself and your books?Way too much time.

12.  Most writers have received the dreaded negative review. For new authors, do you have any advice on how to deal with them? Yep, don’t read them. I’ve never read a negative review that offered me any good feedback that could help me in the future. Stay positive and just read the good ones. Not everyone will love your work. The trick is to find your people.

 

To learn more about or contact Blakely Bennett, go to:

 

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To purchase any of Blakely Bennett’s books, go to the following locations.

 

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Welcome to Limelight, Jay El Mitchell

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Please welcome horror author Jay El MItchell to Limelight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jay began writing at the age of eight, with a story about talking otters. Over time this interest in the surreal and unusual developed into a fascination with stories spanning the urban fantasy, paranormal, and horror genres.  Jay is also an artist, designs her own book art, and has even had works commissioned by other writers. A native of Minnesota, Jay currently resides in South Carolina, and does not miss northern winters one iota.

 

 

 

1.  Please tell us about the book you have written—titles, genres, and storylines. Armageddonville is a continuing horror/suspense series. It follows an author, Sully, who spends six weeks in a secluded mountain cabin trying to drink away the pain of his ex-fiancée’s infidelity. When he sobers up and returns to an abandoned town he eventually pieces together the terrible reality that he missed a brutal pandemic with an estimated 90% mortality rate. As he finds other survivors he learns that he was not the only one who missed the virus via segregation: the inmates of a nearby prison spent the pandemic in lock down, have since been released, and a post-pandemic world with no authority is a playground for such predators.

2.  Have you written other similar books?  This is my first time writing about a contagious disease but I’ve certainly written stories with a similar flavor of the horrific and grotesquely absurd. I’ve written stories that touch down on almost every genre, with the exception of western and romance. Neither of those interest me.

3.  Are your books connected like in a series, or are they stand-alone stories?  Armageddonville is definitely continuing, with Volume One already published and Two in the works, and I imagine there will be probably three to four in total. This is my first continuing series, with my other books standing alone. However I’m so fond of my characters that I’m trying to figure out how to work out their sequels. We will just have to see.

4.  Where do you find your inspirations?  I usually find inspiration in the middle of the night when I’m trying to fall asleep and my brain refuses to shut off. I’ve dealt with insomnia all of my life because I climb into bed and my mind just wanders. Sometimes it will stumble upon an intriguing “Hey, what if. . .?” Then I find myself getting up to make a few notes and before I know it, it’s six o’clock in the morning.

5.  What made you decide to write a horror suspense?  I don’t make a conscious decision about writing in a particular genre, which is probably why most of my stories overlap. I do know why I don’t write in certain genres, such as romance, because I have little patience or interest in anything based fully in reality. I already exist in reality, and don’t see the point in duplicating it.

6.  When you are not writing, what do you do to recharge?  I’m an artist. I paint and draw. I’ve sold pieces, and am currently in talks with another writer about illustrations for his fantasy manuscript. I admit I’m also a video gamer.

7.  Are you an Indie Author or are you part of a publishing house?  I’m currently indie, but would love the opportunity to work with a publisher, though I do admit that I enjoy having complete control over my work. Still, I would take advantage of that opportunity.

8.  Do you read books within the genres you write?  When I read for pleasure, it’s usually within the genres that I write. There are the occasional exceptions, such as “Bridget Jones” or Stephanie Plum’s books. I would never be able to stay interested when writing about those kinds of things, but every now and then they’re fun to read.

9.  Besides being an author, do you have a second job?  In the last year I’ve developed some medical problems that have left me disabled and unable to work. Prior to getting sick I worked in the medical field, doing direct care for about 13 years. The majority of my patients were adults with developmental disabilities or children with special needs and behavioral disorders. I miss work, the feeling that I’m doing something vital in taking care of someone else. I’m trying to focus on the positive, which is with all this free time I can focus on my writing and my art.

10.  What do you enjoy most about being an author?  What I love most about being an author is getting paid for doing what I love to do. For me, writing isn’t really work: it’s play. When I’m deep in the brambles of composition, fully lost in a story. . . well, that’s where I find my joy. There’s no other feeling quite like at, at least in my experience, and it’s important to take your joy wherever you can find it.

11.  Is there another book in the making?  There’s always another book in the making, even if it’s found solely between my ears and not yet in tangible form. I always have something brewing on the back burner. I’m finishing up a suspense/psychological thriller tentatively titled Soultwin. It’s about a girl growing up in a self-sustaining “Collective” led by a charismatic man who preaches about the evils of the outside world and is “teaching” the children how to harness their true powers in order to evolve into higher beings.And after that I need to get back to work on the second volume of My biggest fan (my mother) is very adamant on that point.

 

 

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Welcome to Limelight, T. L. Clark

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Join me in welcoming Romance Author T.L. Clark to Limelight!

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a British, female self-published author of romance novels. Try saying that three times fast!

I have a full time job, and I am a holistic therapist in the evenings and weekends. So my writing can only happen in my precious little leisure time. Fortunately, I have a very supportive loving husband who ensures I’m still fed.

My dream is to buy a farmhouse so I can run a holistic retreat for frazzled people and poorly horses. It will also hopefully give me a better time and place to write more too.

 

 

 

1.  When did you first start writing? My first book was self-published two years ago, so I consider that the start. I’d not had anything published before that, so I don’t think it counts.

2.  Please tell us about the book(s) you have written—titles, genres, and storylines.  I have four books out. All are adult romances, but each one looks at love from a different angle.

  • Young’s Love – was the first one I wrote. It features a young lady named Samantha, who is in a very controlling marriage. This story is about her struggle to independence, the ensuing dates and a trip to Tuscany.
  • True’s Love – is about Amanda, who loves her nightlife. She’s a mild admin worker by day, but boy! She really lets her hair down at night! But then she meets a gorgeous blonde Russian bodyguard, and her view on love is altered. But there’s a twist, and danger lurks around the corner.
  • Dark Love – is my BDSM offering. Jonathan is the male sub of Mistress Eisengrau, but he is suddenly faced with the possibility of leaving his precious BDSM world and finding a ‘vanilla’ life. Although it features BDSM this is still very much a romance.
  • Rekindled Love – Sophie, oh Sophie! She gets ripped away from her first love, but finds happiness with another. Her life is full of hatches, matches and dispatches!

3.  Are your books connected like in a series, or are they stand-alone stories? All my books are stand-alone. I wanted my readers to be able to just pick any of my books as their mood/s took them.

4.  Where do you find your inspirations? Life, the universe and everything really. Observations of the world. My stories just sort of ‘come to me’. This sounds incredibly clichéd but it’s true.

5.  What made you decide to write romances? Fifty Shades! Don’t roll your eyes at me! ;-P It was in a very backward way. I read it and was shocked by how badly written it was (imho). I (rather arrogantly) thought “surely even I can write better than that!”, so I gave it a go. Someone recently told me I make EL James look like Enid Blyton, which I took as a massive compliment.

6.  When you are not writing, what do you do to recharge?  I’m a Reiki Master and I do try to meditate. When the weather’s nice I escape into the forest for a walk in nature. I have a full time job as well, so my life gets very full and quite stressed fairly easily. But nothing really beats a good glass of red wine and a long hot soak in a bubble bath.

7.  Are you an Indie Author or are you part of a publishing house? Indie all the way; I didn’t want to be forced into formulaic writing. I have a definite style and am very protective of my work.

8.  Do you read books within the genres you write? Oh yes! I love a good romance novel, but I’ll read most things. I try to read a lot of indie authors and review them; support others as I wish to be supported myself.

9.  What character traits do you love to include when you write about your male protagonist? Well, ‘my men’ tend to be fairly different. They’re all really nice blokes though. Sounds a bit sappy, but they just have to be the caring (sometimes misunderstood) type. And I think they all probably have their own issues, so it’s not like they’re the knight on his steed. My stories tend to feature a mutual healing sub-plot.

10.  Are the female protagonists in your stories like you or the person you wish you could be? No, not really. There’s a tiny bit of me in each one, but it’s certainly not auto-biographical. They do tend to stray towards hard-headedness though; they might possibly come from me. 😉

11.  How much time do you put towards promoting yourself and your books? Every spare moment I get, and it’s exhausting! I get home from a long day at work and try to get on fb, Twitter, Goodreads etc. But I easily manage to let time disapear and my actual writing time gets lost.

12.  Most writers have received the dreaded negative review. For new authors, do you have any advice on how to deal with them? There’s no such thing as bad publicity! Shrug it off, and appreciate you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Oops, there goes my cliché-ometer again! But it’s true. As long as you get mostly good reviews it really doesn’t matter (not even if you get an occasional troll). But if all of your reviews are bad then maybe you need to take another look at your work and have a rethink?

 

 

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Welcome to Limelight, Neven Skrgatic, A.K.A. B.J. Jackson

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Let’s welcome returning Romance Erotic Author Neven Skrgatic, A.K.A B.J. Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born in Europe in 1979. After getting a degree on University in Economics and Interpersonal communication, I have worked as a column writer in various local newspapers, and wrote a number of short stories, ranging from thriller, to romance and erotica.

 

 

 

1.  Please tell us about your book—title, genre, and storyline. The book title is Nasty cop, I wrote it under a pen name B.J. Jackson. The genre is erotic thriller. The story is about Michelle, who works as an accountant in an investment company and was involved in embezzlement of 4.7 million dollars. She got framed by the board and the things are not looking well for her. The detective who is on the case starts blackmailing her, but it’s not the money he’s after. He has a different “compensation” on his mind.

2.  Is your book a short story, novel, and/or a part of a series? It is a novel, and it is not a part of series, once you read it it becomes obvious why a sequel just isn’t possible, hehe.

3.  How long did it take you to write this book? When I came up with idea, it was going relatively fast. I wrote the novel in two and a chalf weeks.

4.  Where do you find your inspirations? Mostly in every day situations, and I try my best to use imagination to make it less as every day, and more intriguing.

5.  Are you self-published? Yes, for the time being. The book should be in a paperback by spring of 2015.

6.  When you are not writing, what do you do to recharge? I read a lot, I have a band in which I play a guitar, I make music, and I like to travel every chance I get.

7.  Do you read books within the genre you write? I read various genres, and I like to read an interesting novel from the genre I currently write.

8.  How much time do you put towards promoting yourself and your book? It depends on the novel, but with this one it is 5-8 hours per week.

9.  How exactly do you promote your work? I promote it in Facebook groups mostly, but also with the help of my fellow authors.

10.  Do you have any advice for those dreaming about becoming an author? If you have the urge to write, then do it. Not because of the vague possibility of making money, not because you think you might get some respect in your community, and certainly not because you think it might get you laid. I’m not so sure it will, anyway. Write only if you have some story deep inside yourself, crying out to be released. If the story haunts you until you get it out in the open, then do it. Then write. And if that’s the case, never, never, never give up. It might take some time and it will surely take up a lot of effort, but if the voice is real, it will get out, and it will reach people in the end.

 

 

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Welcome to Limelight, Bernard Foong — A.K.A. Young

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Please welcome Memoir Author Bernard Foong also known as Young!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bernard Foong was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At the age of 8, he was assisting his aunt and cousin, learning the art of sewing and fabrics/colors matching. He attended an exclusive private boarding school in the United Kingdom before obtaining his Diploma in Fashion Design at the Harrow College of Art & Technology in London, England.  He went on to complete his Master of Design at the Royal College of Art & Design, London, England. Now a resident on the Island of Maui, he has assisted many charity organizations in their fund raising events with his extravagant fashion and performance shows/presentations.

 

1.  Please tell us about your book—title, genre, and storyline. A Harem Boy’s Saga – I – Initiation; a memoir by Young

This provocative story is about a young man who was initiated into a clandestine sexual society. He was spirited to the Middle East, from his UK boarding school. He attended the Bahriji School (Oasis,) in The United Arab Emirates in preparation for serving in Harems for the wealthy and elite.

It is also a love story between the young man and his ‘Valet’ who served as his chaperon and mentor during the boy’s Harem service.

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I had a privileged and unique upbringing in Malaysia. Following in my brothers’ footsteps, I was sent to an exclusive boarding school in England. It is there that I was inducted into a clandestine organization, E.R.O.S. The Enlightened Royal Oracle Society. For four years, unbeknownst to my family, I was willingly and happily part of a Harem.

2.  Why did you choose to write about this topic? The reasons and goals I hope to achieve through A Harem Boy Saga:

  • Provide Tolerance to Sissy Boys by understanding parents/peers and the community.

Anderson Cooper 360 documentary on the devastating treatment of effeminate boys influence me to tell my story.

  • Bullying can be Avoided through Big Brother/Big Sister volunteer programs in school or outside school system. Older students acting as mentors to younger students.
  • Gay Adolescent Tolerance – parents/child/siblings relationship issues.

Support/mentorship program to all parties involved to foster understanding and acceptance of Gay kids.

  • Provide an Alternative Educational System;

Understanding Big Brother/adolescent mentorship programs in schools, BB as protector to keep younger kids from being bullied.

  • Human Relationship Building Program;

Between parents/teachers and young students on sexual topics/issues, especially when adolescent are just discovering their sexuality. They can be guided on a healthy and honest sexual journey instead of “don’t ask, don’t tell” hide it behind the closet policy.

3.  Is this a personal story, or is it about someone else? Yes, it is an autobiography of my early teenage life. My story has been kept under wraps for close to 45 years. The correct moment has arrived for me to make known my unique education.

4.  What was the most difficult part to write in your book? Why?

  • Remembrance of things past. Luckily I’ve an abundance of photographs, diaries, journals to spur me to remember what transpired during those early years of my Middle Eastern harem experiences.
  • Although, I’ve taken creative liberties when it comes to the individual dialogues spoken by the various characters in my autobiography. I remember the gist of what transpired.
  • I’ve also changed the names and places to protect the identities of those involve in the secret society and the unique school and Arab Households I was in service at.

5.  Why should readers choose your book over others in your field? This story has never been told before – about male harems. It is also a very enlightening and positive harem experiences for me. Most of the existing books on this topic (harems – usually female harems) are sob stories or portrayed/shed negativity on this very hidden and often times unknown world to mainstream society.  I like to shed light to this oftentimes misunderstood world.

6.  Are you an Indie Author or are you part of a publishing house? Solstice Publishing are publishing A Harem Boy’s Saga series.

7.  Have you published other books?Tell us about them please? Since A Harem Boy’s Saga; a memoir by Young is going to be a series of 7 books, I’m busy working on book IV – Turpitude in the series. Currently, I do not have time to write other books.

8.  Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? What did you do to overcome it? I seldom get writer’s block because I let my thoughts flow naturally out of me as I remember the events. Although I cannot remember the actual dialogues spoken – I remember the gist of what was being said.

I also have an abundance of old photographs taken during those early years, documenting my life then. I use these to trigger my memories to document the events in the books.

I do need complete silence when I write – which is 8 – 10 hours daily.

9.  Do you do any of your own marketing? If yes, how do market your book? Yes, I do most of my own marketing. Mainly through Twitter, Facebook and interaction with fans and supporters through the internet.

10.  Have any readers tried to reach out to you? Are your replies short and to the point, or do you partake in a conversation with them? I do both. Pending on what they ask me. J

11.  If you can connect with your favorite author on one of your networks, which author would that be? Anne Rice. I like to ask her if she’d been through similar educational/secret society I was inducted into. J

12.  What is next on your agenda? I’m currently working A Harem Boy’s Saga – IV – Turpitude; a memoir by Young.

I’m also working with Solstice Publishing on having A Harem Boy’s Saga series made into audio books.

I’m also working on book I – Initiation and book II – Unbridled screenplay and overview for Emerantia, my agent to submit to producers to consider A Harem Boy’s Saga series being made into films/TV mini-series and Stage Musical productions.

 

 

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Welcome to Limelight, Jeffrey Cook

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It gives me great pleasure to introduce Science Fiction Author Jeffrey Cook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author Jeffrey Cook lives in Maple Valley, Washington, with his wife and three large dogs. He was born in Boulder, Colorado, but has lived all over the United States. He’s contributed to a number of role-playing game books for Deep 7 Press out of Seattle, Washington, but the Dawn of Steam series are his first novels. When not reading, researching, or writing, Jeffrey enjoys role-playing games and watching football.

 

 

1.  Please tell us about the book you have written—titles, genres, and story lines. Sound & Fury: Shakespeare Goes Punk is the first publication from Writerpunk Press – a group of writers interested in the “Punk” sub-genres of science fiction. I helped to head up the creation of this anthology, along with being one of the contributing authors. All profits are going to PAWS Lynwood, an animal rescue and shelter from which my family got all three of our current dogs and which does good work.

The book consists of 5 adaptions of Shakespeare’s plays, each given a science fiction twist, from the dark future/cyberpunk take on Macbeth to my steam-powered fantasy take on The Winter’s Tale. Each story was written by a different author, bringing a variety of styles and perspectives to the work. The stories in this one, in order, are adaptions of Macbeth, Othello, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Winter’s Tale.

While each story has its own twists, technology, and flavor, we also tried to make sure that there was a degree of consistency, and that, in each case, if compared side-by-side to the original, the story would be recognizable as an adaption, hitting all of the major story beats.

For an example, in The Winter’s Tale, the jealousy and betrayal remain at the heart of the story. The heiress is still abandoned, the commemorative statue is still created, etc. However, coming into the story, what made me want to pick this story was the world’s most famous stage direction. “Exit, pursued by a bear.” Despite the tragic beginning, this is a comedy, and that famous moment highlights the fact. So I took the idea and ran with it. The bear is now a character, as a tamed and trained bear attached to one of the supporting cast. His name is Thomas. I added in steampunk elements like airship pirates that help highlight the struggles between two nations, more high-flying, swashbuckling action, and, well, more bear. Despite that, I tried to stay true to the spirit of the original.

2.  Have you written other similar books? I’m becoming something of a steampunk veteran at this point. The same day we released Sound & Fury, I also released the finale of my steampunk trilogy, Dawn of Steam: Rising Suns. That series has a somewhat different flavor, being written in letters and journal entries from the characters, set during the early 1800’s, in an alternate-history take on the world. Despite the ‘alternate’, that series, unlike “Winter’s Tale,” heavily involves historical events and research.

My YA science-fiction novel, Mina Cortez: From Bouquets to Bullets, is more futuristic, and has some cyberpunk elements, though they’re fairly light, and the book isn’t nearly as dystopian as most true cyberpunk.

I’ve also written for a number of anthologies, mostly publishing more standard, Victorian-era steampunk stories, with a more traditional style, but almost always still relying on a very heavy dose of historical research and ties to real world events. Some of the publications I’ve been included in there are Steampunk Trails 2, Avast Ye Airships, Free Flowing Stories, and A Cold Winter’s Night. Those experiences definitely helped with having a better understanding of the organization and work needed when it came to putting together Writer punk Press.

3.  Are your books connected like in a series, or are they stand-alone stories? The Dawn of Steam novels are a connected trilogy. Sound & Fury: Shakespeare Goes Punk is the first in a planned series of anthology releases from Writerpunk Press, but each book, and, indeed, each story in the books, are designed to stand alone. Currently, Mina Cortez is also a stand-alone. I have begun work on The Fair Folk Chronicles, being co-written with my usual editor, which are intended as a four-book series. While most of my steampunk anthologies use the same characters, each short story is also intended to stand alone, with only occasional small nods to prior events.

4.  Where do you find your inspirations? Most of my books start at 3-5 AM, in vivid dreams that wake me up, with enough detail remaining that I feel the need to run to the computer or a notebook and start outlining and laying out the basic details. The Writerpunk projects are different, as they, obviously, start with Shakespeare, and will eventually begin with the other authors we hope to adapt.

5.  What made you decide to write a Fantasy&Science Fiction? Fantasy and Science fiction are two of the genres I was raised on, and I tend to come back to them easily.  I got into writing steampunk in particular because I had one of my dream-envisionings of two of the characters, and the world that could best include them both would be a steampunk setting.

6.  When you are not writing, what do you do to recharge? When not writing /or/ caught up in the business end of selling books, I like to watch sports, play games, or discuss either with friends and family. One of the big games in my house these days is the card game Sentinels of the Multiverse.

7.  Are you an Indie Author or are you part of a publishing house? I’m an Indie-hybrid author. I don’t have anything with one of the mainstream publishing houses. Writerpunk Press is a group of indie writers coming together, using self-publishing resources to print a charity anthology under my accounts. I have one book with a small press, Fire and Ice YA. As of this Summer, I will have four books self-published under my own name.

8.  Do you read books within the genres you write? I read whenever I’m able, and do so across a lot of genres. I love fantasy and science fiction, certainly. I also love westerns, mysteries and historical fiction.

9.  Besides being an author, do you have a second job?  Currently, being an author is my full-time job. I’ve held a lot of jobs over the years, from bouncer to literal cowboy, and ended up writing my first novels shortly after being laid off from a decade-long stint in the insurance industry.

10.  What do you enjoy most about being an author?  After my first novel was published, my first ‘I love my job’ moment was seeing a 13-year-old girl walk off happily clutching a copy of my book.

11.  Is there another book in the making?  Several. As Writerpunk Press, we hope to do more charity anthologies, and on my own alongside my editor, I have in the works both the Fair Folk Chronicles and another YA Fantasy called Unchosen, which deals with the question ‘What if the Chosen One dies before the story’s done?’

 

 

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