Boundless Buddy: Camilla Isley

Hey, everyone! Today, Camilla Isley, the author of “A Sudden Crush” is here to answer some of your burning questions!! Voila:

What is the inspiration for “A Sudden Crush?”

Actually, it’s a monkey business. I went to the zoo with my hubby and thought it’d be super cool for one of my heroines to have a pet monkey. The only scenario in which I could see that happening was the stranded­on­a­desert island one… That’s how the whole idea started.

What is your favorite scene in “A Sudden Crush?”

Aw, wow. Mmm, I really love the “spider scene”. It’s the first sparkly moment of the book and I had so much fun writing it. I also love the turnaround point when Jo decides she has to kick life back and be the one who saves herself.

What was the scariest part about writing it?

Ha ha, actually it was taking a plane, still is. I’m worried that by writing about a plane crash I’m sending some bad karma my way. So now when I’m flying, every time there’s a bit of turbulence. I worry the plane is going down and I’ll get what I deserve for writing a comedy about a crash.

What advice do you have for authors on growing an online following?

I think giveaways are the best. Offering free e­copies of books is great because: they don’t cost 
anything, they help new readers discover your work, and you give something back to bloggers who have helped you by driving traffic towards their websites… It’s a win­-win.

What is the biggest lie you’ve told?

Ok, this is it. When I was thirteen, I was the only girl in my class not to have had her period. I was tired of waiting so I told everyone it came. I even made my mom buy me pads for six months without needing them (sorry mom). I never told anyone. To think that I was actually eager to get my period O.o (Shouryaman: LOL)

What is the best thing that has happened to you?

Getting married to the man of my dreams. Cheesy old me 🙂

If you could be any character, who would you be?

Hermione Granger, because she can do anything with a magic wand in her hands!

Boundless Buddy: Dennis Fishel

Hey, blog buddies! I interviewed Dennis Fishel, author of Russell’s Revenge, recently and he had such an intriguing and evocative (life) story to tell…he has suffered great losses and victories in his life, and he wanted to share them with you! Here it is:

What is the inspiration for Russell’s Revenge?

Russell’s Revenge grew from a series of writing assignments in a university-level writing program in which students were allowed to free-form on their own projects. I chose several remembered events from my early teens as a foundation, building on them with an internal admonition to focus on just how chaotic those episodes could have become along with guiding the narrative to a final, and positive, message. So–we Jell-O-headed kids actually did the things depicted; they just weren’t quite as disastrous as my fictional story suggests.

Which authors inspire you?

Of the Big Time authors, John Grisham is my favorite. But I also like Gary Paulsen in Young Adult and Ivan Doig in Literary works.

What advice do you have for authors trying to expand their online presence on social media?

I’m probably not qualified to give advice on social media; more likely it’s the other way around. I will say, however, that it certainly can’t hurt for those with a limited ability–like me–to work at learning how to utilize this medium. It is the future, and it greatly expands our contact with a very large world filled with folks who need to know we writers are here. My efforts to learn still cross my eyes from time to time, but I am making progress–and it doesn’t hurt as much as a poke in the eye with a sharp stick would!

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?

Shoplifting candy bars when I was 12. I got bored with that after a while and started shoplifting them, then sneaking them back in. That led to attempting to shoplift them in front of a store detective, allowing him to chase me around the store for a while, then replacing the item and allowing him to catch me with no evidence on me, forcing him to grudgingly let me go. Lucky me, I decided being a professional idiot wasn’t a pathway to greatness.

What’s the best thing that has happened to you?

The birth of my son easily tops all events in what has been a pretty good life.

What’s the worst thing that’s happened to you?

The death of my wife, Arleen (I’m so sorry for your loss).

What’s your biggest fear?

The expanding ignorance of the youth in the US as to our history and economic structure, and what that ignorance is leading them to believe politically. They are headed for trouble and they aren’t going to like the world they’ve created if this trend isn’t turned around. Sadly, they will aim their blame for this in the wrong direction–again, thanks to their own ignorance.

 

Why did you want to become an author?

I’ve always enjoyed writing. Then a book borrowed from a friend turned out to be a poorly-researched fictional story about my home state–not even close as to climate, how to ski, etc. Basically, it was focused solely on bed-hopping, Peyton Place in an alpine setting. The push to think I could do better than that author happened when they made his story into a motion picture for television. Then I discovered writing was fun. THEN I wrote a short article about bicycling across my state and a magazine actually paid me for it! That was the final hook.

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Title: Russell’s Revenge Author: Dennis Fishel
Genre: YA Humor, Adventure

Fate has been messing up Dennis’s life for as long as he can remember. It was Fate that decided Russell Folmer—the biggest, ugliest, and meanest kid on earth—would live only two houses south of Dennis’s. Fate was also responsible for making Russell the same age and placing him in the same school. So who else but malicious Fate would arrange for Russell to be in the wrong place at exactly the wrong time when the bombs crafted from the only product a dog manufactures fell from Dennis’s experimental kite? Now, with dog dumplings decorating Russell’s extremely large and angry face, it looks as though Dennis’s days of successfully dodging the well‐known bully are over. As the sound of Russell’s pounding feet gets ever closer, two questions flare up in Dennis’s panicked mind like neon in the blackness of a cave: What has he done to make Fate hate him so much, and how is owned and managed by dogs for most of his life, Dennis shares a home on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula with his four‐legged boss, Sally. Together they pursue their interests in wooden boats, fly fishing, chasing down obscure historic sites, and hiking to remote places just for the fun of it.

Author Bio

Owned and managed by dogs for most of his life, Dennis shares a home on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula with his four‐legged boss, Sally. Together they pursue their interests in wooden boats, fly fishing, chasing down obscure historic sites, and hiking to remote places just for the fun of it.

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Boundless Buddy: L.E. Fitzpatrick + Trailer

Hey, blog buddies! My newest “Boundless Buddy” is L.E. Fitzpatrick – the author of The Running Game (its cover is enviable btw). Keep reading to see if she spills the beans!

What was the inspiration for “The Running Game?”
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I’m really interested in the dark side of Russian history and I got thinking about what it would take for that level of paranoia and corruption to hit Britain. Building on that idea I basically worked through the ways in which our society would collapse, pulling in more and more themes and ideas. Terrorism, famine, disease – all very chirpy ideas – above all I just wanted to create a story about people fighting for their own survival whatever the cost and trying to bridge the gap between right and wrong, good and bad. 
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What was your favorite part about writing “The Running Game?”
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My favorite part of The Running Game was undoubtedly the scenes with Roxy. In this book Roxy is a roguish character who upsets the dynamics of the rest of the characters. He’s flirtatious, outrageous and utterly self-absorbed. His interactions with John are great fun to write, but he also amps up the dark humor in the story and offers a little break from some of the bleaker scenes.
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What scared you while writing your book?
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Consistency. I’m a perfectionist and the plot of this story is so intricate it was a constant source of stress and worry from me while writing and editing the novel.
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What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
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Write a story you would love to read, so many authors try to write for an audience or a market and you can feel their passion isn’t behind their work. It doesn’t matter if you love reading something unpopular or obscure, if you love it and have faith in it so will your readers.

What advice do you have for bloggers and authors trying to expand their online presence?

I’m feeling slightly hypocritical (she’s so thoughtful) in answering this question, because I’m by no means a master of social media, but I’ve learned two things that are important. Give advice and take advice wherever you can. The best things that happened to me throughout my writing career have been because I have discussed my work and other writer’s work online, making connections, sharing ideas and even forming groups. You can’t put a price on good connections and there is such a great community out there, if you can find like minded people, keep them close, support them and they will always have your back.
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Which book do you wish you would’ve written?
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If I could have written one book it would Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susana Clarke. In my opinion it is probably one of the most well crafted, well thought out fantasy novels I have ever read.
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What is something none (or very few) of your readers know about you? 
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I also work as an editor with lots of other authors covering a wide range of genres (Multifaceted AND multi-talented…she puts us all to shame).
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What is the biggest lie you’ve told?
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I didn’t kill him officer – only kidding (Lol she’s hilarious). I’m actually a terrible liar when it comes to things I’ve done, normally I cave straight away. 
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What is your favorite TV show?
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Firefly. Bring it back. (Also bring back Deadwood too while you’re at it).
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Which authors have inspired you the most?
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The biggest author I fangirl over is John Connolly. I buy everything I can of his, follow his every word and may or may not have some form of shrine dedicated to him in my cupboard. Seriously though, his Charlie Parker novels are the most intensely scary and disturbing books I have ever read and if I can make one person feel about my work, the way I feel about his, I’ll be very happy.

Watch the Trailer for The Running Game!

Read the Book!

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Author: L.E. Fitzpatrick

Genre: Dystopian

Rachel’s father called it the running game. Count the exits, calculate the routes. Always be ready to run because they’ll always be coming for you. Whatever happens, they’ll always be coming for you.

On the surface, Rachel is just an ordinary doctor, trying to stay alive in war-torn London, but she has a secret. Rachel is a Reacher – wanted by the government and by the criminal underworld – for her telekinetic powers.

Charlie and his brother John had a reputation for doing the impossible. But after losing his family, Charlie is a broken mess and John is barely keeping him afloat. In desperation, they take a job from a ruthless ganglord only to discover the girl they are hunting is a Reacher – one of their own kind.

James Roxton, a conman and thief, is searching for the man who tried to kill his mother. Suddenly embroiled into the plan to kidnap Rachel, he decides he can turn things to his own advantage.

Even with the help of dangerous and dubious allies, can Rachel turn the game around and save herself?

Author Biography

L E Fitzpatrick is a writer of dark adventure stories and thrillers. Under the watchful eye of her beloved rescue Staffordshire Bull Terrier, she leaps from trains and climbs down buildings, all from the front room of a tiny cottage in the middle of the Welsh countryside.

Inspired by cult film and TV, L E Fitzpatrick’s fiction is a collection of twisted worlds and realities, broken characters, and high action. She enjoys pushing the boundaries of her imagination and creating hugely entertaining stories.

The Running Game, her latest book and the first installment of her dystopian Reacher series, is due for re-release in October 2015 under the Booktrope label.

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Tell me what you think about the trailer and the interview in the comments section! Happy reading!