Author Interview with Nidhi Kaur, Author of: My Wedding With Truth

Wedding with truth

Nidhi Kaur has been curious to know God since she was a child. It was only once she stopped looking to saviors, religion, and other people, that she learned God was not outside of her, but within her.

After she began witnessing miracles and forgiving those who caused her harm, Kaur decided to write My Wedding with Truth as a way to convey to others the importance of trusting in God’s divine plan.

A software engineer, Kaur currently lives in California.

Interview Q & A

Author of My Wedding With Truth, Nidhi Kaur

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book just happened on its own. I was writing poetry everyday and thought if I could just shape it in the form of a book, something that I would hand down to my kids as a treasured keepsake.

  1. How did you come up with the title?

The title actually relates to my actual wedding and a miraculous instance that happened on that day.

  1. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? How much of the book is realistic?

Yes the book is full of beautiful, loving and inspiring messages. Written directly from my soul every bit of it is realistic.

  1. What books have most influenced your life?

Every book is an inspiration. Books show up in our life to teach us something. I read everything that shows up for me.

  1. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I would love to have Dr. Wayne Dyer as my mentor, and he is watching over me from the heaven.

  1. Who designed the cover?

The cover was designed by CreateSpace.  

  1. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Truly the hardest part of writing the book was that I did not know when to put an end. Words were coming to me through poetry everyday. Then one day I started writing on a different subject and I knew that this one was over.

  1. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Just listen to your heart and soul while you write. Everything else follows.

  1. Why do you write?

I write because it liberates my soul. I feel a sense of accomplishment. The day I do not write feels like a day not lived.

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

I do not have any special time to write. I am just ready to take the notes when my heart and soul starts speaking.

  1. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I like to write on my notepad with a pen, but mostly use computer.

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

I love to read the traditional way, paper back books.

  1. What book/s are you reading at present?

         I am reading —  The “I AM” Discourses by Godfre Ray King.

  1. How can readers discover more about you and you work?

I mostly share my poetry on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nidhikaur.wordsofsoul

Also I have a website : www.nidhikaur.com

My twitter page is: https://twitter.com/nidhikaur_

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An Interview with Lincoln Cole

 

 

Interview Q & A

Author of Ripples Through Time, Lincoln Cole

Lincoln Cole is a Columbus based author who enjoys traveling and has visited many different parts of the world, including Australia and Cambodia, but always returns home to his pugamonster puppy, Luther, and family. His love for writing was kindled at an early age through the works of Isaac Asimov and Stephen King and he enjoys telling stories to anyone who will listen.

His first published novel was “Graveyard of Empires”, and he won the Literary Classics 2015 Book Award for Inspirational/Visionary YA novels with his novel “Ripples Through Time”. His upcoming book, “Second Chances” is the spiritual successor to “Ripples Through Time” and confronts many social and cultural issues.

  • What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve been writing since I was fourteen years old and never really stopped. My first major published work was Ripples Through Time, and I was inspired by listening to friends and family tell me about their lives, as well as growing up around some very interesting people.
  • How did you come up with the title?
I wanted my title to reflect the contents of the book. Ripples Through Time was one of the first titles I came up with and served as the stand-in. The story is told in vignettes over the course of one man’s entire life, looking at small moments that create an entire person. I thought the title was apt and flowed well, so I stuck with it.
  • Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? How much of the book is realistic?
I tried to make the book as realistic and personable as possible. If anything, I want readers to see the futility of holding grudges and not forgiving the people closest to them. Holding grudges can do more damage to us than the other person. I watched my grandpa push everyone away and then die miserable, and I’ve taken some pretty strong lessons from that.
  • What books have most influenced your life?
Stephen King’s book about writing influenced me the most by far. Before I read that, I used adverbs literally every other word, and his novel counseled the power of them when they are used sparingly. Beyond that, I read a lot of Goosebumps when I was little, and then a lot of fantasy and science fiction novels, but too many to point to any particular ones.
  • If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Stephen King.
  • Who designed the cover?
A friend of mine I met on WriteOn put it together for me. That’s why I consider building a community of friends and advocates one of the most important pieces of the puzzle. There are people out there who will help, you just have to find them.
  •  What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Editing is by far the hardest and worst part. Putting those final touches that make all of the difference. It’s hard to put something like this together because months of your life go into it, and most of the tedious work is right at the end.
  • Do you have any advice for other writers?
Get to know other writers and build a support network. There are some great communities out there, and the one that inspired me to really get started was WriteOn. People are really helpful and it’s a great place to interact with other people going through the same journey you are.
  • Do you ever experience writer’s block?
All the time; usually, when I get stuck on a section and can’t continue forward, I go back and edit/rewrite what I’ve already written. Usually replaying the journey will either inspire or remind me about what comes next.
  • Do you write an outline before every book you write?
I like to create an outline, but then I just throw it out the window once I start writing. My characters never do what I expect them to do, so I’m usually just along for the ride and trying to keep up. I have trouble following the outline of a chapter, but sometimes I write it out anyway just to get my brain on topic and start connecting the dots.
  • What were you like at school?
I was a misfit in every group. I was in things like Power of the Pen and Quiz Bowl, and then I played football, soccer, and other sports. I never really fit into the jocks or the nerds, but was a little of both.
  • Were you good at English?
I was fairly good at it. I loved the creative writing projects, and would usually end up writing a forty-page story when the assignment was for three pages. In most cases, my teachers wouldn’t even bother reading it; they would just give me full points. I don’t blame them.
  • Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
My main character in Ripples Through Time is a man who’s made up his mind about how he wants his life to end. He’s made a lot of mistakes, but he’s a good person at heart and just trying to get by now that his wife has passed away. I wanted him to feel real and approachable, the kind of man everyone knows at least one of.
  • Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I honestly never really thought about that. Maybe Sean Connery. Probably not.
  • Why do you write?
I love to tell stories, and I get inspired by my vivid imagination to put these ideas to paper. I don’t really have a choice, and anyone who is passionate about someone will understand. When I’m not writing, I think about writing.
  • Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I write whenever I can. I’m usually incredibly busy, so any few moments I can spare go toward trying to finish stories. Sometimes I’ll even be up late at night or early in the morning because I have some section I need to finish and can’t stop.
  • Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Computer. I grew up writing on the screen, so it seems the easiest for me. I like the fact that it feels like a living document because changes are so easy to make. Constantly improving.
  • How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Impossible question, because I write so many different genres. Some books take a year; others might take three or four. I’m usually working on a few projects at a time to keep myself from getting bored and trapped.
  • For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I like reading on just about anything. Paperback is what I grew up on, so I make sure my books are available in all formats, but I’m generally fine with my kindle as long as it’s a good read.
  • What book/s are you reading at present?
I like to read a lot of different books, and I just started the Dark Tower series by Stephen King for the second time. It’s one of my favorites, and I always find some inspiration to write in it.
  • Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?
Basically I give everyone I can a copy and ask for feedback. A lot give me something, and sometimes I get even more than I expected. There are also a lot of services available to get free reviews (OnlineBookClub.org, undergroundBookReviews.org, ReadersFavorite.com, Booklife.com) and those can get some great editorial reviews to help showcase my works.
  • What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Not everyone is going to like what I write, whether for personal reasons when I pick a topic that is controversial, or for stylistic reasons if maybe it’s not the kind of book they were expecting. In general, it’s nice to hear feedback from anyone who is willing to give you his or her opinion because it’s always worth trying to improve.
  • How can readers discover more about you and you work?
That is the hub of all of my content where readers can follow me on twitter, Facebook, read my blog, or get in touch to let me know how I’m doing!

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My Wedding with Truth By: Nidhi Kaur

Wedding with truth

Synopsis:

Discover God’s presence for yourself through Nidhi Kaur’s transcendent collection of spiritual-based poetry, My Wedding with Truth.

Through poems such as “The Soul Shall Receive What It Desires,” “Blessed Is This Human Form,” and “You Are The Universe” Kaur gives readers hope and guidance in transforming their lives into ones full of happiness and peace.

The average day is filled with stress, both major and mundane—this compilation teaches how to release that tension, forgive those who are causing pain, and live every single day in the present moment.

Kaur knows that for many people, the idea of “God” exists as something other, something that perhaps can only be found within the walls of a church, temple, or a mosque. But she reveals God is all around us—in the nature that surrounds you, as well as in every single human and other living creature.

My Wedding with Truth will help you learn how to see these things for what they really are and begin witnessing true miracles in your life. This kind of unconditional faith will ultimately help you let go of any worldly suffering and, instead, focus on the most powerful energy of all: love.

Ripples Through Time by: Lincoln Cole

Ripples Through Time

 

Official Blurb:

A novel about overcoming our own weaknesses when it doesn’t feel like there is anything left to live for, Ripples through Time tells the story of Calvin Greenwood. A family man in his eighties, Calvin is alone for the first time in over sixty years. His wife, Emily, recently passed away and he isn’t taking her death well. He doesn’t remember how to be alone, and he doesn’t know if he can forgive himself for the mistakes he made.

Edward, a long time family friend, comes to check on him during this time of need. Edward understands just how dangerous things are for Calvin, and he’s hoping to talk him out of doing the unthinkable. He just hopes he isn’t too late to help.

Help, however, isn’t the easiest thing to give, and it can be even more difficult to accept….

Love, loss, and forgiveness weave inextricably into this human tale of friendship and hope.


Ripples Through Time is a contemporary novel set in Middle America about aging and euthanasia that examines the good and bad moments in life and shows that it takes all of them to build a person; often it is our mistakes which define us, but we should always hold onto hope.

The novel begins with a quote by Anne Lamott: “Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and waiting for the rat to die.” Sometimes we need to ask and grant forgiveness before it is too late.

Review: 5 stars

I absolutely adored this book! I didn’t know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised and glad that I chose to read and review this book. The characters in this book experiences familiar and relate-able feelings that anyone who has experiences grief, could relate to. This definitely was a heart-warming story that acknowledges what older men and their family and friends go through. The details are vivid and easily imagined, The plot of this story was deep and thought-provoking, the pace was constantly changing but was steady for the most part and the characters were all memorable! I would definitely recommend Ripples Through Time to all and share this treasure with my family and friends.

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Interview with Author of The House Guest, Deborah L. Norris!

Deborah L. Norris is the author of the biographical fiction novel: 
The House Guest
Deborah Norris was born in Northern California but spent the majority of her growing up years in Boise, Idaho. She has written hundreds of short stories and articles on health, emotional wellness, family, and cultural history. Norris’s novel, The House Guest, captures in colorful fashion the actual events, cultural mindsets and obvious proclivities surrounding her own Scandinavian family and personal life experiences. Deborah’s expressive writing style quickly engages her readers and encourages them to sit back and enjoy an often nostalgic, magical journey. She and her husband Quincy have grown children and several delightful grandchildren. They are happily retired in beautiful Boise, Idaho where Deborah continues a passion for writing.
Interview Q & A
  • What inspired you to write your first book? I consider myself most fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend so much time with my Scandinavian family throughout the years – especially the older generation. I would listen for hours to their beautifully told tales of life in Norway and then how they slowly transitioned to life in America once they emigrated. By the time I was twelve, I knew that I would someday write a book about their colorful and spirited lives. They were my true inspiration.
  • How did you come up with the title? My family’s big, two-story Victorian house in Nebraska was the inspiration for not only the book title, but also the setting. They always had house guests, and everyone was welcome.
  • Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Regardless of our persuasions, our perspectives and our prejudices, there is always room for diversity of thought and expression.
  • How much of the book is realistic? The events which occurred in The House Guest are primarily factual, derived from the written and oral recollections of family members. Names were changed, but the general account is a fairly accurate compilation of their respective stories.
  • What books have most influenced your life? Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, and Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup, just to name a  few.
  • If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Maya Angelou, of course. I love her many works, but most of all, I love her unique, overall perspective on life.
  • Who designed the cover? Mill City Press with my personal direction. I was looking for a nostalgic feel and was quite pleased with the results.
  •  What was the hardest part of writing your book? The dialogue. It takes time to write realistic conversation that continually compliments the uniqueness of each character. You have to really understand how the character thinks in every situation. The most challenging aspect of The House Guest was the number of characters and the fact that they all had their strong opinions.
  • Do you have any advice for other writers? “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” This is a favorite quote by Maya Angelou.  Write, and keep writing. The story within you must be told.
  • Do you ever experience writer’s block? Absolutely. When it happens, I put my hands up slowly and step away from the computer. Creativity requires inspiration. If my writing has hit a plateau then I need to refuel my inspiration. The most inspiration-building activities I can engage in are conversing with positive, faith-filled people and going for a walk to take in the awesomeness of nature and my surroundings. Most importantly, I don’t stress over so-called writer’s block. Creativity and inspiration always return, and sometimes a break is exactly what is most needed.
  • Do you write an outline before every book you write? Yes, and along with a fairly extensive outline, I pre-determine chapter titles and the ending before beginning the actual content writing of the novel.
  • What were you like at school? Quiet, sensitive and creative – with a slight penchant for mischief.
  • Were you good at English? It was definitely my best and most enjoyable subject during my school years.
  • Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? Maggie Davis is a gentle soul, but also has a determined side, as well. She has endured tragic circumstances, yet remains true to herself and to her love of life. Maggie is not the most notable character in the book, but she certainly is the one who creates the atmosphere for life to happen.
  • Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? I have long thought that Katherine Heigl would be a good choice to play lead character Maggie Davis in The House Guest. They both portray a gentle-spirited disposition while being perfectly capable of handling the direst of situations.
  • Why do you write? For the pure enjoyment of it all, and really for no other reason. Writing is my passion, something I am compelled to do.
  • Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? My best time of day is early morning, after a cup of coffee, and following a little quiet time. I write when I’m inspired, generally a few pages per day.
  • Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? I usually keep a notebook handy for jotting down thoughts and ideas when I’m away from my computer. It’s easy to transfer those writings into my book outline on the computer when I’m ready to formulate a chapter.
  • How long on average does it take you to write a book? Generally a year, sometimes longer.
  • For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books? I really don’t have a preference, and enjoy reading either. It’s the content that matters.
  • What book/s are you reading at present? The Missing Kennedy by Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff and When I Was a Slave by Norman R. Yetman.
  • Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? I give a lot of books away in exchange for reviews. I’ve found this to be a positive strategy for not only discovering reviewers but also for introducing them to the story of The House Guest.
  • What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? Of course my favorite reviews are good ones. But, I certainly don’t lose sleep over a mediocre review. It’s going to happen. I will say that I don’t care for one-liner reviews, whether they’re good or bad. My thought is, if you’ve taken the time to read a book and intend to do an honest review, then put some thought into why you like or dislike the read.
  • How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Twitter: @skanDahD
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

A White Horizon by:Barbara Gaskell Denvil

A white horizon

 

Official Blurb:

A great frozen land stretches up into the Arctic Circle, and the winter keeps its secrets. There are places where humanity cannot go, and places where they cannot rule. Indeed, back in pre-history humanity was not the driving force of civilisation, and there were other creations, some celebrated, but others hidden.

Above all, there were the Transanima. And on through the centuries some Transanima survived, pushing deeper into the ice-lands. What happens beyond the glaciers is known to very few.

Skarga’s father believes she is cursed. Shunned by her family, she has adopted an orphaned child, one of many left out in the snow when there are too many mouths to feed. As she battles for her rights and struggles for a better life, this child brings Skarga happiness. What he will eventually bring her in the future, she cannot possibly guess.

Taken off by the mysterious stranger paid by her father to slaughter her, Skarga and her young protégé sail across the northern sea to distant islands. Yet not everything is as it seems for these sailors are unusual in many ways, and can do things no human man should be able to do.

But she is no victim, and she escapes. Now the mystery grows. Skarga’s adventure is only just beginning …………………….

Review: 3 Stars

Barbara Gaskell Denvil’s A White Horizon, is the first in a fantasy series set in a cold frozen world. The main character, Skarga is a 19 year old, who is despised and hunted by her conniving and often crude family. Though she is the rightful Princess to a small farming kingdom, she is treated like poo at the bottom of everyone’s shoes because they think she is the reason for their suffering. Despite how she is treated, a 9-year old Skarga showed love by saving a baby boy that was left for dead in the frozen planes and raised him as her own. Their bond throughout the book is evident and when separated through sorrowful circumstances, Skarga was mourning the loss. Surviving traumatic experience after traumatic experience, Skarga finally reaches a point where she truly feels cursed, but, is blessedly happy when her rescuer comes; in the littlest and noblest of forms.
The plot of this story is original and at some points creative. This is my first novel reading about transanima and the Norse Mythology intertwined into this novel was intriguing to read about, though slightly different.
The pace of this book was slow for me and being completely honest, I almost put the book down a couple of times in the beginning. The first ten chapters had me a little lost and confused because it jumped around without warning; and I often wondered what the point was. But, I hung in there and was gratefully rewarded when it started to pick up in the eleventh chapter and then kept getting better! So, I was glad I stuck with the book.
The description of the book is quite accurate and describes exactly what the book is about.
The characters…Wow! All of the characters in this book are absolutely, irrevocably unique. I truly enjoyed reading and getting a sense of each of them. My favorites being: Egil, because he was such a strong-natured, loyal and loving little boy and it showed; Skagar, simply because she has the spirit of a survivor; Thordon, of course, he’s just amazing; Tovhilda, because she showed Skarga compassion. In a slightly perverse way, Grimr is also a favorite, even though he’s a bad guy. He owned being the bad guy. But I loved his intensity! The characters I like the least are Skargars brothers and father, naturally.
The dialogue of this book is somewhat harsh and the wording a bit confusing sometimes, but it was definitely unpredictable and I give major points for not knowing what the character was going to say next.
There were a few misspelled words, incorrect word usage, a repeating chapter(24) and could use a bit of editing and interior design, however, it does not take away from the story. This series has much potential and just needs a bit of polishing.
Overall, I did truly enjoy this story and will be reading the next book in this series. I recommend this book to any person who enjoys adult fantasy novels with a slight mystery to it. And if you get passed the slow start, you’ll be rewarded with an intriguing, fantastical tale.

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Swan-Knight Noose by: Ronald Paul Speakes

Swan-Knight Noose

 

Official Blurb: 

While donating a painting to The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Richard Palgrave, an under-thirty American philanthropist is asked to try to recover four modern masterworks stolen from the museum over forty years earlier. The paintings, he is told, were taken by two American soldiers in 1974 and left with a monk at a monastery near war-torn Hue, Vietnam. Intrigued by the possible implications of this, Palgrave takes on what turns out to be a harrowing and dangerous mission of finding and returning the paintings to the rightful owners, which pits him against two crime syndicates, Chinese and Russian, and leads him through a labyrinth stretching from Hue to southern France to Los Alamos, New Mexico. It is a journey that takes Palgrave and his two monk colleagues through a maze of geopolitical schemes and deceptions fostered during the Vietnam War/Cold War era. They today face the consequent greed and violence begun over a generation earlier – and encounter, through the daughters of the crime syndicate leaders, the possibilities of beauty and peril in the pursuit of romance.

Review: 4 stars 

An ‘Art’fully Crafted Mystery Novel

If you love a good mystery, rich in history, crime and a bit of romance on the side, then you’ll love Ronald Paul Speakes, Swan-Knight Noose. Speakes certainly knows how to deliver a realistic and mysterious story. I had no troubling following the plot of the story and it flowed easily. The pace was neither too slow or too fast and I found that I didn’t want to put the novel down! I was definitely not bored. The characters were all memorable and detailed and the author was very descriptive which helped me to clearly picture the scenes. I give Speakes, major points for being able to capture and deliver an unpredictable story with fascinating dialogue and plot. Overall, I enjoy reading this novel and would recommend it to all book lovers who enjoy an artfully crafted mystery that is well written.
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