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Book Tour ~ ’89 Walls by Katie Pierson

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Title: ’89 Walls
Author: Katie Pierson
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Pages: 264
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Paperback

College is not in the cards for Seth. He spends his minimum wage on groceries and fakes happiness to distract his mom from the MS they both know will kill her. It’s agony to carry around a frayed love note for a girl who’s both out of his league and beneath his dignity.

Quinn’s finishing high school on top. But that cynical, liberal guy in her social studies class makes her doubt her old assumptions. Challenging the rules now, though, would a) squander her last summer at home, b) antagonize her conservative dad, and c) make her a hypocrite.

Seth and Quinn’s passionate new romance takes them both by surprise. They keep it a secret: it’s too early to make plans and too late not to care. But it’s 1989. As politics suddenly get personal, they find themselves fighting bare-fisted for their beliefs—and each other—in the clear light of day.

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Praise for ’89 Walls

“As with the political discussions, issues of sex and sexuality in ’89 Walls are rich and complex, a mix of desire, consequences, awkward embarrassment and intensely delightful exploration.” — Carrie Mesrobian, Minnesota Book Award winning author of Sex & Violence and Perfectly Good White Boy

“Katie Pierson has written a book that is important as it is impossible to put down. ’89 Walls is a smart, frank, and courageous novel that brings us back to a strange and important era, all the while shedding new light on the issues and taboos that haunt us till this day.” – Nina De Gramont, author of Every Little Thing in the World, Meet Me at the River, and The Boy I Love

“This lively and well-turned novel has serious value. It’s stealth-history of a crucial year, 1989, when walls of all kinds come crashing down.” — Will Weaver, Minnesota Book Award-winning author of Full Service, Defect, and “A Gravestone Made of Wheat,” (adapted for the film, Sweetland)

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About The Author

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Katie Pierson freelances for local non-profits, using her background in public policy and grassroots organizing to overthrow the patriarchy one introverted step at a time. When she’s not writing fiction, she returns library books, makes soup, and tries to be cooler than she really is by hip-hopping at the YMCA. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in American History from the University of Pennsylvania (where she dabbled briefly in being a College Republican) and a Master’s in American History from the University of Minnesota. She grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and now lives with her family in a suburb of Minneapolis. ’89 Walls is her first novel.

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Book Excerpt

Quinn used the three extra minutes before class that day to turn in her cap-and-gown order form at the office. She made sure no one was looking before skipping down the marble staircase like a little kid. She watched her light-green sundress rise and settle with each bounce. The translucent afternoon sun had managed to warm the foyer by the entrance doors as if spring might actually stick. A tiny breeze jiggled the branches of the narrow pine trees framing the building’s entrance. The stretch of blue sky spanning the transom window reassured her, like it was telling her that years of self-conscious high school angst were almost over.

Only Trish understood how crucial Quinn’s façade of success was to the fact of it. As long as she stuck to the script—Take the advanced placement classes. Study. Join the debate team. Perform.—she could hold herself together. She could no more drop the script than let her bones dissolve.

Quinn hated the debate team.

She stomped on the final step. As she rounded the bottom of the stairwell, she saw Seth walking to class from the opposite direction. His dark-blond hair looked like it wanted to cover his eyes but was failing at it. Even looking at him made her feel defensive.

He drew near enough for Quinn to read his T-shirt. A cartoon of Uncle Sam silk-screened in black-and-white on the front said, “Join the army. Travel to exotic, distant lands. Meet exciting, unusual people. And kill them.” On the inside, Quinn rolled her eyes; why did liberals like him act as though people like her invented war and they alone wanted peace, love, and teddy bears? Quinn read his shirt again. Okay, maybe it was kind of funny. But it looked out of place on a guy who never smiled.

They had less than a minute before the bell rang, and the hallway had emptied out. He probably wouldn’t acknowledge her; he never even said hi unless she said hi first. But he passed the classroom door. He was headed straight for her. His tan cheeks glowed bright pink, and his eyebrows scrunched together. Quinn felt her shoulders creep up as their eyes met. Was he going to call her out on something right now?

She saw Ilene slipping into the classroom and waved at her. Quinn tried to veer out of Seth’s path; if he wanted to tangle, he’d have to wait until class, when Mr. Levine could referee. But he sidestepped in front of her, forcing her to stop. What the hell? They stared at each other for several seconds. Quinn noticed that the dark brown of Seth’s eyes blended right into his pupils. He also had broad shoulders for a lean guy, but he was barely three inches taller than she was.

Seth started to say something but then kind of deflated. He pressed a limp, folded piece of notebook paper into her hand. Scowling at the floor, he mumbled something under his breath before charging into the classroom.

Quinn looked around in confusion to see if there had been witnesses. There hadn’t. She walked into room 105. She sat down next to Ilene and said hi back to a few people. Taking a huge, slow breath, she slid the letter into her folder and pulled a pen out of her backpack.

Waiting for the slackers to trickle in, Mr. Levine strolled over to his desk and pried the lid off yesterday’s McDonald’s drink. He poured the light-brown liquid into the spider plant. Then he flipped off the lights and closed the door. He rubbed his hands together with that sinister glee that teachers saved up for things like pop quizzes. Then he slapped an outline on the overhead projector, on which he’d chicken-scratched the title “South Africa.” As the class groaned, Mr. Levine shrugged out of his sports jacket. He tossed it across his desk with one of the sleeves inside out.

As soon as he starting talking about apartheid, Quinn flipped open her folder to read the note.

Dear Quinn,

Here’s what I’ve wanted to say to you for a long time: I’ve liked you since the beginning of tenth grade. We haven’t had any big conversations, but I feel like I know you.

I know that you’re genuinely nice. Even though you have a lot of friends, you make a point of saying hello to people like me (the shy, antisocial types!). You’re really pretty, especially when you wear that green dress. You’re also smart. I hear George Washington University figured that out, too. Congratulations on getting in.

I wondered if you’d like to go to a movie sometime. I know it sounds weird coming from someone you’ve barely talked to (and especially from someone who would tease you about being a Republican), but I hope you’ll say yes.

Seth

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Katie, thanks for being here today. Tell our readers about you
I freelance for local non-profits, using my background in public policy and grassroots organizing to overthrow the patriarchy one introverted step at a time. When I’m not writing fiction, I return library books, make soup, and try to be cooler than I really am by hip-hopping at the YMCA. I live with my husband and two daughters in a suburb of Minneapolis.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My daughters. They’re 11 and 15, and are the coolest people I’ve ever met.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
Thomas Jefferson. He was one of those rare people who was brilliant and conversant in dozens of disciplines. I’d love to sit at his knee and hear about farming and democracy and his inventions.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
I never planned to write a novel: I just like to read them. But a conversation with a friend in 2006 about the pros and cons of potentially attending my 20th high school reunion brought to mind the random people you run into at those things: old crushes, old “frenemies.” I suddenly had the idea for Seth and Quinn’s reluctant romance.

It wasn’t until I was half done that I realized that the story was also a partisan allegory. Seth is the Democratic Party in the late 80’s: reactive, angry, without a compass. Quinn’s father, Tom is the Republican Party: optimistic, smug, still grounded in a true small government philosophy and underestimating the rising Religious Right. Mr. Levine, the teacher, is the moderator who allows two strong points of view to talk it out respectfully. Quinn is all of us, trying to find her way when tidy theories crash into reality.

Tell us your writing process
My ideas come from real life, current events, and random conversations. Like most writers, I start out trying to make myself understood and discover that I’m actually writing to understand. I start out just writing. If it seems like it’s turning into something, I outline the whole thing. I don’t set a certain amount of words or pages as my goal. I just aim for BIC time (butt in chair). I treat it like an office job. Weekends are for family, friends and chores. By the time Monday rolls around, my gas tank is full again and I’m ready to write.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been writing since I could hold a crayon. I had a wonderfully encouraging seventh grade English teacher. I staffed the high school yearbook and wrote a column for my college newspaper. In my office jobs I contrived to write whether or not it was in my job description as a fundraiser for the Nebraska Humanities Council or lobbyist for Planned Parenthood. I’ve written a bunch of political commentaries for the Minneapolis StarTribune and have an actual fan base for my annual holiday letter. But I didn’t claim writing as my vocation until I was in my thirties. Taking a memoir class at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis motivated me to finally put “writer” on my business card.

Tell us about your main characters:
College is not in the cards for Seth. He spends his minimum wage on groceries and fakes happiness to distract his mom from the MS they both know will kill her. It’s agony to carry around a frayed love note for a girl who’s both out of his league and beneath his dignity. I, personally, have a crush on Seth. He’s the smart guy with the dry sense of humor that makes a girl trust herself.

Quinn’s finishing high school on top. But that cynical, liberal guy in her social studies class makes her doubt her old assumptions. Challenging the rules now, though, would a) squander her last summer at home, b) antagonize her conservative dad, and c) make her a hypocrite. I relate to Quinn and, therefore, also judge her. But I’m proud of her for making her way.

What are you working on next?
I’m toying with a memoir of my family’s sabbatical year in London during the final year of the Bush administration. The working title is, Acting Canadian. I loved writing ‘89 Walls and read as much YA as I do adult fiction. I would love for another idea for a YA novel to drop in my lap.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
My friends say I’m a good listener and that I put people at ease.

Who are your favorite authors?
Gwendolyn Brooks, Sarah Waters, M.T. Anderson, Laurie Halse Anderson, Elizabeth Wein, and Selden Edwards are my favorite authors of historical fiction. I love Alice Munro’s short stories. Wallace Stegner’s Crossing to Safety is like comfort food.

Persuasion by Jane Austen is my favorite book of all time. Cheryl Mendelson is as close as it comes to a modern-day Jane Austen. My favorite YA authors are Chris Crutcher, John Green, Kathryn Erskine, E. Lockhart, Norma Klein and Paula Danziger. John Green is also my famous author boyfriend although he is not aware of this having never met me.

What do you like to do with your free time?
I like to read, garden, hang out with my family, watch movies, and drink a glass of Malbec.

Any final thoughts?
Thank you so much for having me! It’s been a pleasure.

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Book Tour ~ Veiled Empire by Nathan Garrison

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About The Book
Title: Veiled Empire
Author: Nathan Garrison
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Kindle/Paperback

The Empire is Shrouded, not only by the barrier that covers the land, but by the lies and oppression of the mierothi regime. Magic is the privilege of the elite, and the people of this shadowed country have forgotten what it means to hope under their rule.

But there are some who would resist, with plans put into motion millennia before. For returned to the Empire is a valynkar, servant of the god of light, and with him come the strength and cunning that could tip the scales to end the Emperor’s reign. He has gathered a group of heroes ready to ignite the flame of rebellion and fight against the dark power that has ruled for nearly two thousand years. A power that has champions of its own.

Nathan Garrison’s Veiled Empire throws a mythical land into chaos, with races long thought forgotten, and magics only just discovered. Steel and sorcery clash as brave souls vie for freedom and control in this astonishing debut novel.

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Nathan Garrison

Nathan is the father of two boys and he has an awesome wife who is way more supportive of his writing efforts than he deserves. He loves playing guitar (the louder the better), cooking (the more bacon-y the better), playing board/video/card games with friends and family, and reveling in unadulterated geekery.

Born in 1983, Nathan has been writing stories since his dad bought their first family computer. He grew up on tales of the fantastic. From Narnia and Middle-Earth to a galaxy far, far away, he’s always harbored a love for things only imagination can conjure up. He counts it among the greatest joys of his life to be able to share the stories within him.

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Cut The Chemicals Cookbook
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Contest closes May 15, 2015

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Interview With…. Richard W Black & Miriam-Danielle Black

Hi everyone. Today I am talking with Richard W Black & Miriam-Danielle Black, co-authors of the upcoming release “Heresy’s Child“.

Richard is a freelance writer born and raised in Indiana who currently resides with wife Barbara in Nashville, Tennessee. Heresy’s Child joins his first novel A Cross in Time also published by ASJ Publishing. He is a graduate of Fort Wayne Bible College holding degrees in Christian Education and Biblical Studies, and is a member of the Tennessee Screenwriting Association with a repertoire of work that includes credited animated scripts for CreatvToon, published short stories, more than thirty screenplays and several television episodes.

Miriam-Danielle (MD) Black is a photographer with a love for expressing the bounty of life with her camera and her writing. She studied mass communication at East Tennessee State University then honed her photography skills while living in Nashville, Tennessee by photographing Music City, its people and the future stars of stage, screen and music. MD currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri where she is an active member of the artistic community. Her passions include traveling anywhere, exploring her city and building relationships with interesting people.

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What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Richard: Writing motivates me daily. Getting up every day and creating something new with words is exciting and, at time, difficult. But the best days are the ones where I have already formulated in my mind what I want to see on the page and it just flows. As a freelance writer, I work five days a week between 10 to 12 hours and I often write on Saturdays although that is usually reserved for other activities.

Miriam-Danielle: Breakfast! And on the weekends: Brunch! I have a very deep love for sharing meals with friends and family. It’s a time when we can exchange stories, reconnect, and enjoy each other’s company. I can’t think of a better way to start a day.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
Richard: That is a difficult question. I would find it hard to narrow a list down to just one; C.S. Lewis, Robert E. Howard, E.E. “Doc” Smith and other authors of my favorite literature come to mind. There are Biblical characters who fascinate me as well as a number of other historical people. One of my expectations about Heaven is that I will be able to spend large chunks of time speaking and listening to some of the great minds of humanity.

Miriam-Danielle: I would say Amy Poehler. She’s a witty comedienne, actress, and writer who seems incredibly authentic. She champions social equality, focusing specifically on the young female demographic through her web series “Smart Girls at the Party,” but then furthered the young female empowerment agenda by development a website which provides a hub for teens, parents, teachers and others to participate in a community built specifically encourage young girls that they can change the world in positive ways.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
Richard: Alexander and the Enchanted Boots. It is the first in a youth/children book series of seven called The Quest of Alexander. Alexander is a boy who thinks he is an orphan in a fantasy world that exists before the flood. He and his three friends go on adventures to find the pieces of the Armor of the King (a metaphor for the Armor of God in Ephesians 6). Once he has all of the pieces, the young king takes on the Black Dragon in the final book to save a sleeping princess and his kingdom.

Miriam-Danielle: A recent event I was very close to has my mind working. The problem is that it requires an emotional investment as it is a very personal issue so it is still in my mind and not on my hard drive.

What are you working on next?
Richard: I am creating the cartoon drawings I call Hat People for a children’s book telling the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and the golden idol of king Nebuchadnezzar. It is my favorite Bible story and I have a book from my childhood entitled I See 4 as inspiration.

Miriam-Danielle: I have considered using my photography skills on a coffee table book but have not yet landed on a theme on which I want to spend time.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
Richard: I am told that my writing is something special because it flows well and people find it easy to visualize the stories in their minds as they read.

Miriam-Danielle: I enjoy photography, specifically capturing special moments and emotions.

Who are your favorite authors?
Richard: The aforementioned C.S. Lewis, Robert E. Howard and E.E. “Doc” Smith are at the top of the list. As well, authors of political thriller such as John le Carré and Frederick Forsyth have long fascinated me with their stories and the classics of Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Miriam-Danielle: I have always enjoyed Patricia Cornwell and her Scarpetta series and Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series.

What do you like to do with your free time?
Richard: Free time is an interesting concept for a freelance writer. I used to read constantly, even when watching television I would be reading as I cannot just sit and watch TV without doing something else. But as I am always reading as I write, researching on the net, drawing has become my hobby. I draw The Hat People as a form of relaxation. My wife and I enjoy the monthly meeting with our euchre club for cards, food and fun. Three times a day, I have the “joy” of walking Calvin the Dog, out miniature schnauzer who loves to play the sniffing game. It is often on walks with Calvin that I am inspired or my thoughts are clarified about a story idea.

Miriam-Danielle: My free time is often spent with friends, exploring the city of St. Louis where I live. St. Louis has so much to offer and it always seems that there’s some sort of block party, parade, pub crawl or general celebration happening around this eclectic city.

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
Richard: The Hive. It is the story of an insurance cost accountant bored with his life until he begins to jump into a parallel world where giant Waspoids, a cross between human and wasp, have taken over the world and are out to conquer humans, their major source of food. As with my novels, I have transformed it into a screenplay as well.

Miriam-Danielle: I am working with Dad on a creepy story entitled Wicked Deception that mimics a true story with which I came into contact. We are in the process of writing a screenplay on the subject which we anticipate expanding into a novel. Obviously, we are changing the names, locations and anything else required to protect the innocent, which by necessity also protects the guilty.

Where can people find you on the web?

Richard:
Facebook
RichardWBlack.com where there is plenty of information about me, my blog of thoughts and also drawings of The Hat People.
Goodreads
Amazon
ASJ Publishing

Miriam-Danielle:
I’m more of a private person online, so the majority of my web presence is restricted to a private Facebook page and a private Twitter.

Any final thoughts?
Richard: Recently, I have ventured into the world of short stories and have one that will be published as part of an anthology called Space Partners. I have discovered that it saves me time with the long form. If I cannot formulate a story in the short form then, it will not work as a novel or screenplay. My computer is filled with story ideas that did not work and have consumed large blocks of time. With a short story, I can see it the concept will work before taking it on as a longer project. I am currently writing a script based on a short story which seemed to work well.

Miriam-Danielle: I enjoy traveling and new locations. I was blessed and cursed to have parents with happy feet so we moved around and they passed that trait along to me. I have thought it would be great to live in other places like some parts of California just for the experience of it and Savannah, Georgia because that city fascinates me. Dad and I visited Savannah when I was searching for a college but I discounted the institution because the female to male ratio was 13 to 1. I wish I could go back in time and tell my foolish 18-year-old self to not be so shortsighted.

Thank you both for being here today 🙂

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Interview with Danielle Maistry

Hey readers. Today’s interview is with debut author, Danielle Maistry.

Danielle was born in South Africa and moved to Melbourne, Australia in 2002. She is currently finishing her Bachelor of Psychological Sciences, and aims to Master in Clinical Neuro-psychology, if her love for animals doesn’t come in the way!

Danielle’s passion for writing stems from her enjoyment of escaping into different worlds; through her writing, she hopes she can give the reader an opportunity to enter these worlds, and be apart of the compelling and exciting action she loves!

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On to the interview 🙂

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that I’m blessed to still have the gift of life! There’s so much to do and so many new opportunities to explore and learn something new.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to watch movies and TV shows, listen to music, read a book or just sit down and talk to a friend 🙂

When did you first start writing?
That’s a big question… Grade 6; my first book was about me being in a forest and meeting talking animals (as every kid would imagine!) Then soon after, I wrote the beginnings of a short story which, years later, ended up turning into my first published novel.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
In 2007, the end of Grade 6, I went to Tasmania with my family for a holiday. One of the places we went to was Port Arthur, an old convict penitentiary. Upon arrival, we were given playing cards which were assigned to a real convict. There was an area where we went to see which convict our card was assigned to. Mine was 3 of hearts, assigned to a young convict boy named Walter Paisley. After reading up on him on the internet for my own curiosity, the resource I read said that he seemed to have lived a life which was deemed a ‘failure’. I felt bad for the poor boy! So that was when the curiosity of his life and his time in prison, as well as the entire Port Arthur convict history, began to brew in my mind.

What motivated you to become an author?
I love writing; it started off by me imagining random stories I could think about to distract me from the real world, which soon turned into me putting my imagination down on paper

What are you working on next?
Another Historical novel hopefully! Two are on the back-burner at the moment; deciding whether to continue on with the one based in Ancient Rome, one or the one based in Medieval England.

Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen R. Lawhead (The Pendragon Cycle is amazing), J. R. R. Tolkien (Gotta love Lord of the Rings!)… And I love any good crime novel 🙂

Thanks for being my guest today Danielle.

Danielle’s debut novel is coming later in 2015 from ASJ Publishing.

Interview With Cole Phoenix

Hello bloggers! Today I am featuring upcoming Aussie pop sensation Cole Phoenix.

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Her brand new pop single “Hello” was released on January 1st. With catchy lyrics and upbeat electro-inspired sound,  Hello is set to be one of 2015’s most downloaded tracks. The worldwide release represents new beginnings and will fuel the Cole Phoenix fire, set to blaze in 2015.

Hailing from Queensland, Phoenix is an accomplished actress, singer/songwriter, novelist, scriptwriter and director. She released a self-titled album in 2012 as well as hit single “UFO”. “Hello” is her latest track and offers fans a sneak peak at her upcoming album, ‘She’s on Fire.’ While her sound is entirely fresh Phoenix’s latest album retains her trademark universal appeal. Her music slots into a number of different genres which has won her fans of all ages and tastes.

 

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On with the interview 🙂

Phoenix, What inspires you to get out of bed each day?

A cappuccino. Ha – I’m kidding. It’s more of a mocha that gets me moving – got to have that chocolate hit in with the caffeine fix. Double trouble (laughs). Seriously, no, what motivates me is fairly simple – a trinity of Fs. Family, fans and my Frenchie – he’s actually last out of bed would you believe! I’m more excited by the idea of a morning walk than he is truly!

If you could hang out with one famous person from history for one day, who would it be and why?

Is this odd to say my grandfather from my mother’s side? Not famous per se but famous to me. He passed away when I was about two years old and I would like to see him again – I can’t really remember him. I was named after him. He came to Australia from Greece when he was 14 and he never saw his own parents since that point – he worked hard his whole life here. It would be nice to treat him to some R & R for a day!

What’s the story behind your latest release, “Hello”?

“Hello” is essentially about falling for someone or even something that eventually turns out to be toxic. Although there’s the desire to return to this certain someone or something – you know it’s ultimately no good for you and that sooner or later you need to move beyond it to soar to greater and healthier heights. “To stop this game pretend, to start looking again” – that’s the bridge I penned to support this message. Releasing “Hello” on New Year’s Day felt very appropriate, representing a new beginning. Very “Phoenix” too – a new beginning created from ashy endings…

What are you working on next?

I’m currently writing a book entitled “The Phoenix” – it isn’t autobiographical thank heavens for us all (laughs). Weird as this sounds, I’ve written the book entirely on the iPad so far, I’ve found it liberating to write wherever I am and whenever I’ve time.

Tell us about your upcoming novel, “The Phoenix”, and where people can buy it.

The idea initially came about from a music video concept, hence the title “The Phoenix” I guess. It’s about a girl who has to control a new threat to mankind, but the greatest fear she must face is her own. Abstract perhaps but that’s as clear as I’ll make it for now! You’ll be able to find “The Phoenix“, only once published, online at iTunes, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble… Shortly after in most book stores… Between the electronic covers you’ll find some supernatural thrills, gothic violence interwoven with a bit of drama and lots of comedy and of course there’s some romance on those electronic sheets!

I understand that you also have a film script in the works for “The Phoenix”. How did that come about and what inspired you to get into script-writing?

Well as I mentioned – the seed for “The Phoenix” was a music video concept – that actually sprouted a script for “The Phoenix” prior the decision to pursue writing the novel in the first place! That’s me all over, taking the difficult route and writing a script first rather than vice versa! I’ve written stage plays before – one was shortlisted for the Queensland state young playwrights’ awards on Spartan king Leonidas. I realized upon completing the script for “The Phoenix” that I could make it even better by delving into deeper detail – hence writing a hefty novel…Now I’ll have to return to the script and adjust accordingly!

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?

I can tongue roll. Apparently that’s genetic? Ha – my parents have passed down a lot more for me to roll out than that! I just can’t come up with talents on the spot…I’m not too talented at doing self aggrandizement (laughs).

Who are your favorite authors and singers?

Too many to name, too little time! Here’s a few in random order – Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, Harper Lee, Jules Verne, Lewis Carroll…Carroll seems a good segway into singers – Elvis Presley, Prince, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner!

What do you like to do with your free time?

Spend it with my partner Nicolas Jacobi, my family, my Frenchie – pretty much it’s those three Fs again that get me outta bed every morning and yes, sometimes get me freely using another F word throughout the day – but more often than not they inspire me to write far nicer ones!

Tell us about your plans for upcoming tours.

The book and script for “The Phoenix” are both a major focus for now (I’ve a determined producer and director Jacobi directly on my tail!) but a tour will be in the works once the upcoming album “She’s on Fire” will be released.

Where can fans find you on the web?

All over it!
Official website at: www.officialcolephoenix.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColePhoenixFlames
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CPhoenixTweets
Instagram: http://instagram.com/colephoenix
YouTube: www.youtube.com/ColePhoenix
MTV: http://www.mtv.com/artists/cole-phoenix
Myspace: www.myspace.com/officialcolephoenix
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/ColePhoenix
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Officialcolephoenix
Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/colephoenix
Tumblr: http://colephoenix.tumblr.com/

Finally Phoenix, Where can people buy your album?
All my music can be bought, streamed and listen to online at:
iTunes: http://bit.ly/1DRsGl9
AmazonMP3: http://amzn.to/1CsHz9h
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/1wDApt8
Rdio: http://bit.ly/1K3bn1f

 

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