Vol. #12: Showcasing (3) More Awesome Gang Authors!!

Hello Everyone!

Hopefully, you are hanging at home relaxing or diligently working day on this Saturday evening!? May your weekend also either be uneventful and efficient as possible. As I mentioned in previous posts, my 16-year old son, named John Collazo, is in the process of building his social network on social media. He has taken a recent interest in marketing and wants to build his brand and help creators promote their creative work. His business enterprise that he is building is called, “Call To Action Marketing”. Call To Action Marketing will be known on social media by his hashtag #CTAMarketing. If you could find him under his name and business name and connect with him, that would be highly appreciated. This post is intended to share even more work of some independent authors, such as myself, and earn some good karma in the process. Why not offer you a taste of a variety of authors with different content? My objective is to pick out different authors that offer a variety of media content. For the record, I know nothing about the author other than what is showcased in the author article that was shared, via Awesome Gang. Feel free to copy and paste and share this content on your blog, if you like. As an author, if you want to add more information, drop it down in the comment section below and I will edit and add at my earliest convenience. For now, I’m connecting with the authors in an effort to build my author network. Hopefully, they will follow me back on social media. I’m game to cross promote each other on social media as well. Just let me know or re-tweet one of my posts and I will automatically return the favor. I’m totally cool with many ways to help each other market each other. When you are a small content creator, it is important to help others out. Do you have any requests for a specific author or style of content? Let me know your various suggestions down the in the comment section below. Here are (3) showcased authors down below:

Showcased Author- 1.) Joan Havelange

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a Canadian author of four published mysteries. I live in a beautiful little prairie town, surrounded by hills, valleys, and lakes. I’m also a world traveller. The inspiration for ‘The Suspects’ comes from my visit to Russia. And I’m an avid golfer and I directed little theatre for 15 years. “Writing is a lot like directing; only my characters show up on time and always know their lines. Although sometimes they do go off in a direction that surprises me.” I began writing romances but soon found I was not the romantic type; murder is my line. The change of genre was the right choice, as my first whodunnit mystery, ‘Wayward Shot,’ was published by BWL Inc. in 2019. Followed by ‘Death and Denial,’ ‘The Trouble with Funerals,’ and my latest ‘The Suspects.’ I’m currently working on my next cozy mystery, “Murder Exit Stage Right.”

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
On tour to Russia, my tour guide related a story about a tourist in her care who died in a Moscow hotel. And all the hoops she had to go through with the authorities. Of course, the cause of death in ‘The Suspects’ is murder.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I do write in a comfy chair with my feet up. I’m a morning writer, except in the summer months, because I golf eighteen holes every morning. But I still try to write at least two hours a day.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
Agatha Christie the original cozy mystery/ whodunit writer. Linwood Barcley a great storyteller, lots of plot twists. And Rhy Bowen, humour combined with mystery.

What are you working on now?
I’m working on my next mystery, ‘Murder Exit Stage Right.’ I directed little theatre for many years, so this mystery is a joy to write. The publishing date is in October of this year.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Awesome Gang. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. And online book clubs

Do you have any advice for new authors?
“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” Quote from Terry Pratchett. The next step, edit, edit and edit again. And never give up.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” Quote from Terry Pratchett

What are you reading now?
The Amethyst Box by Anna Katherine Green

What’s next for you as a writer?
Keep writing mysteries. I have more ideas than time.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I can’t choose, too many good authors. By the way, does this island have a golfcourse?

Author Websites and Profiles
Joan Havelange Website: https://www.bookswelove.com/havelange-joan/
Joan Havelange Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B09FKP7H24?tag=books2read02-20

Showcased Author- 2.) SS Turner

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve been an avid reader, writer, and explorer of the natural world throughout my life which has been spent in England, Scotland and Australia. Just like Freddy in my first novel, Secrets of a River Swimmer, I worked in the global fund management sector for many years but realized it didn’t align with my values. In recent years, I’ve been focused on inspiring positive change through my writing (which resulted in my first novel Secrets of a River Swimmer), as well as trying not to laugh in unfortunate situations (easier said than done!). I now live in Australia with my wife, daughter, son, two cats, and ten chickens.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
It’s called Secrets of a River Swimmer.

My friend Matt and I used to jump into the River Tweed every few weeks, including in the depths of Scottish winters, just to see where it took us. Every time we immersed ourselves in the Tweed’s majestic waters we’d experience love, joy, and fun in more beautiful ways than we could have imagined on dry land. We’d laugh like kids at the silliest little things. We’d feel euphoric to be accepted and free and alive. We’d meet fascinating characters alongside the river who were shocked and amused that two crazy humans were swimming so close to the enormous salmon in the river. We’d have life-affirming conversations that put the world to rights, and that involved us speaking our truth to one another and to the universe. We always emerged from the river with newfound energy, clarity, and love for our lives. It was like pressing a reset button on life.

After a few years of swimming in the river once a month like this, Matt and I both noticed we felt healed. When we’d started, we were both lost in our careers. But each time we emerged from the river we were one step closer towards clarity of what we wanted from our lives. And after a few years, we were finally ready to make the career and other changes we needed to make. We were finally ready to take responsibility for all aspects of our lives.

And that’s why I wrote Secrets of a River Swimmer—to capture and immortalize the life-changing love, the fun, the joy, and the mysteries of the river’s world.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I always listen to music when I’m writing. And I generally spend some time selecting the right music to match the scene and book I’m writing. For example, if it’s a peaceful introspective scene I may go with Max Richter or Laura Marling, while a more uplifting / energetic scene may call for All Hail the Silence or Gabriel and Dresden.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’ve been influenced by many authors but I’d say Mark Twain has been a big influence, particularly Huck Finn. Twain’s ability to get inside his characters’ heads to beautifully express their emotions, motives, and real thoughts is so powerful. For me, this is the timeless beauty of writing, and it means we can all be transported back one hundred and forty years ago to when the novel is set to discover that people haven’t changed at all.

In terms of modern writers, Neil Gaiman has been an influence. I really enjoy the uniqueness of Neil’s story writing.

What are you working on now?
My next novel, The Connection Game, is a psychological thriller based in London.

A family of four, The Basilworths, have fallen on hard times after becoming victims to an online fraud. They are forced to move into welfare housing in London as they’ve been declared bankrupt. The flat they are allocated is located on the ground floor in a rough area, and the only light that enters the flat comes in through a tiny window which only provides a view of the feet walking past on the street above.

Benny, the husband and father, is angry about their downfall and starts ranting against the world. Then one day, he starts staring out the tiny window at the feet walking past on the street, and he calms down. There’s something about seeing people as nothing more than a pair of passing feet that’s therapeutic for him. However, watching the passing feet soon becomes a passion for him, and he starts noticing unusual patterns in the feet, patterns which deeply concern him.

The more he watches the feet, the more Benny believes the entire city is in serious danger. He convinces his children Will and Wendy to join his foot watching operation at the window, but his wife Belinda is concerned for his mental health. However, the more excited Benny becomes by the foot movements, the more Belinda is drawn into the mystery. She’s determined to discover if there’s any truth behind Benny’s inexplicable theories about the passing feet.

The Connection Game is due to be released towards the end of 2022.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Secrets of a River Swimmer is my first novel so I’m learning more about this as I go. I’ve been told by a few authors that the key is to stay positive and engaged in a wide variety of forums.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Start writing a novel with a question rather than an answer in mind.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Do your best and forget the rest.

What are you reading now?
I’m currently reading Normal People by Sally Rooney. She’s been super successful so I’m enjoying experiencing her strong character creation skills.

What’s next for you as a writer?
This is a big year for me as I’m publishing Secrets of a River Swimmer in February and The Connection Game in October. These two books have taken a number of years to complete and I’m super excited to go to market with both of them. And the next novel I will be working on this year is a romantic comedy.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Women in White by Wilkie Collins
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Mister God, this is Anna by Flynn

Author Websites and Profiles
SS Turner Website: https://ssturnerblog.com/
SS Turner Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/S.S.-Turner/e/B09QY3BLWJ

Showcased Author- 3.) Ali Ashhar

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Well, I consider myself an inquisitive soul who’s seeking the definition of life, and everything coming in its way. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in Literature. I am the author of poetry collection, Mirror of Emotions. Being an introvert; my aura and art is often honed by inquisitiveness I follow in solitude. I observe things and people around me, and I believe curiosity is the key to be a good writer.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is a poetry collection titled Mirror of Emotions. I feel if you have the art of putting emotions, experiences and situation into words, then you should utilize your art to inspire, motivate and heal people around you. You should have the goal of touching the hearts of million people with your art.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I try almost every genre I can.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
As far as inspiration is considered: I believe it to be something that comes from within only but undoubtedly there are sages like William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, Robert Frost, WB Yeats, Rumi and Kahlil Gibran whom I look up to.

What are you working on now?
I am working on my next poetry collection.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I believe doing more and more author interviews through different media.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
I would advice them to have faith in their art. When we are new, we are a bit nervous chasing perfection, but believe me if you try to be perfect you will never write a single word. So have faith in your skills and be optimistic. Don’t fear failure and keep learning everyday, and from anything you can in this universe.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
To define yourself in your own way. Never let someone tell you that you can’t do this or that. No one knows your strength or weakness more than you do.

What are you reading now?
I am reading The History of Modern India.

What’s next for you as a writer?
I am working on my next poetry collection. I hope to keep motivating and healing people around myself through my art.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Learning how to fly by APJ Abdul Kalam
Secrets of divine love by A Helwa
Stories of the Prophets by Ibn Kathir
The Essential Rumi by Rumi

Author Websites and Profiles
Ali Ashhar Website: https://linktr.ee/aliashhar

Thanks for stopping by my blog to help me earn some karma by checking out this content today. Let me know, in the comment section below, if you either like or dislike the author showcase content? I’m also sharing my latest (8) podcast episodes that are listed down below from The Verbally Disastrous Podcast, via links for Spotify & YouTube down below. If you are into reading on a Kindle, check out my newest short story release that belongs to my Construction Tales-Told By A Woman Kindle Vella Library short story series on Amazon down below. This new short story #11 is entitled, “Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools”. This short story covers my life as a widowed, single mother in the era when I juggled both motherhood and my career as a journeywoman electrician. The previous short story is #10 is entitled, “Early Life Lessons & Characters To Meet As An Apprentice”. If anyone has read any of my other previous short stories, by all means, let me know what you think? Check out the links for my book #ConstructionTales down below. Hopefully, I will hang out and do some fun activities with Melissa very soon. I need to go focus on a little more pimping out my content on social media then get some rest. Enjoy your Saturday now that we are in the midst of the weekend. I wish you a great morning/afternoon/evening on your side of the globe and a restful or productive day!

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I recently shared my latest short story that has been loaded up to my Construction Tales-Told By A Woman Kindle Vella Library on Amazon. This is short story #11 entitled, “Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools”. This short story covers my life as a widowed, single mother in the era when I juggled both motherhood and my career as a journeywoman electrician. I share the various challenges I faced and lessons learned along the way. The previous short story is entitled: #10: “Early Life Lessons & Characters To Meet As An Apprentice”. I decided to write about some life lessons such as guarding your personal information, managing nasty rumors, combating sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism. Overall, the construction culture has improved dramatically over the past 25-years. Developing both a thick skin and a sharp tongue are key tools needed to survive various jobsite antics. I hope you learn something from this short story. There are more to come. These short stories are now also available as Verbally Disastrous podcast episodes.

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