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What is Chat with Author's?

Well it is where we ask a number of authors to answer a set of questions some of which are fun, while others related to their work.

Our aim is hopefully for the reader to have fun reading the replies and maybe learn something you didn't know about the author.

We like would to thank all the authors past and present who have taken part it has been a pleasure to read and post your answers ,we would also like to say thank you to the visiters for taking the time to visit our site , and final don't forget if you enjoy the authors replys you can find all their books a

Today my guest is the lovely AJ Griffiths-Jones.

1. I’ve just finished book two of a murder mystery series set in France, so for the rest of April I’m having an easy time & working on a short story book. Hoping to have it finished by summer.

2. The book that’s currently on my bedside table is ‘The Invention of Murder’ by Judith Flanders. It’s a non-fiction book about the Victorian’s fascination with murder & how the newspapers sensationalised the trials etc. I’m reading it for research into my next crime project.

3. The three people I’d invite to dinner are Greg Wallace from Masterchef, as I’d like to cook him an amazing pudding, Kazuo Ishiguro the Japanese author because I love his work & would like to find out the secret to creating such prolific works & lastly Suzi Quatro rock star, she was so funny & passionate about her work during my interview with her last year that I’m sure Suzi would liven up the night.

4. My favourite spot to visit in the U.K is the Welsh seaside town of Llandudno. My husband & I took part in a car rally for charity last year & the final destination was Llandudno seafront, a busy & beautiful spot full of people from all walks of life. I hadn’t been there since my childhood & was delighted to find that it’s now got some great restaurants & bars, plenty to do & clean fresh air. We’re planning to go back this summer.

Good morning everyone and welcome to the next edition of Chat with Authors

The questions this time were

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?

What book is currently on your bedside table?

If you could choose three people to invite for a dinner party, who would they be and why?

What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

Good morning everyone our guest today is Celia Martin

I am doing the final editing on Fate Takes A Hand, a 17th century light romance. It will next go to the publisher, and I hope my galley will not need too much editing.

At my bedside is a Hamish McBeth book by Beaton.

I'm assuming you mean ones who are still alive and other than our regular family and friends - Tom Hanks, Joan Wolfe (I love her writing style), Trevor Noah.

Gee, I love so many places. It is really hard to choose between places in Maine and Vermont. I guess I will have to say Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Love the bay, the town, and the beauty of the area. But that is a really hard call. So many wonderful places here in the states. We enjoy Canada, too.

Our first guest is the lovely Phil Price

 I'm about to release my new book, Ashes of Innocence. It's a dark thriller, loosely based on a high profile UK murder. Watch this space

I've just finished The Resonance by Michelle Medhat. A great read, full of tech and twists. I've now got the new book from Mr Cool, Chris Botragyi to read, followed by Noel from the wonderful A.j. Griffiths-Jones Dinner party.

How about A.j., yourself and Stephen King. I'm sure we'd have a blast ;)

I have a real love for Devon and Cornwall, in particular, Dartmoor. Spent many a happy time there, exploring the hills, valleys and pubs. Well, all that walking is thirsty work x

Hello and welcome to Chat with Authors the new edtion of Chat with Authors we asked the the writters

1,Civilization has been destroyed. what five books would you choose to help rebuild it?

2,Which of your personality has got you into trouble?

3,What was one of the most surprising you learned in creating your book/books?

4,Do you have any suggestions to help me become better writer?

My last guest for this edition is Janis Wilson

Civilization has been destroyed what five books would you choose to help rebuild it.

f I were truly tasked with rebuilding civilization, I’d have to turn to science with books on medicine, government, architecture and the like. If I were to choose books a society needs in order to become civilized, I’d go with Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1984, and To Kill a Mockingbird. A real civilization would require an avid theater community. It would need plays and choosing just five would be too limiting. I’d start with The Importance of Being Earnest (the only perfect play ever written), Macbeth, The Lehman Trilogy, Death of a Salesman and Waiting for Godot.

Which of your personality traits have gotten you into trouble?

I like asking questions that are none of my business. I’m not sure how you’re defining getting into trouble, but this trait led me to a career in journalism. As if that weren’t bad enough, I went on to become a lawyer. Many people would consider that a walk down the wrong path. I asked my husband for his perspective on my troublesome personality traits. He said I’m stubborn. But he is wrong. He doesn’t know what he is talking about and I know I’m right about this so there’s no point in discussing it.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? I’ve been surprised at how much time and effort it takes to research the type of book I write – Victorian-era murder mysteries. I was also wholly unprepared for how much rewriting is needed. Hemingway himself said “Writing is rewriting.” Now I get it. I appreciate that advice. I also understand his wisdom in suggesting we “write drunk. Edit sober.” Makes sense to me.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer?

Yes. If you don’t already have one, get a critique group. It is better to pick people from your field but any real writer – someone who sits at the laptop most days and eviscerates herself until the page is filled. Nothing helps more than to have an honest review of one’s work before the pages are submitted to one’s agent. The work always improves as a result, so be sure to give your pages to someone who’ll risk hurting your feelings. That is a true friend.

Good morning and welcome to my next guest Eve Gaal

1. Civilization has been destroyed what five books would you choose to help rebuild it. I guess an old Encyclopedia set, if that counts as one, or if not, there are these Farmer’s Almanacs/Mother Earth Almanacs that could help and a book on building a cabin or cottage. I just went to look--Amazon has quite a few called Building Your Own Home or Building a Log Cabin. There’s also one called How to Fix Anything. More importantly, we’d need the Bible, and a book about how to play music, a Jeep repair manual for dummies, and a poetry anthology by the best poets of the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries.

2. You want to know which of my personality traits have gotten me into trouble? Ha, ha. Telling you would lead to trouble.😁 LOL

3. I learned so many things while creating my books that the list is almost unending. Of course, even as a person who studied English at the University, I came across many grammatical situations that boggled my mind. I suppose if writing was easy, everyone would do it. 🤓Fortunately, a writer’s voice can bend rules for the sake of creativity, (i.e. Twain & cummings.) My hardest lesson had to do with marketing, especially since I spent decades in advertising and marketing, thereby thinking I’d have a sort of edge. NOT. LOL.

4. I’m sure you’ve heard this a hundred times, but the best advice for a writer is to read. Read everything you can. Read for fun or for knowledge—learn to create something like a cake—a sweater—a poem. Nowadays, so many people turn to Youtube to learn something and that’s great, however, if we are reading and attempting to understand directions, that process helps us learn and communicate. Even with fiction we want to paint a picture rather that just tell a story.

Anyway Susie, thanks for asking me all these interesting questions.

My guest today is the lovely A.J Griffiths Jones, who yeaterday released a a new book called Noel

1. Origin of Species (Charles Darwin) English Passengers (Matthew Kneale) Very British Problems (Rob Temple) The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) & Tales From the Tombstone (S Ballinger & P Coombes)

2. I’m far too forthright & tend to say exactly what I think. Typical scenarios are a friend coming out of a changing room in a tight dress, thinking she looks fabulous & me saying ‘Try something else’, having dinner at someone’s house & asking if the sauce was out of a jar & being asked to go on a girl’s night out & saying I’d rather stay home and read a book!

3. The most surprising thing for me was the amount of marketing authors need to do to get their books into the public domain, sometimes it feels like I spend more time advertising than writing.

4. I’d suggest always keeping a Thesaurus at hand to avoid repetitive use of words, look at your work from a reader’s perspective (think about what they would want to know & what questions they might ask) and never ever do your own proofreading/editing!

Today we offer a warm welome to Jenny Burke,who is new to the Chat with Authors page

Civilization has been destroyed what five books would you choose to help rebuild it.

“Clan of the Cave Bears” for practical survival skills in a novel. “The Secret Garden” to remind people that attitude matters and that flowers are more than pretty. “Lord of the Rings” for a fun distraction. “The Velveteen Rabbit” to remind us of that being real doesn’t mean looking perfect; it’s our friendships that matter. “Silent Spring” to remind us that we are part of this world. Be careful with our planet. I’d also bring reams of paper and many pens to encourage everyone to write their experiences and inner books.

Which of your personality traits have got into trouble?

I’m a perfectionist, so it’s hard to let go of stuff.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Once I’m in the heads of my characters, I know what they’ll say. They’re talking to me. I was focused, in my world, when someone tried to talk with me. I tried to explain that I was busy: “My dragons are talking.”

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer?

Include all of the senses. Many writers ignore taste, touch, smell, temperature, and such. Life is more than sound and sight.


Thank you Jenny

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Good morning everyone here is the first guest of the new edtion of chat with authours Mari Collier

Civilization has been destroyed. what five books would you choose to help rebuild it?

A difficult question. As a devout Christian, of course, I recommend the Bible. It is the next four that cause the difficulty. To restore civilization, I would recommend all eleven volumes of Durant’s Story of Civilization, but that exceeds the limit. There should also be a book on mathematics, but I have no idea which one. Perhaps the Encyclopedias of Math (I think that’s the correct name). The Oxford Dictionary would be another, of course, someone from France or Germany would dispute that. When I look up basic science, it’s the same thing: more than one book. So let’s go with: The Bible, Volume 1 and 2 of Will Durant’s Story of Civilization, the Encyclopedias of Math, and The Theory of Everything by Steven W. Hawking.

Which of your personality traits have got into trouble? O

h, heavens, I have more than one that have done that. When I was younger, it was my temper (now diminished with age), also my loud laughter would disturb others, and uh, let’s admit it. My sarcasm could also lead to problems.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That editing would take so long! Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? Read, read, read and write, write, write. Also write at the same time every day for a certain length of time.

Hello and welcome to Chat with Authors 2020

As always we included the questions we asked the lovely authors

I'm currently reading and making my way through, Bowie's Books: The Hundred Literary Heroes Who Changed His Life by John O'Connell.

My question is, do you feel that any of the books you have read have influenced or changed your life in anyway. And if so which books were they and in what way do you feel they influenced or changed your life.

Which lends to my next two question.

What would the title of your autobiography be?

Who would you like to write your biography?

A big thank to all the authors who take part.

The last guest for this edtion of Chat with Authors is Alan Clark

So many stories have influenced me, it's hard o keep track. I don't know about changing my world, but I can list a. few that gave me a wonderfully different perspective, especially concerning what I thought possible in storytelling. Tim Powers's ON STRANGER TIDES, and his THE ANUBIS GATES, Roger Zelazny's CREATURES OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS, Audrey Niffenegger's THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE, Katherine Dunn's GEEK LOVE, Eric Witchey's LITTLEST DEATH.

Good evening from a cold and wet Uk, we hope you are all well in light of recent events. To bring a you little cheer this evening we have a Chat with Mari Collier

 I'm currently reading and making my way through, Bowie's Books: The Hundred Literary Heroes Who Changed His Life by John O'Connell. My question is, do you feel that any of the books you have read have influenced or changed your life in anyway. And if so which books were they and in what way do you feel they influenced or changed your life.

The one book that has influenced me my entire life is the Bible. That said, all eleven volumes of Will and Ariel Durant’s Story of Civilization deepened my love of history. I remember most of the books I read during my childhood (even the ones I read before going to school), but one that made an impression was Stocky, Boy of West Texas. Up until then, I didn’t even know I liked Westerns, but I loved that one. When my schoolmates asked for a romance (they had liked the story I wrote for English), I made it a Western Romance. The next year I started what became (decades later) Gather The Children.

Which lends to my next two question.

What would the title of your autobiography be?

Memoirs of a Skewed Mind

Who would you like to write your autobiography?

Why me, of course. I really can’t foresee becoming so famous that someone would write a biography of my life. There is, however, a tall, handsome man who swept me off my feet. That might interest someone. Since I must name someone, Douglas Preston. Anyone that can write about The Lost City of The Monkey God should be able to write about a skewed mind.

Welcome to our next guest the lovely Matt Leyshon

My question is, do you feel that any of the books you have read have influenced or changed your life in anyway. And if so which books were they and in what way do you feel they influenced or changed your life.

There are a few, for varying reasons. Some have influence the stories I would like to read, the stories I would like to tell. To those I would say Gorky Park, Polar Star and Red Square by Martin Cruz Smith. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. Dead Famous by Ben Elton. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. These stories either made me want to read more of that author, or more stories like them, or their tales have just stayed with me since reading them. I am about to start reading Neil Gaiman's stories and something tells me I'll be adding some of his tales to my list here. Other books have had an effect that I would describe as "awakenings", which are all non fictional. Profound stories with such a rich and important message within their pages. Those would be Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, Night by Elie Wiesel and I Can't Accept Not Trying by Michael Jordan. Suffice it to say I draw creative inspiration from fiction and life inspiration from non-fiction.

What would the title of your autobiography be ?

"Don't Expect, Suggest" (lyrics from a U2 song, but it always reminded me of how to walk your own path, don't follow one based on what people tell you not to do. Live your life based on the things you tell yourself you should.) That's me, no and it has served me well for the most part. Alternative title would be - "Still Here, Somehow." (I have been hit by a truck while riding a bicycle and been in a head on collision with an impact of 200kph. Still here.....somehow. The collision was a profound experience, which undoubtedly changed my life and my perspetive of what life is truly about.

Who would you like to write your autobiography ?

Ben Elton. He has a great range of emotion and humor in his works. That or Daniel Dark, he seems to account for the psyche of a madman very well, so I think he would be appropriate.

A warm welcome to my next guest extreme horror writer Sea Caummisar

Very few books have impacted my life. One was the first extreme horror book I ever read. It was 'Sick B#stards' by Matt Shaw. The combination of such violence and taboo lines that were crossed has very much influenced my writing. Another book (not horror) was 'Consequences' by Aleatha Romig. After reading that book the characters felt like they were part of my life. It was like they stuck in my skin, and still live in my brain after years of reading it. If only I could develop such characters! That would be amazing.

The title of my biography would be 'From the Dark Mind of Sea Caummisar'. My mother says that my mind goes to a dark place when I write, and has even said that she can tell that it is sometimes hard for me to come back from such a dark place. On the cover of each of my books I write 'From the dark mind of' before my name (Sea Caummisar). People who know me personally know that my mind is a very scary place. I grew up with horror. As a child I read Anne Rice, VC Andrews and R.L. Stine. I always loved horror movies. I feel like horror as a genre has been embedded in me even before I was born. I just love sick and twisted stuff.

An autobiography of my life wouldn't be very interesting, but if I had to choose an author to write one I would pick one of my favorite authors, Matt Shaw. I know it would never happen. I love his writing. Despite the differences I have had with him, I still admire his work very much.

Today's guest is Bernard Boley author of one of my favourite fiction books My Ripper Hunting Days

Do you feel that any of the books you have read have influenced or changed your life in any way? And if so which books were they and in what way do you feel they influenced or changed your life?

Two books actually influenced me and still do. One is Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's 'The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince)' and the other one, Richard Bach's 'Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah' after having read his 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull'. Both carry a similar message: What you see is not necessarily what is real. In a certain manner, writing a historical fiction is offering readers a simulated reality which actually is a writing style often used. One author, the famous Colombian Gabriel García Márquez, was so much into it, he was known for having created the Magical Realism genre which now influences my writing.

What would the title of your autobiography be?

'There he goes again!' would probably be an appropriate title. It would be the main conclusion friends and members of the family would come with as they saw me kind of reinventing myself like the greek mythological Phoenix did and who kept having a new life by arising from the ashes of its preceding one. My basic career was working for the government as a sort of internal management consultant. But I always had a parallel life beginning in the musical domain starting from a guitarist around sixteen years old in a garage band, to composer and producer with my own recording studio. You couldn't imagine how the groups I produced would pay me back in the 70s. I still have a lot of musical instruments some of them I'm about to sell. Then when my second wife and I bought our house, I became interested in water-garden landscaping and built a couple in our yard, one of them being a typical Japanese garden with a tea house. People would ask me how I built them which resulted in me giving conferences on water-gardens. I then wrote a book in French about water-gardens and was offered a rather lucrative contract even before it was finished. It turned out to be a best-seller and as a consequence, was invited in two agricultural technical schools as a teacher for many years. After that, I slowly got involved in politics during a federal election campaign where one of my law teachers, a gorgeous woman who always gave me high scores, was a candidate. A few months later, I was asked to join the party as a political marketing strategist. At work, everyone thought I was a Quebec separatist because of my interest in Quebec's history and the resulting national pride I shared with others. Considered a traitor, I was framed, temporarily lost my job and got it back after suing my employer. Shortly before I retired from the Department of the Executive Council of Quebec as a communication strategist, I had begun writing and knew it would become my next 'life'. That's when my 'Ripper Hinting Days' novel experience started. I'm currently working on a second historical fiction, in French this time, and on a series of short stories, all based on amusing experiences I had here in Yucatan. Some of you probably read one of them,'Maria-Theresa The Bloody Catrina'. You see, I hate being defined, which would condemn me to a lifetime boring status. On the other hand, I, consider having a rather well organized chaotic life. So, "what's up next", might you ask? Who knows? I'm 71 years old going on 18 and could probably give you a lead by telling you I'm very much interested in hoping for a master's degree in Mayan archeology.

Who would you like to write your biography?

Let's say I'm still alive and consider being someone important enough to let others know who I am. An autobiography could then be interesting although it wouldn't sell that much. However, I have this friend I met here in Mexico five years ago when wy wife and I traveled in the state of Chiapas. He used to be a senior contributor at the London Daily News and had asked to be a war correspondent because he would enjoy traveling a lot. He was sent to Bosnia, covered the Rwandan genocide and the Afghanistan conflict. He now lives in Nottingham, still travels and works as a ghost-writer. One of my Yucatan short stories I should be finishing in a couple of days has him as one of the main characters. He would certainly love to spend some time here in Merida working on such a project. After some twenty re-writes, we would probably decide to forget the whole thing and instead open another bottle of Glenfiddich. Now if I were dead, I would certainly condemn someone to write my biography otherwise not a single word would be written about me besides 'At last'. Who would that be? How about my ex-wife who would come up with a horror story.

My first guest is the lovely AJ Griffiths-Jones

Question 1: The most influential books that I’ve read are by Paulo Coelho. I find that his work really makes you reflect on goals & achievements, and the impact that your actions have on others. They’re very inspirational & motivational novels, cleverly worked around almost mystical stories. I still read them when I need a boost.

Question 2: The title of my autobiography would be ‘The Neverending Dream’ as I’m always discovering new things & pushing myself to achieve better & better, both in my writing & life goals.

Question 3: I would love my biography to be written by Doctor John Woolfe. He’s a historian & superb writer of non-fiction, but the way that he puts a book together has you romping from one chapter to the next. Hopefully Dr. Woolfe would be able to truly show my passion for Victorian crime in all its glory too!