Character Interview: Caleb Madroc from Donna Galanti’s paranormal suspense, ‘A Hidden Element’

?????????????????????????????????????????????We’re thrilled to have here today Caleb Madroc from Donna Galanti’s new paranormal suspense novel, book 2 in the Element Trilogy, A Hidden Element.  Caleb is 25 and an Elyon Community cult member living in the wilds of Oregon in a secret community his father created.

It is a pleasure to have Caleb with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Caleb. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

I am not as saintly as the author makes me out to be. I train our community to kill people with their minds, and I cannot save all the lost souls hurt by my father’s oppression. I should do more to escape his evil rule, and stop him! He believes I’m weak and I can never be as strong as he, and I think he may be right. But I should still try to stop him, even while he threatens to kill my sons if I don’t obey him! And I know I’m weak, because I’ve never tried to stop my father’s hateful leadership because he is my father. Even while I hate him, part of me still loves him and yearns for his fatherly love that I once had as a child.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I help others in my community. I save them from severe punishment, and even death, and in doing so put myself in the position to be punished by whipping. I can stand the whippings—if it means sparing the punished some pain. Those scars I can bear. The scars of my lost love, Rachel, and not knowing my sons sear my heart forever.

Worse trait?

Not having the strength to fight my father and stop him from his evil oppression of our people. I fear he will kill my sons if he does.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

Sam Winchester from Supernatural! He is strong and tormented and on a dangerous mission like me, yet has a full heart ready to give away if he only had the chance.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

In my community we are forced to breed as dictated by my father. This sickens me and so for years I pretended to be impotent, but lost my will just once at nineteen. She had been such a beautiful, sweet female. Rachel was her name and she pleased me across a sea of soft nights. I fell in love with her from that first night, possessing her body, soul, and mind. But our bond was soon severed. She was sent to mate with another…and then another and another. But she was already pregnant then with our twins I would never know, raised by a community of women. And I would never get to touch her again, until the day I led her to her death. You can read about my first love interest before I came to Oregon in The Dark Inside.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

When I was betrayed by an evil whore, my father was taken away, and I thought I’d lose my sons forever. I grew so weary of helping everyone else and never helping myself. All seemed lost.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really want to be and why?

Ben Fieldstone. He and I are very much alike. We both are willing to sacrifice all for our families, and for love. Yet he’s lucky as he got to be a father to his son, unlike me who’s been separated from my own sons. He also gets to love Laura, who is beautiful inside and out. I will always keep close in my heart the secret night I spent with her where we were forced together in an intimate space. We did not betray Ben, though it was difficult to not make love to her. My desire for her was – and is – very strong.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

Torn. I get a sense of hope, but what I also know about normal society drives fear in me that all may not go well. I am afraid of going from one prison to another prison of a different making.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if she decided to write another book with you in it?

Please give me someone to love of my own choosing. Live has been so full of ugliness and loneliness these past few years. And let me watch my sons grow to become the amazing men I know they will become.

Thank you for this interview, Caleb! Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

I am hopeful I can assimilate into regular society and that the world can accept me, even with the terrible things I’ve been forced to do. Don’t judge me by what I’ve done through oppression rather judge me for what’s in my heart.


Evil lurks within…

When Caleb Madroc is used against his will as part of his father’s plan to breed a secret community and infiltrate society with their unique powers, he vows to save his oppressed people and the two children kept from him. Seven years later, Laura and Ben Fieldstone’s son is abducted, and they are forced to trust a madman’s son who puts his life on the line to save them all. The enemy’s desire to own them—or destroy them—leads to a survival showdown. Laura and Ben must risk everything to defeat a new nemesis that wants to rule the world with their son, and Caleb may be their only hope—if he survives. But must he sacrifice what he most desires to do so? 


“Chilling and dark…a twisty journey into another world.” —J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of When Shadows Fall

 “Fascinating…a haunting story…”—Rebecca Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author of The World Beneath

 “Will keep you up long past your bedtime…a pulse-pounding read.”—Allan Leverone, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Final Vector

Donna GalantiABOUT DONNA:

Donna Galanti writes murder and mystery with a dash of steam as well as middle grade adventure fiction. She is the author of books 1 and 2 in the paranormal suspense Element Trilogy, A Human Element and A Hidden Element, the short story collection The Dark Inside, and Joshua and The Lightning Road (Books 1 and 2, 2015). She’s lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. She now lives in Pennsylvania with her family in an old farmhouse. It has lots of writing nooks, fireplaces, and stink bugs, but she’s still wishing for a castle again—preferably with ghosts.




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Interview with Tara Edin: ‘There comes a time when being authentic is more beneficial than being flawless’

Tara is an incest, rape and sexual assault survivor, a teacher, a wife, a mother, a Reiki master, and an author.

As a rape and sexual assault survivor, who struggled for many years, yet came out on the bright side, one of Tara’s goals is to help fellow survivors feel less alone, less crazy, and more inspired.

Tara spent much of her life feeling “wrong” and being quiet due to some very tough circumstances that shook her to the core. After a spiritual awakening on one of her darkest nights, Tara began to embrace her own power to transform past trials into dreams come true.

Moonflower 2Writing her story has helped Tara retrieve her voice and find additional creative outlets. Publishing her book has simply made her story available to those who may benefit from it.

These days, Tara puts most of her energy into raising her two children, enhancing her creative life, and living her best life ever. But because she is a Survivor, Tara will always walk a healing path—healing for herself and for others.

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Blooming was her Birthright. Darkness the Unexpected Catalyst.

Tara is an incest, rape and sexual abuse survivor, who suffered from PTSD for many years but was misdiagnosed with mental illnesses instead. This took her down a near-fatal path ultimately ending in an accident, which nearly claimed her life at age 29. Most only know the abridged version of the story, yet the real story holds many truths and miracles that must be shared. With a second lease on life, Tara faces the sexual abuse and betrayal from her younger years with support from a compassionate zen therapist. Tara begins to recreate her life with a new spirituality that feeds her soul and encompasses her painful past, giving life to the love that has always been her birthright. With lucid prose and powerful poetry, Tara details her soul’s transformation from darkness to light, offering her readers the gifts of honesty, empathy, and empowerment.

Moonflower is Part Memoir, Part Self-Help & Part Spiritual Odyssey.

Rape, incest and sexual assault are unspoken controversial topics that still fester behind closed doors in the 21st century as survivors are still being told to “Get over it,” or worse, “It didn’t even happen.” It takes years to heal from such life-altering, traumatic experiences, and many survivors are doing this work alone. There is a great need for testimonies from those who have emerged from their ordeals stronger.

This revealing story uncovers the aftermath of abuse that often leads to unstable relationships, repeated abuse, and mental or physical disease. Although Moonflower covers difficult topics such as emotional and sexual abuse, the author sifts through these experiences to offer her readers the gifts and lessons that can be drawn from such setbacks.

There is no cookie-cutter journey to healing, but there is great power in sharing our stories. Moonflower exhibits the power of the self and spirit in the healing process. It stretches beyond what may be considered a “normal” path and braves a non-traditional spiritual road to wellness, inspiring others to broaden their perspectives of the healing experience. Readers will be inspired by Tara’s fiery spirit and deep reflective soul, cheering her on as she finds her way back to herself.

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  • Moonflower: A Memoir of Healing is available at Amazon.
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Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Tara. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

Moonflower: a Memoir of Healing is my first published book.

Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

I chose to self-publish because it was a more direct route, and I was interested in learning the process.

Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

Once I decided to self-publish, it took me about six months to complete the process.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

I felt like Odysseus returning home after 20 years since I had been working on my book for over 20 years. When my e-book was live on, I smiled at my Moonflower page for several moments. Then celebrated over lunch with my best friend at the Cheesecake Factory.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I began promoting my book on my website and blog. Soon after, I followed suit with Twitter and Facebook.

Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

In publishing my first book, I have learned to let go of some of my perfectionism in order to get the job done. There is always room for revision, but there comes a time when being authentic is more beneficial than being flawless. I am now exercising my writing muscles via my blog by providing valuable, inspirational content to my growing readership. Having traveled the self-publishing route once, I am looking forward to a smoother course for my second book.

Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

I am amazed and inspired by the growing numbers of indie authors out there because of the great discipline and determination behind each and every self-published book.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

As a published author, it is extremely rewarding to know that I will make a positive difference in many lives for years to come.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Focus on the writing, and trust that the details will settle into place.




Interview with Melodie Campbell: ‘You need to love the actual act of writing’

Melodie CampbellBilled as Canada’s “Queen of Comedy” by the Toronto Sun (Jan. 5, 2014), Melodie Campbell achieved a personal best when Library Digest compared her to Janet Evanovich.

Winner of nine awards, including the 2014 Derringer (US) and the 2014 Arthur Ellis (Canada) for The Goddaughter’s Revenge (Orca Books), Melodie has over 200 publications, including 100 comedy credits, 40 short stories, and seven novels.

Melodie got her start writing stand-up. In 1999, she opened the Canadian Humour Conference. Her fiction has been described by industry reviewers as “hilarious” and “laugh-out-loud funny.”

Melodie has a commerce degree from Queen’s University, but it didn’t take well. She has been a bank manager, college instructor, marketing director, comedy writer and possibly the worst runway model ever. These days, Melodie is the Executive Director of Crime Writers of Canada.

Her latest book is the paranormal romance time travel, Rowena and the Viking Warlord.

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Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Melodie.  Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

I think this is publication number 200!  I have over 100 comedy credits, 40 short stories, and seven novels.  ROWENA AND THE VIKING WARLORD is lucky number seven.

Rowena 2Guess I should preface that by saying I won my first writing award in 1989.  I’ve been making up stories since I was 4.  My parents called it lying.  That was so short-sighted of them.

Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

For my first novel, I went small press.  I’d been a professional writer for 15 years (comedy, standup and short stories) so I was used to working with publishing industry editors and enjoyed the relationship.

ROWENA AND THE VIKING WARLORD is with Imajin Books, my first publisher.  They are terrific, and I’m delighted to still be with them.

Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

About 5 months, which is pretty quick in the book trade!

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

It was wonderful to have a novel published!  I think I stared at the paperback for an hour.

But how did I celebrate?  (Okay, get ready for it…)  I bought a 1994 white Corvette convertible!  (They don’t call my humor column ‘Bad Girl’ for nothing!)

I know.  Totally irresponsible.  And me, with two kids. This spring, with my two book advances, I traded it in for a 2006 sapphire blue Corvette convertible.  (The car, not the kids.)

I’ve been married for decades, so I can’t celebrate with fast men.  So I make it fast cars, instead.  Even my husband likes that <grin>.  No wonder he wants me to write more!

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I went on a blog tour, just like this one.  I love reaching readers in this way.  It seems personal.

Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

How much I would enjoy interacting with readers.  I’ve made some wonderful friends over the past five years, and they have encouraged me to write more and more.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

When I first started in this business, it was all about sales.  Then I thought the winning of awards was the apex (I have nine.)

Then a fan wrote to say that ROWENA THROUGH THE WALL (book 1 of this trilogy) was the best book she had ever read.  I actually cried.  I’ve won 9 awards.  None of them can match that moment. I write for her now, and readers like her.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

To be successful as an author, you need to love the actual act of writing.  That being, hands on keyboard, butt in chair, isolating yourself for hours on end as you create stories on paper.  If you love that, you will continue to write, and will get better and better at it. And you WILL get published!

Interview with Paul DeBlassie: ‘Religion can be both terrifying and damaging’

Paul DeBlassie IIIPAUL DeBLASSIE III, PhD, is a psychologist and writer living in his native New Mexico. A member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, he has for over thirty years treated survivors of the dark side of religion.

His latest book is the psychological/paranormal thriller, The Unholy.

About the Book:

A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, The Unholy is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. Native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision.

Thank you for this interview, Paul. I get the impression that The Unholy is a book only you could write, because of the setting, and because of your own background. Let’s start with the setting. Tell me about Aztlan.

Aztlan is the mythopoeic realm of the mestizos (mixed bloods of southwestern United States). I am mestizo. Aztlan is New Mexico, especially  the region of Albuquerque (southern Aztlan) and Santa Fe (northern Aztlan) and extends to the four corners area. Spirits, dreams, visions, and natural magic are woven seamlessly into everyday life.

The Unholy 7Your protagonist, Claire Sanchez, is a curandera, a term which roughly translates as “Medicine Woman.” What exactly is a curandera? What led you to choose this occupation for your heroine? 

A curandera is a healer. She spoke to me as the story evolved, told me who she was and told me of her struggle to find herself. The path of a healer is fraught with danger. She dramatizes the life of so many women and men seeking to face their fears, find themselves, and walk the path of healing, natural magic, and life.

Faith and religion are central themes of The Unholy. You explore the abuse of religion and the conflict that can come from spirituality. What would you say is the central theme or message of Unholy? What impact are you hoping to have on your readers? 

The central message of The Unholy is Religion Kills. It is made explicit at the end of the tale. News media broadcast Religion Kills as they describe the battle between the evil Archbishop and the young curandera.

You live in New Mexico, in the general area where the novel is set. How has this affected the writing of The Unholy? How important was your knowledge of the places and people and culture? What kinds of personal knowledge did you draw on as you crafted your characters and setting?

New Mexico is Aztlan. My lineage reaches back for over three-hundred years in Aztlan, a long line of medicine people, healers.  I live here, breathe its air, am sheltered under the canopy of its turquoise sky. The Unholy and the natural magic of the medicine women, forces of darkness and light, exist side by side in the daily, mythopoeic realm of Aztlan. I live here. It is my homeland.

How has your training and experience as a psychologist impacted your writing in general? 

For over thirty years I have treated survivors of the dark side of religion. I chose to write a novel about this human drama. Stories cut to the chase. I’ve written three other books in psychology and spirituality, but there is nothing like stirring the imagination via story to set the mind working and the heart healing.

I know you’ve had some specific experiences in your role as a psychologist that led to your decision to write this book. Tell me about that. 

Religion can be both terrifying and damaging. I help people to heal from the dark side of religion. Decades of such experience led me to write this book and the ones that will follow. Each phantasmagoric story, much like The Unholy, plumbs the dark and light sides of human nature and spiritual experience.

The cover image for The Unholy is striking and haunting, and it’s not just some random stock photo. Tell me about that picture.  

It is the Devil’s Throne, an actual site between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The evil archbishop performs atrocities there. The land has been contaminated by evil, women desecrated, the air itself befouled. It is the Devil’s Throne in the realm of Azltan!

Interview with E.B. Tatby, author of ‘I Wish’

E.B. TatbyE.B. Tatby was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. She is living her life-long dream of being an Author and is passionate about inspiring others (especially teens) to follow their dreams. Above all, she wants to remind them of the power to wish.

I Wish, a YA story, is her first published novel. She is currently working on a sequel.

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Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, E.B. Tatby. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

I Wish is a YA Fantasy and my first published book. I am currently working on a sequel to I Wish called I Could that will be released in late 2015. I am also working on a futuristic science fiction story with no announced release date at this time.

I Wish 2Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

I originally planned to go the route of traditional publishing, but over the years independent publishing has became more and more of an opportunity. So that’s the route I chose. These days, it’s inexpensive and effective to release a book and find web-based publicity. I have also been surprised at how easy it is to schedule book signings in unexpected venues.

Still, whether an author decides to self-publish or goes through traditional publishing, four steps are an absolute must: 1) know your readers, 2) write a captivating story, 3) seek a professional editor, and 4) make sure your book cover professionally reflects your story.

Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

As an independently published author, it was simply a matter of setting up my eBook on Kindle. Kindle releases eBooks within a matter of hours. For my paperback, it takes about 1-2 weeks for a book to be published.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

I wasn’t expecting the speed at which a story can speak to readers and reach new ones. During the writing process, I’d always kept I Wish tightly guarded, with the exception of seeking editors and Beta readers. With social media, word-of-mouth helped spread the word about I Wish much faster than I expected. I quickly found people approaching me at book signings, via social media, and even in day-to-day interactions saying they loved it. It has been exciting for me to see so many people having fun with it and truly enjoying the story.

Q: What was the first thing you did as far as promotion when you were published for the first time?

When I first got published (and certainly leading up to the release), I increased my focus on social media, namely Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter. I also focused my efforts on scheduling local book signings. I especially enjoy speaking to teen readers who participate in their local library reading program.

Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

Several teen readers who have read I Wish have asked me when the second book in the series will be released. That simple question from so many people has created a pull for my stories, where previously there had only ever existed a push.

In other words, before anyone had a chance to read my work, 100% of my motivation came from within me. But now, I feel a sense of obligation to readers to ensure I deliver the next story in a timely enough manner that they can get the most enjoyment out of it.

Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

The thing that I’ve become most surprised about is that independent publishing has opened the floodgates to stories from unexpected or even previously blocked sources.

While some self publishers release their books before they are ready, the overwhelmingly positive news about self publishing is that great stories can be delivered to the masses even if traditional publishing gate keepers have rejected them. Now, more than ever, the public is free to decide what will be worthy of popularity and trend setting than a small percentage of people who don’t represent actual readers.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

The role of the author is so important, now more than ever. As modern humans we are inundated with choices, limited on time and money, and more equipped to write our own story than any generation that came before us. There is no room for wasting people’s time with mediocre stories. We must captivate; we must enthrall. What that really means is that we must keep them reading past page three— easier said than done.

By striving to satisfy readers’ hunger for powerful stories, I have discovered some things along the way. What I really want is for readers to reflect on their own personal character development in their life… to be free, even if just for a few sporadic moments, to deconstruct and reconstruct it. As a result of reading my stories, I want them to be an ounce more prepared for their own hero’s journey than they were before they read the story, just like I am when I read a great story.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Ever since 3rd grade, I dreamed of becoming a published author. Still, with almost no time to dedicate toward writing and a competitive book industry that seems to be re-writing itself, I nearly gave up on my dream countless times. I’m glad to report that I stuck with it. Fortunately, I was inspired by a most unexpected source: the main character of my novel, a girl named Kenza Atlas who is learning to wish.

My advice to others? Whatever it is you embark on, whatever stops time for you and makes you happy—whether it be writing, healing people, innovating new and untried forms of technology, or whatever it is that lights a fire within you—follow in Kenza Atlas’ footsteps in I Wish and believe.

Interview with New Adult Romance Author Karen-Anne Stewart

Karen-Anne StewartKaren-Anne Stewart has always adored reading and has now fallen in love with writing. Her written works are The Rain Trilogy: Saving Rain, Healing Rain, and After the Rain, and the newly released stand alone novel, Ash to Steele. Her debut novel, Saving Rain: The First Novel in The Rain Trilogy, was a nominee for the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards, and Saving Rain and After the Rain were nominees for the 2014 RONE Awards.

When Karen-Anne isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and visiting new places. She fuels her addiction of creating new stories by her only other addiction, caffeine, and listening to a myriad of musical genres. Tucked away near the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karen-Anne lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and their cat. She plans on writing new adult romance as long as her fingers maintain dexterity.

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Ash to Steele 2Emma

Who I am and all I believe is marred with just one glance into angry, steel blue eyes. He seems to control my air, my ability to breathe. He makes me crave everything I know is a sin. Pure becomes tainted and lines are blurred. It’s my fault; I’m the one who isn’t strong enough. I’ve been damaged…broken. Breck’s words haunt me…’There’s a consequence for every choice you make.’


I’ve had so many women I can’t even remember over half of their names, but none of them are mine; I make damn sure of that. I take what I desire and never look back. I don’t need or want anyone, ever…not until I met Emma. Those eyes bore into what’s left of my soul and her touch sears me, weakens me. I want to hate her for that. She is my ruin…my sweetest hell.

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Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Karen-Anne. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

Thank you so much for having me! Ash to Steele is my fourth published novel, and I’m thrilled to tell Breck and Emma’s story.

Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

When I first began writing my debut novel, Saving Rain, in September 2012, I had NO IDEA what I was doing, getting into, or how to take the first step. The only thing I knew for sure was how I had fallen in love with writing as I penned the first part of Kas and Raina’s story. I ended up self-publishing The Rain Trilogy with Authorhouse. With Ash to Steele, I decided to stay an Indie self-published author but took a different route and published through Amazon on Kindle Direct Publishing and Create Space. I’m not the most patient person, and after hearing how it can take months, even years sometimes, to get traditionally published, I decided to start out as an Indie self-pub author. I would like to try to go the traditionally published route in the future so I can experience the differences between the two. I have a huge amount of respect for both paths of publishing.

Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

With being self-published, you can pretty much publish your novel fairly quickly once you feel it’s polished and ready to go. I do feel that it’s a bit more difficult to market being an Indie author, but maybe that’s just because I suck at self-marketing. I’m such a terrible sales person ;). I’m getting better as I go, though!

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

Not to sound cliché, but it was unbelievably surreal. Holding Saving Rain in my hand was such an amazing feeling; I still get butterflies remembering that moment. I celebrated by jumping right back into finishing up the rest of the trilogy because I was so excited.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I had no clue where to begin. Also, I was quite petrified of reading my first review. I googled reviewers, and Christine, from, gave me my first shot. I was thrilled when she agreed to read and provide an honest review of Saving Rain.

Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

I hope I’ve grown. I do feel that I’m better with marketing and social media, although I still worry about breaking some unknown rule or embarrassing the hell out of myself, but that’s part of the whole learning experience. For me, I learn a lot from my mistakes and go from there.

Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

I’ve been amazed by the astounding support authors give each other. I LOVE the writing community and am humbled and honored to be a part of it.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

Connecting with authors, bloggers, and readers. I’ve made some wonderful new friends that I never would have had the opportunity to meet if I didn’t write.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Never give up. Trying to figure it all out can be overwhelming to the point of making you want to curl up in a fetal position and sob at times, so do it. Then, get off your tush and keep on going because it’s so worth it when you love what you do and you connect with readers who love what you do, too J. There will be negative reviews; use those a constructive criticism. I truly respect every reader’s opinion, after all, it’s what he or she thinks of my book, not what I want him/her to think about it. We are all different; that’s what makes the world so much fun. So, learn from the negative reviews and focus on the positive, and remember that it’s impossible to write a book that everyone will like. If what you write makes you happy, then you know you’re doing something right and it will make others happy as well!

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More Precious Than RubiesTitle: More Precious Than Rubies
Author: Randy Coates
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 174
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Ebook

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Paul Brager is twelve when his father tells the story of Iduna and her apples. Mr. Brager always tells stories before bed to entertain Paul’s little brother, Adrian—a ritual that has become even more important since their mother died. Iduna was a goddess who grew apples that made the gods younger and stronger, but one day she disappeared, along with her apples. Paul doesn’t think much of the myth; he has other things on his mind.

Paul and his best friend, Chad Tremblay, are excited to start the school year as seventh graders at Dorian Heights Public School. Even when they hear about the new principal, Mr. Theisen, they aren’t worried about ending up in his office. When Paul finally meets the principal, however, he finds him to be strange, mysterious, and extremely fond of apples. That’s when things start going wrong.

Theisen develops an uncomfortable interest in Paul, claiming he once knew Paul’s father. It becomes apparent to Paul and Chad that Theisen is after something, maybe some kind of treasure—and it involves the Brager family. Paul believes his family must be protected and that Theisen must be stopped. Still, he can’t get the story of Iduna’s apples out of his head; there seems to be an odd connection to the tale his father told. He and Chad want to know the answers, but learning them may put their lives in danger.




Randy Coates graduated from the University of Waterloo with a bachelor of arts degree and went on to acquire his teacher’s certificate at the University of Western Ontario. He is currently an elementary teacher in the Toronto District Board of Education. 


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