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Character Interview: Detective Al Warner from George A Bernstein’s suspense/thriller ‘The Prom Dress Killer’

character interviewWe’re thrilled to have here today Detective Al Warner, from George A Bernstein’s new suspense/thriller, The Prom Dress Killer.  Al Warner is a forty-one-year-old police detective, living in Miami, Florida.

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

Thank you so for this interview, Detective Warner.  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 think Mr. Bernstein did an very good job of that, although I’m a little uncomfortable at people learning that someone like me, a tough guy with a lot of hard bark on him, can be a compassionate softy for those in need. I just seem to take very personally the trauma heaped on people by heartless killers – both the victims and their families.


Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

Well, as I said, he exposed both my compassionate side, and also that I can be a romantic, very much in love. I’d prefer the public to think of me as a hard-nosed case-closer, with no empathy for villains. They already know, from past cases, that I’m ready and able to put monsters out of their misery – permanently. They don’t need to know that I’m a softy for an old lady neighbor, a rescued golden retriever, and that I’m trying to build strong role models for young gang-bangers to get them off the streets and into productive lives.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

My gut. My ability to “smell” something is “off,” and my unrelenting drive to take killers off the streets.

Worse trait?

That sometimes I let my strong sense of principal dictate actions that are not in my best personal interest.

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!)?

Matt Damon.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Yes. Doctor Eva Guttenberg. I still have trouble accepting that such a smart, gorgeous, and sophisticated woman might love me, a street-tough guy from a poor Illinois background.

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

Near the end, when I was faced with an impossible choice, while in pursuit of the killer.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

The killer, of course. He was a deluded psychopath, with no real empathy for all but his last victim. I did admire, however, his care and attention to detail, to avoid capture for so many years.

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

Conflicted. The crimes are solved, but I’m left with a difficult personal problem for which there is no easy solution. I should be used to that, however, as I’ve “been there before,” during previous cases and with different people.

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

Keep the cases tough and unique. I love a challenge, but in the end, I intend to get the guy, whoever he is. Any of my detectives can solve the run-of-the-mill drug or passion-related murders.

Thank you for this interview, Detective Warner.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

Yes. Mr. Bernstein is already well into my next case, and from what I’ve seen, it won’t be any easier than my first three with him.

Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Author: George A Bernstein
Publisher: GnD Publishing
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Beneath the blazing sun and sizzling streets of Miami, a cold-blooded killer is at work.  His victims?  Young, auburn-haired women—four, so far—kidnapped and murdered.  These victims show no signs of trauma, but all bear the distinct hallmarks of a serial killer.  And this serial killer leaves behind a sickening calling card:  each victim is found clad in a prom dress.
Homicide detective Al Warner is on the case but this killer has left shockingly few clues, leaving Warner with more questions than answers.  Why were these girls taken…and then killed?  Is this psychopath intent on killing redheads, and why?  What, if anything, connects the victims?  Why were the bodies arranged in peaceful repose, wearing prom dresses?  How does that square with his leaving these carefully-arranged bodies in dark alleyways, discarding them as if they’re trash? And how long until this killer strikes again?
Sadly, one question is answered quickly when promising young attorney Elke Sorenstan captures the killer’s deadly attention and becomes the fifth victim. All signs say the killer is escalating—and that can mean only one thing:  the killer is bound to strike again, and soon.  With the stakes mounting and every tick of the clock marking that fine line between life and death, Al Warner doggedly pursues the ruthless killer before another victim falls prey. Warner’s worst fears are realized when newly-minted Realtor Shelly Weitz finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Al Warner will have to act fast: the clock is ticking in this deadly game…and Shelly Weitz is dangerously close to dancing with the devil himself—a dance that will surely be her last.  But as Detective Warner gets closer to stopping the madman behind these murders, he’ll risk losing everything—including his life.
A mesmerizing Miami mystery that ratchets up the suspense from page one, The Prom Dress Killer will leave readers breathless. Resplendent with pulse-pounding action, nail-biting suspense and unexpected twists, turns and surprises, The Prom Dress Killer is an outstanding new mystery that takes readers on a high-octane quest to catch a killer.  George A Bernstein has crafted an eerily real, masterfully- plotted mystery that delivers thrills and chills from beginning to end.
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About the Author: A native of Chicago, George A Bernstein is a retired president of a Chicago manufacturing company. After leaving Chicago for South Florida, George started a world-wide fishing and hunting tour service, Outdoor Safaris. He is a world class fly-fisherman who has held 13 IGFA World Records and authored the definitive book on fly-fishing for pike and musky, Toothy Critters Love Flies.  He and his wife of 57 years, Dolores, live in South Florida. George is also the author of two previous Detective Al Warner suspense novels, Death’s Angel and Born to Die. He is currently at work on the next Detective Al Warner novel, as yet unnamed. /                        /                   

First Chapter Reveal: Tell on You by Freda Hansburg

Tell On YouTitle: TELL ON YOU
Author: Freda Hansburg
Publisher: Micro Publishing Media
Pages: 248
Genre: Thriller

Tell on You is a psychological suspense novel that best fits within the Gone Girl-inspired niche genre of “grip lit.” Jeremy Barrett’s obsessive love equals that of Jay Gatsby for Daisy Buchanan, as life imitates art in his private school English class. But his angst-driven infatuation brings dire consequences as he is drawn into the machinations of his disturbed 16-year-old student Nikki Jordan, whose bad intentions rival those of her teacher. A fast-paced, drama-filled tale, Tell on You reminds readers about the wildness and trauma of adolescence—and the self-defeating behaviors to which adults resort in times of stress. From gaslighting to vicious bullying, poisonous family privilege to the loss of a parent—Freda Hansburg draws on her experience as a clinical psychologist to explore the depths of each dark situation in Tell on You.




First Chapter:


Jeremy Barrett clapped to get the attention of his second period Advanced Placement English class. When they continued talking, he barked: “Hey!” Eleven pairs of adolescent eyes turned toward him and the buzz of their conversations died down. The Forrest School demanded academic excellence along with the steep tuition. These daughters of wealthy New Jersey bedroom communities mostly rose to the challenge. Jeremy found them a pleasure to teach.

He scanned the room, mentally taking attendance and ticking off today’s borderline violations of the school dress code. Here, a bit of exposed belly or cleavage, there, some serious piercing. He frowned, but not over the wardrobe issues. No one had called in absent today, but someone was missing.

“Anyone know where Heather is?” They were all enmeshed in a tapestry of tweets, texts and posts. If one fell off the cyber trail for more than fifteen minutes it drew the herd’s attention. Cellphones were supposed to be turned off, but there were always a few cheaters. Probably more than a few.

But nobody offered an explanation for Heather’s absence.

Jeremy shrugged off his unease about the missing girl and began his lecture. The Great Gatsby, one of his favorite novels. The latest movie remake, combining 3D and JayZ, had piqued his students’ interest when he’d shown it in class. Personally, Jeremy considered the film an over-the-top, gaudy spectacle that turned Nick Carraway into a derelict and mangled Fitzgerald’s gorgeous prose and dialogue. But his students ate it up.

“So, let’s come back to our discussion of how Fitzgerald used water imagery.” A loud rapping on the open classroom door interrupted. Jeremy looked over to see the principal’s administrative assistant, Mrs. Marvin, wearing a prim suit and a pinched expression.

He scowled at the interruption. “What is it?”

“Mr. Donnelly would like to see you.”

“Now?” Jeremy’s tone bore the outrage of a surgeon interrupted in mid-operation.

Mrs. Marvin looked back at him, stone-faced. “Right away, he said. I’m to stay and monitor your class.”

Her words provoked a chorus of murmurs among his students, which Jeremy put a stop to with a loud “Shhh! Start reading the last three chapters. I’ll be back in a few minutes.”

A prickle of anxiety clenched Jeremy’s stomach as he walked down the hall to the principal’s office. Nothing to do with any childhood memories of disgrace, for Jeremy had been a diligent, rule-abiding student. His peccadilloes –well, transgressions – a recent development. He’d promised himself he’d get his act together. But – Donnelly. What did he know?

The principal rose as Jeremy entered his office.

A room designed to elicit tranquility rather than fear, it boasted a pastoral view of the green athletic field through French doors that led out onto a small balcony. Set on an estate, the Forrest School resembled a plantation more than an institution. Still, as Mr. Donnelly pointed him toward the sofa, Jeremy’s hands felt clammy. He mentally prepared defenses, but kept coming up short.

“Thank you for coming so promptly, Jeremy.” The principal wore a gray pin-striped suit today, dressing the part of CEO. Probably to stay on a par with the parents, many of whom were CEO’s.

“Of course.” Jeremy nodded. “What did you want to see me about?” He winced inwardly. An English teacher, ending a sentence with a preposition.

Mr. Donnelly didn’t appear to notice. He drew up his hands to form a steeple, touching his lower lip. Sunlight from the French doors reflected off his glasses. He looked like a church. A folded piece of paper rested on his lap. “It’s about Heather Lloyd.”

Jeremy drew a breath. Bad, but not the worst. “She’s absent this morning,” he said. “Has something happened?”

“That’s what I’d like to understand.” The principal passed the paper to Jeremy. “I received this email from Heather’s mother this morning.”

Jeremy unfolded the paper and read the message, his mouth turning to dust. Finishing, he looked up at Mr. Donnelly in silence.

“Jeremy,” the principal demanded, “what is this all about?”


About the Author

Freda Hansburg

Freda Hansburg is a psychologist and Tell On You is her debut trade thriller. She self-published the suspense novel Shrink Rapt and co-authored two self-help books, PeopleSmart – a best-seller translated into ten languages – and Working PeopleSmart. Freda lives in the South Carolina Lowcountry, where she is working on her next novel and her Pickleball game.

Her latest book is the thriller, Tell On You.



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The Inspiration behind ‘The Art of Making Good Decisions’ by Phil Kimble

I was watching my daughter struggle with a life decision about a college major, and I wondered why it was such a difficult challenge for her, why she couldn’t use decision models I have used in my professional career. On the other hand, I saw in my professional career many instances where the only thing that was considered was the metrics of the choices, and wondered why the people involved couldn’t be more intuitive. On both sides of the coin, it appeared that way too much time and emotion was invested in the struggle of a decision because of their narrow approaches. If there was a way both the subjective and the objective could be wrapped together in the decision process, such an approach would be beneficial to both the individual and the organization. The quantitative principles in the book are simplified and easy for the subjective person to apply, and the subjective principles are flags for even the most rigid organization. Hopefully both will benefit.



Feeling stumped, stymied, or stupefied by a big (or small) decision? A new book, The Art of Making Good Decisions takes the guesswork out of common decision-making quandaries and explains how to make good, solid, choices—easily, quickly, and consistently.

Sources estimate that an individual makes more than 30,000 conscious decisions each day.  While most decisions are relatively minor—researchers at Cornell University suggest that persons typically make over 200 decisions a day on food alone—decisions, even the small ones, matter.  Consequently, being able to make consistently good, solid decisions is vitally important to our well-being, our livelihood, and our happiness.

Written by Atlanta area resident Philip Kimble, The Art of Making Good Decisions, explains how—and why—to make good decisions.  A groundbreaking book filled with fascinating insights, tips, tricks and techniques, The Art of Making Good Decisions sheds light on such topics as:  the three driving elements to any decision; elements of the decision model sequence; the key component behind bad decisions; how to recognize a good decision; what happens when decisions need to be tweaked—aka zigging and zagging;  becoming a more confident decision maker; and other important topics. Moreover, The Art of Making Good Decisions is filled with step-by-step examples, sage advice, and anecdotes.

So the next time you find yourself frustrated, flummoxed, or frazzled when facing a decision, take heart:  by applying the principles outlined in The Art of Making Good Decisions, you can begin your transition from inaction to decisiveness and bring sense and clarity to choices. Now that’s a good decision.

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Philip Kimble lives in the Atlanta area with his wife Julie.

Book Blast: The Raid on Troy by Murray Lee Eiland, Jr.

Author: Murray Lee Eiland Jr.
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 300
Genre: Light Fantasy / Historical Fiction / YA

The Greek raid on Troy is chronicled in the Iliad and the Odyssey. These poems are pillars of ancient literature and continue to be carefully studied. Homer, who lived in the 8th or 7th century BC, is credited as the author. The actual conflict has been dated from 1260-1180 BC or even earlier. The question is, how close is Homer’s account to real history?

In the Orfeo Saga volume seven there are some familiar characters from Homer. Their motivations, as well as their history, can be radically different. Memnon is a self-made man and a petty king who craves the fabled gold of Troy. His brother Menas is king of Sparta. They assemble a coalition to sack the city. Telemon, not eager to join the expedition, is moved to act after his daughter Elena is taken. He seizes the city of Mycenae and goes to Troy. Odysees might not be as clever or brave as the man described in Homer, but he joins the expedition out of greed. He soon meets Orfeo’s son, who is in search of his first real adventure. Orfeo is on the Trojan side, and has to face the assembled military might of Greece as well as Odysees cunning plans. The Greeks have Ajax, who they count on to defeat any foe in single combat. Can Telemon – now an old man – defeat the greatest Greek warrior and recover his daughter?

The Raid on Troy might not be any closer to real history than the ancient poems, but it does offer insights into what might form the basis of the stories.




Memnon knew the ship was hitting the beach. He heard the scraping of the hull against sand and

pebbles, and the angle of the deck changed as the prow rose higher. He had not seen the ship’s deck for days, nor had he been permitted to walk around on land for perhaps two years. Slaves on Theran ships were treated with about the same respect as sheep, only slaves could not even be eaten because of some Theran religious prohibition. Galley slaves were useful,but were neither expensive nor in short supply.

At age fourteen, Memnon had seen little else of the world, as he had been seized in a slaver raid as he and his brothers played on an unknown beach now well beyond remembering. He knew he was less than five years old at the time, and now he believed he was nearly fifteen, although no one had been interested in explaining the concept of birthdays to him. Memnon had learned virtually all of what he knew from other slaves in the orchards of Thera, where he had begun his working career by carrying buckets of water to the men who tended the trees and picked the fruit. He had been separated from the two older brothers seized at the same time, but recognized one of them as he was taken to his place at an oar on one of the warships the Therans used to exact tribute from various cities; Memnon had occasionally spoken with him when their different groups of oarsmen were allowed on deck

Memnon recognized that his brother burned with rage. Over time, Memnon found himself coming to understand its origin and nature. Although he could not recall much about his life before his abduction, he remembered a world with occasional comforts, and even times of celebration.

Dr Eiland is a psychiatrist by training, and has written about Near Eastern art and culture. His novels are set in the heroic past and feature fictional characters in a realistic matrix. He has a special interest in exploring how and why people lead. The books contain themes that are suitable for young adults who have an interest in history.



Character Interview: Phoebe from Darden North’s new thriller, ‘The Five Manners of Death’

The5MannersOfDeath_coverfinalWe’re thrilled to have here today Phoebe from Darden North’s new thriller, “The Five Manners of Death.”  Phoebe declines to give her age but admits to graduating from college in the 1960s. She lives in Jackson, Mississippi, after moving there from Dallas a few years ago. It is a pleasure to have Phoebe with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Phoebe.  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?

“Darden North describes my look to a T—beautiful, nearly flawless skin and long, thick, naturally red hair—even if I am over 50—and that’s as far as I’ll go with the age crap. My, my. I haven’t used that word crap since I was in college at Ole Miss in the 1960s and discovered society. Umm, the 1960s … that’s when all this “five manners of death” crap started.  By the way, there’s one thing I do want to get straight with your readers—that note listing the five manners of death that my nosey neighbor Carvel Eaves found in the street trash near my house? I admit the list is in my handwriting—accident, suicide, natural causes, undetermined, and homicide—but I had nothing to do with Carvel’s death. And another thing … I played a lot of cards with that fool Carvel, and he’s never played with a full deck.”

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

“I think I should have been portrayed as a truly kind soul, rather than as a conniving liar suspected of killing several men. I truly love my niece, Diana—although she’s always been so quick to point out that she’s my niece only through marriage. After all, when her parents were killed in a car accident, I was just about all little Diana had left. And look how well I did. She grew up to be this important, busy surgeon.”

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

“I can hide the truth.”

Worst trait?

“Sometimes I’m not very good at hiding the truth.”

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!)?

“You probably already know the answer. Hell, I will absolutely demand that Julia Roberts play me. She already has the hair, and Hollywood makeup magic can transform her to the ages I portray in the book (around nineteen or twenty in the retro scenes in Oxford, Mississippi, and—OK, I’ll admit it—mid to late sixties, present day in Jackson). In some of Julia’s previous movies I’ve heard her nail a Southern accent, one that can take command when necessary.”

Do you have a love interest in the book?

“What a silly question—no, that’s a really stupid question. Someone tall and beautiful always has a love interest. The problem? Winston Ivy is just another of my secrets.”

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

“The plot springs from the first few pages when that sissy bulldozer driver up at Ole Miss digs up the skeleton during a construction project. Unfortunately, the police date the skull and bones to the 1960s and smart Diana later spots me in yearbook pictures with the deceased, Rusty Reynolds.”

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

“Who would ever want to trade places with Rusty’s sister, Sylvia DeLoach? For one thing, she’s too short, and her cheap blonde mane is all the worse on top of that wretched, wrinkled skin from all the time in those tacky tanning beds. When I first met her when she was in town asking too many questions about Rusty’s death, I wanted to crush her—and I know I could have.”

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

“I hated to see my niece Diana cry. I wanted to jump from the police car and hug her, but I knew she would push me away.”

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

“I can’t answer that question without giving too much away. But I’m not worried. Darden North is a clever enough writer to bring me back no matter what he did with me in the end of “The Five Manners of Death.”

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

“Oh, you’ll definitely want to see me again. So you best read “The Five Manners” and find out if you’ll be lucky enough!”

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Few authors write murder mysteries and thrillers and also deliver babies. A native of the Mississippi Delta and a board-certified physician in obstetrics and gynecology, Darden North is the nationally awarded author of five novels in the mystery/thriller genre, including Points of Origin, which was awarded an IPPY. He practices medicine at Jackson Healthcare for Women in Flowood, Mississippi, where he is a certified daVinci robotic surgeon. North also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Mississippi Public Broadcasting Foundation and on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association.

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Mississippi, he begin his writing and publishing career as Editor-in-Chief of the 1978 Ole Miss yearbook and continued for the 1982 Medic while in medical school. Darden North’s fifth novel is The Five Manners of Death/WordCrafts Press/June 2017. He has presented at the Southern Expressions Conference on the construction of mysteries and thrillers and participated as an author panelist at “Murder in the Magic City,” “Killer Nashville,” “Author! Author! Celebration of the Written Word,” “Murder on the Menu,” and “SIBA Thriller Author Panel.”  Darden North lives with his wife Sally in Jackson, Mississippi. In his spare time, he gardens, enjoys family, walks for exercise, and travels. Sally and Darden have two young adult children who work in the medical field. Visit Darden North the author at

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Character Interview: Elvis the Dragon from Anne K. Edwards Children’s Book, Dominick and the Dragon


character interviews logoWe’re thrilled to have here today Elvis the Dragon from Anne K. Edwards’ new childrens’ book, Dominick and the Dragon.  Elvis is an ageless dragon, living in The Dark Forest.

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

Thank you so much for this interview, Elvis. 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?

No, I’m not fairly portrayed in the book. That Anne K. Edwards makes me sound like a bully. Well, I’m not. Never was.  I’m just hungry all the time. I live in a place called The Dark Forest and there really isn’t much to eat besides trees and bushes.  Have you ever eaten a tree? Some of them like the pine tree taste awful and their needles get stuck in my fangs. Did you ever try to dig a pine needle out of your fangs with a claw? There are prickly bushes that scratch me, too. Some have really good black berries on them, but others just get little white flowers on them and have long sharp things on their stems. Sometimes those pointed things get under my scales and they itch. Is it any wonder that I leave The Dark Forest sometimes to find something good to eat?  But I promise, I wouldn’t really ever eat a little boy. I just like to tease them. I’m really quite a nice fellow, better when I have food. Do you know any place I can find something tasty?

DominickCoverForKDPDo you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

No, no, no. The author made me look silly and mean. When you read about me, don’t believe everything she says.  When I met that little boy, Dominick, and told him how big and strong my wings are and how high I can fly, she made people think I was bragging.  I wasn’t, I just try to impress people I want to like me so I tell them about myself. I was only showing Dominick what I can do. Don’t you tell people what you can do? I’d really like the author to apologize to me and make me sound like the good fellow I am. We dragons have been given a bad reputation because of some guy called St. George who went around attacking us. The writers like this Anne K. Edwards also write stories and tell everybody that we’re the villains. Well, so what if we lose our temper sometimes. How would you like it if some guy in an iron suit started chasing you with a sharp stick? People like him drive us out of our homes and then get mad when we try to get it back. Wouldn’t you have a bad temper if you were chased all the time? That makes me soooo mad. This writer told the story as if I was a bad dragon for inviting Dominick to see my cave and meet my wife. Wouldn’t you want her to tell the truth about you if she made you sound bad?

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I like to show people how we dragons can fly and blow fire out of our nose. That’s why we have to be careful what we eat. That’s why we eat so much woody fiber. My strongest trait is how good a neighbor I am. I don’t eat folks’ gardens no matter how hungry I get. I don’t scare their dogs in the middle of the night and make them bark. I don’t mess up their yards either like those messy kids do. Why, do you know those boys make so much noise I can’t hear my wife call me? Yet, I don’t complain. And when they tell those stories about me, I hold my temper and am very patient. I wish they would be better neighbors too and keep their boys out of The Dark Forest. They’re messy there too.

Worse trait?

I don’t have any worse trait. We dragons hardly ever do a bad thing, but we get the blame anyhow when thing happen. I suppose they’ll soon find a way to blame us for Hansel and Gretel eating the witch’s house and pushing her in that oven.

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!)?

Hollywood doesn’t offer us dragons many parts in movies, but if they did want to make a movie of my book, I’d like that crazy guy that’s always eating Tokyo. He’s awesome. Do you think they could give me a passport to go to Japan? Or would they let me fly in one of their airplanes? Maybe they could bring him to California and let him eat part of Los Angeles. Since he likes the water, maybe he could swim across the Pacific Ocean. Do you think he would want to play me? He’s really fierce looking and has a great growl.

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

Right from the beginning. When I met the kid who was living the story with me, I knew right away the people would sympathize with him when he met me. That made me the guy who’d get hissed like in the movies. I was glad when the kid left The Dark Forest. I think he pretended most of the time to be scared to get all the attention. I don’t ever want to be in another story with him.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

I wouldn’t want to be Dominick. He’s not very big and he can’t do anything. I mean he can’t make fire, He doesn’t have any wings. He can’t fly and see the world from high up. He lives in a house that is too small. He has to do what his parents tell him. He has two noisy brothers and they are messy. I couldn’t live with people. Really, I feel kind of sorry for Dominick.

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

I was disappointed in the ending, but mostly because I didn’t get to be the hero. You know what I mean—when all the loose ends are tied up and people are patting each other on the back.  Nobody patted me on the back.

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

Write me as the main character. Let me do fun things. Let people like me a lot. It would be a much better book. Dragons are a lot more interesting that a little boy, don’t you think?

Thank you for this interview, (name of character). Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

Yes. I just saw the plot and I still have to share the attention with that little boy. You’d think that a writer could write a story about a dragon having adventures instead of a little boy. I’m older. I’ve been out in the world more. I know lots of things he’ll never know, but I didn’t know about Christmas. What is it for?


Anne K. Edwards resides on a farm with her husband and a bunch of cats who rule the roost.  When she’s not arguing with them about using the computer, she is dancing attendance on their demands. Anne enjoys reading, meeting new people,

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Interview with Diana Sims, author of Forever King: Surviving the Loss of My Unborn Child

As a self-publishing author, Diana Sims has felt compelled to share her journey regarding the loss of her son, and the miracle that took place after his passing. She simply wants to let other women, who have lost children, know that there is still light at the end of the tunnel.

Aimed primarily at all mothers ranging from teenagers to the older women, Forever King: Surviving the Loss of My Unborn Child particularly addresses those who have lost a child, no matter the circumstance.

Diana is committed to humanitarian services whether in her field or position. She worked for many years helping customers keep their homes from foreclosure during the economic fall in 2008. Currently, she is assisting physicians and patients as a Patient Liaison. Diana is a California native and resides in Southern California with her loving husband Cory Sims, and three handsome Kings in training: Isaiah, Solomon, and Anthony Sims.



About the Book:

Author: Diana Sims
Publisher: Forever King Publishing
Pages: 78
Genre: Inspirational/Self-Help

Sims life has been one of a survivor… a survivor of grief and distraught after having lost a child. Today, she is using the journey, to help other women, who have had similar experience of losing a child, whether through early pregnancy, miscarriage or stillbirth, to have hope.

Watch the book trailer at YouTube.


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

This is my first manuscript being published. I am so excited and happy to share it with you and the world.

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?

My manuscript is self-published. I chose this route because I wanted to have all creative control on the book about my unborn son, and the legacy he will leave behind through me spreading his story and helping the hurting world know there is hope.

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

Self- Published author on my own publishing company: Forever King Publishing. It took me a month after I completed the book.

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

I was so elated and anxious at the same time. Sharing such intimate details of my son’s passing was a big leap of faith and courage that I had to do in order to help other women see life continues and life does go on and great things are awaiting them. I celebrated by having a book signing. I had a great photographer who captured all the events gracefully.

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

I ran Facebook and Instagram Ads to promote the book and get the word out. I also reached out to family and friends to share my book cover and particulars on their own timelines on all social media platforms available.

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

What I realized, the easiest part is writing the book, I had to realize what I did after the book was published as a self-publishing Author was vital and key to this book becoming a success. Put in the work and life will pay off!

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

I am a self-publishing author so this whole experience is new and amazing because I was able to complete this project on my own.

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

The most rewarding thing about being a published author is being able to convey my life on paper and others being able to read and live this piece of my life through me.

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

Just do it! Don’t think about it, don’t hesitate, there is someone’s healing depending on you and the word that God has placed in your mouth. Rise up and mark your mark in the world.


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