December 27, 2015

2015 Year Wrap Up


The Year has gone by like lighting. Last time I could remember it was only at the beginning of the year and I was looking at the year saying I got to wait another year. Have you thought oh here we go again with bring in the year 2015. Now we are at it again with 2016 and all a new start. What Revolutions are you going to do or set? Are you going to set a goal and try and beat it over again or beat what you did the year before.

This year, I have read a total of 59 out of 50 books. I beat my goal by 9 books. The total pages I read for the year is 14,063. My shortest book read was "The Monster That Ate My Socks" by A.J. Cosmo with 21 pages. My longest book read was "The Camelot Kids: Volume One" by Ben Zackheim with 482 pages. My advantage length is 265 pages. My most Popular book read was "A Lady at Willowgrove Hall" by Sarah E. Ladd and 1,379 people also read. My least popular book was "Prophecy Revealed" by Ron Hartman, only 3 other people read this book. My average rating for 2015 is 4.8 rating.

I review quite a few products this year.  Going to list them here for you to see them. They are "Simple Touch Nook" "Review: TEMPTATIONS® SNACKY MOUSE™ Cat Toy", "K2R-803 Portable Power Bank by K2R Technology - Product Review", "Garcinia Cambogia Supreme by Life and Food - Product Review", "Glow2Go Self-Tanning - Product Review" "RFID Blocking Sleeves - Product Review", "DanceCrazy's Wedding Dance MASTERY System - Product Review", "Sleep Sublime Eye Mask by Smarter Rest - Product Review", "MacX DVD Ripper Pro + Giveaway", "Emergen-Zzzz™ Vitamin Drink Mix Nighttime Sleep Aid - Product Review", "Case4fun NFC Tags - Product Review", "Hawaiian Shirts for Dogs by micha doggy wear", "Dog Leash - Double Handle - Extra Long - Product Review", "BIC® Soleil® Glow® Product Review", "Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs® VoxBox", "USB 3.0 Type C to USB A Male Cable - Product Review".

I want to thanks these company that help me. I review for me, +Tomoson Support+Influenster and these book company +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours +Litfuse Publicity Group+Bit'N Tours,

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December 21, 2015

Toluna New Year 2015

 

 Have been putting off your "New Years Resolutions". I plan to work on my blogging and get back to chatting with my bloggers in comments. I hope to work on getting some of post organized and cleaned up.

I seem to ever keep my New Year Resolutions. Though I hope to. Here is my chance to try this year.


I also am glad to be start a new Resolution. I will be trying Active 2 for my Wii. I can keep track of my progress. That will be a new update on here or post of me playing the game and updating on the web and creating updated progress in the fitness department and workout.

I hope to keep my PR Media Kit updated and working on improving my blogging. I will not mind adding new followers or replaying to comments. I will also take the time to enjoy my icicle and enjoy her antics. #Newyears #NewYears #NewYears2016 #Resolutions



What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2016?



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December 16, 2015

My Christmas Wish (#BehindTheBlogger)

My Christmas Wish is to spend time with my dad. I want to spend time with my dad and go down to Florida. That is my Christmas wish. I have been lax on my Christmas wish. I just want to have fun with family and spend this time of year.

I enjoy my icicle opening her Christmas gifts. She gets me to smile and I do not have to do it much do it. She once of my good Christmas wish, Even though I did not want another dog. She was a  Christmas gift to us and she tBurned out to be the best of our Christmas wish.

My Christmas wish only to have time to spend and hung out with family. I also enjoy receiving a few gifts. I am hoping to get a game for my sims 4. I enjoy Christmas for it right after my birthday. I was born only two weeks before it. It hard for me to say what my Christmas wish is for with my birthday and then Christmas.

I am a reader and I have a partner in crime as well. That partner in crime is my baby boy named Pumpkin. He will try and making are for me to read or do anything when I lay down on my bed.
I am a reader and I have a partner in crime aswell.  That partner in crime is my baby boy named Pumpkin. He will try and making are for me to read or do anything when I lay down on my bed.

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December 10, 2015

USB 3.0 Type C to USB A Male Cable - Product Review


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My Review:

I was not able to test it out. I did not have anything to plug it into. I would rate it as an 3.5 stars. It look sturdy and may work with power banks charging but I am not sure. For me, I have not have a device that fits it as of yet. If you have then it be for you.

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When Love Returns by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Book Title: When Love Returns
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Published Date: 9/22/2015 (352 Pages, Paperback)
Genre: Christian Fiction, Amish Fiction, Fiction
Series: The Zimmerman Restoration #3
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Blogging for Books for an honest review
Description: It wasn’t easy to move back to the Old Order Mennonite community from which quiet, responsible Suzanne Zimmerman was shamefully sent away as a pregnant teen. Returning twenty years later to take care of her mother, Suzanne and Alexa—the daughter she raised as her own—have spent months rebuilding relationships with her family.

Now with the upcoming wedding of their biological daughter, Suzanne and Paul find themselves drawn to one another once again—but with new challenges to face. They have been single parents with painful pasts. Can Paul and Suzanne find the strength to rebuild the loving relationship that was torn apart by their teen pregnancy so long ago?

Suzanne must also let go of Alexa as she heads back to Indianapolis to visit friends--and as her chance to find her birth parents. Leaving the bed-and-breakfast in Suzanne’s apprehensive hands, Alexa embarks on a journey that will certainly change her life completely. Can mother and daughter trust God to restore all things in His timing?

Kim Sawyer is one talented author. If you have not read one of her books you should. Her series "The Zimmerman Restoration" has a wonderful ending. You can check out my reviews to "When Mercy Rains" and "When Grace Sings".

Well, "When Love Returns" starts out a little tension with Suzanne and Alexa. They are celebrating Christmas with all the family. Alexa wants to find her birth mother. When Alexa tells her mom Suzanne. Suzanne is a little unsure and startled by her daughter. Suzanne learns that she will be with Anna Grace for two months. It starts with the unsealing all reasons and the secret that only started it all.

Throughout the book, Suzanne Turns to Paul to talk about Anna Grace and Alexa. What will happen with Suzanne and Paul? I believe it will come full circle. Paul starts wanting to talk to Suzanne and talk about his son Danny. Will the members of the fellowship allow Suzanne back in? To find out all these answers and Alexa answers to her questions, you will need to read "When Love Returns'?




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The Question by R Breuer Stearns

Book Title: The Question
Author: R Breuer Stearns
Publish date: 2015-10-13 (272 Pages, Paperback)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Disclaimer: I received this book free from +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours for an honest review
Genres: Thriller, Fantasy, Adventure
Category: Adult Fiction
Author Interview: R Breuer Stearns
Description: If you could have the answer to only one question, what would you ask? Do all questions have answers? Are two minds better than one? Are a billion minds better still? Are science and faith compatible? Does how you think determine what you think? Who would try to stop you from asking your question? To what extremes would they go? THE QUESTION is thriller . . . a fantasy . . . fiction that you may wish, may believe, may know is true.
Buy the book: Amazon

The book gets you wondering about what is beyond the world we live in.  It's based on if you or more than one person can create a unity.  The author does a pretty good job with the events in the book. While I was reading the book. I felt like it was with the main people that were in the book. It seems like a replica of our congress and president a bit.

I do enjoy the plot of this book. It gets you involved making you start wondering along. There are examples of the projects throughout the book. Will terror win out or will the world win out? You will really need to find out by reading this book.

The book also keeps you guessing what the question would be asked. Why was some of the groups able to produce a unity and some did not? Nathan seems to want to find Unity.


R. Breuer Stearns is an investor and author.

Mr. Stearns graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover (1970), Harvard University (AB, 1974), University of Chicago (MBA, 1977), and DePaul University College of Law (JD, 1979). He rapidly ascended on Wall Street in the 1980’s, serving as Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions at Lehman Brothers and Head of Investment Banking (North America) at UBS Securities.  While living in New York, he founded “Terrific Teachers, Inc.,” a foundation dedicated to identifying and rewarding the best of the best of the city’s public high school teachers.

Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mr. Stearns launched a private investment bank in the former Soviet Union.  He spent the early 1990’s seeking to marry emerging science, primarily emanating from Russia’s Defense sector, with Western capital.  During this period, Mr. Stearns made a small fortune, albeit from a larger one.  The venture provided a remarkable lesson in hubris, a tremendous reservoir of internal strength, and first-hand source material for Mr. Stearns’ first book, Winning Smart After Losing Big (Encounter Books, Beijing University Press).

Subsequently, Mr. Stearns served as Chief Financial Officer of The Dial Corporation, Chief Financial Officer of Columbia/HCA Corporation, Chief Financial Officer of PacifiCare, Inc., President and Chief Operating Officer of Vascular Genetics, Inc., and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Quepasa Corporation (QPSA:Amex).

Mr. Stearns is a Founder of VestaPoint Capital LLC, a family of investment funds focused on real estate development.  He lives in Arizona with his wife, two dogs, two cats, and a horse.  He travels extensively and is intensely curious.

Connect with the author: Website

TOUR SCHEDULE:

Dec 1 -   The Autistic Gamer - review
Dec 2 -   Readers' Muse - review
Dec 2 -   b00k r3vi3ws - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 3 -   A Blue Million Books - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Dec 4 -   Life as Leels - review
Dec 7 -   Young in Rome - review
Dec 8 -   Working Mommy Journal - review / giveaway
Dec 9 -   Cheryl's Book Nook - review / giveaway
Dec 10 - Nighttime Reading Center - review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 11 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review / giveaway
Dec 14 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review / giveaway
Dec 15 - Room With Books - review / giveaway
Dec 16 - Vic's Media Room - review
Dec 17 - Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine - review
Dec 17 - T's Stuff - book spotlight / giveaway
​Dec 17 - Ms. Nose in a Book - review
Dec 18 - misty103 @ HubPages - review
Dec 21 - alwaysjoart - review / giveaway
Dec 22 - Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine - guest post
Dec 22 - Bookworm for Kids - review / giveaway
Dec 23 - #redhead.with.book - book spotlight / giveaway
​Dec 23 - Cover2Cover - book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 26 - Outset-Rakhi Jayashankar's Blog - review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 28 - Patricia's Wisdom - review
Dec 29 - Beth's Book Reviews - review
Dec 29 - Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
Dec 30 - Book Fanatic - review / giveaway
​Dec 30 - Sahar's Blog - review
Dec 31 - I'd Rather Be At The Beach - book spotlight



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The Interview aound the Globe with R. Breuer Stearns

Let welcome to our latest and newest member to our list of authors. Let welcome R. Breuer Stearns to Nighttime Reading Center. He here on a book tour. He is stopping by here on November 10. I work with +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours and I happy learn about him books and giveaway.

I got the chance to read his book "The Question". It was different. I would suggest that you read my review for "The Question". You got a chance to win a  - Win 1 of 10 copies of The Question (USA & Canada). Enter his giveaway The Question Giveaway

Let read his Bio and then go to her interview. #Interviews, #Interviewsaroundtheglobe, #NRC, #Giveaways #bookreview, #adventure, #thriller, #adultfiction and @iReadBookTours

Author Heather Siegel at Nighttime Reading Center

R. Breuer Stearns is an investor and author.

Mr. Stearns graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover (1970), Harvard University (AB, 1974), University of Chicago (MBA, 1977), and DePaul University College of Law (JD, 1979). He rapidly ascended on Wall Street in the 1980’s, serving as Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions at Lehman Brothers and Head of Investment Banking (North America) at UBS Securities. While living in New York, he founded “Terrific Teachers, Inc.,” a foundation dedicated to identifying and rewarding the best of the best of the city’s public high school teachers.


Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mr. Stearns launched a private investment bank in the former Soviet Union. He spent the early 1990’s seeking to marry emerging science, primarily emanating from Russia’s Defense sector, with Western capital. During this period, Mr. Stearns made a small fortune, albeit from a larger one. The venture provided a remarkable lesson in hubris, a tremendous reservoir of internal strength, and first-hand source material for Mr. Stearns’ first book, Winning Smart After Losing Big (Encounter Books, Beijing University Press).


Subsequently, Mr. Stearns served as Chief Financial Officer of The Dial Corporation, Chief Financial Officer of Columbia/HCA Corporation, Chief Financial Officer of PacifiCare, Inc., President and Chief Operating Officer of Vascular Genetics, Inc., and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Quepasa Corporation (QPSA:Amex).


Mr. Stearns is a Founder of VestaPoint Capital LLC, a family of investment funds focused on real estate development. He lives in Arizona with his wife, two dogs, two cats, and a horse. He travels extensively and is intensely curious.

Connect with the author: Website
Nighttime Reading Center Interview, Author Interview
Describe your book in 20 words or less.

THE QUESTION is a thought-provoking thriller, inviting the reader’s emotional and cerebral participation.
Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

I was taking a walk with my wife, ruminating on a non-literary problem.  During our discussion, I began to think about how her ideas sometimes challenged, sometimes reinforced my thinking.  That conversation caused me to think about how rare moments of solitary genius occur.  Rather, most really, really tough problems are resolved by questioning and building upon the thoughts of others.

How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you use any resources in assisting you to choose the names?

Names are important, perhaps more from my perspective than the reader’s.  I try to select names which connote an aura or an intangible feeling about the character.  The process is unquestionably imprecise.

Which of your characters (in this book) is your favorite and Why?

I like them all . . . but, for very different reasons.  I try to make my characters believable and textured, yet unformed and imperfect enough so that the reader can impute traits and motives.  When I finish a book, I actually miss my characters and the universe that I have created for them.  I suppose that many authors use the same characters in subsequent books because the authors and their readers have developed a familiarity and emotional bond with the characters.  Part of me wants to continue the lives of my characters in a subsequent story . . . and part me of me believes that the characters in THE QUESTION have served their singular purpose.  Perhaps I will allow my readers to help me decide.


What was your favorite part to write and why?

I enjoyed bringing all of the strands of the story to a satisfying ending.  I really wanted my readers to be rewarded for investing their emotional and intellectual effort. From the beginning, I knew where I wanted the THE QUESTION to end.  Getting there . . . weaving all of the story lines into a single, satisfying moment . . . was enormously satisfying for me.

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Write.  And, recognize that writing and being a commercially successful author are two different things.  Writing is a creative process, time-consuming, difficult, a low-odds business with no guarantee of applause from anyone other than yourself.  So, if your aspiration is to become rich-and-famous, writing is probably not your easiest or fastest route.  Authors . . . similar to painters, composers, and actors . . .  create because they genuinely enjoy the process of creating.  “Enjoy the process” is the key concept. 

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Yes, I read my reviews.  I do not respond to them, although I am guilty of mentally rebutting the negative ones.  That said, I try to learn from my reviews.  After all, I am writing with the intent of providing readers with a certain (defined by me) emotional and cerebral experience.  If readers “get” that experience, I am very gratified and appreciative.  If readers do not “get” it, I wonder if I have failed in some way.  I understand that I cannot please everyone all of the time . . . but, I genuinely prefer readers to understand and enjoy my work.  Some authors write entirely for their own satisfaction.  For me, audience approval is important . . . the ultimate proof of my talent is whether or not readers “get” what I am trying to convey.


Thank you for stopping by Nighttime Reading Center, R. Breuer Stearns. I hope to see you around here. I hope you stop by once in awhile. I was having a decent time reading your book/


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December 4, 2015

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December 2, 2015

Lets Go Back to a time in the 90's (#BehindTheBlogger)


The prompt is one that can be done around the year. This is a year to Lets Go Back to an earlier year. My kinda of a year I can remember is a time you did not have to worry much about.

Let's go back to the year in the 90's. I had a dog that did something that you or any of your pets may not have done or tried to do. I am a dog lover. I got an abandoned dalmatian dog that I named Bingo. Well one holiday, he got up on the kitchen table and ate the whole roast beef. Not one of us seen him do it or see him on the table. I now laugh and funny.

Another time around Christmas, he did something else you would not believe. He ate the nativity set; all of it but Mary, Joseph and Jesus and the stable. When we came home we couldn't believe he ate them all but Mary, Joesph and baby Jesus.

I recall that time a few times. I am a pet lover to heart. I own two cats that go outside and come back in and one lives outdoors now. We have a little dog named Icicle. I will love them all.

Back then, in the 90's we had a dog that loved to run and he did these and I can recall those to time often around this time.
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November 17, 2015

Jesusita by Ronald L. Ruiz

Book Title: Jesusita
Author: Ronald L. Ruiz
Genres: Literary, Fiction, Adult Fiction
Publisher: Amika Press
Published Date: May 2015 (275 Pages, Paperback)
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author and +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours
Author Interview: Ronald L. Ruiz
Buy this Book:  Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble
Description: Jesusita is the story of immigrants—legal and illegal—trying to survive in California in the years after World War II. Jesusita, alone and impoverished, struggles to keep her four young children together. Though she finds support from Padre Montes at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, her faith won’t solve her problems, especially those with her daughter, Paulina. Far from home, Filipino laborers are denied by law any contact with white women. Angie, the young daughter of an illiterate and unmarried mother, knows only one way to make money. And Felix, abandoned by his mother and separated from his only brother, is placed in a foster home on an isolated ranch. The interrelated lives of these people provide a complex, sometimes violent, and often tragic image of American poverty within the nation’s postwar boom.

Jesusita is collection of stories about immigrants. The author mainly talks about a woman named Jesusita. All the characters mentioned end up with this Jesusita. Padre comes to California to help with the Mexicans and to help with the ministry. It's really a good book. The main story is about a woman and her children. The other stories that Ronald adds in are almost side stories.

Angie learns only one thing while growing up. She only knows how to make money one way. Filipino laborers want this from her. She agrees to do this to survive and to make money. Filipino laborers are not allowed to have any contact with white woman. What ever will happen to Angie and the Filipino men. She does meet a man at the theater at a young age. She does not want to do what her mother did for a living.

Felix is abandoned by his mother and placed in a foster home on an isolated ranch away from his brother. He worries about his little brother. When he a turns eighteen, he will need to learn to survive and can come and go as he pleases. When does he decide to walk to where his brother is staying and come back at night? He does this weekly.

Jesusita has to deal with her children and when she leaves and can not work cleaning offices she gets work though the government as a foster parent. She gets two little girls and a little boy to live with her. She deals with a little girl that seems to make her do strange things.

There is some abuse and sex that goes on throughout the book. I advise parents to only allow their children 15 or older to read this. I will let you decide what you want your children to read.


After reading Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment at the age of 17, I knew I wanted to be a writer. But I knew nothing about the craft. My first novel, Happy Birthday Jesús, was published 36 years later. Surprisingly, it received good reviews

For many years, I was a criminal defense attorney and at the end of my career a prosecutor, but I always managed to find time to write. What I saw and experienced during those years often serves as a basis for my writing. For me, learning how to write has been a long, continuous and, at times, torturous process.

Now retired, I try to write every day and I feel fortunate that I have found something in writing that sustains me. I’m glad I persevered during all those years of rejection. More than anything, writing about what I see and experience in life has given me a sense of worth.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook

TOUR SCHEDULE

Nov 2 - Corinne Rodrigues - review / giveaway
Nov 3 - Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine - review / guest post
Nov 4 - Working Mommy Journal - review / giveaway
Nov 5 - misty103 @ HubPages - review
Nov 6 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review / giveaway
Nov 9 - Bound 4 Escape - review / giveaway
Nov 10 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
Nov 11 - The World As I See It - review / giveaway
Nov 12 - The Autistic Gamer - review
Nov 12 - T's Stuff - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 13 - Life as Leels - review
Nov 16 - Puddletown Reviews - review
Nov 17 - Nighttime Reading Center - review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 18 - Library of Clean Reads - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 19 - #redhead.with.book - book spotlight
Nov 20 - The Bookish Angel - review / guest post / giveaway

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Interviews around the Globe with Ronald Ruiz

Let welcome to our latest and newest member to our list of authors. Let welcome Ronald Ruiz to Nighttime Reading Center. He here on a book tour. He is stopping by here on November 26. I work with +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours and I happy learn about him books and giveaway.

I got the chance to read his book "Jesusita". It was different and nice. I would suggest that you read my reviews for "Jesusita". You got a chance to win a  - Win 1 of 10 of any of the author's signed books (choose from his 5 titles) 1 $30 Amazon gift card (international). Enter his giveaway Jesusita Giveaway

Let read her Bio and then go to her interview. #Interviews, #Interviewsaroundtheglobe, #NRC, #Giveaways #bookreview, #adultfiction #WWII #americanhistory #immigrants and @iReadBookTours

Author Heather Siegel at Nighttime Reading Center

After reading Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment at the age of 17, I knew I wanted to be a writer. But I knew nothing about the craft. My first novel, Happy Birthday Jesús, was published 36 years later. Surprisingly, it received good reviews

For many years, I was a criminal defense attorney and at the end of my career a prosecutor, but I always managed to find time to write. What I saw and experienced during those years often serves as a basis for my writing. For me, learning how to write has been a long, continuous and, at times, torturous process.

Now retired, I try to write every day and I feel fortunate that I have found something in writing that sustains me. I’m glad I persevered during all those years of rejection. More than anything, writing about what I see and experience in life has given me a sense of worth.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook
Nighttime Reading Center Interview, Author Interview
Describe your book in 20 words or less.

It´s about what hardship did to a woman who struggled to survive.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

Watching the struggles my mother and grandmother went through, as well as those of illegal Mexican immigrant farmworkers.

How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you use any resources in assisting you to choose the names?

Very important. Jesusita was my grandmother´s name and just the mention of that name brings back so many things depicted in this book. But usually the name has to sound right for the character.  No, I don´t use resources to choose names.
Which of your characters (in this book) is your favorite and Why?

Jesusita. Because, for me, she symbolizes the lives and struggles of so many illegal Mexicant immigrant farmworkers.
Was there a certain scene in this book that was harder for you to write than others?

Two scenes were equally difficult for me to write. (a) Santiago´s molestation of Angie in the movie theatre
(b) the one beating of Paulina that puts Paulina in her room for days .



If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

(a) Jesusita: Marion Coutillard  (b) Angie:Natalie Portman (c) Felix: Eddie Redmayne

What was your favorite part to write and why?

Felix, the mentally retarded orphan boy, who despite all his travails, once he is 18 decides, contrary to all expectations, to walk seven miles into town on a Sunday morning dressed in his pathetic church-going clothes to visit his younger orphan brother.

Just as your book(s) inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write? (Alternate Q: If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?

Fyodor Dostoevsky , William Faulkner, and Cormac McCarthy have all inspired me to write.

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

When I was 17 I decided that I wanted to be writer. I was first published when I was 53, after a multitude of rejections.  My advice:  Don´t quit.  Keep writing, but above all keep reading and learn from the great ones.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I read my reviews.  I don´t respond to them, good or bad (occasionally I have said Thank you for a good one, but only Thank you). I don´t respond  because I think what a reviewer has said is an honest point of view and how can you challenge that?  The bad ones can be helpful once you get over the emotion of rejection. There can be validity to what they´ve said that you can learn from.
What are you working on now? What is your next project?
Two young cousins, 22 and 19, get involved in a big dope ring.  The older cousin is deeply involved, the younger only peripherally. The older cousin gets arrested and a few million dollars fall into the younger cousin´s lap.  And he runs and runs and runs.  Hopefully the chase will be entertaining, instructive and meaningful.

Bonus Question: Characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?



Thank you for stopping by Nighttime Reading Center, Ronald. I hope to see you around here. I hope you stop by once in awhile. I started to laugh with some of the answers.


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