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Monday, October 8, 2018

Interview with Eva Tremaine, author of the Unstable Trilogy (Part 1, II, III), Seven Again: Coming Full Circle, and Betrayal Served Cold

Author’s Bio:  Eva is the self-published author of five novels: Unstable, Unstable II, Unstable III, Seven Again: Coming Full Circle, and Betrayal Served Cold. The Unstable trilogy is a psychological thriller that captures the transition of Stephanie from a little girl to a violent, unstable woman. The book speaks volumes of what can happen when the psyche of a child is broken and the pain is buried within. Seven Again: Coming Full Circle is co-written with Author Lubran Edwards and expresses the true definition of girlfriends. The story is a testament that if you have just a mustard seed of faith and a few BFFs, you can make it through any situation. Betrayal Served Cold is a story of secrets, lies, and deceit. The betrayal is so cold that will surely chill you to the bone.

Eva Tremaine has many different sides to her and that versatility can be seen in her writing style. It is her hope that through the gift of literacy, she can make a lasting impression on her readers.

DL: What’s the inspiration for writing your book?
ET: Unstable – the name came to me in a dream even before I knew what it was.  Unstable: She was not supposed to survive was my first book.  My book club was having a short story contest and I wrote Unstable.  Many encouraged me to turn it into a book after reading it.  The rest is history!

DL: Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
ET: I always loved reading Stephen King.

DL: How long did it take to write your book?
ET: Each book takes roughly six months to write and another six months of editing and getting it published.

DL: Do you write with an outline, or just let it flow organically?
ET: I write a rough outline and edit it as the characters speak to me.  There are always changes to what I originally outlined.

DL: Do you listen to music when you write? If yes, is there a theme song for this book? 
ET: No, I like quiet and a glass of red wine.

DL: What are the keys to success in marketing your book(s)?
ET: I believe book clubs help self-published authors survive and I do my best to stay in connection with them.

DL: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
ET:  Write from your heart, not worrying about being perfect and let the characters’ voices be heard, not your own.

DL: How about sharing an excerpt from Unstable:  She was not supposed to survive?
ET: Here you go.

He silenced her screams when he picked her up by her throat and laughed as her legs swung in the air trying to find the ground. He squeezed his huge hands against her tiny throat, choking out what little life she had left. Once she stopped moving, he dropped her limp body to the floor. He then kicked her in the head a few times to ensure she did not move again. Blood dripped from the corner of her mouth onto the floor. He picked up a dirty sheet he found in the corner of the room and placed it over her body. He had to give some respect to the dead.

He walked away, leaving her in the abandoned crack house for anyone to do with her body as they wished. He was done with her. He walked away thinking there was no life left in her. 

Fiends who entered the crack house were so fixated on getting high that they easily overlooked her body and disregarded her screams. By the time anyone found her, it would be too late. She was not supposed to survive. The pedophile did not realize this deed would later cause hell to be released on all those who crossed her path.

DL: What’s next for you?
ET: I would love to have Unstable turned into a movie.  I can literally see it happening.  I also have a few stories in my head and a few new characters.  What I write will depend on which character screams the loudest!

DL: Where can readers find out more about you and your book(s)?

·         Website: http://evatremaine.com/

·         Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Eva-Tremaine/e/B00BY5TAA6

·         Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/evatremaine

·         Twitter: https://twitter.com/evatremaine

It’s been a pleasure having you here with us today. I know my readers will enjoy getting to know you and your work.





Monday, October 1, 2018

Interview with Austin S. Camacho, Team Member of the 2018 C3 Convention

Today’s guest, Austin S. Camacho, is a mystery author and also is part of the team that puts on the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Con, October 5th thru the 7th. He says it’s the Mid-Atlantic’s book lover event of the year and he’s here to tell us why.

DL: How did you come up with the name for the conference?
AC: We chose the name Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Con (C3 Con for short) to indicate the genres we embrace. Creatures and crimes appear in: suspense, mystery, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy and paranormal fiction. We gather readers AND writers those genres. Our attendees have become a little community, and we hang out on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/452670518248659

DL: How did this conference come to be?
AC: We’ve attended and enjoyed writer’s conferences all over the country like Bouchercon, Thrillerfest, DragonCon etc. After all that travelling we wanted to see something like that closer to home. It’s a great opportunity for writers to meet their fans, and for avid readers to meet their favorite authors.

DL:  How long has your conference been held? When did it debut?
AC: This is the sixth C3 Con. In past years we’ve had wonderful keynote speakers

2017  Peter Blauner and Jonathan Maberry

2016: Reed Farrel Coleman and Alexandra Sokoloff

2015: Heather Graham and F. Paul Wilson

2014: John Gilstrap and Rebecca York

2013: Jeffrey Deaver and Brian Keene

This year we’re blessed to have Jamie Freveletti (bestselling thriller author) and Keith DeCondido (bestselling science fiction and fantasy author who has novelized a multitude of TV, movie and comic book characters.)

DL: Why would writers want to attend the C3 Con?
AC: First, it’s great promotion. Published authors get to spend time with their fans, and to expose new readers to their writing by presenting on panels. Their books will be available in our on-site bookstore and there will be two book signs open to the public. Their name and a link will be posted on the C3 website.  They will be pictured in the C3 program book. And a video interview is included that authors can use on their own web sites after the Con.

Also they can learn a great deal from the panels and presentations. And it’s a priceless opportunity to network with successful authors and other industry professionals.

DL: And why would readers and fans want to attend?
AC: Readers and fans will enjoy panels and presentations from favorite authors, including our keynotes. They can have more contact with the writers at the meals all weekend, which are included in the registration fee. Plus, each attendee will receive a goodie-bag filled with cool stuff including books, magazines, and our exclusive anthology filled with stories written by attending authors. They can collect autographed books at the two giant book signings. And we hold a Twitter contest where someone will win a gift basket of wine, coffee and a Kindle Fire.

DL: You’ve mentioned panels and presentations. Can you tell us about some of them?
AC: We work hard to have panels that appeal to both writers and avid readers. You can see the entire schedule with all the panels listed at http://creaturescrimesandcreativity.com/?page_id=368 .

I will mention a couple of special presentations.

Jamie Freveletti will teach a one hour class on “Writing Conflict in Thrillers” at this year’s C3 Con! Jamie was tapped by Robert Ludlum’s estate to take over his Covert One series.
New York Times bestseller John Gilstrap will offer a class called "Whose Story Are You Telling? The Critical Role of Point of View."

Another NY Times Bestseller, Rebecca York, will give a class on self-editing.
And John Dedakis, a former CNN Senior Editor turned mystery writer, will give his popular class, “How to Write a Novel."

DL: There’s a lot to the conference. Anything new this year?
AC: I’m glad you asked. For the first time we will present a Noir at the Bar event, which is free and open to the public. Ten authors will read from their thrilling work.at 7:30pm. We hope readers and fans will gather for the free readings and a cash bar. The authors will be competing for an engraved trophy of sorts, so you can bet they will be performing their best! Attendees will choose the winner.

Also, C3 Con attendees, and those who come to the books signings and Noir at the Bar will be able to participate in a charity raffle. The C3 Con is partnering with the Howard County Library System's Project Literacy - a highly successful adult basic education initiative. HCLS Instructors and volunteer tutors have taught 8,400 adults since 1987 through free, one-on-one tutoring and class sessions. To raise funds for this worthy cause we they will raffle off several book-related gift baskets. Every dollar collected for the baskets will go to the HCLS Project Literacy.
DL: Okay, down to the nitty gritty. What does all this cost?
AC: Registration for all 3 days is $285, which includes Friday dinner, three meals Saturday and Sunday breakfast. You can also register for one day only for $150. There are no extra charges for any of the presentations or panels.

DL: And give us the details of where and when, and of course how to register.
AC: Gladly.  Again, it’s October 5 – 7 at the Sheraton, Columbia Town Center, 10207 Wincopin Circle,  Columbia, Maryland. More details and registration is at http://creaturescrimesandcreativity.com.

Remember, the C3 Con is intended to be a meeting place for fans and avid readers of genre fiction to get up close and personal with authors who write it. So if you love to read any of this stuff, or if you write these kinds of books and want to make contact with fans (and make new fans) this is the Con for you.

2018 Baltimore Book Festival

Sunday, September 30th was such a beautiful day. I had a fantastic time at the Baltimore Book Festival at the Inner Harbor. I participated at the Black Writers’ Guild of Maryland (Tent #22). My tablemates were Claudette Bard and Michael Phillips. 

We enjoyed meeting new readers and introducing them to our various works. It was also great to run into author Denise Cuffie, who was also a Baltimore Book Festival Ambassador and author Victoria Adams-Kennedy. 

Here's the day in photos: