Horror Poetry (Author Interview)




Horror Poetry looks like a unique book that contains both scary stories and poems. You have a collection of similar themed books, what sets this one apart?
It was the first, it was written over several years, so the work is well planned out and I believe features two of my best short stories. I think if people would like Horror Poetry, then Scary Poetry (which comes out later this month) is a good follow up. I really did enjoy writing the poems as well. It gave me a much-needed diversion from my frenetic and often chaotic life.

How did you come up with stories and poems in Horror Poetry?
 I drew the short stories from real-life. Gone Before Me is pretty much a story that grew from a car accident. One early morning, I hit a deer that darted out in front of my vehicle. The deer lived, but in the inky blackness of the morning I turned off the lights and just listened. Then this crazy idea came to me. It just might work, I thought. It did. Bride of the Lake was about something I read online one day after I heard of a person drowning. The ideas just raced from then on.

What will readers get out of your book?
I think for their dollar it will be a fun ride. I tried to amp up the Suspense and make it more a Thriller in parts. From what people who’ve read it told me, I succeeded in my attempt to entertain.

What inspired you when writing Horror Poetry?
It wasn’t done intentionally. I just began writing poems while waiting in the parking lot for my sons at school. Eventually, it bubbled over to short stories. I merged them together to complete a simple theme. I have always been a big aficionado of Horror. I remember in my youth watching horror movies when I was a kid every Friday and Saturday night. One of my first books as a teen was Stephen King’s “Carrie”, followed by “’Salems Lot”. Both exceptional work even to this day.

When did you decide to become a writer?
Writers write. I write poetry. So, does that make me a writer or an author? What’s the difference? I think it was around 2001 when I got serious about writing and really pushed myself to write grammatically correct sentences. My wife always told me it lacked the emotion and power that some authors pack into their words. I read more and took classes. Ultimately, I found my way there, but it wasn’t as fast as I’d like.

When writing Horror Poetry did anything stand out as particularly challenging?
Time is always an issue. We never have enough and when we find free time, there is always something or someone else who occupies it. I get frustrated knowing I have a million ideas but until the kids go to sleep or until I wake up do, I truly have “free time” to write. That is when I write best. I am up with the spirits haunting my laptop with frightfully dreadful things. Also, I am older so what frightens me at my age, won’t frighten someone younger. The closer to the grave you get the more you realize that time is of the essence.

What do you like to do when not writing?
I am an artist type. That means that I have an insatiable urge to be creative. It doesn’t always have to be poetry or short stories. It can be painting or playing my guitar. Just something to feed the creative pangs that constantly badger me to do something constructive with my time. I am a father and husband so that occupies quite a lot of my time. I am also a full-time employee too. So, I work a regular job as well as write. Indie authors live a lean life, and at this point there is no way I could do this full-time unless I won the lottery. I am a realist too, I think that it shows.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
Readers interested in my work or knowing more about my work can visit my website (always a work in progress). The url is http://hunterlynn.com. My books can be found on Amazon. I am also on social media but have a small presence there presently. There is only so much time to do all of the necessities to promote a book successfully, so I pick my battles accordingly. Thanks for the interview, I am grateful for this opportunity and appreciate any feedback you wish to share.

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Questions About Sexuality that Got Me Uninvited from My Denomination



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Click on any conservative Christian denominational website, and you'll find stories and images of all kinds of people finding hope through the efforts of the denomination. But are pastors, churches, and denominations committed to revolutionary hope? Or are they committed to tribal rules? "Questions About Sexuality that Got Me Uninvited from My Denomination" is an insightful, concise disclosure of how one pastor in good standing found answers to those questions.

The book and the included companion discussion guide acts as a code unlocking healthy ways to approach the six passages out of 31,000 verses in the Bible that deal specifically with homosexuality. Along the way, you'll wrestle with questions about the beauty of non-sacrificial love and its relevance to all people, including LGTBQ+ human beings.
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Night Whisperers! (Author Interview)





‘Night Whisperers!’ is the third book in the Rick O’Neil and Ted Troutman series.  Can you tell us a little about the title and what night whisperers are?  

“Night Whisperers!” was the hardest and most personal book I’ve written. “Night Whisperers!” deals with two main themes. The first theme is PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. I believe that every veteran that has experience combat, has PTSD. Some handle it well and live normal lives, while other veterans are paralyzed by PTSD, and require medication, therapy, and even electrical shock therapy. Sadly, after Vietnam the Veterans Administration was ill-prepared to help these veterans.

The second theme is how returning Vietnam Veterans were treated upon returning home. Thanks to the media and Hollywood portraying us as drug-addicted baby killers we were spat upon, physically attacked and treated with hostility. There is an incident in “Night Whisperers!” where Rick is denied free tuition. This incident actually happened to me and we did march on the college registrar’s office.

The way we were treated, is a national disgrace and has scarred many Vietnam Veterans. It took nearly fifty years before the government and the public began showing some respect and now everyone is tripping over themselves trying to make up for treating us badly so many years ago. For many veterans, it is too little and too late.

How comparable is Rick’s adjustment to civilian life to your own experiences?

Fortunately, I wasn’t subject to some of the abuse that many veterans were. As I did mention in the first question, I was part of a group of veterans that stormed the registrar’s office demanded free tuition and we almost threw the registrar out of a window, fortunately, he was saved by the Dean of Students. After that incident, we formed our own veterans fraternity. The word got around not to mess with us and we were left alone. There were still hostile stares and cold shoulders, but mainly I think the students were afraid of us.

There was another time when I was told by a World War II Veteran, “You guys didn’t fight in a real war.” The VFW didn’t accept us into their ranks, because we fought in an undeclared war. Because of this. I like other Vietnam Vets kept a low profile. So, it wasn’t just the college students who saw us as outcasts. We didn’t wear our uniform or talk about our involvement in the war, except with other ‘Nam’ Vets. One of the promises that a lot of my fellow Vietnam Veterans have made is that never again will our nation treat returning veterans the way we were treated.

How does the 3rd book differ from the other two?

As I mentioned this book is much more personal and harder to write. Each of my books in the Rick O’Neil - Ted Troutman Series has some real-life experiences from my past. However, “Night Whisperers!” really did open up old wounds.

The reason I wrote the book is that a number of my readers wanted to know about Rick and Ted’s experiences when they returned from Vietnam. I hadn’t planned on writing about it, but upon reflection thought it would help fill in some gaps in their history, fill out Rick and Ted’s character profile and explain why they are the way they are.

Although difficult to write, I am glad I did write it. It served as a sort of therapy for me and from the responses, I have so far, both non-veteran readers and veterans, readers enjoy it.


There is a Klu Klux Klan scene in the book, can you tell us a little about racial tensions after the war?

As an old history teacher, I believe that the late 1960s and early 1970s were some of the most traumatic times in our country’s history. Cities and college campuses were in flames. Martin Luther King & Bobbie Kennedy were assassinated. This and the Vietnam War protests combined to make this period one of our nation’s worst.

Racial tensions were very high in the Sixties. Despite the progress that was being made with the Civil Rights Act, segregation was still common in many Southern & Northern Cities. The assassination of Martin Luther King in March 1968 was the spark that enflamed Blacks. There were violent protests in nearly all the major cities. National Guard troops were sent to restore peace.

The Klu Klux Klan openly held rallies. I grew up in the North and remembered having Black children in our schools and on our sports teams. We really didn’t think much of it and just accepted them as part of our community/school. I, of course, knew about the problems in the South, but even in the service, I did not see the kind of hatred and discrimination that was common in Southern States.

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To Hold the Throne: A Novel of the Last Maccabee Princess and King Herod the Great



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Historical figures and events meet page-turning fiction in Joni Okun's compelling debut novel. To Hold the Throne breathes life into the extraordinary story of King Herod the Great and Mariamne, the last Maccabee Princess, told in alternating points of view. 
Fueled by shifting political tides in Rome, the Triumvir Marc Antony disrupts the longstanding Maccabee Dynasty of Judea when he crowns Mariamne's new husband, Herod the Great, as King, setting off a firestorm of power-grabbing, betrayal, and tragedy in the quest for the ultimate prize: the throne.
Mariamne never surrenders her belief that her brother Aris, scion of the royal line descending from King David, is the rightful King of Judea. She wrestles with her conscience and with family expectations about how far she is willing to go to oust her husband the king, who loves her with great passion even as he grows increasingly paranoid about her fidelity and suspicious of her disloyalty. 
When a Maccabee family member is found murdered, Mariamne is thrown into a whirlwind of accusations and terror. 

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Da Nang Damned! (Author Interview)





“Da Nang Damned!’ is the 1st book in your O’Neil - Troutman action-adventure series.  Do you recommend reading the books in order or are they all standalone?

No, each book stands on its own, as the main storyline is different in each book. There may be a reference or two to events that occur in “Da Nang Damned!” however, these don’t interrupt the storyline.
I actually intended, to only write one book, it was readers’ positive comments after reading “Da Nang Damned!” that persuaded me to turn it into a series.

What kind of character is O’Neil?

Rick O’Neil is the kind of person we all strive to be. He’s honest, loyal, and although conflicted over events and mistakes he has made is determined to do the right thing.
Rick is by nature stoic and someone who keeps his emotions bottled up tight. This is one of his strengths, and a major weakness, as Rick tends to shut out those he loves.
In creating the two main characters Rick and Ted, I wanted to have two men who although polar opposites, form a strong bond of friendship. I think the differences between Rick and Ted make for a more interesting story.

You pulled a lot from your personal experiences.  Tell us a little about that.

Well, I was always told to write about what you know. My experiences in Vietnam and how returning veterans were stereotyped in the media and Hollywood have scarred a lot of veterans. Each Vietnam veteran has been affected differently and I tried to reflect that in my book.


 Vietnam serves as a backdrop to the story. The book isn’t so much about the war as the effects of the war on the four main characters.

I guess you could say writing “Da Nang Damned!” has been a sort of therapy for me. In 2014, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I was told the cancer was caused by Agent Orange. Agent Orange is a toxic chemical that was sprayed from planes over Vietnamese jungles in an effort to kill the vegetation. American servicemen and Vietnamese were exposed to this defoliant. Currently, there are fourteen diseases ranging from cancers to Parkinson’s which are caused by exposure to Agent Orange. I say it took me fifty years to write “Da Nang Damned!” and in a way, that is true. I always wanted to write a novel and it was the idea that even after all those years that Vietnam was still playing havoc with my life that compelled me to write.

I also lived in northern New Hampshire, so I’m familiar with the area, the lakes, towns, and mountains. Because New Hampshire and Canada share a common border, and because much of the border is remote and heavily wooded it makes a great backdrop for my stories, opening up a lot of possibilities.


The image on the back of the book of the airplane, does it hold any specific meaning?

Yes and thanks for asking, the photo is one I took on January 18, 1968, as we were boarding a Navy C-141 at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. It was a cold, blustery, snowy morning. Twenty-six hours later, we would land in Da Nang, Vietnam and walk out into a hot, steaming airfield tarmac. It was quite a shock.



I was originally going to use the photo of the plane for the cover but opted instead for the map of Vietnam.

You donate a portion of the profits to veteran charities.  That’s amazing.  Your readers can also donate directly.  What are the top two charities you would like to mention here?

Right now, I am donating a portion of my books’ profits to a local organization called the Carroll County Veterans Independence Project. This project is one of the first in the nation whose goal is to provide housing and training to returning veterans and assist them in transitioning back to civilian life. Currently, CCVIP is searching for a suitable facility to house and train the veterans. For more information, you can visit carrollcountyvip.org.

Will there be a third book or another series started?

I just finished and published on Amazon, “Night Whisperers!” This book takes place in 1972. A number of readers asked that I write a book about how the guys coped with all the turmoil in the United States after returning home. “Da Nang Damned!” and “Death Is Never Pretty!” focuses on the present day. Night Whisperers!, fills in the gap between the men’s Vietnam tour and the present and deals with how Rick and Ted adjust to civilian life and the challenges they faced. Here is a brief description:

“After Vietnam, Rick was eager to forget about what he’d seen on the battlefield and go back to living a normal life. But upon returning home, he soon discovers it isn’t that simple. Haunted by the images of the past, and the incessant voices he calls the ‘Night Whisperers’, the memories of war color his every waking moment. With his marriage crumbling and his anger rising, Rick takes to the road in search of answers.”

I have at least one more book planned in the series and I am also working on a Western about an older Texas Ranger.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?  

To learn more about my books and to purchase one they can go to https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B075Q3SL3X. Readers can also visit my Facebook Page @ Peter A. Turner - Author.



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From Thrown Stones (Author Interview)





Will From Thrown Stones be part of a series or do you plan on writing additional books in the fictional politics realm?
It’s a trilogy. Second book is “enemies in the ranks” last book is titled “Kairos moment”


How long did it take you to write From Thrown Stones?
18 months


What inspired you when writing From Thrown Stones?   
True life events, my life took a turn and I resorted to my natural ability – writing. From the moment I accepted writing over everything else, everything else changed for the better



Why did you decide to become a writer?
I have enjoyed writing since I was a small child. I always wrote science fiction but the autobiography was my first move in the arena


How did you come up with the story and ideas in From Thrown Stones?
I just told the truth, the format was the creative part. I had to tell the story from the past as well as the present



Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing From Thrown Stones?
Remembering how everything played out and piecing it back together



What do you like to do when not writing?
I’m a chef and musician



Where can readers find out more about your work?
Miiq.org
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Married to the Alien Doctor: Renascence Alliance Series Book 2



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Traded. Dru had been traded by her captain to the Alliance Empire. She and the rest of the female crew from the human starship Dakota were to be married off, as the Alliance was suffering from a demographics issue, there weren’t enough Alliance women. Dru didn’t care what kind of problems the Alliance had, she didn’t come this far, in her short life, to end up as a grey, alien man’s slave, no matter how powerful his civilization was. But that was the problem, humans were next to nothing, and the Alliance Empire ruled the galaxy. But Dru has an advantage to aid her escape, she is telepathic.
Ket of Imperial House Vo had not thought much about the human women being brought to the Alliance until his eyes rested on the young red-haired beauty, and he knew it was the gods’ will that she become his wife. He would make her submit to his strict Alliance culture and make her humbly accept her new life in the Empire. He knew from the moment he saw her picture that she was his destiny.
The Alliance Series is set in a fictional future where humans are small-time players in the big-time galaxy. There are no heroes or women being rescued; instead readers are led through an intricate maze of alien courting customs, duplicitous strict religious codes, vicious culture shock and uncomfortable compromises.
Warning, strong scenes of a sexual nature that some readers may find disturbing.


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The Mars One Incident



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Technology is the Temptation
The year is 2635, the people of Earth live in a tech-free utopia. Captain Alma Johnson is one of the few permitted to use technology as part of the human fleet. In a starship that has been rebuilt more than a dozen times, she faithfully protects humanity’s holdings in the solar system overpopulated with aggressive aliens and marauding pirates. Now she finds herself on a doomed mission that she’s been set up for from the very beginning. On Mars One Station she investigates a strange starship and learns of a coup threatening Earth’s peaceful way of life. She only has minutes to act and she knows she will be damned for either choice she makes. And what’s worse is that a small part of her wants the coup to succeed. But she must make a choice and make it now.
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Empowered (Author Interview)




Empowered looks like a great book on wisdom and inspirational quotes.  Any plans to release similar books or make it part of a series?  

Thank you.  Empowered is the first book in a series.  I would really like to make it into a series of inspirational books but that depends on my inspiration over the next few months and beyond.  The book contains 120 quotes and I already written 60 more since then so it looks positive for next year.


How did you come up with the ideas and quotes in Empowered?  
The quotes originated from my interactions with people, my observations of the world and personal experiences. I feel that they came "through" me and not "from" me, that I am simply a medium through which these messages are relayed.   In the last few years I have felt compelled to write inspirational blogs and quotes. I did not plan to write a book but the quotes became so many, and I received such good feedback that I decided to compile them into a book.

"Empowered" stimulates creative thinking and encourages energetic debate.  It presents life truths in thought-provoking ways and enables readers to use the quotes as a starting point for self-exploration and introspection and soul-searching. The book is a platform that revitalises the mind and presents an alternative means of making sense of the world.

The nomenclature: Empowered denotes a sense of courage, self-belief, energy, resolve, in my view.  I want those who choose this book to feel all of those sentiments and to enjoy and share the quotes with others.


What will readers get out of your book?
Modern life throws up a range of challenges to people.  The ability to appreciate and use the power of words to explore issues and find solutions is beneficial to all. The book presents a creative way to examine issues and boosts understanding in a fun and novel way.  This is not a book to read and put away; it is meant to be shared one quote at a time and will help readers make sense of the many challenges and situations we experience in our daily lives.

In the book I demonstrated, using a few quotes, how they may be applied, but for the most part the quotes are presented without explanations as to what they could mean because I did not want to influence the thought processes readers. I anticipate that those who embark on this journey will enjoy it, gain insight, apply the quotes to life, and gain wisdom for their decision-making and life choices.

Readers will find that Empowered is different from other books in its genre. It can be used by individuals as well as groups - from the boardroom to the classroom; the family room to the place of worship. The inspirational utterings can be used as a starting point for discussion, exploration, critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving, analysis and ultimately self actualisation.  It is relatable to a wide range of audiences and can be used by individuals from varying generations and backgrounds as well as by business, religious, and social groups. 




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What inspired you when writing Empowered?   
The inspiration for this book came from many years of interacting with local and global communities, working with people, running social enterprises, raising a child with special educational needs and juggling the different roles of parent, business-woman, writer, linguist and inventor.  I find inspiration in a number of unexpected places; it emerges from good situations as well as from challenging ones. It is unpredictable, random, spontaneous and natural.  I found inspiration when I was not looking, when no one was looking and where the rest of the world was looking.

When did you decide to become a writer?
My first book: Practical Business ABC – a Guide for Budding Entrepreneurs was written in 2010.  As in the case of “Empowered”, I did not plan to write a book but felt compelled to document my experience in business versus my education in business.  I had completed a Master’s in Business Administration and I was surprised to see how my experience in business was different from what I had learnt at university.  I realized that some things had to be experienced, no theory existed for certain lessons that business people needed to learn.  My second book: “Jamaican Proverbs, People and Places” was published in the same year.  Both books were written simultaneously over a period of three years from beginning to publish date.

I did not make a conscious decision to become a writer.  My habit of documenting my experiences led me to compile materials which later became books.


When writing Empowered did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
To be totally honest I did not have any challenges in writing the book. As I mentioned, I was simply documenting my thoughts which occurred to me as inspirational quotes. I had no deadline, no stress.  There were times when I had the thought but had to coin the words in a way that would be more appropriate for a quote but in each case the fundamentals were already there.


What do you like to do when not writing?
When I am not writing I am working on my Pocket Learner educational development system.  It is an award-winning innovative programme geared at empowering parents of children deemed slow learners or diagnosed with learning difficulties.  My daughter has special educational needs and I developed this programme based on my work with her.  We are sharing the system with other parents and aim to impact children across the globe.  That takes a lot of time, as you can well imagine. When I have a moment I like to go online to listen to good speakers and I attend personal development seminars when possible.


Where can readers find out more about your work?
My work can be found on my personal website: andreacampbell.co.uk and on pocketlearner.net where readers can find details about my Pocket Learner educational resource.
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Rise to the Rhythm (Author Interview)




Rise to the Rhythm looks like a great motivational and take-charge kind of book.  What type of readers did you write the book for? I wrote this book hoping it would reach and touch the lives of those who may feel as though they’re stuck in the rhythm of a life that’s going nowhere. Yet, they’re still hanging on to a glimmer of hope. And if this is you know that your, “Hope Has Arrived!” How long did it take you to write Rise to the Rhythm?
 It took me four and a half years to write this book. It truly has been a labor of love and frustration. Here’s what I mean. Labor of Love: I was, not dying but, living to do a book about how important it is for you to find your life’s rhythm and get connected to living it on the beat. Because you’ll find it to be the glue, you need to reassemble the broken and scattered pieces associated with the disconnect of living a stagnant life in which will get you nowhere.
 Here’s the thing: This book isn’t necessarily about dance in which one might perceive from the title. It’s about achievement through mental movement and “life in action” choreography designed by me for your mind, body, and soul.
 Frustration: It was difficult to come up with solutions for problems we all deal with such as  how to handle rejection, finding the motivation to get up & groove, procrastination, and overcoming your fears. My goal was to put a different spin or twist on these common setbacks and or challenges, so they wouldn’t bore or seem to be so cookie-cutter to the reader.
 What inspired you when writing Rise to the Rhythm? I wrote Rise because I desired to do something different, bold, and a bit daring.
 Why did you decide to become a writer? I speak about this in the book. Here’s a sneak peek.
 Rise to The Rhythm-Groove to Improve Get Back on Beat Thinking about his story gave me a lift, despite the minor setback. Especially when I thought I had such a good flow going. Either way, it was time to rise to the rhythm and get back on the beat. Here’s why. What people may not know is that I’d always wanted to be a writer, and I developed interest during the early stages of my career. I’d written materials for the stage, for print, radio commercials, television spots, and other media outlets. However, it was nothing as serious as writing a book. What influenced my decision the most was blogging. I was introduced to it in 2009 by a female friend, and an amazing make -up artist whom I’d worked with frequently.

Strangely, in the beginning, when she mentioned “blogging,” I did not understand what she was talking about. Until she explained further. She said it was the same as writing a newspaper article, but this time I’d become the journalist. I could write about any topic I want, yet it has to come from my perspective and or personal experiences. She then told me how she had built a fan base of interested readers, who also commented on what she wrote. This blew my mind because I didn’t know there was such a platform to express oneself. It intrigued me to explore it further. Then I “Made It A Date Not to Procrastinate!”
 
How did you come up with the ideas in Rise to the Rhythm?

They all stemmed from the concept that movement (mentally, physically, and spiritually) is life and life is movement. It’s a fact, “The Rhythm of Life Is A Powerful Beat.”
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Added Sugars the Slow Poison (Author Interview)




Added Sugars the Slow Poison looks like a great educational book.  Any plans to write additional themed books? 

Yes! added sugars the slow poison is a simple, short, informative book. This book puts a lot of emphasis on how different types of sugars are cleverly added   in every processed food item we consume. These added sugars are hidden in various food items like: soft drinks, energy drinks, breakfast cereals, Baby foods, energy bars, ketchups.

Excessive intake of such Added sugars are causing Major health disorders like obesity, Insulin resistance, Type-2 diabetes, Non-alcoholic fatty liver, cardiovascular diseases.

I am also planning to publish an e -book on weight loss, 20 Scientifically Proven Ways to lose weight.


How did you come up with the ideas in Added Sugars the Slow Poison

Initially  I wrote  just a simple article ,but as I  proceeded  to an in-depth research on Added sugars, I felt it  was  High time & absolutely necessary  to spread awareness about how different types of sugars are silently added  in almost every processed food item that  we consume on  daily basis .I felt a  strong sense of  social responsibility to spread awareness, so that these refined sugars/ added sugars do not corrupt or damage the health of our children and future generations.
           
what will readers get out of your book?

This book is a simple yet insightful guide to gain information about all aspects of ADDED SUGARS AND THEIR DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS TO THE SOCIETY.

By reading this book you will get to know:
·       How to shop smartly by eliminating the 60 different names of added sugars used in processed foods from your shopping cart to read a healthy family life.
·       How artificial Sweeteners (Sucralose & Aspartame) added in diabetic diets & diet cokes can cause Neurotoxic effects and cancers after prolonged use.
·       Role of added sugars in tremendous rise of Obesity, Insulin Resistance, Fatty liver, Type-2 diabetes especially in children
And many more useful facts which will transform your life in a healthy way.

What inspired you when writing Added Sugars, the Slow Poison?      

During the process of writing the book Added sugars the slow poison, I happened to listen many videos related to added sugars and their shocking & harmful effects on various parts & major functions of our body. I was very specifically inspired by the videos of 3 doctors.

They are:
1.      Sugar the bitter truth – by Dr. Robert Lustig
2.      Sugar toxicity- by Dr. Eric berg

 

I would strongly suggest all my readers to go through the videos of these 3 doctors Dr.Robert Lustig, Dr.Eric berg, Dr.Aseem Malhotra. They have helped me a lot to understand many interesting scientific facts about these sugars, which we even as educated adults are totally unaware of.

Due to attractive marketing strategies adopted by the  food industry, we are unable to see the large amounts of added sugars we are consuming every day.

 we have overlooked the dangers of the added sugars and spoiled the health of our generation, especially our children. Time has come to enlighten ourselves with sufficient knowledge about these added sugars and protect our families and society.


When did you decide to become a writer?
I was a voracious reader right from childhood, read children's books, animated series, short stories, detective stories, humorous and witty short stories. Reading inspired me a lot to write, express and share my own personal experiences. I found happiness in writing and sharing my words, thoughts & my creative world to my readers.
It was when my English teachers, my friends in my school and college days appreciated and encouraged my short stories, I realized that I should become a writer.
When writing Added Sugars, the Slow Poison did anything stand out as particularly challenging
Yes! I did face some challenges while writing 2nd chapter. The 2nd chapter deals with scientific explanation about how Glucose and Fructose effect our liver and pancreas.
A beginner  would find it little difficult to follow these scientific terms. Therefore, I put my best effort with block diagrams. I have also quoted and recommended my readers to watch related videos so that they can easily visualize and grasp the concept.

What do you like to do when not writing?
Apart from writing, I love to spend my free time in gardening, cooking delicious food, listening to good music. I love Hibiscus and Roses, so I spend a lot of time taking care of these plants.





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Death is Never Pretty! (Author Interview)




‘Death is Never Pretty!’ looks like a great 2nd book in your Ted Troutman Adventure Series.  How many books do you have planned?
Thanks, ‘Death Is Never Pretty!’ is the second of four planned books in the Rick O’Neil - Ted Troutman Action - Adventure Series. These books are about two men, Rick, and Ted. Ted is the sheriff in Carroll County, New Hampshire and Rick is his part-time deputy. The men met in the military years ago and formed a strong bond of friendship. The third book ‘Night Whisperers!’ was released on Amazon September 2019. I am also working on a western about an aging Texas Ranger.


How did you come up with the story in ‘Death is Never Pretty!’?  
I am always looking for ideas for stories, and when I read about Human Trafficking, especially the abduction of children, I thought it would make a great story. New Hampshire shares a border with Canada and the idea of smuggling abducted children across the border just seemed like a natural.        


What will readers get out of your book?
I hope that readers will enjoy the book, and become aware of the great tragedy that is Human Trafficking.


What inspired you when writing ‘Death is Never Pretty!’?   
I was inspired after learning more about Human Trafficking and in particular about the abduction and selling of Inuit Children. The Inuit are a Native American Tribe living in Canada. The children, unfortunately, are in demand as sex slaves and laborers. Learning about this inspired me to add their plight to my storyline.

I am a Vietnam Veteran and I contribute a portion of the profits from my book to various veteran charities, so the more books I write the more I can donate.


When did you decide to become a writer?
I always wanted to write, but it wasn’t until I retired in 2012 that I finally wrote my first book ‘Da Nang Damned!’ This was the first book in the Rick O’Neil - Ted Troutman Series and deals with their experience in Vietnam and a secret that they kept hidden for forty years. A friend’s suicide forces them to reveal the secret, exposing a rich and powerful crime boss.


When writing ‘Death is Never Pretty!’ did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
Well, writing is always challenging. I think the biggest challenge is creating likable, interesting characters, characters that readers will enjoy getting to know. In addition, I try to weave two or three sub-stories into the book and make it appear to be seamless and a natural part of the story.


What do you like to do when not writing?
Being retired allows me the time to pursue things that interest me. One of my hobbies is woodcarving and for the last seven years, I have been a volunteer at a local senior center teaching woodcarving. I also have been researching my family’s history and have found many fascinating things about my ancestors.
When I turned seventy, I finally fulfilled one of my dreams and bought a Jaguar S-Type, which I enjoy taking on road trips with my wife. I also enjoy fishing in the local lakes and ponds. I believe the secret to a long and happy life is to stay active, be socially engaged and intellectually stimulated.


Where can readers find out more about your work?
My books are available on Amazon @ https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B075Q3SL3X
On Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/pete.turner.56
 My blog @ https://writerandraconteur.blogspot.com/


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Silent Strike (Author Interview)




Silent Strike looks like a great suspense thriller.  How many books are set to be in the series?  
The series could have dozens of books. Troy Stoker, MD and the other characters have unlimited potential for stories and adventures.


How did you come up with the story in Silent Strike?  
We wanted to write a second story after we had success with our first book, American Jackal. We wanted to take our character, Troy Stoker, into a world where he took on a higher challenge. Of course, our lead author is a doctor, so you know we’re going to come up with medical intrigue. And while Silent Strike is fiction, we want to tap into the realities that confront our great nation.


What will readers get out of your book?
We all read because we want a story to give us an adventure and rouse our intellect. Our book will take readers into the mind of a gritty, hard-hitting psychiatrist as he goes from Mexico to Chicago and beyond to confront the schemes of evil men. The plot weaves in the medical and biological worlds with international tensions and conflicts.


What inspired you when writing Silent Strike?   
The desire to write a great story always inspires us. We’re motivated by the aspiration of putting that story into the hands of people who want to read their way into an adventure. Then we want to make readers ask themselves, “Could this really happen?”


When did you decide to become a writer?
We teamed up as a writing duo in 2013. Dr. Bandettini had some life experiences that we exaggerated into huge tall tales to become our first thriller novel, American Jackal.


When writing Silent Strike did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
We have immense respect for Iranian people living in Iran, here in America, and in other parts of the world. It is always challenging to celebrate the people when you are pointing out the aggressions and intentions of their government.

What do you like to do when not writing?
We have day jobs. Dr. Bandettini works as a psychiatrist in South Dakota and Matt works in community relations at a hospital in Arizona.  Even with our jobs and writing careers, we still find time to do some cycling and spend rejuvenation time outdoors.


Where can readers find out more about your work?
At Dr. Bandettini’s Amazon author page:



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