Meet an author: Renée Topper

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Today i bring you an indie author with a prized book Pigment a mystery thriller, let’s know her a little more.

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Tell us a little about yourself and your background? 

I’m a creative producer and an award-winning and bestselling author. As a storyteller, I’ve crafted for the big screen, the little screen, books, the stage, in speeches, press, marketing and advertising communications. I’m especially compelled to create and share stories that examine the human condition and have a positive impact. In addition to novels and videos, I’ve helped shape and tell stories for individuals and brands including Buzz Aldrin, Time Warner Inc., Comcast, Toyota, JBL, DuPont, and more.

I founded Story Matter as a creative lab in 2011. There I lead teams to craft stories that reflect the human condition, tales that are mindful and meaningful, stories that matter.

 

What would you say is your more iconic novel and why?

PIGMENT: The Limbs of the Mukuyu Tree Book 1. It’s my debut novel and it addresses a real and present issue in today’s world. It has also garnered the LYRA Award for Mystery/Suspense/Thriller and is a finalist in the International Book Awards Cross-Genre category. I’m publishing my second novel in November, SUNSET BLUES, the first in a noir-ish detective series that looks at human trafficking in Los Angeles, among other issues.

 

Which writers inspire you?

Oh, so many! Here are several: Salman Rushdie, Naguib Mahfouz, Toni Morrison, Peter Quinn, John Steinbeck, James Joyce, Toni Morrison, Alice Sebold, J.K. Rowling

 

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

No. I’ve had the pleasure of consulting on and editing works by other authors. I have co-written screenplays and that is a wonderful experience. I’d imagine with the right pairing up, a collaboration on a novel could be fun and fruitful.

 

When did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve always been a storyteller. As I wee child I was very enamored with post-its. They were the perfect size on which for me to write my first books…once I knew how to write words.

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Entrevista: Juan José Díaz Téllez

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Cuéntanos un poco de ti y tu historia

Bueno, nací en Málaga (España) hace ya unos pocos años (allá por el 1969) y en la vida “real” soy informático, he trabajado como diseñador gráfico y orientador laboral, y la verdad es que nunca creí que podría llegar a escribir profesionalmente. De hecho lo hice un poco por casualidad. Me explico, tenía escrita y “acumulando polvo” en el disco duro de mi ordenador desde hacía tiempo una novela corta (la verdad es que por aquellos entonces sólo escribía relatos, por lo que algo de más de 80 páginas no me parecía corto, precisamente :D) titulada “La habitación 352”. Una tarde de aburrimiento se me ocurrió enviarla por correo a una lista de editoriales que encontré en Internet sin ningún tipo de expectativas, y resulta que me contestó una editorial, Scylaebooks, diciéndome que estaba interesada en publicarla. Yo no tenía ni idea de que se trataba de la filial de Editorial Planeta que gestionaba la publicación en formato ebook, y cuando me enteré casi me da un “yuyu” 🙂 Por eso cuando oigo decir que las grandes editoriales no leen a noveles, o que es trabajo perdido enviar manuscritos, no puedo estar más en desacuerdo… ¡en mi caso acerté a la primera!

¿Qué escritores te inspiran?

Stephen King, siempre. Los primeros recuerdos que tengo siendo peque en la biblioteca eran de una serie que en España se vendió como “Alfred Hitckock presenta a Los tres investigadores” que creo que definió en gran parte lo que me iba a gustar de adulto. Lo primero que leí de King fue “El maleficio” (Thinner, en el original) y a partir de ahí ya no pude dejar de leerlo, y eso se nota en mis obras. Mi otro imprescindible es Michael Crichton.

¿Ha escrito novelas en colaboración con otros escritores?

Hubo un proyecto de colaboración con otros tres compañeros que tenía buena pinta, pero se fue diluyendo y al final quedó en nada. Aunque si te digo la verdad, me siento más cómodo trabajando solo. Soy un lobo solitario de las letras 😀

¿Cuándo decidiste convertirte en escritor?

Cuando ví que la cosa iba en serio y que a unas cuantas personas le gustaba lo que escribo. Creo que fué a partir de la publicación de “La habitación 352”, hasta entonces ni se me pasó por la imaginación, sólo escribía para mí.

¿Escribes a tiempo completo o a tiempo parcial?

Ojalá pudiera escribir a tiempo completo. De momento, mis libros no pagan las facturas, lo hace mi trabajo como orientador laboral. Pero mientras hay vida, hay esperanza…

¿Trabajas con un esquema o diagrama o prefieres simplemente ver dónde te lleva una idea?

Ojalá fuese capaz de llevar un esquema, pero escribo por impulsos, de hecho cuando me lanzo a escribir apenas tengo en mente el desarrollo, sólo el inicio y el final. Me gusta contarme la historia a mí mismo, y la mayoría de las veces acaba sorprendiéndome llevándome a sitios que ni siquiera había intuido al empezar a escribir. No sé si esto es bueno o malo, pero no puedo evitarlo, soy algo caótico…

¿Tienes una estrategia para encontrar reseñas?

No, y de hecho ése es uno de mis puntos débiles. Creo que mis libros estarían mejor situados en el “todopoderoso” Amazon y llegarían a muchas más personas si tuviesen una adecuada campaña de marketing a sus espaldas, pero esa es una de mis asignaturas pendientes, y la de muchos escritores Indie. Reconozco que soy muy, muy malo en el campo del marketing. Espero que con mi nuevo libro sea capaz de romper el maleficio.

¿Cuáles son tus pensamientos sobre las buenas / malas críticas?

Verás, creo que cuando se repartió el renombrado “ego del escritor” yo estaba de vacaciones y no me llevé nada, así que, suelo tener bastante “miedito” a la hora de lanzar un nuevo trabajo. Por regla general suelo tender a darle a las malas críticas más importancia de la que a veces tienen, y por el contrario, no hago mucho caso a las positivas (aunque no voy a negar que sientan bien, claro :D). De cualquier modo, una mala crítica justificada, que no caiga simplemente en la descalificación porque sí, es más útil que una positiva porque aunque duelan, hay que tomarlas como una ayuda para mejorar. Las críticas “troll” que van a hacer daño es mejor ignorarlas y seguir adelante.

¿Cómo pueden los lectores descubrir más acerca de ti y tu trabajo?

Aunque tengo que darle un “lavado de cara”, tengo mi página de autor en www.juanjoescritor.com, perfiles en casi todas las redes sociales (@juanjoescritor en twitter, juanjoescritor en instagram, juanjodiaztellezen Facebook o GoodReads), y por supuesto todo mi trabajo está disponible en AMAZON, desde cualquier parte del mundo, poniendo en la casilla de búsqueda “Juan Jose Diaz Tellez”. Aunque el grueso de mi obra es el terror y el suspense, también escribo para niños. “Julieta en busca del arcoíris” suele recibir muy buenas críticas.

Author Interview: Ruth Miranda

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Tell us a little about yourself and your background? 
– I’m from Portugal, currently reside near Lisbon. I’m married and have a son. I graduated college with a degree in Marketing and Advertising and have never worked in that area, I hate it. On the other hand, have worked in pretty much every thing else, from nanny to English teacher, to customer support and collectings.

What would you say is your more iconic novel and why?
I’m new to this business of having published novels, so I wouldn’t know. Probably Unnatural, because it’s the first one in a series and is actually very much me, very much my imaginary world is there, along with a lot of experiences and memories from my past life. It’s probably my most personal novel, as it’s where readers get an inkling of who I am deep down.

Which writers inspire you? 
So many! George Eliot, the Brontë sisters, Charles Dickens, Stephen King, Stephen Lawhead, Anne Rice, Agatha Christie, Susanna Clarke, Donna Tart, J.K. Rowling…

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
I’ve never written with other writers, tough I used to do that in my teens with my best friend.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I didn’t. I’ve always written, always enjoyed above anything else sitting down to pen a story to paper. It’s the only thing I like doing professionally, actually, the only thing that makes me feel happy with my work. I became sort of a writer the moment I was made redundant in my last work place and while I was looking for another job, I got back to writing. Then I decided I wasn’t going back to work – our son was a toddler – and so it all converged on me becoming a writer.

Do you write full-time or part-time? 
I currently write full-time.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I don’t have a system, really. I do have an outline at the start, even if it’s only in my head, I do jot down a brief synopsis of what I want the story to be, but then muse grabs the reins and I can’t but go along with her!

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? 
None whatsoever

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? 
Who doesn’t love good reviews? As for bad reviews, depends on whether they come from a place of meanness – there’s a lot of that going round – or are helpful. A bad review, if coherent and truthful, can be very helpful for authors, even though it hurts like a proverbial MF!

How can readers discover more about you and you work?
I’m very present on Instagram, and I also have a blog where I talk a lot about my novels, amongst other things, even though it’s a food blog. It’s called L’air du Temps, if you’re curious.

Meet an author: Mark Kloss

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Tell us a little about yourself and your background? 
– I was born and lived until ten years old, in one of the roughest parts of London. I never felt in danger as I learned to toughen up fast. Being an unplanned son, my parents were quite old but loving. Although I was what they would now call a ‘hyperactive’ child’, at 13 years old my brother gave me a second-hand guitar and that was the first time my life had a purpose: to make it as a song writer! Many frustrating hours would be spent trying to master the instrument and many satisfying hours passed playing with my friends. Yet still I was wild and hated school, although I did enjoy reading.

One day at the age of fourteen out of nowhere I felt like writing a poem. I realized I was good at it when my grown-up sister spent hours searching for what I had copied it from! As the years passed, through the trials and tribulations of love and death, the adventures of world travel, larger adventures of making a good living while searching for a deeper meaning to life, and largest adventures of married life and bringing up four sons, my desires to write poetry gradually grew and finally expanded into writing books.

I’m still a little wild and free, but now I have many purposes and adventures to keep me happy.

What would you say is your more iconic novel and why? 
– There are two that immediately come to mind. First is a well loved book called ‘Cider With Rosie’ by Laurie Lee. The whole book is as close to poetry as you could get and succeeds in stirring the hardest heart as a more innocent age passes. The second is The first of the Bourne series by Robert Ludlum. His writing introduced me to a fast and exciting pace.

Which writers inspire you? 
– I naturally lean towards a mix of Laurie Lee’s poetic wanderings or the manic pace of Robert Ludlum.

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers? 
– My son, Victor Kloss has written a popular series called ‘The Royal Institute Of Magic’. Before that we co-wrote an interesting book called ‘Download’, which was never actually taken to the market. Most tragically, he recently passed away, leaving his loving wife and daughter behind, along with a lost future as a successful writer. I have since updated Download and this time I am determined to bring it to the market, I hope within the next month actually.

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