I have an exciting new post for you today! An Interview with Author N.E. David, author of such novellas as Feria, Carol's Christmas, and A Day at the Races!
You may have noticed that the title says "5 Minute High Five". This is because the format for interviews has changed! From now on (unless special circumstances dictate otherwise) I will ask authors 5 questions that should only take readers 5 minutes to read! :) You may also have noticed that it says "Part 1". That is because Mr. David has agreed to do 2 interviews for See Lizzie Read! In part 1, I asked Mr. David about himself, his blog, his writing career, and more so that you could get to know him! Here's what he said:
1. You started writing at 21, but changed to financial services as a career for many years. What made you decide to return to writing?
A. Yes, I did start writing at 21 but it was never a career choice at that time. And the truth is, I made a complete hash of it first time round and made some fundamental mistakes - which I intend not to repeat now. So I took a step back and then the need to earn a living got in the way and it was another 33 years before I got back to it. But it was the desire to pick up where I'd left off that got me going again - and I knew it was time to pack up Financial Services when I found the most interesting thing in Money Marketing was the Sudoku.
2.You have a blog on your website devoted to your journey to becoming a recognised author. What do you hope readers will learn/glean from your blog?
A. The idea that readers of my blog should learn/glean anything from it has never occurred to me - I have no desire to 'teach' anyone anything - and I suppose I must apply the same philosophy as I do about my other writing. My main concern is to entertain and I have no personal or political message to convey. My readers must take what they will from my blog as they do from my books, be that inspiration or, sometimes, disgust or depression. I have no desire to change their view of the world, only to help them see it.
3. Your novellas cover a wide range of subjects. Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
A. Mostly by observing what goes on around me - there's so much to tell! I went to a Writers Group meeting recently and sat next to a very pleasant lady who said she was determined to be a writer but didn't know what to write about. I don't think I could be a writer if I didn't have something I deperately wanted to say. Sometimes I burst with ideas and I can't wait to get them down on paper. I do have an 'ideas' file with odd things in it eg. a newspaper article about a WWII soldier's bag found preserved in the desert with a letter in it; an Order of Service for a funeral; a photograph of two people walking along the promenade in 1950's Weston-Super-Mare. My great regret is that I will never have the time to write all their stories.
4. Where do you hope to see yourself in the next few years in respect to your writing career?
A. The short answer to that is - published. The long answer involves being able to set down the eight novel length pieces I have in my head while I still have time. Four of these are written in some form or another and I hope to have the first of these available next year. I'm currently working on the second. The novellas are a bit of fun and not to be taken too seriously - starters if you like while the main course is yet to come.
5. What advice would you give to a young writer on how to start their own writing career?
A. It would be presumptious of me to give anyone advice. All I can tell you is that you will know inside yourself whether you want to write or not and if so, you should do it. If you're young and starting out, think carefully about genre. I think there are some genres you can write for at an early age. I personally found it impossible to write literary fiction at 21 because I hadn't done enough, hadn't read enough and hadn't practised writing enough. Here I am all those years later and it's still difficult. Now we're back to question one!
There you have it readers! An inside look at the mind of Mr. N.E. David! I'm willing to bet that now you're wondering about part 2. Well, In Part 2 I am going to talk with Mr. David about one of his holiday novellas, Carol's Christmas. With Christmas on its way in just about 6 weeks, you may want to purchase this book, or any of Mr. David's other novellas, for your loved ones as gifts, or just as an early present to yourself! Either way, you're sure to love them!
A special thanks to Mr. N.E. David for taking time out of his busy schedule to do an interview!
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
I have finished a wonderful book and I just had to share it with you all!! It’s called The Champion and it is written by Carla Capshaw. This particular book is set in ancient Rome and it is one of three of Mrs. Chapshaw’s books that are set in that time period. But don’t panic, they are three separate stories not three parts of one story. J
TIberia the younger, or Tibi, is the second daughter of Tiberius. Tiberius wanted a son and He didn’t get one. As a result, it seems that Tibi cannot earn anything but her father’s scorn. Now that Tibi is older, it is time for her to be married. Marriage is, supposedly, one of the few things that Tibi could do to “be of use” to her family. However, after four failed engagements, Tibi’s father has lost his patience with her and has decided to make her become a priestess in the temple so that she can “be of some use” to the family. Tibi would rather risk death than to become a temple priestess to a false “goddess” that she has never really believed in….so she does. Tibi makes a run for it earning herself death threats from her father. Tibi knows her father’s temper and that he really might go through with it. Tibi needs a champion. Desperate, Tibi turns to the only person who might shelter her until her christian cousins are in town…Alexius, champion gladiator of Rome. Can a frightened girl from a violent home trust a man known for killing and maiming others in the Coliseum? What happens next is more than Tibi bargained for and more than she had ever dreamed possible.
Readers this book is amazing!!! You will NOT be sorry you read it!! This is the first Carla Capshaw book I have ever read and I have been instantly transformed into a Carla Capshaw Fan!! Mrs. Capshaw’s fast paced plot line and colorful characters will keep your eyes glued to the page and your mind racing! And not only is Mrs. Capshaw a master at love stories, but at suspense also! I can confess that I would read 100 pages at a time and not even realize how much time had passed because I was so engrossed in what was happening in the book! I stayed on the edge of my seat! I give The Champion 5 bookmarks and strongly recommend it to all looking for a good, old fashioned love story that will keep you guessing! The Champion by Carla Capshaw is without a doubt, one of the best new romantic stories released in any genre!
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Until next time,