Interview with Author Ron Bagliere

Welcome to this week’s author interview with Ron Bagliere. Besides being an author, Ron is also an editor. Ron has posted on my blog as a guest before but this time he shares his answers to my interview questions.

Thanks, Ron, for participating in my interview.

About Writing/Books/Being an Autho

1 Do you remember the first book you read that had an impact on you – in what way and what was the name of that book?

The Lord of the Rings.
It had a tremendous impact on me as it started me writing some 30 odd years ago. For me, the epic fantasy novel was an affirmation on the spirit of friendship and having someone who would go through hell with you, and so I totally identified with the two hobbits, which got me to want about my experiences.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to write?

I was 27 at the time.

3. Who is/are your favourite author(s)?

Marrion Zimmer-Bradley – Kristian Hannah – Arthur C. Clark – Lisa Wingate

4. What is your favourite thing about writing? What is your least favourite thing writing?

That’s a big question. Writing is expression of myself in many ways, so it’s a journey. Creating characters with depth is such a joy and a challenge that I love and I can get lost for hours in their musings about life and their hopes and dreams – because yes, my characters are people. That probably makes me schizophrenic – LOL. As far as what I don’t like – that would be the marketing aspect, although it’s really not so much a dislike – rather it’s a distraction from doing the thing I really love: WRITING!

5. Where do your ideas come from?

For the last 5 years, most of my focus has been on Nepal and the people there, the culture, the land, and the mountains. Nepal is so rich with all these things and the backdrop so magnificent that stories just come naturally. Overall, stories come to me organically – things I see and hear, music, poetry all inspire narratives. I’m constantly drawn to broken people who are survivors, full of courage and resilience.

6. I’ve often found that creative people have more than one talent, what is yours?

Well, I used to draw quite a bit when I was younger, and people told me I was talented. I also enjoy photography and a few of my pictures made it into our local museum here in Syracuse.

7. If you could jump inside of a book for one day (as an observer) what book would it be?

The Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King

8. When you create characters are they completely made up or do they resemble or remind you of people you know?

75% of my characters have been created with people I have met. The other 25% come from the dark side – LOL

9. Have you ever created a character “out of thin air” only to run into someone in real life that reminds you of that character either in personality or their features?

Can’t say as I have, although I have run into some people who have had various mannerisms of some of my characters.

10. How do you come up with titles for your books?

Ah, that is good question. I have found the titles find me rather than me going and looking for them. They usually find me somewhere around the last few chapters of my first draft, with the exception of “The Lion of Khum Jung”. That came instantly right in the beginning, when I was over in Nepal.

11. What are you working on now and can you tell us about it?

Right now I’m in the middle of a three book series that takes off after “The Lion of Khum Jung”. In 2014 Nepal suffered a series of natural disasters that affected the country economically and lives lost. This series touches on these disasters, which were the Everest Avalanche that ended the climbing season on Everest and took the lives of 16 Sherpa guides – the monsoon that displaced 170,000 people due to flash floods and flooding in general, and landsides in several districts throughout the country – and finally, the freak blizzard on the Annapurna Circuit that took the lives of 43 trekkers and stranded nearly 300 people on the trail. All three of these books focus on the these disasters through the eyes of the characters, drawing them together to be stronger than they believed themselves to be. The first novel in the series “On My Way to You” is slated to be out by the end of this year with the others following a year apart.

12. Have you won any awards for your writing/books and if so what?

I have received 2 awards for “Lion of Khum Jung” here in Syracuse and nationally, although I always leave it to my readers to decide what they think. If I can touch one person’s life, making it a tad better by something I’ve written, then it’s a winner as far as I’m concerned.

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13. What is one thing you haven’t done but would like to do?

Trek the Annapurna Circuit and learn both Nepalese and Lhasa (Tibetan) languages

14. Can you tell us about an embarrassing/funny moment?

There are so many, it’s hard to pick one. I guess if I’m pressed I guess it would be my not realizing I was washing my hair with conditioner only while I was in Nepal. After a few days I looked like Jack Nicolson in the Shining. My hiking partner had quite a laugh at my wild look.

15. Have you ever experienced something weird you could not explain?

Not much that it was weird, but rather serendipitous. In my novel, The Lion of Khum Jung” I had the main character singing “Country Roads” by John Denver, which I thought was a stretch seeing how the story is in Nepal – but when I went back this year and was up in the mountains I heard the song playing not once, but three times during my trek. It raised goose bumps on my arms.

16. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?

1,000 year old eggs. I don’t recommend the delicacy to the faint of heart

17. Do you have a favourite vacation spot? Where?

Umm…let me see…NEPAL? J

18. What makes you happy?

My family and friends – they are the glue to life for me.

19. If you aren’t writing (or doing anything associated with writing), what are you doing?

Hiking with friends and family. There’s nothing like being with the people I love on a nice long trail in the woods or in the mountains.

20. Have you ever met anyone famous – who?

Bob Hope at LAX back in 1978, Don Henley, Michael MacDonald (backstage at the Syracuse War Memorial in 1977).

Ron’s Links

Website: https://rjbagliere.com/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00LQ7NB3Y

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Book Review – The Long Gray Goodbye by Bobby Underwood

The Long Gray Goodbye (Seth Halliday #2)

The Long Gray Goodbye by Bobby Underwood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


While honeymooning aboard their boat in Ecuador Private Detective, Seth Halliday witnesses someone falling from an airplane. He and his new wife, Caroline, pull the body of a young teenage girl from the water. They find an envelope taped to her body addressed to a well-known American TV actress. Curious about the envelope they cut it open to find a small cassette tape. Seth decides to hang on to the tape and not let the Ecuadorian authorities know about it until he has answers. Seth Halliday has a mystery to solve. The Long Gray Goodbye is the second book of the Seth Halliday Novels. It is a modern day mystery told in a 40s–50s PI style.

The prologue, A Rainy Farewell, quickly grabbed my attention. The story takes the reader on a journey to a number of locations and one murder suddenly becomes two as this complex mystery unfolds. The story is filled with action, romance, some funny moments, and some tender ones.

The following excerpt was one of my favourite lines in the book: I reached over and took her hand in mine and held it. I said, “Sometimes I sit with beautiful French girls in Paris while they finish their second cigarette, and reflect wistfully on what might have been.” I felt her hand squeeze mine for a moment and then she leaned her head against my shoulder and kept it there for a while.

The only issue I had with the story was with Seth’s “roving eye”. While he adores his wife, Caroline, and I believe he would never hurt her; he spends a little too much time admiring other females around him.

I truly enjoyed reading this story and look forward to more of the Seth Halliday series.




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Interview with Author Gabriel Constans

This week’s interview is with Author Gabriel Constans. I chuckled at more than one of his answers and his non-answer to #14 has piqued my curiosity.

Gabriel, good luck with your screenplays and I really do hope you win an award for one of them some day. Thanks again for participating!

About Writing/Books/Being an Author

1. Do you remember the first book you read that had an impact on you – in what way and what was the name of that book?

The book was “Autobiography of a Yogi”. It changed the way I looked at the world and what is possible.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to write?

In high school, when I began writing articles and editing an alternative paper.

3. Who is/are your favourite author(s)?

Isabelle Allende, James Baldwin, Sarah Waters, Alice Walker, Chitra Divakaruna, Alexander McCall Smith, Nora Zeale Hurston, Pat Conroy, Barbara Kingslover, Wallace Stegner, etc.

4. What is your favourite thing about writing? What is your least favourite thing writing?

Favorite thing about writing is being able to describe a scene in my head well enough for others to grasp it themselves and make them think, feel and/or question. Least favorite aspect of writing is knowing when to stop editing and get on with it.

5. Where do your ideas come from?

Personal experiences, friends, family, history, world evenings, personal relationships, other books, stories and movies, and primarily my imagination.

6. I’ve often found that creative people have more than one talent, what is yours?

I enjoy playing the ukulele, though I’m not sure how much “talent” is involved.

7. If you could jump inside of a book for one day (as an observer) what book would it be?

That’s a great question. “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Nora Zeale Hurston.

8. When you create characters are they completely made up or do they resemble or remind you of people you know?

My characters resemble, or remind me of, different people I have, and/or do know, or have heard about. Having met hundreds of individuals and their families, with hospice, in hospital, private counseling, and survivors of various forms of trauma, has provided a plethora of possibilities.

9. Have you ever created a character “out of thin air” only to run into someone in real life that reminds you of that character either in personality or their features?

Not that I can recall. Usually, it is the other way around.

10. How do you come up with titles for your books?

I really enjoy coming up with titles for books (and other things). It takes time to get just the right one, which must include a clear relation to the content and/or theme of the book, and that is catchy and grabs the attention of possible readers.

11. What are you working on now and can you tell us about it?

I have three screenplays either produced, in development, and or production, with four others I’m working on getting optioned and/or picked up for production.

12. Have you won any awards for your writing/books and if so what?

My wife gave me the award of “most persistent and steadfast”. I hope she was talking about my writing.

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13. What is one thing you haven’t done but would like to do?

Win an Academy Award, Indie Spirit Award, and/or Golden Globe, for one of my screenplays.

14. Can you tell us about an embarrassing/funny moment?

I can, but will I? I think not.

15. Have you ever experienced something weird you could not explain?

Well, I can’t explain life, and it’s pretty weird.

16. Are you superstitious? Do you have any rituals for good luck?

Not really. I do have to have everything around me cleaned and put away though before I sit down to write.

17. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?

A gentleman never tells.

18. Do you have a favourite vacation spot? Where?

Mendocino, California and Killarney, Ireland.

19. What makes you happy?

Loving. Making love. Being loved. Other people’s happiness and pleasure. Chocolate and stories.

20. If you aren’t writing (or doing anything associated with writing), what are you doing?

Playing music, working in the garden, reading, meeting friends, or watching movies.

21. Have you ever met anyone famous – who?

Joan Baez, Bell Hooks, and Eve Ensler.

Check out Gabriel Constans’ books here: http://www.gogabriel.com/books.html


Interview with Author N. R. Tupper

New year, new author interviews. For 2019 I will be posting more frequent interviews so check back weekly to find out about some of your favourite authors or perhaps find a new one.

First up for this first week of January is sci-fi author, N. R. Tupper. Not only is she a novelist but she plays piano semi-professionally too. And unlike me she enjoys the editing process.

Thank you for participating!

About Writing/Books/Being an Author

1. Do you remember the first book you read that had an impact on you – in what way and what was the name of that book?

The Truth Trap by Frances A. Miller. Honestly, I think I was way too young to be reading it. If I recall correctly I was around 10 or 11? It’s a pretty hefty story for someone that young and it left a pretty deep mark. In it the main protagonist is falsely accused of murdering his sister and while dealing with the searing pain of her death he also has to deal with being horribly abused while in prison.  It left a lasting impression. I don’t think I could read it as an adult but I also don’t think I’ll ever forget it.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to write?

I’m not sure it was a matter of realizing I wanted to write so much as knowing I wanted to tell stories. From as far back as I can remember I loved telling stories. At first I would hear stories, then repurpose them in my own way before retelling them but eventually I started telling my own original stories based off the things I love. I guess you could say I got my start in oral fanfiction!

3. Who is/are your favourite author(s)?

Joan D. Vinge. Robert Ludlum. Justin Cronin. Pierce Brown. Suzanne Collins. Many, many others but if those names are on a cover I’m 99% likely to buy the book.

4. What is your favourite thing about writing? What is your least favourite thing writing?

I despise the drafting process but adore the editing process. There’s something so satisfying about polishing that rough draft!

5. Where do your ideas come from?

Anything/everything. I once got an idea from a story from looking at a wind chime and my most recently published series came from a documentary on cults.

6. I’ve often found that creative people have more than one talent, what is yours?

I play piano semi-professionally, I knit, crochet and enjoy sewing (though I’m not so great at sewing), and I can type at 140wpm (I figure that’s a talent!)

7. If you could jump inside of a book for one day (as an observer) what book would it be?

Definitely the Passage by Justin Cronin! That world is both terrifying and interesting. I’d love to see it first hand but I’d hate to live in it.

8. When you create characters are they completely made up or do they resemble or remind you of people you know?

They are generally completely made up but might resemble an IDEA. For example, in my latest series the main character was born from a cult documentary and the thought: What is it like to have to choose living a false religion or being forever separated from your family? After the fact I sometimes think a character I created reminds me of someone I know but I never deliberately model them after anyone.

9. Have you ever created a character “out of thin air” only to run into someone in real life that reminds you of that character either in personality or their features?

Kind of! Haha. When I was 13 and struggling with self esteem and confidence I created this character named Jardia. As an adult I realized that I modeled MYSELF after HIM. It was almost as if his personality was the person I wished I could be. Funny, now I kind of am him but I certainly wasn’t way back in the day when I first started exploring his easy-going, flirtatious confident self. I guess he was a Mary Sue?

10. How do you come up with titles for your books?

It’s a painful, horrible, soul-wrenching process. Generally, I try to find a title that ties into the story in some way. During the drafting stage I almost always give a ‘standing title’ that changes when the story is done. Sometimes I’ve stumbled upon the perfect title right from the start though.

11. What are you working on now and can you tell us about it?

I am currently struggling to finish the third novel in my series. After that I am hoping to move onto a lighter children’s story to cleanse my palette before tackling the NEXT book in the series!

12. Have you won any awards for your writing/books and if so what?

No, but I’ve never entered any contests where awards would be given.

A Little More Personal

13. What is one thing you haven’t done but would like to do?

I would love to travel out of country. I have lived my entire life in this country (Canada) and have only glimpsed the border of the U.S. but have never actually gone anywhere.

14. Can you tell us about an embarrassing/funny moment?

I embarrass myself daily. I think the funniest moment I can recall from recent memory is this hilarious customer I had at my old job. We had this sale called 10 for $10. So, you could buy 10 items of a specific type for $10. This lady came up to the tills all disgruntled because chocolate bars were supposed to be 10 for $10 but they were instead marked $1 each. Watching my assistant manager try to explain to her that $1 each equals 10 for $10 was the funniest moment I’ve experienced in awhile. I would have felt bad for her but her attitude was so horrible it was hard to feel any sympathy! Making mistakes is natural, yelling and berating store employees and calling them stupid when you’re in the wrong? Yeah, not so natural or forgivable.

15. Have you ever experienced something weird you could not explain?

Absolutely!  I am a bit of a skeptic but I’ve seen things that make me wonder. I know the brain is tricky and often seeing ‘ghosts’ or hearing voices can be attributed to a fault in the brain, like a circuit that fires off when it shouldn’t. But, I’ve had experiences that were shared and that’s when I take pause.

16. Are you superstitious? Do you have any rituals for good luck?

Nope!

17. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?

I have tons of food allergies so I have to admit I don’t do weird food! I think the weirdest I have ever gotten with food is eating oysters. I know! Not weird, but that’s about as spicy as I get.

18. Do you have a favourite vacation spot? Where?

I love Southern Alberta. I think it’s just beautiful. Mountains AND prairies AND deadlands? Yes, please!

19. Can you tell us about one of your favourite childhood memories?

LARPing. There were these neighbor kids I used to play with and instead of playing with Barbies or toys they would LARP (unofficially). If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically taking on a persona, deciding on a storyline and then acting it out. We were never scripted, it was all impromptu imaginative play but it was my absolute favorite play activity ever. Sadly, there weren’t many kids who would participate.

20. What makes you happy?

My husband. My family. My cats. Reading and writing. And my piano.

21. If you aren’t writing (or doing anything associated with writing), what are you doing?

Playing video games, playing my piano, knitting or crocheting most likely. And if none of those, I’m probably organizing some random part of my house or creating countless ‘wish lists’ for the future.

22. Have you ever met anyone famous – who?

The closest I’ve come to a famous person is some famous rock star who came through my old workplace. I didn’t recognize him though. My coworkers all freaked out but I served him like any other customer because I just had no idea he was famous! Haha. I still don’t know who he is really, despite them telling me.

Author links:

Website: nrtupper.wixsite.com/nrtupper 

Facebook: facebook.com/nrtupper

Email: nrtupperauthor@gmail.com

Author Interview #9 with Sandra J Jackson

Thanks, Julia, for interviewing me!

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Q1. Tell me about yourself – biography, career, likes, dislikes, hobbies etc…anything you would like to share about yourself? Any fun, interesting facts? Please insert a photograph if possible.

I was born in Montreal, QC Canada and moved to Ontario when I was 16. I have always enjoyed and participated in many art forms but painting was my favourite. It seemed natural that I took some form of art in school and so I graduated college with a 3-year graphic design diploma. Though I had a couple of jobs with some aspect of graphic design, I never made a career out of it. After marriage and children I ended up working as an administrative assistant and now I am a full-time Financial Assistant. I think this is kind of funny since math wasn’t my favourite subject. Writing came much later in life when my children had grown…

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2018 Author Interview Recap

As 2018 nears its end, I would like to thank all the authors who participated in my blog, and to the readers who took the time to learn about favourite and new to them authors. I will continue my monthly interviews in 2019 and if you would like to contribute please send me a message. I wish you all a safe, happy, and prosperous 2019.

January
John Callas 

February
KG Petrone 

March
Sandi Bischoff   

April
Shan L. Scott 

May
Faith Bloom 

June
Lauren Boehm-Lynch 

July
June V. Bourgo

August
Sharon C. Williams

September
Heather B. Moon 

October
J. Craig Rice 

November
Sally Cronin 

December
Billie Kowalewski