Tuesday, February 14, 2017

INTERVIEW with HUGH AARON, author of WHEN WARS WERE WON

Author Hugh Aaron doesn't have to look far for stories worth writing about. At just nineteen years of age, Aaron found himself in the South Pacific as a member of a Seabee battalion during World War II. We thank Professor Aaron for joining us at the Book Pound to share some of his wisdom about writing and about life.

You've written works in many different genres. Do you have a favorite genre? Do you find writing in some genres to be more natural than writing in others?
I love writing short stories and novels because they nearly write themselves. I never know what a chapter will reveal in a character, or how the plot will develop. I am constantly surprised.

When Wars Were Won is set in the Philippines where you served as a 19-year-old. Have you returned to the Philippines in the years since? Was it difficult to recreate the Filipino setting as you wrote the novel?
Both my buddies from the Seabees have visited me often, and the Filipino woman I had fallen in love with while overseas had visited me in Maine with one of her daughters. She was quite elderly at the time and is now deceased.

How did you go about constructing your novel? Do you work from outlines? Do you seek advice and feedback from others?
I do not work from outlines but from within myself. I send all my writing to a wonderful editor who also edits for major publishers.

You have also written plays for the stage. How do you think your script writing affects your novel writing? 
I love theatre. I write from the personality of the individual I imagine him or her to be. Of course their concocted personalities drive the events. The process for writing a story is in its telling, while that of a play is in its dialogue. Both methods tell a story, but a play projects a situation via dialogue on a stage, while a novel requires that the reader apply his or her imagination.

What's up next for you as a writer?
Assembling collections of my short stories and essays.

Is there anything else you'd like to tell Book Pound readers?
All of us love to tell stories. I subscribe to what William Carlos Williams has written; 

"Their story, yours, mine - it’s what we all carry with us on this trip we take, and we owe it to each other to respect our stories and learn from them."

About the Author
Born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, Hugh Aaron was a Seabee in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war he graduated from the University of Chicago where his professors encouraged him to pursue a literary career. However, he made his living as CEO of his own manufacturing business while continuing to write. He sold the company in 1985 to write full time. To date he has written two novels, a travel journal, a short story collection, a book of business essays, a book of his WWII letters, a child’s book in verse and a collection of movie reviews. The Wall Street Journal also published eighteen of his articles on business management and one on World War II. He resides by the sea in mid-coast Maine with his artist wife.

His latest book is When Wars Were Won.

You can visit his website at www.StonesPointBooks.com.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

RELEASE DAY BLITZ: SUPER SIMPLE QUICK START GUIDE TO SELF-PUBLISHING by E.J. STEVENS


Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Self-Publishing 

About the Author
E.J. Stevens is the bestselling, award-winning author of the IVY GRANGER, PSYCHIC DETECTIVE urban fantasy series, the SPIRIT GUIDE young adult series, the HUNTERS' GUILD urban fantasy series, and the WHITECHAPEL PARANORMAL SOCIETY Victorian Gothic horror series. She is known for filling pages with quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic

BTS Red Carpet Award winner for Best Novel, SYAE finalist for Best Paranormal Series, Best Novella, and Best Horror, winner of the PRG Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Paranormal Fantasy Novel, Best Young Adult Paranormal Series, Best Urban Fantasy Novel, and finalist for Best Young Adult Paranormal Novel and Best Urban Fantasy Series.

When E.J. isn't at her writing desk, she enjoys dancing along seaside cliffs, singing in graveyards, and sleeping in faerie circles. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.

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faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines. Her novels are available worldwide in multiple languages.

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Title: SUPER SINGLE QUICK START GUIDE TO SELF-PUBLISHING
Author: E.J. Stevens
Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press
Pages: 105
Genre: Nonfiction
This simple introductory guide will give you the basic information you need to begin self-publishing.

Whether you are writing your first novel or looking to breathe new life into your backlist, this guide will give you the tools you need to successfully self-publish. Useful information, direct links to resources, checklists, and step-by-step tutorials will help you create a professional quality book.

Simple tips will save you time that you can spend on writing, publishing, and promoting your next bestseller.

This book provides an introduction to:
  • Building a Writing Template
  • Copyright
  • Beta Readers and Editors
  • ISBN and Barcode
  • Font Licensing
  • Book Covers
  • ARCs
  • Ebook Formatting
  • Print Book Formatting
  • SEO, Keywords, and BISAC Categories
  • Retail Product Pages
  • Pricing
  • Audiobooks and Narrators
  • Translations and Translators

Each chapter will take you one step, leap, or bound closer to successfully publishing your book. Grab your cape. It's time to be an indie publishing hero!

Looking to improve book sales? Check out the Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Book Marketing by E.J. Stevens.

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Book Excerpt:

Welcome to the Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Self-Publishing.  Whether novice or experienced writer, I hope you find this book helpful as you embark on your publishing journey.  My goal is to provide you with an easy-to-follow guide that will save you time and money through tips and tricks I’ve developed during my writing career.

This guide is arranged in the order in which I publish my own books.  Each chapter will take you one step, leap, or bound closer to successfully publishing your book.  Early chapters introduce concepts vital to getting your book published, and give a simple tutorial on how to complete that step, saving you valuable time.  Pro tips and publishing life hacks will highlight ways to avoid common pitfalls.  Later chapters provide information on what to do after your book launch, including how to make your book available in additional languages and in the increasingly popular audiobook format.  At the end of this guide, you’ll also find a publishing checklist and a list of useful resources.

I have successfully published 15 fiction books, including the award-winning Spirit Guide young adult series, the bestselling Hunters’ Guild urban fantasy series, and the award-winning, bestselling Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective urban fantasy series.  In 2017, I will release my first works of nonfiction, the Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Book Marketing and this Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Self-Publishing.  In addition to my 2017 nonfiction releases, I will be publishing two more books in the Ivy Granger series and two books in the much anticipated Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian Gothic horror series.

In recent years, my books have won numerous awards.  I am a BTS Magazine Red Carpet Award winner for Best Novel and Best Book Cover, SYAE finalist for Best Paranormal Series, Best Novella, and Best Horror, winner of the PRG Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Paranormal Fantasy Novel, Best Young Adult Paranormal Series, Best Urban Fantasy Novel, and finalist for Best Young Adult Paranormal Novel and Best Urban Fantasy Series.

My novels and novellas have been translated into multiple languages, including German, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch.  I have also had the pleasure of working with world famous voice artists in the production of over a half dozen audiobooks.

My books have flown to the top of the Amazon bestsellers lists in numerous categories.  I have repeatedly hit the Amazon top 100, and have hit #1 in a variety of categories such as the Mythology & Folktales > Fairy Tales category and the Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Psychics category in Amazon stores worldwide.

I am a guest at conventions and book signings around the world.  Recent conventions include Dragon Con, Boskone, Imaginarium, Readercon, and World Fantasy.  I frequently speak on panels and teach workshops on a wide range of publishing, writing craft, and literary topics.  I have been a guest speaker alongside such notable figures as Charles Stross, Catherynne M. Valente, Orson Scott Card, Rachel Vincent, Paul Tremblay, Maria Snyder, Leanna Renee Hieber, David Coe, Kit Reed, Peter V. Brett, Jacqueline Carey, and Max Gladstone.

It’s important to remember that I did not start out as a publishing hero.  I’ve made mistakes, ones that you don’t have to make if you follow the steps in this guide.

When I started publishing my books in 2009, there were limited resources in libraries and online.  I was frustrated by conflicting information, outdated books and websites, dead links leading to 404 errors, and false information posted by people with no industry experience.

Today there are hundreds of books, videos, and websites on how to publish and market your book.  This wealth of resources is great in theory, but it means that it has become more difficult to find useful information than ever before.  With my years of publishing experience, I can shine a light on the most important tasks, help you set clear goals, and provide tips to ensure you achieve those goals.
The Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Self-Publishing will give you the basic information needed to independently publish your book, while providing terminology and resources that will help if you wish to learn more advanced publishing skills.


Grab your cape.  It’s time to be a publishing hero!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

BOOK BLAST: ANIKA'S STORY by LaToya Murchison


Write Now Literary is pleased to announce Anika’s Story Book Release Tour with author LaToya Murchison, January 3, 2017.
Publication Date: December 31, 2016
Genre: Non-fiction
ASIN: B01NCJ6V1D
About The Book

Depression, healing, and forgiveness played a huge role in Anika Sims life. At first glance, you would think Anika has her life together. She is the CEO of Regal Publishing LLC. She has five New York Best Sellers and is the youth minister at her church. However, behind the smile that she always carries is a woman filled with pain and moments of depression. Anika's Story: will show you the importance of making peace with your past and forgiving those that have hurt you.
About The Author
LaToya Murchison is a Woman After God’s Own Heart. LaToya was born and raised in Southern Pines, NC and started writing poetry as a junior in high school. LaToya found that writing allowed her to be creative and eventually discovered her interest in becoming a published author. After graduating from high school and uncertain of her career path, she attended and received an Associate Degree in Office Systems Technology from Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, N.C.
LaToya is passionate about encouraging, helping, and building up others. She gave her life over to Christ 8 years ago and is the best decision she ever made. At the age of 18 doctors told her that she would not live to see the age of 25. On August 2, 2016 she turned 38 years old and she continues to give God all the thanks daily because she knows that if it had not been for the plan and the favor that he had set for her life before she was born she would not be here today. LaToya loves to spread the word of God everywhere she goes.
In LaToya created a Facebook Group named D.O.V.E Daughters of Virtue with a mission to unite women who strive to encourage and empower other women and members of their community. She created dove to promote unconditional love, peace unity and the importance of understanding and respecting women’s individual’s rights to choose a spiritual path.
LaToya serves as Media Director, Vacation Bible School Director, YPCL Director and Children’s Ministry Assistant at Love Grove Free Will Baptist Church. LaToya published her first book A Praying Heart on November 21, 2014 and her second book Poetic Expressions on May 30, 2015.
As a virtual assistant, she has assisted countless authors with developing their online presence. Services include graphic design, social media management, interviews, and e-book fairs.
When LaToya isn’t working for a client or doing something literary, she enjoys spending time with family and working with the youth in her church. For more information about her literary endeavors, visit her online at http://latoyaauthor.wixsite.com/authorlatoyam.
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Monday, December 19, 2016

BLOG TOUR STOP: STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS by Sumita Mukherjee

STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS
By Sumita Mukherjee
Genre: Educational Projects for Kids

STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction book for parents and children. It introduces kids between the ages of four and ten to the magic of electronics, game and toy designing, printing, understanding basic scientific principles and most importantly, they’ll have a blast making them. Inside this book you will find projects on LED cards, dance pads, handmade soaps, bubble blowers, Play-Doh circuits, cloud lanterns, scribbling bots and more!

Created by NASA STEM certified leader, Sumita Mukherjee, this book is jam packed with projects that will engage any bored child. The hands-on projects are broken into areas of practical implementation: Party, Build, Toys and Art. They have also been sorted according to levels of difficultly and STEAM relevance. Adding one or two experiments per week can get your child excited about science, inventions, science fair projects and overall classroom performance.

There is also a BONUS material list for STEAM DIY KIDS, to make it easier for parents to plan and prepare in advance.

What’s particularly exciting is that STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS is available for only $1.99 through December. Perfect for keeping children busy during the holiday season. And that’s not all! For those who purchase the book this week, a freebie downloadable brain doodle book is also available by entering your purchase information at http://wizkids.club/freegift. Don’t miss out. Visit Amazon today to grab this special deal! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MRIRG69

About the Author

Sumita Mukherjee is a NASA STEM certified leader and children’s book author. She has been
fortunate enough to travel around the globe, explore many countries and meet different people. Mysteries and adventures have been captured from there in the form of Keiko and Kenzo’s travel adventure series. These books are to inspire young readers to know and appreciate various countries, develop a love for discovery and learn about the world around them. Her series of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) books encourages kids to invent and explore, to empower themselves and see themselves as world leaders and problem solvers. Her books celebrate diversity, spark curiosity and capture children's imaginations! Sumita currently lives in Toronto with her family.

Her website, WizKids.Club was created with a vision to raise the next generation of creative leaders. WizKids.Club offers highly engaging kids activities, educational books, experiments, hands-on projects, DIYs, travel stories and engineering books perfect for children 4-12 years to spark creativity and scientific learning.



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Thursday, November 17, 2016

REVIEW of A STUDY IN TEMPERANCE by ICHABOD TEMPERANCE

A STUDY IN TEMPERANCE
Ichabod Temperance
GoldenBear Creative Works
May 2014

SUMMARY (from the publisher)
“Gee, Miss Plumtartt, after our calamitous arrival on this unsuspecting city, do you think we are still under threat of imminent murder by gangs of assorted, yet stylish, assassins?”

“I say, I do fear this to be the case, Mr. Temperance. The machinations of intrigue are not unlike one of your ingenious spring-driven contraptions, sir. Yes, plots boil and swarms of suspicious characters are at our every turn, eh hem?”


“Yes, Ma’am, Miss Plumtartt, Ma’am. It’s a good thing we have enlisted the assistance of this notorious, Victorian-era London detective to assist us in this baffling murder mystery adventure, for I fear there is more to this tale than meets the eye!”


EXCERPT
Detective Sergeant Basel Wrathebone turns his supercilious eyes upon me. From beneath ponderously languid lids and over the Gibraltar-like extension of his nose, the official investigator peruses his accouter.

“Mmm-nnn-y-y-y-e-e-e-sss, I know you. You’re that amateur sleuth who keeps snooping around on our city’s crime scenes. Pray, stay back young man. Do not interfere with the official force and the execution of our duties. This is an official investigation and not fodder for your ceaseless curiosity.”

“Yes, of course, Detective Wrathebone, I merely wished to avail myself of the opportunity to study under the wing of a master such as yourself. May I please accompany you on this investigation? My crude talents may actually prove useful to you.”

“Ah, hem. Yes. But no. Perhaps on another occasion. In the mean time, I am afraid I must instruct my officers to block you from trespass with a promise of incarceration if disobeyed. Goodnight, young man.”

REVIEW
If you're looking for a little escape from reality, dive into Ichabod Temperance's steampunk world where anything is possible.

The beautiful Miss Plumtartt has arrived back home in Victorian London from an extended trip, and she has recently made the acquaintance of a seemingly na├»ve American man, Mr. Temperance. As Miss Plumtartt and Mr. Temperance disembark the steamship, they are accosted by a Mr. Peters who claims to be a photographer for a London magazine. Soon, the pair find themselves the objects of a band of mysterious ninjas and assassins. They must unravel the mystery while they fight for their lives, using their excellent deductive skills as well as an amazing array of mechanical gadgets and the occasional appearance of the supernatural.

Writers will appreciate the author's skillful use of dialogue. In some parts of the story dialogue completely dominates the text, and yet it's still possible to visualize the action based on the words the characters say. This is no small feat. It keeps the fast-paced story moving right along while letting us hear the characters' voices and get to know them more completely.


This is a fun story, and during the blog tour, you can pick up an e-copy for just $0.99 at Amazon. You can also enter at Rafflecopter to win a $10 gift card. If you'd like to see more stops on this blog tour, visit Goddess Fish Promotions. The more comments you make, the more chances you'll have to win that gift card!

Friday, November 11, 2016

REVIEW of THE PLEASURES OF READING IN AN AGE OF DISTRACTION by ALAN JACOBS

THE PLEASURES OF READING IN AN AGE OF DISTRACTION
Alan Jacobs
Oxford University Press
2011

SUMMARY (from the publisher)
In recent years, cultural commentators have sounded the alarm about the dire state of reading in America. Americans are not reading enough, they say, or reading the right books, in the right way.

In this book, Alan Jacobs argues that, contrary to the doomsayers, reading is alive and well in America. There are millions of devoted readers supporting hundreds of enormous bookstores and online booksellers. Oprah's Book Club is hugely influential, and a recent NEA survey reveals an actual uptick in the reading of literary fiction. Jacobs's interactions with his students and the readers of his own books, however, suggest that many readers lack confidence; they wonder whether they are reading well, with proper focus and attentiveness, with due discretion and discernment. Many have absorbed the puritanical message that reading is, first and foremost, good for you--the intellectual equivalent of eating your Brussels sprouts. For such people, indeed for all readers, Jacobs offers some simple, powerful, and much needed advice: read at whim, read what gives you delight, and do so without shame, whether it be Stephen King or the King James Version of the Bible. In contrast to the more methodical approach of Mortimer Adler's classic How to Read a Book (1940), Jacobs offers an insightful, accessible, and playfully irreverent guide for aspiring readers. Each chapter focuses on one aspect of approaching literary fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, and the book explores everything from the invention of silent reading, reading responsively, rereading, and reading on electronic devices.

Invitingly written, with equal measures of wit and erudition,
The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction will appeal to all readers, whether they be novices looking for direction or old hands seeking to recapture the pleasures of reading they first experienced as children.


REVIEW
If you're anything like me, you like to scan through "must read" book lists to see how many you've read and get ideas for what to read next. This book, though, has made me reconsider that practice. I love to read books that make me think, that make me look at the world from a different angle and reevaluate how I fit into it all. This is one of those books.

Jacobs uses the word "whim" repeatedly, which is not a word always associated with reading. Having recently read Mortimer Adler's and Charles Van Doren's How to Read a Book, whim has certainly not been the first word I think of when I choose my next book. But then again, maybe I am a subscriber to the whim philosophy of reading. Maybe that's why I don't have a single book in my to-read folder on Goodreads.

It's true that today's readers have a harder time concentrating. There are so many things competing for our attention (Twitter), and sometimes it's hard even to finish writing a simple blog post (Twitter), even when the book in front of you is one you've wanted to (Twitter) read for a long time.

We all have to find our coping mechanisms in the age of distraction. Jacobs found that reading on a Kindle helped him to regain some of the concentration he'd lost over the years. The Kindle is electronic, but it's not easy to get on the Internet and check your email. Still, Jacobs found that his fingers had something techy to do--they had to touch the screen on a regular basis to "flip" to the next page.

It's a short book full of great quotes--the kind of quotes that make you look up from the page and stare for a few seconds as the words go round in your head. Jacobs' writing is down-to-earth, humble, witty, and just right. You'll like it.

And he's on Twitter @ayjay.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

REVIEW of THE SONG MACHINE: INSIDE THE HIT FACTORY by JOHN SEABROOK

The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory
John Seabrook
W.W. Norton & Company
October 5, 2015

SUMMARY (from the publisher)
Over the last two decades a new type of song has emerged. Today’s hits bristle with “hooks,” musical burrs designed to snag your ear every seven seconds. Painstakingly crafted to tweak the brain’s delight in melody, rhythm, and repetition, these songs are industrial-strength products made for malls, casinos, the gym, and the Super Bowl halftime show. The tracks are so catchy, and so potent, that you can’t not listen to them.

Traveling from New York to Los Angeles, Stockholm to Korea, John Seabrook visits specialized teams composing songs in digital labs with novel techniques, and he traces the growth of these contagious hits from their origins in early ’90s Sweden to their ubiquity on today’s charts. Featuring the stories of artists like Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Rihanna, as well as expert songsmiths like Max Martin, Ester Dean, and Dr. Luke, The Song Machine will change the way you listen to music.


REVIEW
I appreciate Martha Graham Company performances because I spent years in dance studios, and I
John Seabrook
know how hard it is to make grand jetes look effortless. I appreciate realism because I have tried and tried to draw realistic representations of common household objects, and I’ve never come remotely close to Jan van Eyck’s talents. And now, thanks to John Seabrook, I have a much better appreciation to the Top 40 hits I hear on the radio every day.

Top 40 pop music? It’s so omnipresent, so much a part of the air we breathe, that we rarely stop to think about what’s behind it, but The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory tells a fascinating story about how we got where we are today.

For instance: I had never heard of Max Martin before I read (listened to) this book. And yet, I heard Max Martin every single day (I have three teenagers). This unassuming Swede happens to be the genius behind Backstreet Boys’ “I Want it That Way,” Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” Taylor Swift’s entire 1989 album (what??), The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face,” Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do,” Pink’s “Who Knew,” and on and on and on. You love Max Martin—I know you do—even if you’ve never heard his name.

How did this happen?

That, my friends, is the story John Seabrook tells in The Song Machine. You’ll get to start way back in those foggy electronic lights of 1970s European discos and you’ll meet all kinds of interesting people along the way: 13-year-old Britney Spears, Robin Rihanna Fenty, fresh from Barbados, and the pop hook savant Ester Dean. Some of these characters are very well known to the general public, and some of them have remained blessedly anonymous, enjoying the impressive fruits of their creative labors without having to take the lumps that come with fast-pace fame.

Max Martin
You’ll get to travel the world, too. Since American Top 40 is largely peopled with American singers, it’s easy to assume that it’s a mostly American industry—but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Seabrook will thoughtfully guide you from New York to Stockholm to Korea to Los Angeles, and you’ll see how industrialized, how packaged, how collaborative our music has become. All this is done without Seabrook’s judgment, and I’m glad of that. Without having to decide whether our current pop music trajectory is “good” or “bad,” I can appreciate its development for all its strangeness and wonder.

I listened to the audiobook version, which is narrated by Dion Graham. Graham does a fantastic job and has such a naturally genial voice. You’ll enjoy his narrative company.


Read it. And once you’ve finished it, turn on the radio. Instead of merely bopping your head to those catchy bass lines as you drive down the road, you’ll listen for the hooks and the bridges, you’ll wonder if the melody was written by a Swede. You might wonder if the artist’s vocals have been mashed with Ester Dean’s, and you might envision Dr. Luke or Max Martin, sitting at a laptop on the other side of your speakers, swapping in percussion sounds with the respectful, intent curiosity of a mad scientist in his laboratory. You, gentle reader, are the guinea pig. And you love it. So do I. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

INTERVIEW with AIDAN McNALLY, author of TWO SONS TOO MANY

Many thanks to Aidan McNally for joining us on the Book Pound today. Aidan is the author of Two Sons Too Many, a memoir.

What prompted you to write Two Sons Too Many? Do you look to any authors for inspiration? Did you have any favorite writing teachers?
My story is a memoir and so it has been life and life's lessons that prompted the writing of Two Sons Too Many. The excitement of life, the adventure that the world has offered me and the harsh realities that one must face. In the simplest of explanations, I needed to write it to read it back to myself to see or feel my own life happenings are actually real. This being said I never imagined to publish and invite the world to read, as how could anyone ever believe the story is real if I myself find it so hard to believe.

I draw inspiration from life, God or the world in general and have not thought to write to be anything other than life's personal challenge. When it must be written it must be written.

I have a very close friend who writes and is a teacher in the writing field who always has great words for me and the extra push to do it and "let it flow". Her passion for writing is something I have always admired and felt joy when hearing of her own published accomplishments.

What was the most surprising part of the writing/publishing process for you?
The most surprising, not an easy one.... I would have to say actually completing the book. Having it written, standing up from the desk and the sigh of, well not relief but accomplishment. To have the manuscript complete felt like the highest accomplishment ever achieved. All the blood the sweat and the tears finally in print brought about a huge high filled with energy. This has been an absolute new experience and has been quite surprising.

Has the publication of Two Sons Too Many changed anything in your life?
The changing in life has been to deal with and become normal with, anxiety. Why? This has been the strangest experience to know I have a dear friend or brother, my mother for instance to read the full complete life events on paper in a book. The nerves and anxiety all wrapped into one to await their response, to await a review or a comment. The changing of life has been awesome to feel such true and pure feelings of such. Has moulded me to learn of these feelings.

What's next for you as an author?
The bug is for sure a real thing, the infectiousness of writing is of course to do it all over again and continue with the fulfillment of writing more and more. Through responses to my first book, many a friend has said write more as they enjoyed book number 1. 

What advice would you give to people who are interest in writing memoir?
In my memoir there are many harsh truths that are hard to write, one fear was that I thought how can emotion really ring through on paper. How does one explain these deep feelings. I wrote and let it be in its natural and raw state. This is the TRUTH is what I kept telling myself and so it seems to have had an effect on those who have read my new book. I did not think to try and change anybody's life or affect them in anyway, although many have expressed their new view on life and their mind warp of change to their perspective on life.

My strongest advice, write True or truth for that matter and write for yourself first always. Readers are a secondary function of the writing process. Though highly important factor in the book world. The story is better for yourself as the number one audience. Truth will shock and grip your audience as no two people share the same experience. I have found that truth is the most shocking and gripping factor available to mankind.

Is there anything else you'd like to tell Book Pound readers?
As mentioned above without the readers there would be no further excitement in my book journey. I appreciate the living hell out of those who  enjoy a good read. So I say thank you to all. In relation to Two sons Too Many any I do of course recommend it as a "must read" for all as the memoir may just bring comfort or a whole new level to how anyone may just view the simplest things in life. A message may be keep on reading, every writer I am sure feels the same, you the reader are a valued treasure to those of us write. My gratitude to all who have taken interest in my book would be book number two itself as it goes deep and is quite vast.

Find Aidan McNally's book at CreateSpace, Amazon, and Goodreads. Connect with the author on Twitter.