Friday, September 21, 2018

My Interview with Mary Ellen Johnson


What is your name and/or pen name? 

Mary Ellen Johnson also my pen name for all but THE LANDLORD’S BLACK-EYED DAUGHTER, which is Mary Ellen Dennis 

What genre do you write? 

Historical fiction, mainly medieval. When I’m finished with my six book series, KNIGHTS OF ENGLAND, I will do a series of time travel, which I consider historical in a different form. I look forward to going back in time but using the contemporary knowledge that my time traveler possesses so I can play with now vs. then. 

What made you want to be a writer? 

Books have always been part of my life. Parents always read to my brothers and me, but what a gift when we discovered the public library! And, at twelve, when I discovered the Middle Ages via Thomas Costain and Anya Seton’s KATHERINE, I knew I wanted to be a part of that world. 

What do you use to keep yourself inspired while writing? 

Research. My books blend historical characters such as Edward III and the Black Prince with my own creations. I haven’t been gifted with the greatest imagination so when I read, I think, I canuse that! I try to be historically accurate with “real” people  but can play with my characters. For example, I had read about women, anchoresses, who voluntarily walled themselves up in a room adjoining a church. There they would stay—some hand digging their own graves—until they died. Then the one window through which they maintained contact with the outer world would be walled up andthere  they would remain until Judgement Day. I had to use that, just as I had to play with how my hero, who runs through five of my six books, would deal with the fourteenth century version of PTSD. For surely, knights/soldiers during this time—beginning of Hundred Years’ War with lots of battle—would be affected. How did they cope?  I love trying to figure out the medieval mind—how they thought, why they believed certain things, how they perceived the world around them. While I have to always keep contemporary readers in mind, I am happiest when I can successfully give us a realistic glimpse into our ancestors. 

How do you feel about the writingcommunity as a whole? 

After a long hiatus when I was involved with criminal justice issues, I’ve only recently returned to writing. Social media is a wonderful tool and the indie sites are really helpful and encouraging. 

Have you or will you be willing to collaborate with other authors in the future? 

I collaborated on THE LANDLORD’S BLACK-EYED DAUGHTER with a friend. After putting on my save-the-world hat, I lost all interest in fiction. I had finished a book based on the Victorian poem, The Highwayman, and a very good friend asked if she could play with it and see if she could find a publisher. I said, “Sure.” She added some sex scenes--which rather make me cringe. Not my style at all—and sold it under the pseudonym, Mary Ellen Dennis. It actually did quite well, better than THE LION AND THE LEOPARD, which is an earlier book I had published with a traditional publisher (Crown). 

Tell us about your book and if it’s upcoming or already published. 

I have three books published in my six part KNIGHTS OF ENGLAND series.THE LION AND THE LEOPARD (totally rewritten), A KNIGHT THERE WAS, and WITHIN A FOREST DARK are available via both ebook and paperback. I have finished A CHILD UPON THE THRONE and LORDS AMONG THE RUINS. My series bookends the fourteenth century, a time I find very exciting with the Black Death, the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381, brutal battles against the French (beginnings of the Hundred Years’ War) and the death/murder of two kings. 

Is your book or upcoming book an eBook, paperback, or both? 

Both. 

Is this your first book? 

No, nearly completed my six book series, THE KNIGHTS OF ENGLAND. 

Previously published THE LION AND THE LEOPARD and THE LANDLORD’S BLACK-EYED DAUGHTER. 

Are you planning to write more? 

Yes. I didn’t write anything other than business/political correspondence for two decades and I’m making up for lost time. I have things I want to say and a limited amount of time in which to say them! 

Is there anything you would say to other writers, that want to write and publish a book? 

Please take the craft of writing seriously. The wonderful thing about indie publishing is that many different voices can be heard. The bad thing is that so much of what is out there is so very amateurish.  An electrician, plumber or carpenter does not become proficient in his craft in a week or two. Neither will a writer. Read. Write. If you can’t take classes study the writers you admire and emulate them. I do a lot of editing for other writers… Not everyone can be a great writer—I certainly am not—but please learn the basics. Some of the writers whose work I have critiqued have told me they don’t read! When you write you are in the company of the greats from Shakespeare to current Pullitzer Prize winners. Respect them! 

Where can my readers find your book and how they can follow you on social media? Leave only links that you want open to the public. 

On facebook you can follow me on Knights of England. https://www.facebook.com/mejauthor/

 I’m also on various writer/historical groups. I am actually very new at this particular part of writing. 


All three KNIGHTS OF ENGLAND books are free with KINDLE UNLIMITED 

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A KNIGHT THERE WAS https://amzn.to/2PkPjHk

WITHIN A FOREST DARK  https://amzn.to/2MtW0rU



Thank you so much Mary. I don’t write in your genre Historical Fiction and I really enjoyed learning about it. Also I have to admit that I am very interested in your upcoming time traveling books. Everyone that reads my stories knows I love putting in a time element, sometimes it’s time traveling. 
I hope everyone will check out Mary’s books by using the links above. 
As Always, Happy Reading and Writing Everyone 
G. D. Talbot

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

My Review of - Awaken The Love Within You - Self Love


1 Star for writing and publishing your book
1 Star for cover
½ Star for interior formatting
½ Star for the intro
1 Star for the book as a whole

As always I gave one star for just publishing the book. I gave one star for the cover as a whole because it was simple. Any of you that follow me know, I like simple covers but also I didn’t see any errors on it. 1/2 star for interior formatting, I found at least one error or more. 1/2 star for the intro, it was interesting but seemed to be lacking something to make me want to keep reading. 1 star for the book as a whole, I enjoyed the subject matter and felt that it was useful and insightful.

4 out of 5 stars

I would recommend this book to anyone. It is a great self help book but at the same time a wonderful book about explaining. How and why people should love themselves. The author also put a connection about herself into her book, giving the reader an added sense of worth about the subject matter.

If you would like to check out this book for yourself use the link here.

Happy Reading and Writing Everyone

G. D. Talbot

Friday, September 14, 2018

My Interview with Richard M Polk


What is your name and/or pen name? 

Richard M Polk 

What genre do you write? 

Scfi/fantasy, poetry, whatever else the muse throws at me… 

What made you want to be a writer? 

I don’t know really, I was always into reading when I was young, my favorite authors are C.S Lewis, JR. Tolkien, Agatha Christie and Isaac Asimov (just to name a few). I guess you can say that it was a professor at TC3 that originally got me into writing poetry. This is where my writing took off. Ironically, around this time is when my characters for my first novel were born. 

What do you use to keep yourself inspired while writing? 

Generally there are several different things, I usually do a journal entry before working on my daily writing, in a lot of ways, this is a free write, were no rules exist. Whatever comes out comes out. Also when writing, I let the story take over- as in the likest scenario, the seemingly impossible – is what I go for.

For instance, in the second world of Healing Disease (Penthesilea), I have a scene where the townsmen were clothes shopping for their wives (In this particular world, the gender roles were switched) while dressed in high heels, skirts and jewelry. The two male characters (Nosos and Old Man) are disgusted by what they see. The Old Man turns around too quickly and bumps into Symphony (who is the captain of the guard and also their tour guide). She scowls and shoves Old Man causing him to fall backwards. He would’ve hit the ground if Nosos hadn’t caught him. 

Now this was a minor incident and I had originally thought of doing it again in this particular world – but on a bigger scale. However as I thought about this, most likely while pushing a broom around at work, an image of an arena popped into my mind. I realized that if I was going to go big scale, why not blow it out of the park and have a gladiator arena where the men of Penthesilea, who displeased the wives fought to regain their favor.

This scene actually worked better than I thought it would and instantly became a hit when I shared it with the writing group I was attending at the time. 

Beyond this, I usually leave myself notes as I go along and always try to leave off at a point that I can easily pick up again the next day. 

How do you feel about the writing community as a whole? 

I feel that it is like every other community. You will have people who are generous and willing to help and then you will run across those who only do things if it benefits them. I’d honestly like to learn more about the writing community and promoting ones work. 

Have you or will you be willing to collaborate with other authors in the future? 

I’m always willing to collaborate with other authors. Before I moved back to NY, I was involved in Just write, which is a writing group that meets in Phoenixville PA 

Tell us about your book and if it’s upcoming or already published. 

Well I have two books out, Water Lily Pond, which is a book of poetry and Healing Disease, which is a scfi/fantasy novel. I also have the second installment of Healing Disease ready for final review as well as wrapping up the first draft of Crow (this is bound to continue into one or two more books). I also do a weekly blog, the most current are about Jillian adventures. 

As for my most current novel Healing Disease, here is the best way for me to describe it. 

Nosos, a US navy officer, awakens to find himself in a strange land. Desiring nothing but to return to his wife and daughter, Nosos learns from the White Wizard that he must travel with Tinnese, to the Black Wizards castle and complete the task given them. Along the way, they are joined by an android named Danny and Old Man, who rush him unconscious to the Black Wizards Castle after he foolishly explores a dangerous cave. There Nosos recovers and attends a banquet where he finds out from the Black Wizard that in order to return home, he must obtain seven keys from seven different worlds and return them to the Hall of Mirrors. Trouble arises when Nosos, Tinnese, Old Man and Danny enter the first world and retrieve the first key, which is a talking brain. In doing so they attract the attention of Crow, the self-proclaimed ruler of the six worlds and arch enemy of the One Who Saves. Can Nosos prevent himself and his team from self-destructing while avoiding the clutches of Crow’s razor sharp reach? 

Is your book or upcoming book an eBook, paperback, or both? 

Both 

Is this your first book? 

2nd 

Are you planning to write more? 

Yes 

Is there anything you would say to other writers, that want to write and publish a book? 

Don’t give up and when in doubt, just write. There is one thing that I’ve learned is that, if a rule of writing doesn’t work for you while you are writing, throw it out. It is your writing, you can do as you like with it. One other bit of advice, if possible find a writing group near you and join it, being in the presence of fellow writes and artist will not only help inspire you but will offer insight when it is needed the most. 

Where can my readers find your book and how they can follow you on social media? Leave only links that you want open to the public. 




I can also be found on FB 



Thank you Richard, I can tell from your answers that we have a similar inspirational process. When you said, “Whatever comes out comes out.” Made me think about when I say, “Anything and everything is possible when writing.”

If you would like to check out Richard’s books or follow him on social media, use the links above.

Happy Reading and Writing Everyone

G. D. Talbot

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Last Inspirational Photos For Summer


I wanted to give one more set of photos that gave me inspiration this summer. I hope everyone enjoys them. If you have any photos that inspire you and would like to have them hosted on my blog, please send them to my email at g_d_talbot@yahoo.com. Also don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to get updates.







Happy Reading and Writing Everyone
G. D. Talbot

Friday, September 7, 2018

My Interview with Adam Bertocci


What is your name and/or pen name? 

Adam Bertocci 

What genre do you write? 

Whatever I feel like at the moment! Humor, pop culture non-fiction, a little YA, a little literary. 

What made you want to be a writer? 

You know what’s weird, I don’t think I’ve ever actually been asked this before, at least not enough that I have an answer ready. I guess I enjoyed it and thought I was good at it and that was enough to get me started. I was sort of a strange person in that I was writing screenplays in middle school. Already I’d figured out that dialogue was my strength. 

What do you use to keep yourself inspired while writing? 

Ideally if I’m actually writing I won’t need inspiration. I believe in getting your outline hammered out to the point where you should know where you’re going and that most of your surprises in the process should be pleasant ones. That doesn’t always work out, of course. So I’ve had a certain amount of success listening to a song, or thinking about a scene in another medium entirely that gets at what I want, and asking myself, what’s the feeling you get from this, and how can you translate that feeling into words on the page? 

How do you feel about the writingcommunity as a whole? 

Boy, broad question. The best thing I’ve observed in my interactions with the writing community is the tough-love attitude. There are enough people willing to come along and give a budding writer the critique they need to hear. 

Have you or will you be willing to collaborate with other authors in the future? 

Well, I’ve collaborated with Shakespeare a time or two, and he’s always been easy to work with. You know… coming from screenwriting, collaboration is a given; even if you’re the sole writer, you’re still taking in feedback from the producer or director, and the end result is very much a product of someone else’s mind even if by some miracle every word spoken came from you. So on one level that seems natural to me. The co-authoring arrangement is hardly as common in prose, and it’s not something I’ve really thought about myself, but if the right person and the right project came along, why not? 

Tell us about your book and if it’s upcoming or already published. 

I am most famous for “Two Gentlemen of Lebowski”, published by Simon & Schuster in 2010 and somehow still in print. It’s a mashup retelling the movie “The Big Lebowski” in the style of William Shakespeare. I often refer to it as surprisingly educational. 

Is your book or upcoming book an eBook, paperback, or both? 

Paperback, set up just like the Shakespeare paperbacks you might have had in school; the text on the right-hand page, scholarly annotations and period illustrations on the left-hand page. An eBook is available, but, maybe I’m showing my age here, I think the joke works better in the print format. 

Is this your first book? 

Yes, and the funny thing is, it wasn’t even intended to be a book. It began life as an elaborate Internet joke that was designed to call attention to me as a writer and try to land me other gigs. I had no idea it would have any life of its own. The publishing industry came to me, not the other way around. Nice work if you can get it. 

Are you planning to write more? 

I dabble in short fiction, which has taught me a lot; I put out a couple of stories a year on the Kindle store. As for books, I already have written more—outside the Shakespeare-movie-mashup subgenre, I stress—but without success pitching them so far. Which is fine. My wheelhouse sort of lies outside the mainstream and I’m not sure the industry knows what to do with it. Look, I don’t think “Two Gentlemen of Lebowski” would have been successful as a book pitch all by itself; it took off on its own, brought directly to the people, and then the industry came calling. 

Is there anything you would say to other writers, that want to write and publish a book? 

Try to have a sense of who your book is for, what demographic of person would buy it, what sort of media they already enjoy. I meant this as publishing advice, but maybe it’s not bad writing advice either, keeping a sense of your audience in mind. 

Where can my readers find your book and how they can follow you on social media? Leave only links that you want open to the public. 

These days the book is most easily obtained at Amazon:


Social media:



Thanks!


Your welcome Adam and thank you for sharing with us. I can relate with you when you talk about music while writing. Before I even start writing, I pick a theme song for the story I’m working on. To play over and over again to keep me focused on it.
If you would like to check out Adam’s book or follow him on social media, use the links above.
As Always, Happy Reading and Writing Everyone
G. D. Talbot

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

My Review of - Times Tables Fun with Naughty Katie

1 Star for writing and publishing
1 Star for cover
1 Star for formatting interior
½ Star for preview
1 Star for book as a whole 

First, I have to give a huge thank you to Lorraine. For not only being the first author to send me a physical book but also the first person to send me any correspondence from another country. So thank you Lorraine, my children and I looked forward to your package coming from the UK. It gave me a reason to teach them about other countries and where the UK is.

Seeing that this was an educational book for small children probably around 3rd grade, I decided to read a little of the book a day to my kids. My kids are going into 3rd, 1st, and Pre-K this year. I also based most of this review on their responses from the book.

As always I gave one star for simply writing and publishing a book. At first I was going to give a half star for the cover, because I didn’t understand the concept of the bubbles and how it relates to the book. Then on the second and third day of reading, my daughter going into 1st grade kept talking about the bubbles and then into parts of the stories she liked when describing it to her mother. It was then I realized that the bubbles on the cover were not for me but for the target audience. It was well done at capturing her attention so I gave one star for the cover. The book has been obviously professionally prepared and I could not find any errors on the interior formatting, so I gave 1 star for that. I’m sorry to say that I could only give a ½ star for the preview or intro of the book. It was interesting but not attention grabbing and a little dry. Finally I gave the book 1 star for the book as a whole. It kept my children entertained, interested and looking forward to me reading the next part. In fact, one day I forgot about us reading because we were busy. One of my daughters reminded me and asked for me to read the next part. As we did my other daughter joyfully joined us. Even my son, who is going into his second year of Pre-k, sat down for one of the readings and listened intently. If you knew my son you would be very impressed with that.

4 ½ out of 5 stars total


I would recommend this book to anyone with small children, children about to learn their times tables, and especially to parents that have a child having trouble with memorizing them. The idea of combining story time with poetry, while reinforcing times tables, was inspiring. It’s too soon to tell if any of the information stuck but what was clear was that my kids enjoyed the book. That means I can always go back and reread the book to help them in the future with their times tables, or just to enjoy the stories again. I would also add that I have recommended this book to my local school district to see if they would like to use in our schools here. I really hope they will consider it because anything that can help kids learn is worth having.

Below are the links to check out this book or to follow Lorraine on social media.

Lorraine's website is www.lorrainereed.com

Lorraine's email is Lorraine.Reed@live.co.uk

As Always, Happy Reading and Writing Everyone
G. D. Talbot

Friday, August 31, 2018

My Interview with Robert Hazelton

What is your name and/or pen name? 

            Robert Hazelton 

What genre do you write? 

I’ve dipped my fingers into many genres. Urban Fantasy is probably my primary genre but I’ve also got horror, fantasy and science fiction titles. As a freelancer, the sky’s the limit and I’ve done everything from romance to drama. 

What made you want to be a writer? 

My passion for writing began when I was around seven years old. I had the opportunity to play my first Dungeons & Dragons game. When the story didn’t go the way I thought it should, I started thinking I needed to tell the story. I wrote my first novel when I was fifteen with an electric typewriter and pumped out five hundred pages over the next couple of months.

The book was rubbish but it didn’t stop me. I read books on writing, how to improve and kept plugging away. 

What do you use to keep yourself inspired while writing? 

I’ve studied the habits of many authors and took their ideas to heart. When John Grisham wrote his first book, he did so by getting up early every morning and putting a couple hours in before work. Without fail, he’d be pounding out the words. I follow similar methods. During my full time job, I would write at every opportunity.

I use the iCloud so I can work on whatever project I’ve got going with any of my devices wherever I am. This helps me stay focused and I’m able to get ahead. As far as getting myself to do it, it’s harder to stop myself. I love crafting stories and I want to write the next part, to see what method I discover to describe something. It’s exciting.

Music helps too. I worked as a professional musician so many pieces get me in the mood to create. Soundtracks are great for that, especially when I want a specific mood. 

How do you feel about the writing community as a whole? 

The writing community has exploded since I first began. There are so many new folks showing up with great ideas. As a freelancer, I mentor many people from the inception of their idea to organizing their thoughts to actually writing the piece. It’s one of the most fulfilling things I do and it wouldn’t be possible without the amazing global writing community we have today. 

Have you or will you be willing to collaborate with other authors in the future? 

I help a lot of people with their ideas but I don’t see myself collaborating any time in the near future. 

Tell us about your book and if it’s upcoming or already published. 

I have seven books in an Urban Fantasy series. The first is called Glamour & Shadows and is about two supernatural detectives, one an Incubus and the other a Fairy. They attempt to solve a murder that appears to have been caused by a shape shifter. The second book takes the fairy and pairs her with a vampire who owns a role playing game store.

I’ve also released some comic books based on the series so it’s a pretty big deal around here. It’s not erotic by any stretch, but has more of a tone akin to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Plenty of snark and a lot of action. And there are enough characters to keep things interesting so that each title doesn’t follow the same two people every time.

I’d like to offer another brief mention for a brand new series I started called the Savant Diaries. It’s another Urban Fantasy with humans that are paid by ‘benevolent’ supernaturals to take care of feral monsters in order to keep their secrets. The main character in the first book is a film actor who, after an anger management course, is attacked by a vampire.

They’re a lot of fun and there are only two books right now so it’s an easy series to jump into. 

Is your book or upcoming book an eBook, paperback, or both? 

All of my books are on Kindle and physical copy. I do have two new books in the works, one a young adult action story and the next Savant Diaries. 

Is this your first book? 

I have a grand total of 16 books currently available for sale. One of them is also available as an Audio Book and the first Glamour & Shadows is being turned into a radio drama. 

Are you planning to write more? 

            I’m always planning the next project! 

Is there anything you would say to other writers, that want to write and publish a book? 

The key to writing and publishing a book is perseverance and confidence. When you come up with an idea that gets you excited, don’t allow yourself to find reasons that it should be abandoned. Write it down. Let it brew in your head if you’re not ready to approach it. Build upon the story as you go about your day.

When you finally are ready to go, don’t immediately start writing Chapter 1. Plan a little bit. Organize your thoughts. The number one thing I see people do that stumps them is they become excited, immediately start writing without a plan then stall somewhere near the end of Act 1.

I’m creating a Writing Course that takes people from the inception of their idea to finished novel from knowledge I’ve picked up in two years of helping people get through the process. I’ll give away the biggest secret here: finishing the book is literally the hardest part. Whether it’s good, bad, terrible or mediocre, writing the last paragraph is a huge accomplishment.

You need discipline to get your first product out. When you’re trying to decide if you’re going to watch a TV show or work on your project, put the show off. My first two years of writing, I fell behind all of my friends when it came to shows and movies because I focused on honing my craft.

I also recommend reading the book ‘The War of Art’ by Steven Pressfield. It’s an absolute game changer when it comes to writing or doing any sort of art at all. Always be looking for ways to improve, read books, study other authors and enjoy the process. Writing can be incredible fun but it does require a lot of dedication and effort. 

Where can my readers find your book and how they can follow you on social media? Leave only links that you want open to the public. 

My Amazon Link:


My web site:


My social media:


Thank you Robert for sharing with us, I really enjoyed hearing how much you help other authors. You can tell from my blog that I feel the same on that subject.

I hope everyone will check out Robert’s books and follow him by using the links above.
As Always, Happy Reading and Writing Everyone
G. D. Talbot