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Jeffrey Poston has added two significant African-American fiction characters to the entertainment world, and hopefully to the big screen sooner rather than later. Hero Jason Peares, forced to survive as an outlaw, and hero Carl Johnson, mistakenly labeled the American Terrorist. Both protagonists represent not just the everyman, but the everyman who looks trouble in the face daily just because of a society plagued by racism. These ordinary men suffer trials and tribulations because of their ethnicity and kick ass anyway.

the collectionWe’ve known and loved movie characters only Samuel L Jackson, Clint Eastwood, Lennie James, and Denzel Washington could truly bring to life—Jeffrey Poston’s two key characters reminded me of the qualities in all these actors that made those movie personalities real. As I read, Lenny James was the face of Carl Johnson and a cross between Samuel, Denzel, and Clint was the face of Jason Peares. It would be an injustice to movie lovers far and wide not to get these books into production for the big screen!

What if the police came for YOU?

Untitled designJeffrey Poston has woven an intricate and suspenseful tale with a very realistic view of police use-of-force doctrine and the power of the government in attempting to prevent domestic terror attacks. In his series inspired by his own brush with police brutality, Poston brings visibility to issues behind today’s headlines: police violence, racism, and constant threat of terrorism.

Poston’s books have been well received, garnering 5-star reviews from all corners of the country. Grady Harp, an Amazon Top-100 Hall-of-Fame reviewer, says American Terrorist is “one of the most poignantly important novels about life as we are experiencing it, in the US (and the world), yet encountered. This man writes with the passion of a crusader, but never steps away from allowing his story to speak on its own.”

In an interview, author of best-selling American Terrorist: Where is the Girl Jeffrey Poston said:

“I wrote the novel because ten years ago I was jacked up by police, and for ten years I’ve been dealing with the trauma of that experience. This is a work of fiction, but the perceived violence of police against non-white citizens is a complicated topic. What I’ve tried to capture are the thoughts and feelings and fears of a wanted man trying to deal with the loss of his family, his dignity, and his very reason for living.

“Of course, a good novel needs plenty of action, suspense, and plot twists. So what if an innocent Black man was assaulted by federal cops who take everything from him? What if he goes berserk and decides to do to them what that they did to him? But what if he is the only person in the world who can find a missing child who will surely die if he doesn’t find a way to work with the same police who destroyed his life?” – Read the full Making of American Terrorist at http://jeffreyposton.com/

Enter to win 1 of 10 signed paperbacks of this best-selling action/thriller/suspense novel on Goodreads:

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at1Everyman Carl Johnson’s mundane life is turned upside down when mistaken identity makes him the target of our government’s Terror Event Response unit for the kidnapping of Madam President’s daughter. Brutality and torture and the needless shooting of his only son cause him to spiral beyond reach of the most elite, highly trained agents while he attempts to uncover the plot behind it all and rescue the girl.

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About the Author

Before pursuing a writing career, Jeffrey obtained an electrical engineering degree in laser optics and was an Air Force officer and gentleman. He lives in the great American southwest in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The acclaimed author has created two significant African-American fiction characters to the entertainment world, and hopefully to the big screen sooner rather than later. Hero Jason Peares, pushed to survive as an outlaw, and hero Carl Johnson, mistakenly labeled the American Terrorist. Both protagonists represent not just the everyman, but the everyman who looks trouble in the face daily just because of a society plagued by racism. These ordinary men suffer trials and tribulations because of their ethnicity and kick ass anyway.

All Books by Poston

American Terrorist: Where is the Girl?http://www.amazon.com/American-Terrorist-Where-Jeffrey-Poston-ebook/dp/B00JAOM4SS/

Contagion: American Terrorist 2http://www.amazon.com/Contagion-American-Terrorist-Jeffrey-Poston-ebook/dp/B00NIDCLMQ/

Courage: A Jason Peares Historical Western (Jason Peares Westerns Book 1)http://www.amazon.com/Courage-Peares-Historical-Western-Westerns-ebook/dp/B00K6ITEUS/

Legacy Of An Outlaw: A Jason Peares Western (Jason Peares Westerns Book 2)http://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Outlaw-Peares-Western-Westerns-ebook/dp/B00K6J2EZE/

Warriors: A Jason Peares Historical Western (Jason Peares Historical Westerns Book 3)http://www.amazon.com/Warriors-Peares-Historical-Western-Westerns-ebook/dp/B00K6L9ZGI/

Manhunter: A Jason Peares Historical Westernhttp://www.amazon.com/Manhunter-Jason-Peares-Historical-Western-ebook/dp/B00KC07USS/

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Head Shot: American Terrorist

Carl Johnson, known as the American Terrorist, takes on today’s most controversial news headline: Police Brutality. While tracking leads to find those responsible for the assassination attempt on America’s first female president, Carl Johnson finds himself in a confrontation with militarized police in a major US city. To protect innocent civilians, Johnson has to defy laws which clearly support the police and government.

This fictitious but heart-wrenching story tackles the complex social issue of Americans versus Americans, and takes a deeper look at who stands to gain from the hardline stance many police units take against protesters. If this topic covered in today’s real news coverage disturbs you, then you won’t want to miss this free short novel, HEAD SHOT. – Sign up on author’s website to reserve your copy, currently in production.

The Joshua Experiment

How hard can it be for a squad of government mercenaries to kill a super-smart six-year-old boy who literally has the power to destroy the world? Plenty hard, when Raven is protecting him. – See more at: http://jeffreyposton.com/home/#sthash.uYobtAQ6.dpuf

Connect with Jeffrey Poston

 

Email: jeffrey@JeffreyPoston.com

Twitter: @booksbyJPoston https://twitter.com/booksbyJPoston

https://www.facebook.com/JeffreyPostonBooks

Google Plus: +Jeffrey Poston

http://jeffreyposton.com/

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Debra: Hello and thanks for tuning in for this edition of Talk Radio with NO Radio. So glad you could make it. I’ll be interviewing Katey Schultz today. Actually, we will be hitching a ride with Katey to squeeze this interview into her very busy book tour. I’m on the side of NC128 near Mt. Mitchell right now, waiting for her to pick me up. We’re just going to tag along for a bit. I haven’t met Katey before. I asked her what she was driving, so I could watch for her and she said, “A Volvo. You can’t miss THE CLAW!” but wouldn’t tell me more…she said I’d know. Now I ‘m really curious!kateyshultz at home2

While we wait, a little background information to share with you. Katey has actually been living in North Carolina, very close to where I live, for about 10 years now. She is actively involved in many things and living a full-time writer’s dream! At the end of our interview, I’ll share a link so you can check out her amazing adventures. Katey’s unique series of short stories is titled Flashes of War, just released on May 27th by Loyola University Maryland, and is zooming up Amazon’s ratings list! Like many veteran and literary reviewers have already expressed, I was awestruck by how she wrote such an amazing account of what life is like for various people affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan without having any military or Middle Eastern experiences of her own. She did this all through research and creativity and the book is brilliant. Wow! This book has 5 stars from some very reputable reviewers, including a New York Times contributor. Well, you’ll see!

Oh, this must be Katey. Here comes a late model Volvo, screeching around the bend. It looks like she’s got stuff tied onto it, a pair of hiking boots and loppers, a few boxes of books. The car looks a bit worse for wear, and it has, um, artwork on it? Oh cool, that’s a giant typewriter painted on the hood! How clever! Very interesting…let’s meet Katey and then we’ll ask about this car.

Katey: (opens car door, steps half out, and waves) Hi Debra! Come on! It’s safe, I promise!

Debra: I trust you and it must be, as much as you travel. (climbs into the passenger seat) Hi, hello there, wow, this is quite a car. Tell us a little something about it won’t you?

Katey: Oh, well, I’ve had this car since 2008 and while it’s not the fastest, it is very dependable. With over two hundred forty thousand miles on it, I’ve taken it across the Rockies and back twice already.

Debra: Ok, but what’s with the giant claw thingy on the grill?

Katey: That’s a hand-blown glass lobster claw I rescued from an artist friend of mine’s trashcan. We both thought the claw was ridiculous in all the right ways, so we attached it to the car because…well, why not? Inspiration comes from the strangest places sometimes and THE CLAW came to signify going after life, perhaps, in some small way, like a crab that relentlessly goes for what it wants.

Debra: Brilliant! Very creative. And now I get the name…many people name their cars for various reasons. I have a muscle car named Michelle, myself! A story for another day. So where are we off to, Katey?

Katey: Without spending too much time on that, actually, because I don’t want to broadcast too much just now, I’m working on raising funds to get THE CLAW to northern Alaska where it can roam alongside the caribou during their great migration. I feel that will be the final step in my car’s epic journey.

Debra: Very interesting! I was looking over your site and I just don’t know where you get the energy! You are involved in so many things and your book has already been a great success.

katey n monster truck rallyKatey: I get a lot of thrills from the Monster Truck Rallies I’ve been entering THE CLAW in, lately. Like my book—which many people were surprised by, since I’ve never been to war—my car is also much more than meets the eye. Just because THE CLAW doesn’t have a double muffler doesn’t mean it can’t compete with the best of the best in the rallies. So I guess you could say that my creative spirit is filled by competing with the big rigs. When the last shirtless, screaming fan has left the stadium, I go home with a real sense of peace and harmony. There’s something about sliding around in the mud on four tires, or watching the underbelly of a jacked-up Ford truck as it drives over and above THE CLAW (my side view mirrors get clipped, but whatever) that really fills my creative well.

Debra: (holding onto door handle and tightening her seat belt) For someone who didn’t grow up in these mountains, you do know how to take the roads pretty well. I’m impressed! So, Katey, at this point, my readers have seen my book review and I told them about the book. Now I’m most curious if you ever felt yourself becoming emotional when writing intense scenes for Flashes of War, or if there is a specific passage where this was the case?

Katey: The high drama and violence of war are not prominently featured in my stories, so it was really those moments that look at the human face of war that felt most emotionally challenging to write. One scene comes to mind from the story “Into Pure Bronze,” which features two Afghan boys who sneak out at night to play soccer in Kabul Stadium. One day in school, there is an air raid. The boys have to huddle against the wall with their classmates and they feel very scared. During this scene, the narrative slips into the mind of the narrator, Pirooz, and whenever I read that passage I feel very strongly that I want that boy—and all children experiencing war—to be able to live without suffering.

Debra: That was a moving story. I almost cried! So tell us, when you first get the idea for a new story, do you find that the finished product tends to differ quite significantly from your original idea, or does the original idea remain more or less intact?

Katey: I think because I had to do so much research in order to write authentically about war, cultures, and countries I never personally experienced, my original ideas for a story remained more or less intact. For instance, after researching about the U.S.’s initial missions in Fallujah, I had a new understanding for just how brutal the circumstances were. It made me wonder about very basic necessities of life—such as food, water, and shelter—and how soldiers and civilians got along without these things. I knew that platoons had spent the night in bombed out buildings in the middle of the city-as-war-zone. What if a soldier had to go to the bathroom? It may seem like a strange thought, but in warfare we are all still human beings with needs. So I wrote “Poo Mission,” (click here for 3-minute video) which is 1 of 26 flash fictions in Flashes of War. There are also 7 full-length stories in the book. As with all the stories, it’s less about war and more about the impossible decisions people have to make, and why they do what they do.

Debra: Is there a particular scene from your book, Flashes of War, which would translate well to canvas and provide a powerful inspiration for a dramatic or emotional piece of artwork?

Katey: I’m so glad you asked! Gold Quoin Press in collaboration with the students of Bradley University created 2 beautiful, limited edition, letter pressed broadsides with original artwork based on my work. I’ve got some in the backseat, but these can also be viewed online here, and full footage of one of the stories, “While the Rest of America’s at the Mall” can be viewed by clicking the link. The “bullets” were hand-tamped into the special paper and the original artwork is by Robert Rowe.

Debra: Oh wow, that question usually trips people up! Well done! Let me try another one then. (evil smirk and Katey gives a playful smile in return) Tell us something about you we won’t find on the Internet?

Katey: Oh, do I have to answer that one? Just kidding. Well, Google is pretty amazing at unearthing things online, but let’s give this a shot: As an undergrad at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, I played rugby for four years. We were a tiny school with a tinier team in one of the roughest sports. Not to mention that rugby came pretty late to the Western United States. What you won’t find on the Internet is a photo of the expression on my face when I tried to tackle a particularly hefty University of Santa Cruz rugger during Regional Finals one year, and she just kept running and running…dragging me down the field like a rag doll.

Debra: Oh my gosh, I would have been so embarrassed!

Katey: What can I say? It toughened me up. I didn’t mind…though the sport did cost me one concussion and two bones in my feet.

Debra: Well, you are tougher than I ever was, I got those injuries just playing softball, not a full contact sport! Never was very coordinated to be playing sports but softball was fun. Anyway, next question, what’s the best and worst thing about being an author for you, personally?

Katey: Social media and social media. It’s great being able to stay connected with so many friends and fans from across the globe and to sell books online, but I don’t always find it fulfilling to maintain an online presence and “share links” or “retweet.” That said, it’s part of my job as a self-supporting writer to not only engage with my community, but to add to the dialogue. I try to take it all with a grain of salt and give what I can, but also maintain boundaries. One year from my book launch, I’m rewarding myself with a month-long “no social media” retreat from the Internet.

Debra: Agreed! It’s so time consuming, necessary and fun, but just time consuming too…really cuts into my writing time if I don’t watch it! This question is a popular request from readers: If you were to write a fictional story based on a real-life celebrity, who would you feature and why?

Katey: I would write a satire of the life of Britney Spears, which would include more insight than one might expect. Such as: delightfully rambling passages of what it’s like to dance with a chair, or, stabbing realizations about the trials and tribulations of youth celebrity life.

Debra: Oh! Not Britney Spears! However, I have to say after your work on Flashes of War, I’d probably read it, and like it, too! Katey, do you have any advice for other authors at this point?

Katey: Hire a publicist. Jessica Glenn of MindBuck Media is mine, and she’s great!

Debra: I can see by your author platform and all of your events and public exposure already, she did an excellent job. Thanks for sharing that. Do you have a favorite review or has anyone expressed a particularly nice compliment about your writing, which stands out as your most memorable piece of praise?

Katey: One of my favorite moments was after giving a public reading at a library in Sitka, Alaska. (I was also there for another Monster Truck Rally. Try competing with the big guys on the middle of an island in the North Pacific!) During the Q&A, the first person to raise his hand was an Iraq war veteran. He asked me if I had served in the war and where. I hadn’t served in the war, but his question was the highest compliment I could have asked for. It spoke to the authenticity of my work and made all the hours of hard research seem to pay off. Also, Author Doug Stanton really gave me a jump-start with one of the kindest blurbs on the planet. His blurb is on my website: www.kateyschultz.com.

Debra: Fantastic, really, I can only imagine how you felt in that moment at the reading. What was his reaction when you answered?

Katey: He responded with quiet, but authentic approval. Later, he took a writing workshop from me and we became friends.

Debra: We’re almost at the bottom of Mt. Mitchell, Katey, so one last question for you. Do you already know what you are going to work on next?

Katey: Yes, I have completed the first draft of a novel, tentatively titled The Longest Day of the Year. This is based on two stories from Flashes of War—“Aaseya & Rahim” and “The Quiet Kind.”

Debra: Thank you so much for meeting with me for this interview and letting me ride in THE CLAW. I wish you all the best success in uniting THE CLAW with the Alaskan caribou migration…and with your book, of course. I hope you’ll stop into the studio sometime and keep us posted on what you are up to!

As promised, here’s the links to connect with and learn more about Katey…I’d keep her on my radar, this young lady is going places!

Flashes of War is available now!

Flashes of War book trailer – Check out this great YouTube video and look for her other videos too!

Website: www.kateyschultz.com
Bimonthly newsletter: www.feedblitz.com/f/?Sub=21824

Talk Radio with NO Radio is a mock radio show, and uses fiction skit based story lines designed to let you learn about the person behind the book, have a laugh, and hopefully enjoy the non-fiction responses to actual interview questions, even more. These skits couldn’t be possible without the authors taking the time to collaborate and do a little writing too. Today I’d like to thank Katey for her time and her support in bringing this “broadcast” to you. While we never took that ride in her car, we did talk at length to make sure even the fiction is very close to the truth of what you would see if you passed Katey in traffic, what she’s up to right now, and her answers truly represent an interesting and adventurous writer living the dream!

mary collins2On today’s edition of Talk Radio with NO Radio we are going on location to find Contemporary Romance author Mary H Collins.  We’ve been trying to get together for about a month now to do this interview but between writing, work and family, she just hasn’t been able to get away, so we are going to her.  This will be a complete surprise, she is not expecting us so, you, delightful reader, get a rare insight into the real person behind the books.  Right now, my husband is driving and we are almost there so take a moment and check out Mary’s website while we get situated to barge in on her:

http://www.maryhcollins.weebly.com

Wow, did you see all those books she’s written?  Amazing and I bet you didn’t know that Mary has been a photographer since 1991?

So picture this, my husband has rigged up an old video camera, you know the old, really huge ones that weigh a ton.  He got the main light working, has taped one of those laser pointers for the red record light just under what has to be a 75 watt bulb and did some clever craft work on the lens part to extend it and make it look really big.  It looks like a huge TV camera if you look at it from the front.  The idea is to walk in, ask for Mary and get a huge reaction from everyone so everyone knows how famous she is, or should be!  So here we go, my husband is behind me with the camera and I have my big fake microphone as usual.  Opening the front door and action!

Debra: Hello! <lady at the front desk is wide eyed and her mouth hangs open as my husband shines the light right on her face>  Hi, I’m Debra Hartmann here with Talk Radio with NO Radio looking for Mary H Collins, I just need a few minutes to ask her some questions, is she here? <flips microphone forward for her to respond directly into it>

Receptionist:  <leaning into the microphone> Yea…really?  Who did you say you’re with?

Debra: Talk Radio with NO Radio, it’s a live show?  Have you seen it?  Is Mary here?

Receptionist:  No, I haven’t seen that, you’re filming this? <she tries to fix her hair, her face still shows such confusion it’s all I can do not to laugh> Uh, <picks up the phone and dials> Mary, there’s a camera crew here to see you and they are filming live, can you come up here, right now?

Debra:  Thank you!< turns to camera and speaks into microphone> Ladies and gentlemen we are just waiting for Mary to come out and we should be able to ask her some questions any moment now, just stay with us, live on Talk Radio with NO Radio.

Mary: Oh my goodness, what is all this?! <Mary has come through the door behind the receptionist desk with a number of people following her and is just as wide eyed as the receptionist now?

Debra: Hi, are you Mary H Collins?

Mary:  Yes, I am.  What is all this?  Who are you?

Debra:  Mary, it’s my pleasure to finally meet you. <extends a hand to shake and holds back laughter> Debra L Hartmann, host of Talk Ra-

Mary:  Debra!  I can’t believe it’s really you!  Wow, and you came all this way, the interview, but what’s the camera for?

Bob:  I guess I’m done now…<flips all the lights off and lowers the heavy contraption, is laughing after holding that in for the last 5 minutes or so>

Debra:  Mary, this is my husband, Bob, we thought we’d surprise you and come in with a big bang to get everyone’s attention. <laughter finally bursts through>

Mary:  <is looking around the room and busts out laughing too, points at the receptionist, still fixing her hair> Well, you certainly did cause a fuss!  Everyone, this is Debra, she wrote a book review on one of my books and I have been meaning to go see her to do an interview but-

Debra:  We came to you, you are always so busy, and don’t you guys ever get a day off? <points and snickers at the wide eyed group of people surrounding us now>

Mary:  This is Ron, my boss, Stacie and Judy, marketing, Rhonda, Louise, Gerald and Mike, photographers, everyone say hello, oh and that’s Tonya, our receptionist.

Debra:  Hi everybody, sorry for disturbing your work day, I hope we didn’t get Mary into any trouble.

Ron:  No, not at all, it’s a quiet day and this is quite exciting.  So why are you here again?

Debra:  Don’t you know that Mary is a published author of 7 great books?  I am here to interview her for my Talk Radio with NO Radio show.

Ron:  You don’t say?  We knew she wrote a bit but had no idea!  Mary, you’ve been holding out on us!

Mary:  Well, I, um, well-

Debra:  Ron, can we borrow Mary for about half an hour?  I’ll bring her right back, I swear!

Ron:  Sure, sure, in fact you can use the break room if you like?

Debra:  Mary, does that work for you?  We could sit and do this interview and then get out of your hair?

Mary:  Yes, that would be fine.  I’ll take you there, just follow me.

<We, and I mean my husband and all of the people that Mary introduced us to, head through the doorway in search of the break room>

Mary:  Hey, guys, a little privacy?  This is my big interview, scoot, all of you!

Crowd: Oh! Yea! Sure!  Sorry!  <they turn and head back to the reception area>

Bob:  I’m going outside for a smoke and leave you two ladies alone to do your interview.

Debra:  Thanks babe!  Be out soon.  Mary, are you mad, did we get you in any trouble?

Mary:  No, not in the least!  I can’t believe you came all this way just for me and what a hoot of a surprise, we will be laughing about this for the next week.

Debra:  Oh good, I was so hoping you’d be thrilled and get a kick out of some movie star treatment.  Your books are just wonderful and I think everyone should know more about you!  So, can I start by asking you to share something about your work here?  Tell our audience about some event that was particularly fun or exciting, besides today, of course? <settling into comfortable chairs at a round dining table after filling two paper cups with coffee>

Mary:  Hmmm, let me think, oh, this is good.  Years ago at Portraits Plus, which is the company I started with in 1991, the owner had the idea that we could photograph animals, as easy as people. We hooked up with some lady in Cleveland, TN, who ran a place called Pampered Pets, I think it was.  We did two or three shoots with everybody bringing their pets in, mostly dogs but some cats, birds and 1 snake. Another photographer and I shot it. You wouldn’t believe the chaos. We had dogs humping other dogs, dogs chasing cats, cats trying to get to the birds, and much, much more. The snake was huge and when the owner released it from its cage, it slithered away from him. Talk about 2 photographers running out the door, along with several other people. I think that was the last pet shoot we did.

Debra:  Oh, I would have been running out the door too!  I know you had shared with me that you are ready for retirement and just helping out a little longer here?

Mary:  Yes, I want to focus completely on my writing and enjoy my retirement.  I’m going to be 66 years old in July and I am done working for a living.  It’s about time for me to just relax and I have always wanted to write full time.

Debra:  Well, I do hope you get to do that soon!  I know I’d love to read some more of your books.  Let me jump right into the questions your fans have for you then, let’s see.  <flips through notes>  Ah, here we go, can you remember the moment when you logged into your author account and discovered you had made your first sale?

Mary:  Actually, I never checked it. Melissa Miller, at Hearts on Fire Books at the time, emailed me and told me My Sister’s Keeper was selling well and had made the amazon.com Best Seller List. I didn’t expect it to start selling that early.  After that, I began checking the Amazon Rankings several times a day, it was like an obsession. <laughs> I’m now checking Amazon/UK Rankings, seems my books are selling better there than here. Right now, My Sister’s Keeper is 23,480.mysisterskeeper_maryhcollins

Debra:  Wow, congratulations.  Here’s one, about the book I just reviewed for you, Deception.  If it was made into a movie, who would you want to play the main character and why?

Mary:  Jodie Foster would be perfect to play Jillian.  She’s one of my favorite actresses. I’ve seen all of her films. She is so versatile and has portrayed so many different characters in many different genres. While writing the book, Jodie’s face came to mind. That’s how I pictured Jillian looking.

Debra:  Oh perfect, I can see that and I love her as an actress too!  Oh, here’s a good one, if you were to write a story featuring a fictional character from another author’s novel, who would you choose and why?

Mary:  I’d choose Blue Bailey from Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ novel, Natural Born Charmer. I listened to this book on audio, while on a trip to Oklahoma about 8 years ago. It’s probably my favorite romance novel ever… Blue Bailey was hitchhiking in a beaver suit when a famous football player, can’t remember his name, picked her up, took her to his summer home and in the end they fell in love, as usual. I may have the book somewhere. It’s one of those books that you want to read again and again.

Debra:  I’ll have to find that one, it sounds good.  If you could invite one character from your novel(s) to a dinner party who would it be and why?

Mary:  I think it’d be Kevin Richards from Out of The Blue. I developed him to be my kinda guy, rough and rugged with a sense of humor. In the book, Kevin got a bad rap for leaving Erika for her sister. But in real life that happens sometimes and my books are all about what happens in real life. Unlike most romance novels, where boy meets girl – they fall in love – and live happily ever after, my stories run closer to what might actually happen in life.

Debra:  Very interesting.  I read Out of the Blue also, can I come to that dinner party or should you two be alone?out of the blue_Maryhcollins

Mary:  No! You can’t come. That’s how he met Erika’s sister. LOL!

Debra:  Ha!  Of course, I forgot!  <refills their coffee cups, notices box of donuts on the counter, snags one>  Would you rather sell 1000 books at $10/£10 each or 2000 books at $1/£1, what gives you the greater sense of satisfaction; overall earnings or overall sales?

Mary:  I’d rather sell the 2,000 at $1. I don’t write for the money. I get more satisfaction from knowing more people are reading my books. A while back my brother mentioned my name to one of his friends and her daughter requested him to get my autograph for her. She had read all my books and knew my brother well but didn’t know that we were related.

Debra:  Very neat!  That must have been a great feeling, knowing someone loved your writing so much!  What do you think stimulates sales the most; positive reviews or advertising?

Mary:  I’m sure it’s advertising. My Sister’s Keeper began selling well when it was first released in 2007 with Hearts on Fire Books, and is still selling more than all my other books combined, yet it had the most 1 star reviews. Yesterday I checked amazon.com/UK and it was 53,000 in the rankings. Of course it doesn’t go as low as it used to, but it’s holding its own.  I’m thinking about writing a sequel to it.

Debra:  You just never really know I think.  Even 1 star reviews are reviews and can have a positive impact on sales.  One theory is that it makes people even more curious than a great review.  I’m curious, Mary, how do you see the publishing industry changing over the next few years?

Mary:  I think more authors will self-publish. I’ve thought about self-publishing, Of course it’d be more royalties for me, but, Melissa over at Solstice Publishing is so good to her authors, I wouldn’t want to leave her. I’ve been with her since 2007. I don’t know how she manages all the stuff she does, plus taking care of her husband and two young boys who suffer with Asthma.

Debra:  It’s rare these days to hear an author so pleased with the relationship with the publishing house.  The world of publishing has changed so much!  Are there any book blogs or websites which you would recommend for an author looking to find potential reviewers for their book?

Mary:  Well, I always refer them to your site Debra. There used to be a site called, Ghostwriters Reviews, but they must have closed down or changed their name. They did several reviews for me. I wish I could locate them, but I’ve searched all over the web and can’t find them.

Debra:  Oh, so you are the one that’s been keeping me so busy!  Thank you for that Mary, I do love writing the reviews and doing these interviews.  I get free books to read and I get to meet some amazing people.  We still on for that flea marketing adventure over near Pigeon Forge soon as the weather allows?

Mary:  I can’t wait!! We’re gonna have so much fun. I’ll bring a gentleman friend of mine along and make it a foursome.

Debra:  Sounds good, weather is finally warming up for us so do let me know when you can take off for the weekend and we’ll just come right back up and make a day of it.  There you have it folks, real people, just like you are writing the books you love to read.  So support your favorite authors, write a review, comment on their blogs and web posts and watch for their new releases!  To wrap up, here’s a list of where you can find out more about Mary and all of her wonderful books.  Thanks so much for indulging me today, Mary, I’m so thrilled to finally meet you and I wish you all the best success!

http://www.maryhcollins.weebly.com

http://booksandpals.blogspot.com/

https://twitter.com/collinsmaryh

https://www.facebook.com/mhcollins1

http://askdavid.com/free-book-promotion

http://www.amazon.com/Mary-H.-Collins/e/B002F4N1MI

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