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Absolve me? Author Interview

Absolutionbk - Absolve me? Author Interview Absolution: Redux
(Elohim Trilogy, #1)
Louis Corsair
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Publication date: September 15th 2020

At the end of the original Absolution, the Executor traveled back in Time and altered Reality. But by doing so, he set in motion a plan to end his existence and collapse Creation. Because of his actions, there is Absolution: REDUX…

In 1947, a gangster murders private investigator Raymond Adams. In 2011, he’s brought back to life for 24 hours to solve the supernatural murder of a Hollywood Adult film star.

When the son of a Pit Lord is murdered in Hollywood, the celestial beings in charge of the Realms ask Raymond Adams to figure who did it and find the victim’s missing soul. Without memories of his life, he accepts the case to gain eternal peace. But the job is daunting:

24 hours to nab a killer…
24 hours to find a missing soul…
24 hours to unravel the victim’s exotic private life…
24 hours to stop a plot to send the universe into chaos…

With only the help of a possessed cop and a medium, Adams must trek through a Hollywood underground filled with pornography, prostitutes, and sadists, along with supernatural monsters. But can he solve the case when his own haunting memories keep surfacing, telling him exactly what kind of man he was in life?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Louis Says.

  • How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book?

That honestly depends on the topic. If I am familiar with the subject, then the research is just a trip down memory lane. Though I try to stay away from topics that are far out of my experience range, it is always a pleasure to learn something new.

The longest I have spent on research is more than five years (and going). It is for a sci-fi story that requires interstellar travel. I don’t want to go the route of other such sci-fi stories—faster than light travel without explanation, worm holes, warp speed, light speed, ludicrous speed, etc. So I decided to spend time researching a viable way to travel around the galaxy.

For Absolution: Redux, I spent a good month researching. But, I do write as I research and adjust in revisions.

  • How helpful do you find authority figures such as the police, medics etc when you say you want to write about them? Is there a good way to approach them in your experience?

In my experience, whenever you approach someone and make them aware that they may be the inspiration behind a story, they are willing to help. That is an opportunity that is out of the ordinary; it flatters most. A few get too attached and want to make sure you write something that isn’t BS. About them. One or two won’t go for the idea at all.

  • If you need specialist knowledge to write a book, how do you obtain it? For instance, do you interview people? Go to the location? Use Google Earth? Apps?

Early on, I wrote a murder mystery that took place in the military barracks where I lived. I was a soldier, so the specific military knowledge, terminology, etc. were all available to me. These days, there is a plethora of information out there on the internet.

There are videos and printed interviews with just about every kind of man and woman in the world. That is also true of locations. Google Earth is fantastic. Youtube is a library of the human condition. The only app I really use is a map app. 

  • What do you read when you are ill in bed?

Hahaha. I mostly read comic books in bed. My ipad pro is big enough so I get all the comic book experience without the bulk. I borrow digital comic books from libraries. I’m living the dream.

  • If you could recommend a living author – who would it be? A dead author?

Nnedi Okorafor. She writes some outstanding scifi. I have not read a story from her that I did not like. She’s alive and still writing.

A dead author? Raymond Carver. He was a literary short story writer. “Cathedral” is fantastic.

  • Which author had the most influence on your writing? Your writing style? Your writing genre?

I think there were unique influences in my writing at different periods. When I was young, it was Steinbeck (style, genre). Later, it was Cormac McCarthy.

In my 30s, I decided to write genre fiction, specifically speculative fiction (fantasy, urban fantasy). The biggest influences then were Neil Gaiman and Ursula Leguin. I know many writers name Tolkien as an influence, but (though I appreciate his extensive world-building and characters) he didn’t influence my style.

Leguin’s Wizard of Earthsea and the Earthsea cycle are astonishingly grounded for a high fantasy setting. There are scenes of domestic situations in that first book that have stuck with me all this time.

As for Gaiman… The way his stories develop and pay-off (particularly Sandman) showed me how to plant seeds that grow into a forest.

And who can forget George R.R. Martin? He will likely influence the writers of high fantasy for the next century.

  • In your opinion who is the funniest author now writing?

In my humble opinion, that would be Mr. Christopher Moore. I enjoy reading comedy. And Moore’s comedic style is right down my alley. When I do read any of his books (or any other comedy books for that matter) I make sure they’re in audiobook format. There’s no greater joy than to hear a voice actor drop a well-placed F-bomb. Har!

  • What music – if any – do you think inspires you to write? Is it different for each novel or the same?

Music sometimes plays a very influential role in my work. Each story has its own theme song—so to speak. When I can find a song or a sound for a story, it helps me visualize the events of the plot—the genre is irrelevant.

I play the music and the events appear in my mind like a movie trailer. For Absolution: Redux it is a song called “Waking up Beside You” by Stabbing Westward.

  • Do you keep a timeline and character traits pinned up on your wall? On post-its? If not how do you remember important items about your characters like height, weight, colouring, likes and dislikes etc?

You know…it got to a point where I had too many details to remember. Technology has helped me here. Google docs has helped me keep track of characters: I have a document with character names and descriptions. I use an Office calendar if I need to see where events fall.

For my upcoming novel, The Wizards Collide, I needed to carefully map all the events; there are 11 stories, which take place in November and December of 2020. Characters pop up in multiple stories and the events of one story influence the others.

For Absolution: Redux, I used pen and paper to keep track of the important events.

  • Should monsters /criminals be given a second chance? Can they be reformed? What is the best type of prison for them?

This question is at the heart of Absolution: Redux. The victim of the murder and several other supporting characters are criminals and have done horrible things. Many of them will end up in the Pit (the story’s version of Hell).

That’s not the whole story, though. The victim of the murder wanted forgiveness, a second chance, for himself, his girlfriend, and the world; he tried to perform a miracle that would accomplish this, but failed.

So, the reader will either sympathize with him and his actions or be repulsed. The dead detective trying to solve the murder has to grapple with this question, especially when someone close to him ends up in the Pit.

  1. Has the pandemic inspired you with any new stories to write? If so, what is the story premise?

The pandemic inspired me to change the ending of a story that takes place in the Los Angeles International airport. I was working there during the start of the pandemic and saw, first hand, how that place became a ghost town.

  • If you were asked to write a family saga which century would you place it in? why? What would be the main premise?

I am working on a family saga. It takes place in an alternate history version of Latin American during the 19th century. During that period in Latin America, there were many wars of independence, which led to bloody civil wars.

And I remember G.R.R. Martin was inspired by the War of the Roses to write his Song of Ice and Fire. So, why not write something similar that has Latin America as a background? Like A Song of Ice and Fire, my story follows an affluential family.

It is a fantasy story, so there will be a magic system and mythological locations, like the Fountain of Youth, and of course, an overarching magical struggle. It also incorporates the cruel story of the conquistadores. It doesn’t have a name right now, but I refer to it as the coffee bean war story.

What about ‘snark’? is it good or bad?

Snark always has a home in a story…in moderation. A character can have a moment of snark or you can include a snarky character. Sometimes, when it’s overdone, snark can lead to an off-putting story.

  • Is it easy to write humour?

Humor (humour) has to be part of your voice. Comedians don’t train like basketball players; they observe and put together material and try it on others.

If they are talented, humor comes easy to them. If they’re mediocre…crickets, man. For them, it’s tough since the audience is right there—and usually well-armed with tomatoes.

I tend to find humor in most situations, so I fall into the comedian crowd. Writing comedic scenes and events is a challenge because you don’t get to hear a reaction. You revise and edit to improve the timing.

Sometimes you delete a joke if you change your mind or if the scene didn’t need one (unless it’s a comedy book, then, yes, it needs one or two or three… Go nuts!).

At the end of the day, you hope someone laughs. There is always an audience for different types of humor, so there is no real limit to it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Louis Corsair is an eight-year veteran of the United States Army. Currently living in Los Angeles, California, he spends his time reading books, going on walks, writing, and enjoying the occasional visit to the beach–while trying to earn an honest buck. As a Los Angeles writer, he feels the weight of famous Los Angeles novelists, like Raymond Chandler, John Fante, Nina Revoyr, among others. 

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Cold and Hostile

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Vale Investigation #1
Cristelle Comby
SciFi, Fantasy
Independently published
May 14, 2018
353
four star - Cold and Hostile

WINNER Urban Fantasy Category in the 2019 Independent Press Awards When the devil's his boss, one botched murder case could send him straight to the underworld... PI Bellamy Vale's near-immortality doesn't give him a moment to rest. Completely worn down as Death's supernatural detective, he's starting to think he got the short-end of his do-or-die deal. So when a string of savage attacks grip the city, Vale abandons all hope of sleep and sets out to discover who let the Otherworld beast free... Reading dead crime victims' minds for clues, Vale attracts the very unwanted attention of a fresh-faced journalist and his jealous police officer ex. Reluctantly agreeing to let the women tag along for the danger, the investigation reveals his worst fears. It turns out the brutal portal monster may only be the first wave of destruction. Can PI Vale catch the puppet-master before the whole world is dragged to hell? Hostile Takeover is the first book in the fast-paced Vale Investigation urban fantasy series. If you like classic noir-style action, out-of-control mythology, and a healthy dose of sarcastic charm, then you'll love Cristelle Comby's edge-of-your-seat adventure. Buy Hostile Takeover to open the gates to pandemonium today!

Set in Cold City we have a hero, Bellamy Vale, who seems to get into at least one too many fights.

The story starts with him rescuing a young girl kidnapped for ransom. He is a Private Investigator with a penchant for getting into trouble – and a very strange relationship with a femme fatale demon – she saved his life and got various favours from him in return. He calls her Lady McDeath. And thus, we add in some supernatural to the storyline.

Written in the light style of modern PI stories where we expect to find our PI amenable, lovable, and to feel for him. He is not cold, and is often misguided, and must fight the nasties that other citizens may not even know about.

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There’s a screen – and it isn’t tangible. Author Interview.

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The Blue Trilogy, #2
K. Nilsson
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Independent
Publication date: October 29th 2020

She was a distraction. He was a mistake.
Now they’re in each others’ way.

Rookie investigator Devyn Foster knows the pain of losing family. It’s what drives her to do what she does – finding the missing and the lost and returning them to their families.

Her latest assignment is no different, finding the computer a whiz who disappeared while working on a mysterious project. Even though his case has gone cold, she won’t let his elderly parents suffer. She will find him and return him back to them.

But that was before the one-night stand that changed everything…

Private Investigator Max Carson has never let anything—or anyone—stop him from getting the job done. So when he’s hired to track down a software program that could change the world, that’s exactly what he’s going to do… until he finds himself in a dead heat with a woman who’s just as determined as he is to get the job done on her own terms.

Now Max has to deal with two problems: how to get Devyn out of the way… and out of his heart.

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Fun Facts about Author

Where did you get your penchant for writing?

I grew up in a family who recounted family lore all the time.  It was a way family history was passed on from generation to generation.  Additionally, books I read in my youth, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and comics hooked me on suspense stories.  Italian novellas hooked me on romance.

Favorite Genres for reading and writing

Reading: Thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction, including regency romance, young adult, contemporary and women’s fiction

Writing preference: a combination of romance and suspense. 

Inspirations: Movies, history, and personal stories, and art history.

Favorite activity: travelling.  I’m an avid foodie who cooks and posts too much food porn, but I include my own recipes in the newsletters.

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?

The latest books are part of a series––The Blue Trilogy.  Though the genre is enemies to lovers and romantic suspense.  The two characters had a one-night stand where the man ghosted the woman as soon as the tryst ended.  He was a real cad.  Imagine the emotions when they are sitting across from each other in a conference room.  They cross paths seeking a missing person and technology theft.

What character(s) in your books are your favorite?

The female character, Grace, from The Confessional, got into my head and made me feel all the emotions, pain, shame, fear, and hope.  I wish all my characters would turn out that way.  The male character, Saint, was the worst kind of scum in the beginning of the book.  I had to dial back the depth of vile in his personality.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?

Both.  I started my first books writing my stories by the seat of my pants––hence the term panster.  However, this method caused me to backtrack and spent more time doing that than fine tuning the story.  I appreciate the need for an outline, now.  But eventually, I go off-road and capture the story as it develops in my mind.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?

Yes, I have editors.  I’ve used a content editor for the trilogy. The other type of editors reviews the manuscript line by line, pointing out inconsistencies such as timeline issues, relationships among the characters, locations or physical proximities––things like that.  It’s hard to get a manuscript perfect, but the obvious errors should be caught.  My proofreader is a magical combination of the three AND she makes sure the grammar and punctuation are correct.

What kinds of marketing [Twitter, Facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?

I promote my books mostly on Facebook, Instagram, and sometimes on Twitter.  I don’t advertise on Facebook much because I find the dashboard challenging to use.  When I think everything is set up and hit post, they’ve kicked back the ads due to issues with wording and photos showing too much skin.  Instagram has been easier for me to use for advertising. 

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?

Yes.  I can’t do both at the same time without the other suffering.  While the books are going through the first phase of editing, I devote that time to designing teasers, videos, and formulating the template for takeovers, newsletter, and giveaways.  I love using RIPL to make my own videos.  When I get the editor’s feedback, review the suggestions and get back to work.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?

Make notes on what you want to write immediately. Don’t let the brief thoughts or ideas slip away.  Write the synopsis or blurb.  It could serve as your roadmap for the book.  Read a lot of the genre in which you want to write.  Get some readers to look over your synopsis and first chapter.  Get help planning your release. 

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer –

Dogs or cats? I like both.  You better include birds.

Chocolate or vanilla? Strawberry, mint chocolate chip, Sicilian pistachio

Coffee or Tea? Coffee at home, expresso while traveling, chamomile when it’s cold

Talk or Text? I hate texting, but it’s convenient when I don’t have time to talk.

Day or Night? I’m a night owl.

What’s next for you?

Dead Heat May 2021

Satan’s Overlord (temporary title) December 2021

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GALLERY OF CHARACTERS FOR SMOKE SCREEN, BLUE TRILOGY

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DEVYN FOSTER, ROOKIE PRIVATE INVESITAGOR WITH A SOFT SPOT FOR MISSING PERSONS AND THEIR FAMILIES

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MAX CARSON, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR WITH A JADED PAST WHO DISCARDED DEVYN AFTER A ONE NIGHT STAND

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BEN ROSENBERG, FORMER MOSSAD, DEVYN’S BOSS, AND APPARENT AUTHORITY FIGURE

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KAI LIN, MISSING CHINESE NATIONAL

AUTHOR BIO:

K. Nilsson’s love of reading began with the Bobbsey twins. When she ran across some Italian True Romance novellas stashed in the attic, the musty serials hooked her on adult fiction. Though black and white photos were dramatic enough to know what the stories were about, she taught herself to read in Italian and translated them to her friends.  She’s an unapologetic reviewer of books, restaurants, and vacation destinations.  An amateur photographer, K. loves taking editorial photos and documenting her travels. Her personal philosophy, sleeping is a waste of time.

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Author links:

https://www.instagram.com/kimbernilsson/

https://twitter.com/kimber_nilsson

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Let’s gossip…

poppy - Let's gossip... The Darkest Hour
(Poppy McGuire Mysteries Book 4)
Anina Collins
crime fiction, mystery, thriller,
2016
kindle
four star - Let's gossip...

Poppy and Alex come up against their toughest case yet, and they may never be the same again.

When someone close to both Poppy and Alex is found brutally murdered, all the clues point to Alex as the killer. But Poppy knows in her heart that her partner could never commit such a heinous crime. As the evidence begins to mount against him, Poppy must race against the clock to prove that the man she trusts with her very life isn’t the murderer, even as everyone around her is convinced of his guilt.

But if Alex isn’t the killer, who is? As the mystery unravels, the past and present finally meet in Sunset Ridge.

A nice cosy mystery story with a female sleuth who is nosy but not confident in herself.

This is Poppy’s first attempt at solving a crime and she uses her sleuthing skills from her work as a columnist on the local paper to help her.

Small town USA comes again. Where there are no secrets – someone always knows something – and sometimes they use this knowledge in nefarious ways.

Light and easy reading with a surprise villain.

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