My First BookTube Interview

So, I’m relatively new to the term ‘BookTube’ and up till about two weeks ago, I hadn’t even heard of it. If you don’t know what it is either, I assure you – it’s not complicated – it’s YouTube’s name for the bookish who blog about their current reading material, and what’s scheduled to come. Some even do interviews with authors and other readers. Book Nerd Paradise is one such spot for YA Fantasy, and they reached out to me earlier this Fall to come on their YouTube channel and talk about Dying to Forget. How could I say no?! Take a peek when you have time (there’s a signed print book giveaway involved for those who view and leave a comment) and please don’t forget to give the video a ‘like’!


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Thank you for having me on, Book Nerd Paradise! And *clears throat* just a teensy little disclaimer for the viewers: this is my first YouTube interview (my first video interview, in fact), and I have some learning to do about lighting and camera quality and posture so that I don’t look as puffy as a marshmallow! In my darkish living room, in front of my laptop camera, I’ve got quite the implied squishy double-chin thing going on that is not flattering in the least. lol But, all joking aside, please let me know if you’d like to see more of this kind of thing on YouTube, or here on the site. Definitely take a peek at some of the other authors featured on the Book Nerd Paradise channel, and give BNP a subscription and/or follow online for more YA Fantasy interviews!

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Author Interview with Louis Bruno!

Lou1Louis T. Bruno’s first book is the Disintegrating Bloodline Part 1, and Disintegrating Bloodline Part 2 is his second. He watches anime and is enriched by a series called Berserk. His favorite authors are a wide arrange of literary styles and voices; Jonathan Franzen, Don Delilo, Jane Smiley’s nonfiction book 13 ways to read a novel, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Michael Ondaatje, John Irving, Stephen King, and many others. He has written 13 novels in 12 years. He resides in Richmond, Virginia.
He is the youngest of an older sister, Beth Ann Margetta. His father, Thomas Bruno is a librarian and his mother, Marie Bruno, a dental hygienist. Both of these professions are very important because they require a certain discipline in which he developed his own writing style. He graduated from Northstar Academy in 2004, and began his studies at a small community college, J Sargeant Reynolds from 2004-2007. During this time he traveled to Greece, Turkey and Rome to expand his knowledge of the world. In the fall of 2008, he was admitted into Henrico Doctor’s office for a blood clot near his kidney. From 2008 to 2011, he continued to write numerous books but then returned to University of Phoenix where he will graduate in 2014 with a BA in English.

Hi Louis, thank you for joining us today!

You’re welcome. I always enjoy coming back to your blog.

It’s good to have you back! I know you have been busy. Can you tell us more about your latest book?

Man, I’m not really good about describing my books. This is the second installment of the Disintegrating Bloodline, called Chaos. It continues from the first part where Chris drops off A.J. at George Bradley High, and we go through his preparations for the obstacles Chris is about to face. They are in a huge war over illegal CD’s, and in the story the government passes a law that prohibits illegal CD’s. Now, A.J. is starting to take on some of the risks, and that means high jacking trucks full of CD’s and running the school. Only his life reaches a critical point when his father in the hospital and Chris has been shot. Even George Bradley High is under threat of another school shooting, and things do get out of hand. I picked the subtitle right.

Since this book is about the mafia, how did you research it?

Well, I knew that something bad had to happen in this book, and even though bad things like Columbine had to happen, time has shown that you can’t stop something like a shooting. Other than the mafia, I wanted to hit at a central issue that is bothersome to most people, and that is High School. I researched into the Columbine shootings and saw that for the time, the two shooters were both bullied and were taking out their aggression on their aggressors, or the popular kids. Only what I always thought in the case of this novel was that this shooting in this novel was planned. Only after time passed, a great book called Columbine by Dave Cullen, later suggests that both the shooters were not bullied, but they were the bullies themselves. I predicted a long time after that incident they were the aggressors, and that’s a simple thing to think of when looking at an issue. I knew that one of the characters was going to plan a big shootout that would happen in George Bradley, and this was not some random act of violence. It had to be planned and well thought out. The shooters would not make it out, but A.J. and Frank would face some of the pressure and stand right in the target zone. So, I predicted what time later revealed about the shooters, and long before Dave Cullen wrote Columbine had exposed the truth of the two shooters in Colorado. Now, we come up to the issue itself.

This is an issue that no one wants to deal with, and I think that maybe with this book, people will help deal with issues such as SandyBrook middle. Only I find that we aren’t dealing with the problem. The source of this issue is clear. No one, except for Dave Cullen, is asking all the important questions. Like who is taking care of these kids, and how would they react if you talked to them instead of imposing your own ideals on your children. Or maybe if you didn’t beat them or neglect them, maybe they would make straight A’s. Sometimes, I believe that kind of pressure can lead to creative outlets or destructive behavior, and even now, no one wants to deal with it. That’s why these shootings aren’t going away. They seem to always happen every few years, and no one knows how to contain them. Even if you had every cop at a school, someone is going to get in with a gun. This is a problem that I can’t solve overnight, because you can’t expect every bad thing to happen.

Definitely heavy subject matter but sadly, coincides with our society today. Where else did the inspiration behind your latest project come from?

You know, I wanted this to be a truly literary experience. This was originally one book, and I found that after splitting them up, I could look at the themes and issues on a broader scale. I remember a paragraph of description that was from Hamlet, which I thought truly captured the title and what was going to happen. I’ll put it here for you, from Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 1:

“A mote it is to trouble the mind.

In the most high and palmy state of Rome,

A little ere the mightiest Julius fell,

The graves stood tenantless and the sheeted dead

Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets;

As stars with trains of fire, and dews of blood,

Disasters in the sun; and the moist star,

Upon whose influence Neptune’s empire stands,

Was sick almost to doomsday with eclipse.

And even like precurse of feared events, As harbingers preceding still the fates

And prologue to the omen coming on, Have heaven and earth together demonstrated

Unto our climates and countrymen.”

I know, a lot to take in, but I knew that I wanted to set the mood if I wanted this to have a sort of dramatic affect on people. I wanted this school to represent Rome just before the entire world is about to collapse, and you are about to swallowed up by something you can’t really explain. I wanted to make this an experience that I put a lot of time and effort into. It would only make sense if Shakespeare began the book with those powerful descriptions. Hamlet is one of my favorite of the Shakespeare plays. I just wanted this to take on a very dark turn, and the next few books get darker and more surreal.

Another thing that inspired me about this was to not just write a three page chapter or a ten page chapter, but dig into the heart of the issue and find out what was bothering me. It was mostly the fact that my grandfather died early in my life, and the scenes in the hospital are very close to me. I don’t have the extreme dysfunction that A.J. has with his parents, but it needed to be exciting.

Another inspiration, or the skeleton of the four books, was The Lord of the Rings. Even though that was my first book, the density of LOTR made me want to write in a dense way. Even though that was my first novel, I found that writing grows over time.  The Godfather was an inspiration too, but even Goodfellas was as well. I read a lot of nonfiction to get the mentality, and then I took it into another direction.

That is a LOT of inspiration – all excellent. Tell us about your main characters; are they people you would be friends with in real life?

I think if I had to choose again, I would go with Chris. I think I have aged up to Chris’s age, and we would have some really good discussions on right and wrong, and whether there is good and evil. Would I want to be friends with them in real life? It’s funny because when I was reading it over, I found that I can relate to them in any point of my life. I make up my own architecture as I go along.

A majority of writers can probably relate to most if not all of our characters. 🙂 If you could make one of yours real for a month, who would you choose and why?

I think I have already answered this before, and it was Jessica. But now if I had to trade, I would say A.J. because I want to see what he knows after this entire experience. It’s four books long and a lot of bad stuff happens to him. I just kind of want him to say “Man, what the hell were you thinking?” but in most cases, I think readers will know what I’m thinking when they are reading the book.

As a writer, I wonder what it is you like to read…so, if you were alone in the woods for a year with only one book, what would it be and why?

I would usually say Moby Dick by Herman Melville, but now I’m reading John Irving’s The World According to Garp. Garp especially seems to grow with each read, and I would say that would be a book I would read over and over again.

Interesting – haven’t read that one, I’ll have to check it out. If you could choose any Author, living or dead to read your work, who would you choose and why?

I don’t know. I don’t think anyone human could read this book. Anyways, I might have Ray Liotta read it, because he has such a definite voice and you know it as soon as you hear it. He narrated and acted in Goodfellas.

What advice would you give to budding writers interested in publishing?

Your luck might not happen with one book, but you have to give publishing time. If you have a spare job, you should get a facebook page and put money into your posts so that people can see your work and get a wide readership. It’s only ten bucks for a thousand views, but you’ll have more people looking at your page. But you just have to trust yourself and give it some time. I know, I’m speaking from experience.

Great advice. Louis, what can we expect to see from you in the future?

You can expect another novel in May entitled the Data Chase (that might be pending due to that we are in the process, but I’ll let you know in May when the Data Chase comes out) on xynobooks.

Just for fun, before we wrap up your interview – if you could choose three people, living or dead, to share a meal with, who would you choose and why?

I would choose Fidel Castro, Terrance Malick, and Martin Scorsese. In most cases, Terrance Malick is a reclusive man and I like those kind of people. They make films every decade, and it’s the best movie that people will ever see in their lives.

Wow, what an eclectic mix there! Okay *cracks knuckles* Louis – it’s Rapid Fire Question time – strap in!

eReader or Paperback? Paperback

Sweet or Sour? Sweet.

Cats or Dogs? Dogs.

Tent or Hotel? Tent.

Beach or Pool? Beach.

Shower or Bath? Both.

Boxers or Briefs? Boxers. (But I usually prefer being naked).

Untouchables or The Goodfellas? Goodfellas.

*giggle* Girls – did you catch the ‘Boxers’ or ‘Briefs’ bit? SO, readers – be sure to check out Part 2 of Louis Bruno’s Disintegrating Bloodline and visit him online when you get a chance! Louis – thanks for being here today, I do wish you the best of success with your books! 🙂

Chaos: The Disintegrating Bloodline Part 2

Chaos DB2

“High-school student AJ Cattiano has apprenticed himself to the Mafia. After AJ takes out a rival capo for his mentor, Chris Mangini, he is then plunged immediately back into battle as part of a brutal truck hijacking.

“AJ becomes privy to a conspiracy by rival mob families to destroy him and Chris, as well as being forced to confront the mystery of his true heritage. Is his bond with Chris closer and deeper than either knows?

“With Chris shot by a traitor and his own father in a coma, AJ must navigate the menaces of the underworld and the unimaginable horror of a school shooting before learning the truth and pursuing vengeance.”

You can grab your copy of Chaos here

If you’d like to follow Mr. Bruno, check out his Amazon Author Page!

Interview with Author Hunter S. Jones!

Meet the Author…





Hunter S. Jones is a lifelong writer. Hunter regularly contributes articles to fashion and rock and roll publications, both in print and online. However, you will often find her writing articles for newspapers and quarterly professional publications. Her interests are varied… travel, wines, history, the occult, and psychology. Her passions are rock and roll and history, especially the history of sex.

Hunter has a Master’s Level Degree in Classic Studies. Because of this she has a reading range which varies from ’Beowulf’ to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ to all points in between. Her favorite authors are Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Rice and Alison Weir. However, ask tomorrow and the list will change.

Hunter has wanted to write a book her entire life. A recent change in fortune has made this dream a reality. Her first book, ‘Fables of the Reconstruction’ is scheduled for publication in October 2012. You can find her online at or at

Hunter currently lives in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia with her current partner. They have no children or pets, just books, wine and a million dollar view.

Hi Hunter! Very excited to have you on the blog today, thanks for joining us! Let’s start with an easy question – When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

Some people play an instrument, some dance, some paint and I write. It’s the way I express myselfand that is how it’s always been.

Great answer. Can you tell us more about your latest book?

My latest release is called Fables of the Reconstruction. It’s the story of a Belgian pimp, Pierre von Minzle, and the book is set in Victorian London, in the notorious Whitechapel District. Pierre has a ‘magic’ powder and practices Creole voodoo. The book explains the start of today’s modern zombie story.

Can you share with us where the inspiration behind your writing comes from?

Something subconsciously triggers a thought, feeling or an emotion. Maybe a mood needs to be remembered and you have to record your recollection – it has to be written.

If you could make one of your characters real for a day, who would you choose and why?

My little monster, Pierre von Minzle is sexy, undead and wonderful. He’s a zombie, but he manifests in different time dimensions so that he can survive. I would love to spend a day with him just to find out what mischief he’s going to get into, or where he is going to go next.

Can you share with us a short story about something that has happened to you that would make a great book?

The story of the love of my life will make a beautiful romance novel someday. In the meantime, my life has been more like a series of short stories, both comedy and tragedy. String the stories together and they could make a book until the romance novel is written.

I want to read this romance – hurry up and write it! What has been the most rewarding part of your writing career & what has been the hardest?

The most rewarding part of writing is working with other artists – finding out what makes them create, how they think, hearing their stories. The hardest part of writing is getting my exact feelings into words.

What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

I’m very social – being around people is my favorite thing especially when having great conversations and listening to great music.

I got a mental image of you as a butterfly on the wall at a party – fluttering from one person to the next! Do you have any advice for budding writers looking to self-publish?

Do what you want to do and follow your dreams – writing is your art form. Get advice from people that have published a book, but do your own homework before taking anyone’s advice.

“Writing is your art form”…bumper sticker that, really. So, what can we expect to see from you in the future and where can we find your work?

Thank you for asking Trish. I have a couple of anthologies in the works and will be able to tell you about them soon. I am developing a series of short stories-short, sexy vignettes-which is called Tales from a New Amsterdam. The first story will be available in December 2012. The stories will be available on

You can find Fables of the Reconstruction on Amazon

Yay! Looking forward to your new releases! If you could shadow your favorite Author for a year (living or dead) who would you choose, and why?

Oh Trish. This is such a great question. So many writers had such exciting lives – Poe, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Hemingway, Hunter S. Thompson…it would be amazing to spend time with them. On the other side, you have the more reclusive authors such as Anne Rice, Lovecraft, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Flannery O’Connor – it would be interesting to see into their lives for a while. However, if I had to choose to spend a year with an author, it would be Margaret Mitchell. I would love to spend one year with her as she recuperated from an ankle injury and created Gone With The Wind. Can you imagine the conversations? She didn’t have much communication from the outside world during that phase in her life, so the time was spent writing. She was left mainly to create from her imagination – combining the pain she suffered, her own life experiences and stories from her family about the past; all which worked together to shape her great work. What an amazing artist.


Wow, fabulous answer!!!

It’s time for our Rapid Fire Questions!!


Wine – Red or White? Red

Roses or Wildflowers? Wildflowers

eReader or Paperback? eReader

Bra or No Bra? Bra

Shower or Bath? Sure

Beach or Pool? Beach

Heels or Flats? Heels

Sweet or Sour? Spicy

Cats or Dogs? Cats


What a fun interview – thank you for joining us Hunter! I wish you nothing but the best with your writing! If you’d like to know more about Hunter, follow her BLOG or FACEBOOK page today!





Now, for a taste of Fables of the Reconstruction

Pomba Gira Mysticism. Creole Voodoo. The zombie apocalypse. Sex, drugs, magick.
Paranormal erotica.

Meet Pierre von Minzle and Mary Moore. They are the Adam and Lilith, definitely not Adam and Eve, of today’s zombie apocalypse. Fables of the Reconstruction is a playful yet graphic sexual adventure consisting of what might have been, combined with what possibly might be happening now. It contains Pomba Gira mysticism, Creole voodoo and the seeds of the zombie apocalypse set in Victorian London’s notorious Whitechapel District. Sex, magick , zombies. This ain’t your daddy’s shotgun zombie story. Mature content warning.

Welcome Author Lena Winfrey Seder!!

Author Bio

Lena head shot calm poseLena Winfrey Seder is an author, former English teacher, film enthusiast and world traveler who basks in the sun of Orlando, Florida with her husband, two sons and a daughter. She published The Metamorphosis of a Muslim in spring 2011 with IIPH, an overseas publisher. Currently, she is writing a unique paranormal trilogy as well as short stories, screenplays and poetry. Her passion and dream is to one day create great movies that tell powerful stories.


Hi Lena, welcome! Thanks for joining us today!

Thank you Trish for inviting me. I’m very glad to be here!



What or who inspired you to become a writer?

Firstly, I think writing has just been in my blood all of my life. It is important to me as breathing. I started writing short stories as a kid, especially illustrated ones. In high school, I experimented with poetry and song lyrics.

Secondly, I think my best friend had some influence as well. In high school, my best friend Donna loved writing as much as I did. She was very prolific, and we used to have a serial that reached over 100 episodes. We would both pass it back and forth and write on it. This serial was about our various classmates who ended up in bizarre situations, sometimes comical, and occasionally involving celebrities and royal families. It was all great fun, but her sudden death at age 16 drove me to express myself more in poetry, and thus I was on my way to writing seriously.

Lastly, I was fortunate enough to have an amazing literature and drama teacher in high school, Mrs. Eleanor Kensinger, who sparked my interest in storytelling and gave me support. She made me believe I could do anything. Great and inspirational teachers are so important and yet so rare!



I’m sorry to hear about your friend. Loss at such a young age is a really tough thing to experience. Fortunately, it sounds like you had great support for writing. Can you tell us more about your latest book?

I actually have multiple projects going on; I just can’t help it. I multi-task and will put down ideas, do research and even a bit of writing on a couple of projects at the same time. However, when I am seriously writing the bulk of a story, I do focus on one.

My paranormal Between Bite and Might is set in the Appalachian Mountain region, and it has all of the exciting elements like werewolves, vampires, witches and shape-shifters. I have decided to bring in demons in book 2. The story focuses around Clara Walker, who has been living far from her hometown for several years, though she has occasionally visited. Her last visit was at her mother’s funeral. She returns to attend a class reunion, though she isn’t being honest with herself why she is really returning. She has some internal struggles because she wanted to leave her town and change her identity while forgetting some pain, but she is drawn back to this little town due to an unrequited love. There are tons of secrets in this small town, and she is about to be thrown into them. There is action, struggles, love and some unique twists. I have researched a bit about the Native Americans who used to live in that area so I can tie in a bit of myths and culture. Clara, who thinks she is normal, will along the way throughout the trilogy discover she has a simple, but unique gift. Handsome, complicated David will also discover bits and pieces of his past like solving a puzzle as he attempts to protect and shield Clara.



That sounds interesting! And I do the same – jot down a bunch of different ideas (since they are always coming). What has been the most difficult scene for you to write for your current project?

The love scene, as I wanted to keep borders and leave something to the imagination. I have restrained it to a bit of kissing, but I’m not sure if I will explore it further in this book or more in the next ones. The goal is to build the right amount of tension while not getting too mushy either since it is an action-packed novel.

The other is a death scene that will occur. I can’t reveal too much, but handling it correctly and believably is quite a balancing act.



Do you follow a certain writing process with your work?

Most of my works start with the spark of an idea where I recognize, ‘Hey, that would make a great novel or a great film!’ I kind of ‘see’ an image in my mind. So, I will jot down a couple of sentences on an idea sheet I have and then mull it over for a couple of days. If the idea is still strong with me, then I start building the plot in my head and even come up with some dialogue. I start to hear the characters’ voices. Then, I am ready to start writing it down. I usually write down the whole story and then, though tempted to edit as I go along, I usually wait until I have gotten the whole story out of me before I go back and start editing. The editing stage is usually harder than the writing stage. Sometimes we fall in love with our characters, and it is difficult to be objective about what we should really leave in or what we should take out. And then there are places that need more expansion. I usually start my stories in a notebook; I just love writing pen on paper. It is more of a ritual and a visual exercise with me. I can jump back and forth to double check my plot and dialogue. I like having the whole work open to me to flip through. Then I type it in and do the editing on the computer. Though recently, I am getting better about starting from scratch on the computer, especially when I write flash fiction pieces.



OMGosh yes, editing is harder than writing for me as well. Do you read the same genre that you write/can you give us some examples of your favorite

Believe or not I have avoided reading Twilight. I am not much into ‘sparkly’ vampires. They should be strong and scary, even if handsome. Also, I really didn’t want to read these days in my genre because I don’t want to have too much outside influence; I’m looking for something a bit original in what I’m writing. However, I have on my list to read: Vampyre Kisses by Elizabeth Kolodziej and the Sabrina Strong Series by Lorelei Bell. However, going back to genre, I grew up enjoying the classics like Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein.

However, I don’t stick to one genre. I love to read a variety of materials. I read biographies, mysteries (love Agatha Christie), thrillers (like Dan Brown, John Grisham and Norma Beishir), Science Fiction (like Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, Frank Herbert’s Dune and more modern Mike Saxton’s 7 Scorpions trilogy). I do read a bit of comedy from time to time. One of my favorite books is a humorous mystery written by Karla Telega called Box of Rocks. And I love Janet Evanovich’s Wicked Business; I enjoy her writing style. I even read books on management and genetics. I love knowledge. Lately, I’m reading books about directors and filmmaking. So, I like to keep life interesting by reading a variety as long as it is fresh, good and clever writing.

And Trish, I have a couple of your books now on my to-read list: Station and Dying to Forget. I look forward to reading them.



I have not read the Twilight saga either!! And thank you for putting my books on your TBR list! You’ll have to let me know what you think of them. 🙂 If you could choose any Author, living or dead, to shadow for a year, who would you choose and why?

That is a hard one because there are so many that are interesting! I think Ernest Hemingway would be a great one to shadow; I have always loved his stories. For the living, maybe Dan Brown because I just want to know how he comes up with all of those conspiracies! And as far as screenwriters, it would have to be Joss Whedon; the guy really writes sharp dialogue.



I LOVE Joss Whedon!! What has been the most rewarding part of your writing journey so far?

Meeting other writers who share the same passion for writing and storytelling that I do. I have met some amazing writers over the past couple of years who have given me such great advice, support and encouragement. And really, that is what writers should do for each other; we have to be like a family and cheer for each other as well as give needed support.



I have found the Indie Community to be very welcoming. I can’t imagine doing this career without my writing buddies. 😉 Do you have any advice for budding authors looking to self-publish?

Be very patient. Success doesn’t happen overnight. You just have to keep on building yourself, improving yourself and putting yourself out there to find the right people and the right opportunities. Never give up. If you keep on writing and looking to improve both your writing and marketing skills (learning is continuous all of your life), then one day you will make it. It is just a matter of time and determination. Also, take serious and courteous feedback from professionals (not all book reviews) because feedback should be used to help you improve your writing.



No, it does NOT happen overnight. Sage advice. 🙂 What can we expect to see from you in the future and where can we find your work?

I am working on getting some short stories out into ebook form soon; one of them is called Evolution or Revolution, which is about a mad scientist in the future who wants to harness human brains in order to get rid of emotions and have a world of logic. We follow his observations, experiments and the results of his work, which will end in a bizarre twist.

Next is the first in the series of my paranormal novels, Between Bite and Might.

Finish the other two books in the Clara Walker Series.

Finish writing a realistic fiction novel, still untitled, that will be quite an adventure as the reader will travel across the world with the main character who will undergo some horrendous problems while still holding onto strength and faith in the face of adversity.

Thereafter my screenplays, both adaptations and original ones. Currently, I’m working on a friend’s novel, which I am trying to adapt into a screenplay. Hopefully, one day we will see the movie.

And somewhere in the future, I plan to gather a collection of poetry that covers many topics; I’m planning to have the book illustrated.



You write screenplays, too? That’s awesome – good luck!! If your book became a movie, who would you cast as your main characters?

I can see one of the brothers from Supernatural as David in Between Bite and Might. Of course, if I could get a hold of Johnny Depp or Robert Downey, Jr. (*sighing and swooning*). Still not sure who I want to play Clara.

If we are talking about my realistic fiction, I can see Angelina Jolie as the strong heroine who evolves throughout the story.



That would be an excellent movie!! So, it’s time for our Rapid Fire Questions – are you ready??


Sweet or Sour? Sweet


Wine or Chocolate? Dark chocolate


Tent or Hotel? Hotel


Beach or Pool? Beach


Shower or Bath? Bath


eReader or Paperback? That’s tough since I love both…OK, paperback!


Heels or Flats? Flats, just can’t do heels anymore.


Bra or No Bra? A comfortable one like a sports bra unless it is a special night, and then I like
silky and lacey.



You can find out more about Lena at her Author links: Facebook and Blog. Follow this Amazon link to learn more about Metamorphosis of a Muslim. I wish you the best of luck with your writing, Lena! Thank you so much for being here today!!




Metamorphosis of a Muslim

In this autobiographical account, Lena Winfrey Seder uses a series of flashbacks to weave back and forth among important events and places in her life, before and after she embraced Islam. She explains what attracted her to Islam and describes the effects of her choice on key relationships in her life. Her narration is laced with personal anecdotes and heart-felt advice about being patient in the face of adversity. Her experiences are woven together to create more than just a simple narrative; this is a unique account of The Metamorphosis of a Muslim.

Meet The Talented Author – Mr. Jonas Hyde!

For years, Jonas Hyde has been enticing readers with his classical-styled narrative poetry and episodic fiction. While thematically spanning many genres from romantic tragedies to psychological thrillers, the common thread between all his works is the intense imagery and raw emotion given life by every word. His latest work, Melpomene’s Tears, is a collection of some of his most popular poems with brief introductions by the author himself. It can be found online at or at Hyde’s website, Always looking to engage with his readers, Hyde can also be reached

Well, it is HERE! Our very first Author Interview and we have the pleasure of speaking with the über talented Author and Poet…Mr. Jonas Hyde! Everyone say HELLO! 😀 Okay, now that the standing ovation has quieted, we can get started!

First off, thank you for being here Jonas! For those that don’t know, you write beautiful poetry. Can you tell us more about your latest project, Melpomene’s Tears?

Melpomene’s Tears is a collection of romantic tragedies.  I wanted something to introduce a new reader to my work that had a specific, yet digestible theme.  Heartache and pain is something we are all familiar with, and as such, I felt this book would allow people to connect with my work.

For someone who doesn’t read poetry often, Melpotmene’s Tears definitely struck a romantic tragedy chord with me! What has been the most difficult part of this project for you to write?

All of these poems were born from my own life experience.  While they are definitely fictional narratives, the themes behind them are real. So, the most difficult part was definitely having to live the pain that caused the inspiration for them.

I firmly believe the best of writer’s have had tragic pasts. So which writer’s contributed to the inspiration behind your writing?

At its core, the thematic inspiration comes from life experience. However, the style of my writing is definitely influenced by Dante Alighieri’s, Divine Comedy, and just about everything from Edgar Allan Poe.

All great author’s, indeed! So, inquiring minds want to know…what is your writing process?

I’m actually one of the worst people to get advice from when it comes to writing. I don’t write every day and I don’t keep a writing journal. I work on far too many projects at one time and I’m constantly rewriting before finishing a first draft. So what do I do? I write with an honest voice and stay true to my work. I write whenever inspiration hits and I strive to keep it raw and accessible. I write with a passion that never loses its flame, and I love writing now as much (if not more) than when I first put pen to paper.

That sounds like great advice to me. So, what do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

I love to hike a few times a week and camp when I can. I love to unplug and enjoy nature. I spent far too much of my life missing out on that. I also love to grill… mmmmm.

I have to say I can relate to unplugging every once in a while and enjoying the natural beauty of the world around us. It keeps the inspiration flowing! So, what has been the most rewarding part of your writing journey so far?

The feedback from the readers. Hearing how some of my poems connect with them is a surreal experience. I mean, I started off writing just to deal with my own pains. To find someone else out there connecting with my work is both unbelievable and humbling.

Humbling indeed. 🙂 What advice would you give to budding writers?

I say this a lot, but I can’t say it enough – stay true to your voice.  Don’t dilute it.  People will find your work if you stay true to it… so keep faith and keep writing.

Excellent advice, Jonas! Please tell us, what can we expect to see from you in the future?

I am currently working on two major projects.  The first is titled, Pendragon, and is a 12 part epic poem about the Pendragon family from the rise of Uther to Avalon.  The second is a psychological horror novella titled 7 Days.  It is a bit of a departure from my regular work, but was something I felt I needed to write.  Mixed in with all that I have the next story in the Sir Alistair Helling series (think Sherlock Holmes written in a poetic voice), as well as a follow up to Melpomene’s Tears.

Looking forward to these projects Jonas, truly! So let’s shake things up a bit and throw out a few fun questions! 

If you were alone on an island for a year with only one book – what would it be?

Dante’s Divine Comedy.  Every time I read it, I get a deeper understanding of the text.  If I had a year to digest it, I would love it.

If you could shadow your favorite Author for a year (living or dead) who would you choose?

I would love to shadow Poe for a year… and longer if it were possible.  Imagine the stories!  I’m not sure which of us would be the worse influence.

I have thought about how amazing it would be to follow Poe around myself. THAT would definitely be an awesome experience!

Okay Jonas – brace yourself! It’s time for some rapid-fire Q&A!

Beer or Wine? Beer

Beach or Pool? Beach

eReader or Paperback? Paperback

Shower or Bath? Shower

In-home Dining or Restaurant? In-home Dining

Cats or Dogs? Dogs

Sweet or Salty? Salty

LOL That was fun, Jonas. Thank you so much for being here today! You can find Melpomene’s Tears on Amazon and Jonas on the Web, Facebook, and Twitter. Happy Reading everyone!! 😀

Melpomene’s Tears is a collection of romantic tragedy poems by Jonas Hyde. The collection includes the popular epic tragedies, Lament for Lady Beth and Seraph’s Song: The Epic Fable of Sister Sera. It also includes the complete Moment with a Muse and Twilight’s Star anthologies. In addition, the collection is then filled out by a series of other poems that will truly resonate with anyone who has felt heartache, pain, or loss. While most of us try to forget such emotions, understanding it on the intimate level presented by Jonas Hyde enables us to deal with our own anguish. As a bonus, each poem is briefly introduced by Hyde, giving additional insight into each work by the author himself. This read will truly change your life.