Author Interviews, Fiction Blog

The 2016 2K Indie Book Tour: Archives

First and foremost, I’d like to give a big thank you to all of the talented authors who signed up to be a part of the blog tour and gave thoughtful, inspiring interviews. This whole show was for you, and I hope you found a few new readers and author friends along the way.

Second, on behalf of all the authors, I’d like to express our gratitude to the readers who followed this tour. I hope you all enjoyed learning a bit more about your favorite books.

And last, I’d like to say a special thanks to my co-host, the ever-inspiring Kate Evans. Thank you for yet another successful blog tour. It’s always a joy to collaborate with you!

The following list contains the original blog tour interviews for all our authors and books. For ease of access, you can always view it on my Events page, under the Past Events section.

The 2016 2K Indie Book Tour

Monday, February 8 – The Earl and the Artificer by Kara Jorgensen

Tuesday, February 9 – The Curious Tale of Gabrielle by Zachary Paul Chopchinski

Wednesday, February 10 – Rise of the Storm by Christina Ochs

Thursday, February 11 – Oak and Mist by Helen Jones

Friday, February 12 – A Case of Deceit by J.L. Phillips

Monday, February 15 – The Fairy Wren by Ashley Capes

Tuesday, February 16 – The Cogsmith’s Daughter by Kate M. Colby

Wednesday, February 17 – Going Through the Change by Samantha Bryant

Thursday, February 18 – The Trouble with being a Movie Star’s Wife by Z.N. Willett

Friday, February 19 – The Dream World Collective by Ben Y. Faroe

Monday, February 22 – The Dagger and the Rose by Bill Hoard

Tuesday, February 23 – Wandering on the Treadmill by Wendy Ogilvie

Wednesday, February 24 – Lady, Thy Name is Trouble by Lori L. MacLaughlin

Thursday, February 25 – The Art of Survival by Kate Evans

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The 2016 2K Indie Book Tour: Kate Evans

Our last (but certainly not least!) author on the 2016 2K Indie Book Tour is my co-host, Kate Evans. Check out Kate’s interview below, but be sure to come back tomorrow for a handy archive post with links to all our author interviews.

Kate EvansKate Evans is a writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her book, Pathways Through Writing Blocks in the Academic Environment, was published by Sense Publishers in 2013. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Sussex University and teaches on degree level courses. She is trained as a psychotherapeutic counsellor, and is interested in the connection between creative writing and good mental health. Living in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, she loves walking by the sea and afternoon tea, and has an inexplicable drive to bring a new generation to the poetry of Edith Sitwell.

Here, Kate tells us about her crime/LGBT novel, The Art of Survival (Hannal Poole Mysteries #2):

Little girls lost. DS Theo Akande is investigating the disappearance of eight year old Victoria Everidge. Her mother, Yvonne, is a desperate woman. What is she capable of? Eminent journalist and newspaperman, Stan Poole, dies leaving a filing cabinet full of secrets. As these leak out, his daughter, Hannah, begins to question her own girlhood. She is losing her way. Her best friend, Lawrence, newly an item with Theo, finds it hard to remain supportive. Instead Hannah clings to her work as a trainee counsellor and to her client Julia. Julia is apparently no little girl lost, but appearances can be deceptive. Then a body is found. The intertwining stories unfold against the wintery backdrop of a seaside town in North Yorkshire. This isn’t gritty crime, this isn’t cosy crime, this isn’t police procedural. This is poetic storytelling which peels back the psychological layers to reveal the raw centre.

Prequels/Sequels: The Art of the Imperfect (Hannah Poole Mysteries #1) published November 2014, long-listed for the Crime Writers Association debut dagger in 2015; The Art of Breathing (Hannah Poole Mysteries #3) due out November 2016.

Now, here’s my interview with Kate:

What was the inspiration behind your book?

I wrote a novel in 2004 about my own experience of depression; it was long, rangy and needed a structure, but, I think got at some raw truth. This coupled with my love of the crime genre and of the landscapes around Scarborough have been the inspiration for The Art of the Imperfect and The Art of Survival.

Who is your favorite character?

I love all my characters, but I suppose Hannah is my favourite. She is struggling psychologically, is vulnerable and at the same time strong. I understand from some readers that she is also difficult to like.

What is one thing you want readers to know or “get” about your book?

That we all have our vulnerabilities and these will drive some of us to do things which are difficult for others to understand, cruel, hurtful and, sometimes, against the law.

Who is your ideal reader? Or, who will enjoy your book?

I hope anyone who likes a good story will enjoy my book, but I guess it is for readers who enjoy character driven, rather than action driven, novels and want to explore the more difficult, shadowy sides of human nature, the bits we might all prefer to look away from.

What three writing tips do you have for aspiring authors?

(1) Write, write and keep writing, even when you don’t feel like it. Give your writing physical and psychological space and permission to exist.

(2) Read, read and read some more.

(3) Find fellow writers who ‘get’ your writing, who can support you and who you can support too.

Art of SurvivalWhere can readers buy your book?

The Art of the Imperfect on Amazon:

The Art of Survival on Amazon:

Where can readers learn more about you?


Twitter: @KateEvansAuthor,


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The 2016 2K Indie Book Tour: Lori L. MacLaughlin

Today’s interview on the 2016 2K Indie Book Tour (co-hosted by Kate Evans and myself) is with fantasy adventure author, Lori L. MacLaughlin.

LoriLMacLaughlinLori L. MacLaughlin traces her love of fantasy adventure to Tolkien and Terry Brooks, finding The Lord of the Rings and The Sword of Shannara particularly inspirational. She’s been writing stories in her head since she was old enough to run wild through the forests on the farm on which she grew up. When she’s not writing (or working), she can be found curled up somewhere dreaming up more story ideas, taking long walks in the countryside, or spending time with her kids. She lives with her family in northern Vermont.

Here’s a bit about her novel, Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble:

Trouble is Tara Triannon’s middle name. As swords for hire, Tara and her sister Laraina thrive on the danger. But a surprise invasion throws them into chaos… and trouble on a whole new level. Pursued by the Butcher, a terrifying assassin more wolf than man, Tara and Laraina must get a prince marked for death and a young, inept sorceress to safety. There’s only one problem — eluding the Butcher has never been done. Aided by a secretive soldier of fortune, they flee the relentless hunter.

Gifted with magic and cursed by nightmares that are all too real, Tara must stop an army led by a madman and fend off an evil Being caught in a centuries-old trap who seeks to control her magic and escape through her dreams — all while keeping one step ahead of the Butcher.

Sequel: Trouble By Any Other Name (coming spring 2016)

Now, here’s our interview with Lori:

What was the inspiration behind your book?

I’ve always been drawn to strong female characters who are more than capable of looking out for themselves and who are accepted as they are. I also prefer fantasy worlds where women and men are treated as equals, places where it’s not unusual for a woman to rule a kingdom or handle a sword well.

I built my story around these ideas and fitted them into the world I’d already created in maps and sketches. Then I dreamed up adventures for my characters that I would like to have.

Who is your favorite character?

I have trouble with that question. My first inclination is to say Tara, because she’s such a part of me. She’s an adventurer, vulnerable on the inside but hard and cold as the steel of her blade on the outside. She keeps everyone but her sister at sword’s length. She’s been hurt too many times to let anyone inside her guard.

However, I think I’d have to choose Captain Natiere, the wolf-like executioner known as the Butcher. He claims the wolves as his kin, though he’s not a werewolf. His traumatic past turned him into the monstrous person he is, but there’s so much more to him than anyone knows. He holds many secrets in the unfathomed depths of his soul.

What is one thing you want readers to know or “get” about your book?

My book has a lot of action and swordplay, but it’s much deeper than that. It’s more about the characters and the relationships between the characters, particularly the sisters, and how they grow and change throughout the story.

Who is your ideal reader? Or, who will enjoy your book?

With a female protagonist, my book will likely appeal more to women, but anyone who likes an epic fantasy adventure with swordplay, magic, and a little romance will enjoy it.

What three writing tips do you have for aspiring authors?

1. Don’t worry about spelling, grammar, or anything else when writing your first draft. Just get the words down on paper (or on the computer). First drafts are meant to be messy.

2. Have others read your work. Find a critique group somewhere that will give you honest feedback. Your book will be so much the better for it.

3. If you’re going the traditional route, make your book the best it can be before submitting it to agents/editors. If you’re self-publishing, hire a professional editor to go through your manuscript before putting it out there. That’s probably the most important thing you can do for your book, along with hiring a professional cover designer.

9781942015000-Perfect-lady-thy-name-is-trouble_EbookCoverWhere can readers buy your book?



Barnes & Noble:



Where can readers learn more about you? 




Google +:


Twitter: @LLMacL,

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The 2016 2K Indie Book Tour: Wendy Ogilvie

Up next on my and Kate Evans’s 206 2K Indie Book Tour is women’s fiction author Wendy Ogilvie.

wendyogilvie_1441640180_4Wendy Ogilvie lives in Essex with her boyfriend Carl and their two dogs; Chinook and Storm. She has been a Personal Trainer for twenty years and has been writing training books and short stories in her spare time. The office in her new house is her favourite place to write as she can see the fish swimming in the pond and her two huskies digging up the garden! She is currently working on the next novel in the Wanda series called Wandering Among the Stars.

Here’s the synopsis of her novel, Wandering on the Treadmill:

WANDA MIKOS lives in Briford, England but has a dream to live in Los Angeles and become a Personal Trainer to the stars. She finds a way to make her ambition a reality by entering The Main Event competition. Unfortunately, she has a suspicion that her bitchy boss KAREN LESTER has entered too.

At work, Wanda is introduced to the new Health & Fitness Manager, the sexy MIKE DIAMOND, and in the same day she meets GARY. Mike begins flirting with Wanda but she thinks he is hiding something. Wanda finds out that Karen is not only competing in the same competition, but is also competing for Mike’s affections.

Wanda’s mother (NINA MIKOS) calls to tell her she has terrible news; her father is getting re-married. Nina confesses to Wanda that he is the only man she has ever had a relationship with. This is when Wanda begins to understand a little of why her mum has been so reluctant to move on since the divorce.

During a training session, Wanda injures her ankle and is put on crutches for a week. Gary gets in contact and they have their first date. Karen informs Wanda she is going away so the television crew who will be following them for the competition will be filming her first. Wanda has to hide the fact she hasn’t read the competition contract and was unaware of any filming obligations.

After a couple of encounters with Mike and a weekend away with Gary, Wanda asks Meg’s opinion on who she should be dating. They compile a Pros & Cons list to decide.

Wanda’s dad’s wedding is one week before the competition and when the TV crew turns up in Cyprus to film the event, Wanda worries about Nina’s reaction.

Back home, Mike tells Wanda that Karen has been to a training camp to work with the famous Neil Whettenhall. She freaks out declaring that the competition and dieting are getting too much she will have to pull out.

She eventually decides to keep up with her training and diet. When the competition day arrives, Wanda uses her wit during the interview as she always does when she is under stress. Karen’s routine is flawless and Wanda’s only mistake is a small stumble at the end. And the winner is — Karen Lester.

During the post competition meal, Karen asks Wanda about the guy she is with — Gary. Wanda panics that she will tell Mike about Gary when they get back to work.

Back at the flat, one of the competition judges calls Wanda to inform her they loved her enthusiasm and people skills and, although unconventional, they would like her to join Karen in Los Angeles for one month.

When Wanda tells Karen her news, Karen tells Mike about Gary. Wanda and Mike part ways and Wanda leaves with Karen to Los Angeles.

Sequel: Wandering Among the Stars – Due out later this year

And now here’s our interview with Wendy:

What was the inspiration behind your book?      

I wanted to put all my years of gym anecdotes into a story based around a Personal Trainer.

Who is your favorite character?    

Wanda, because I think there is a little of her in all of us.

What is one thing you want readers to know or “get” about your book?

The main character is a woman who also has to deal with ‘real world’ issues in her journey to becoming the person she wants to be.  I am hoping readers will relate to Wanda and laugh as they share in her misfortunes. And maybe be inspired by her determination.

Who is your ideal reader? Or, who will enjoy your book?

Female, but I don’t specify an age range.  One of my best reviews was from a woman who is 93. She said it lifted her out of a depression she had fallen into. I also think that anyone who has ever tried any sort of fitness routine will enjoy the book.

What three writing tips do you have for aspiring authors?

  • Write like nobody is going to read it then edit as though someone else wrote it.
  • Improve your grammar if it’s rusty.
  • Get into the mindset of being able to write anywhere at any time.

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The 2016 2K Indie Book Tour: Bill Hoard

We’re into the last week of the 2016 2K Indie Book Tour (co-hosted by Kate Evans and myself). Kicking off week three is fantasy/fairy tale author Bill Hoard.

715UTRPTgxL._UX250_Bill Hoard is possessed of two superpowers: he can sleep almost anywhere at almost any time, and he reflexively forms an opinion on any topic within seconds of hearing a single fact. He writes, teaches, ponders, wonders, teaches a little more, and generally makes a nuisance of himself on social media. He suffers from a debilitating appreciation of pipe smoke, old books, and tweed.

Here, Bill shares a bit about his fairy tale, The Dagger and the Rose:

An adopted princess, a dark stranger, and a kingdom of masked souls. The king brought Iris into his castle when she was only days old, but on her sixteenth birthday she will be swept into an adventure which threatens to uncover or destroy her home, her life, and her very identity.
The Dagger and the Rose is a contemporary take on the great fairy tales. Illustrated in striking water colors, it evokes the wonder of the great bedtime stories.

Now, here’s our interview with Bill:

What was the inspiration behind your book?

I have been a reader of fantasy, myth, and fairy tale for a long time. With The Dagger and the Rose I wanted to take a shot at exploring some of the great mythic themes which are present in some of our most archetypal fairy tales. I have also been following the critique that a lot of our recent pop-culture fairy tales, tend to treat the princess as a flat character who is really just there to be rescued by the heroic prince. Some of the most recent fairy tales (particularly from Disney) have tried to get away from that but they often do it by just shifting the princess into a different role. I wanted to see what would happen if I told a classic fairy tale story entirely from the perspective of the princess. What are her motives and how does she grow, change, and direct the story?

So The Dagger and the Rose is a classic style fairy tale but it breaks with tradition by focusing on the motives, decisions, and agency of the princess.

Those old fairy tales are so often beautifully illustrated (checkout Arthur Rackham’s work on the original Peter Pan stories, you won’t regret it!) that I knew I wanted to have The Dagger and the Rose illustrated as well, but as a poor independent writer, there was no way for me to afford full illustrations up front (Dagger has 12 full page, color illustrations as well as number of woodcut style inserts). I ended up contacting a tremendous up and coming Illustrator (Leah Morrison) who was willing to help me run a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund her work as well as the other costs of publishing a fairy tale.

Who is your favorite character?

My favorite character is Princess Iris. It is her story after all.

What is one thing you want readers to know or “get” about your book?

I really hope that readers are able to see themselves in the main character. I would love for them to really enjoy the classic traditional fairy tale plot and themes through a more nuanced lens.

Who is your ideal reader? Or, who will enjoy your book?

The Dagger and the Rose is for everyone who enjoys fairy tale fantasy. There is some violence in it which may make it a little rough for readers under 10 or so, but as with any classic fairy tale, it is intended for readers of all ages.

What three writing tips do you have for aspiring authors?

First, write what you love. I have found that I can get through a first draft of all sorts of writing but unless I really love what I am working on it is tremendously difficult to come back and give it the polishing a good story deserves. This also entails reading a lot. It is incredibly important to expose yourself to a great diversity of writing, classic and contemporary, fiction and non-fiction, literary and popular, because you never know what you might find yourself jiving with so much that it inspires a new project or takes a current one in a fresh and exciting direction.

Second, if you can, write in a community. I didn’t start really writing well until I got involved in a writers/philosophers/lit-crit group called Pints and Prose with some awesome people who could encourage me, throw ideas out, and hold me accountable to finish sections and re-write or polish rough points. We still meet every other Monday night and I feel like my best work happens on Tuesdays just after a meeting. It was also through my writing/creative community that I was able to get an incredible team (Twelvesteed Productions) to produce the promo video for my Kickstarter campaign. And, of course, it was after a Pints meeting that Ben Y. Faroe asked me to co-author the Hubris Towers series with him. Everything just works better in community.

Third, diversify your projects.  I write because I love stories. It is really important to me that I always have a project on deck which I can be excited about working on. This can slow you down (and I’m sure the more disciplined folk out there are shaking their heads) but I think it keeps the writing process fresh. I am a firm believer that well executed projects of passion are always better than well executed projects of pragmatism. Keeping several different projects on board (I write fairy tales, urban fantasy, humor, and a little theology), increases the quality as well as the scope of my work.

Dagger Rose CoverWhere can readers buy your book? 


Barnes and Noble:

Clickworks Press:



Where can readers learn more about you? 

I’m on Facebook and twitter . I also just started building my own website and can be found at Clickworks Press The Kickstarter page for the book is still available (the campaign has ended) as well