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#3chicksAndSomeBooks Interview with @RandyDPearson, Author of Trac Brothers and many more! #michiganwriters #michlit

Author Bio for Randy D Pearson
A lifelong mid-Michigan resident, Randy D Pearson has been creating stories for 40 years, usually in his head but occasionally on paper.
Starting at an early age drawing comic strips and cartoon books, he quickly realized he enjoyed writing stories more than he did sketching.
When he discovered his other childhood passion, the Atari computer, everything came together. He spent many late nights typing his stories, winning several contests in the process.
In addition to his three novelsDriving Crazy, Tell Me a Story, and Trac BrothersRandy has been featured in several publications. These include all four of the Writing at the Ledges anthologies, The Washington Square Review, Pets Across America, and Retrocade Magazine.
When not writing, Randy spends his time watching British sitcoms with his wife and stepdaughter, or sci-fi and anime with his two brothers. He lives in a small Michigan town with a ridiculous number of cats.
Interview Questions


What inspired you to write this book?
One day, many years ago, I was sitting at a railroad crossing. The gates had just come down, but the train hadn’t made an appearance yet. For some reason, my mind flashed on an image of two guys pumping one of those old-timey handcars slowly by, waving at me as they rolled past. I have no idea why that picture popped in my head, but I sat there in my car, mentally writing this story until long after the train had come and gone. Years later, I finally got around to putting that story onto paper.


Did you have a difficult time balancing your life and getting your book published?
Not the publishing part so much. The balancing act is trying to write while working a day job, being a husband.step-father, having friends who I actually do things with occasionally, and my seemingly constant need to goof off. After all, Cookie Jam won’t play itself!


Did you self published or is this traditional published?How was the experience? What advice would you offer?
Trac Brothers was set to be published by an indie publisher in 2017, but that publisher went dark at a crucial time (the owner went through numerous personal and professional issues, and pretty much vanished, not returning calls or emails). So I had to cancel the contract and self-publish it, which delayed release by several months.
Overall, the self-publishing experience was good. I used Amazon’s Createspace/KDP, and there was a learning curve, but not anything that I ultimately couldn’t handle. For my first novel, Driving Crazy, I originally self-published through a hybrid of a printing company called Color House Graphics in Grand Rapids for paperbacks, and Smashwords for eBooks. Amazon, while far too dominant in the market, is really the easiest and most convenient way to get my books distributed to the world.
In terms of self-publishing advice, I would say to make sure the book is as perfect as possible before releasing it to the world. Self-publishing will (probably) always have that stigma of being filled with amateurs. So before you press “send” on that manuscript, make sure it has been heavily edited, proof read (by both readers AND writers, as both will give you unique valuable perspectives), and polished to a glossy sheen.


What literary challenges and successes you would like to share with our audience? 
In terms of challenges, a big one (other than finding/making time to write) is locating an audience. I’ve been getting booths and tables at fairs, festivals, craft shows, and even comic book conventions. It’s been a case of throwing a lot of spaghetti at any wall I can find, to see what sticks.
As for successes, after being in the indie author biz since 2006, I am finding some level of recognition. In the last couple years, I’ve been invited to sit in on three author panels, and now I get calls from bookstores or other authors to be part of this gig or that show.
Let me share with you a favorite story. In July 2018, I was sitting at my table on a hot Saturday afternoon in Midland, Michigan. The River Days festival seemed to be dragging, but still I sat there with a smile on my face when a young man (perhaps 18 or 19) came bounding up, his mother close behind. With the biggest smile, he said, “I know you won’t believe this, but I was walking with my mom and she asked me what I was reading. I told her I’d just finished Tell Me a Story by Randy D Pearson. She pointed to your sign and said, “You mean that guy?” So I had to run over here and tell you how much I enjoyed your book!”
It’s encounters like this that make it all worthwhile.


What’s next for your literary life?
I am currently working on the sequel to Trac Brothers, hopefully for a 2020 release. I am also plotting out the first book of a new series based on my much-beloved character Psychic Phil, who graced the last three short stories in Tell Me a Story. Readers have been telling me they want more of my reluctant psychic, and I’m here to oblige.

Upcoming Events
2020 is already shaping up to be a banner year!
I am a panelist at this year’s Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum – Sat February 8, 12:30pm

I also have been scheduled for two separate events at the Charlotte Community Library (Charlotte, MI)

On Saturday March 14, I will be leading a presentation on the long lost town of Walton Junction (learned from my research on Trac Brothers), and on Wednesday March 25, my novel Driving Crazy will be featured in a Book Talk.
Name of Book
About Book
Jam and Jax Trachsel receive an unexpected inheritance from their recently departed uncle Mac– a fully-functioning Kalamazoo brand handcar from the 19th century. When they become stranded over 150 miles from home,do they set it on the train tracks and pump it all the way back? Or, when they find a hand-drawn map their uncle created, do they follow it even further north to the long lost town of Walton Junction?
What starts out as a thrilling, modern day adventure quickly becomes a battle for survival. Their journey through Michigan’s scenic Lower Peninsula will introduce them to a world they never imagined, forever changing many lives.Can they trust the Rail Riders, the bizarre but friendly group of people living off the grid? Or will the Track Pirates, a ruthless gang led by the insane Santascoy, cause their demise?
Recent Review of book link

 

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Testimonial
Ray Walsh (Lansing State Journal), in his review of Trac Brothers, called Pearson an, “experienced, clever storyteller” – and called Tell Me a Story, “a highly entertaining collection of wonderfully quirky short stories.”

 

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Link to buy book 

 

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#3chicksandsomebooks Author Feature for @RandyDPearson #bookpromo #michiganwriters #michlit

Author Bio for Randy D Pearson
A lifelong mid-Michigan resident, Randy D Pearson has been creating stories for 40 years, usually in his head but occasionally on paper.
Starting at an early age drawing comic strips and cartoon books, he quickly realized he enjoyed writing stories more than he did sketching.
When he discovered his other childhood passion, the Atari computer, everything came together. He spent many late nights typing his stories, winning several contests in the process.
In addition to his three novelsDriving Crazy, Tell Me a Story, and Trac BrothersRandy has been featured in several publications. These include all four of the Writing at the Ledges anthologies, The Washington Square Review, Pets Across America, and Retrocade Magazine.
When not writing, Randy spends his time watching British sitcoms with his wife and stepdaughter, or sci-fi and anime with his two brothers. He lives in a small Michigan town with a ridiculous number of cats.
Author’s Website | More Books By This Author 
Name of Book
About Book
Jam and Jax Trachsel receive an unexpected inheritance from their recently departed uncle Mac– a fully-functioning Kalamazoo brand handcar from the 19th century. When they become stranded over 150 miles from home,do they set it on the train tracks and pump it all the way back? Or, when they find a hand-drawn map their uncle created, do they follow it even further north to the long lost town of Walton Junction?
What starts out as a thrilling, modern day adventure quickly becomes a battle for survival. Their journey through Michigan’s scenic Lower Peninsula will introduce them to a world they never imagined, forever changing many lives.Can they trust the Rail Riders, the bizarre but friendly group of people living off the grid? Or will the Track Pirates, a ruthless gang led by the insane Santascoy, cause their demise?

 

Recent Review of book link

 

Testimonial
Ray Walsh (Lansing State Journal), in his review of Trac Brothers, called Pearson an, “experienced, clever storyteller” – and called Tell Me a Story, “a highly entertaining collection of wonderfully quirky short stories.”

 

Author’s Website
Link to buy book 

 

Social Media links
Please support and visit this author’s links | Check out his books | And write reviews if you have read his work
Share this post with others | Got questions for the author, ask below in the comments
Would you like to be featured? motownwriters.com/advertise or motownwriters.com/sla

Join I @Love_Diverse Romance on June 14th for a Ladies Night Author Takeover Event. #Love_Diverse #IRromance #AAromance

Party starts at 7pm EST in the I Love Diverse Romance group on FB. This is a BYOB event. You bring something to sip on and we’ll bring the alphas!

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Running a #BookReview Blog, by Andrea Johnson #bookpromo #bookblogger

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I’m still offline, but wanted to share a guest post from my friend Andrea Johnson, aka the Little Red Reviewer

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Hi!  My name is Andrea Johnson, and I’ve run the book review blog Little Red Reviewer since 2010. I review primarily science fiction and fantasy, I interview authors, attend local conventions, buy books like its going out of style, and generally talk to everyone all the time about some book I really liked. I’ve done radio segments, been on live TV,  and now I’m kickstarting The Best of Little Red Reviewer,  a print book of my best reviews!   Because why dig through the archives of my blog to find the good stuff, when I can package it in a beautiful little paperback just for you?  Can blog posts and book reviews exist outside of a computer screen? Let’s find out!  Click hereto learn more about the Kickstarter and what The Best of Little Red Reviewer is all about.

Best of Little Red Reviewer

In the meantime,  here are some Useful and Interesting things to know about running a Book Review Blog.

read more https://jimhines.livejournal.com/930529.html

#3chicksandsomebooks: Tropes Readers Adore Across 15 Fiction Genres

 

Whether you’re looking to write to market or are scouring manuscript submissions for your next acquisition, knowing what tropes appeal to readers can help inform your decision. We see different trends in different categories. And studying these trends, especially those that have been selling well recently, will help you learn what content can best engage your audience.

To help you get a sense of what’s currently engaging BookBub members, we’re showcasing two trending tropes across each of 15 different categories, along with examples of books that performed well for each trope. These trends and examples are based on our internal engagement data from the past few months as well as our editors’ research. Note that our readers’ tastes change over time, and these are the tropes that are currently trending!

7 Surprising Perks of Recommending Books on BookBub

 

7 Surprising Perks of Recommending Books on BookBubRecommending books is a fantastic way to engage with your followers on BookBub. Every time you recommend a book, your post will appear in your followers’ feeds on our website and could be included in their weekly email roundup of recommendations. Readers can like or comment on your recommendation, purchase the book, or save it to their wishlists.

What you may not know is that recommendations can also help you get exposure to readers outside of your existing audience and find new fans. Check out these seven ways you can get increased visibility for your author brand on BookBub.com by recommending books!

 

read more https://insights.bookbub.com/perks-recommending-books-bookbub/

Writing Characters That Mirror Real Life

So I contacted Kristen awhile back and asked her if I could hijack her blog and she graciously said Yes. Because of this lapse in judgment outpouring of generosity, I’m going to try and forget that sarcasm is my love language and, instead, be professional. I’ve just launched a book and am feeling absolutely giddy with freedom, so this is easier said than done. But we’ll give it a go.

I’ve been thinking lately about something that Angela and I touch on in all of our books: The Mirror of Real Life. It’s this idea that something in our stories is like a mirror for readers that reflects back to them something of themselves. When we portray the character as this mirror, it draws readers in and encourages empathy because they recognize a commonality with the character.

read more: http://authorkristenlamb.com/2017/11/writing-characters-mirror-real-life/