Friday, March 31, 2017

Joining me today is New Zealand writer, J.B. Reynolds

J.B. is a writer of humorous short fiction in which tragedy meets comedy and character reigns supreme.

He can be contacted on facebook or  jbreynolds.net.

J.B. Reynolds Pictured (above)
So J.B, what genres do you write?
I'm currently working on a series of short stories which I am self publishing. I would call them humorous, contemporary fiction, but I have some other story ideas which I guess would be speculative fiction and a couple of sci-fi story ideas. I also have an idea for a fantasy novel, so yeah - mixed genres is definitely where I'm at.


What is the hardest thing about writing?
For me, it’s been finding the time. I’ve got young children and a demanding job, and I never seemed to have the time. So I decided I had to make the time. I made a decision last year to get up at 5.00 am every morning before work to write. Now I get up at 4.45 am, seven days a week. Since I’ve managed to establish that routine, the writing hasn’t been particularly difficult. It’s been slow, and that’s something I’ve struggled with, but you just have to keep chipping away, doing a little something every day.

Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?
The best thing I have done so far has been making the first book in my short story series, The Golden Cockroach, permafree at all the major ebook stores. I started to get downloads from people finding it through organic search. The next book in the series is available for free if people sign up to my mailing list. So the platform is there, and now the best thing I can do is write more stories.

Permafree? That's a new term for me. I found a site that goes in depth with how Amazon does Permafree books vs. Smashwords and other book sellers.

http://www.sidehustlenation.com/permafree-on-amazon-how-and-why-to-give-your-book-away-plus-my-results/

I also had a chance to read your short story, Square Pegs.
"Through a crack in the curtains, he could see the front door to the adjoining flat was wide open. He detested the gang of troubled young people who lived there."
Something about this excerpt reminded me of "A Man called Ove." An ill tempered, retiree Ove spends his time reinforcing block association rules.




Do you ever get Writer’s Block, and do you have any tips for getting through it?
I haven’t encountered writer’s block as yet. Here’s hoping I won’t. I think people often get stuck in the mucky middle of things, unsure of where their story is going. Writing a good outline before you start helps with that.
Write an outline, eh?
Man, I'm such a pantzer. I'm afraid if I write an outline, I'll be stuck in a little box and I'm claustrophobic!! I'm sure it works for some people though.


Where do you see publishing going in the future?
I see continued growth for indie publishing for a long time yet. I think there’ll always be a place for traditional publishing, but I think the market share is going to shrink. I think there’ll be continued growth on mobile platforms, especially as mobile penetration increases in developing countries. I think there are big opportunities in audio book publishing and foreign language translations, and when we get colour e-ink screens, coupled with long battery life and affordable pricing, I think many more people will be tempted to purchase a dedicated e-reader.

Colour e-ink screens, long battery life... We were lucky if we got to play Mario typing in keyboard class back in the day. My eleven year old niece says everyone in her classroom has access to a chromebook, just think about that!
I think the future looks rosy, but it’s always going to be a challenge to stand out from the crowd


What is your favourite quote?
I’m not much of a quote person. The one that always springs to mind when I get asked this question is “Even a stopped clock tells the right time, twice a day”, from the movie Withnail and I, mostly because it was sampled on an album I spent many happy hours listening to in the nineties; Orbital 2 by Orbital. It’s been stuck in my head ever since.



***A clip (above)of Best Moments from Withnail and I

That's all the time we have today folks. I wish we had more time to chat, Reynolds.
Me too.
Readers, if you have any questions for J.B. Reynolds let him know in the contacts below. His short story Riding Shot Gun is also available free, just visit his blog and tell him where to send it.






Thursday, March 30, 2017

#Iwouldrather

I would rather discover one grammar rule than toss by entire chapter-Trin Carl

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

#Joinintoday

Joining Google + Johnny Wills collection of daily photography.  The theme today is Moss


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

100,000 view #amwriting

Theglobaldig.blogspot.com has almost reached 100,000 views.  This is made all possible to the many people who have interviewed on my blog and the many devoted followers.  I want to thank Tam, Misha, Cecelia, Lenore, Sean, Kimi, Catharine, Dacarri, Ken, Eliza, Joy, Missy, Randall, Faye, Ahlem, Jennifer Slater.

What to look forward to this month
-Even more interviews
-Blog tour

Monday, March 27, 2017

SELF #WORTH

“Whatever money you might have, self-worth really lies in finding out what you do best.” J.K. Rowling

Sunday, March 26, 2017

5 Prepositions to not use

Did you hear about the little boy who ended a sentence with 5 prepositions? He said, "What are you bringing that book that I don't want to be read to out of up for?"

Saturday, March 25, 2017

King, Presidents Editors

Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial "we."- Mark Twain

Friday, March 24, 2017

Interview with #Canadian #Youtuber

I couldn't wait for March Readathon season, mainly for the return of booktubers.
Jennifer Slater is with us today shouting her love of books from INnerSANITY channel. She can be contacted on twitter, goodreads, and instagram

Jennifer's link to her channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYRwWRT-R0VxQoxTEqtzHSQ

And onto the interview..
Jennifer, was it hard getting your booktube channel started? What was some of the planning?

Well I wouldn't say it was hard per say. I had a camera to film on, a video editor, and I had TONS OF BOOKS!! So I already had everything I needed when I decided to start making videos. It was just a matter of deciding what kinds of videos I was going to film.


I watched a bunch of different booktubers to see what kind of things they were filming.. and picked stuff that appealed to me. Book tags are popular and fun,

And the ever popular TBR's (to be read) and WRAP UPS (what you actually read) for each month. Of course the first video I made was the "New to Booktube Tag" I think a lot of people would agree that when you first start making videos, it's a little weird talking to the camera.
I kept on feeling self conscious and kind of embarrassed for some reason.. I was alone while filming, so I really shouldn't have been - but it just took some getting used to. That was the most difficult part for me. Just being able to be natural in front of the camera.. and just go with it.

Some things to keep in mind for those of us out there who want to start a channel.


So, which writers inspire you?

I think any writer that is able to tell a good story that has emotion and drama and humor is inspiring. I really love Joy Fielding's writing. She has this way of really being able to draw me into her stories. Her character development is great and you can really picture everything as you're reading. I love her style of writing. I've laughed out loud while reading all her books and I've also cried.

Other favorite authors of mine are Karin Slaughter, Tania Carver, Erica Spindler, Jonathan Kellerman, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and Lisa Jackson to name just a few!

Quite a list you got there! I'm reading Stephen King's, End of Watch. I love Stephen King. I love that he reaches out to writers and even has a book called On Writing to help writers with their craft.

What drew you to mystery/thrillers😱?

I've always loved this genre.. even as a child I remember taking out scary books from the library. Books about ghosts, supernatural stuff.. and when I was older I loved the VC Andrews books series.

I guess I love being scared because I really love horror movies and thrillers as well. One of my favorite TV shows is Law & Order: SVU. So a lot of my favorite authors are the ones who write books about detectives and the killers they're after. A lot of the stories in plot lines in those types of books I can see being on an episode of SVU.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

Oh my gosh real books all the way!! I love holding something tangible in my hands and having them to put in my bookshelves and bring them out to look at them and touch them - I also really love the smell of books. I love flipping the pages - you can't get that with e-books. I find it so much harder to get into the story on an iPad or tablet - it's just not the same!

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

Definitely! That's what attracts you to pick up the book in the first place.. then you'll look at the synopses. I'll even sometimes look online to see which cover versions I like better- because they are different in the U.K. from the US.


What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

Well this I'm not to sure about.. I suppose with self publishing you wouldn't get as much exposure as you would with a publishing company. It would take a lot more work to get your book noticed.

Although there would probably be a lot of pressure to get your writing
done - deadlines and such - with a publisher.. whereas you'd be able to go at your own pace and write it the way you want when you self publish.



New to BOOKTUBE TAG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IA5g_BkyMY


What inspires you to get out of bed each day?

Sometimes it's the need to go to the washroom.. lol
Other times it's thinking about getting back into that book that's just so good..
or wanting to go out to the used bookstore to see what I can find..

I also do a lot of art - I love adult coloring books and playing around with my art apps and playing with my photos - making them into weird and freaky images / if I'm feeling really inspired artistically I won't be able to sleep!


Do you enjoy writers like Michael Connelly, John Sandford, John Grisham?

I LOVED 😍 The Prey series by John Sanford - I read a bunch of those while I was pregnant. I know there's more now - I think I may have to go to that used bookstore and find that series again and re-read them! Thanks for reminding me of it!

Yeah no problem, as long as were on the topic John Sandford. He has also written in chronological order : the Virgil Flowers Series, The Kidd Series, and The Singular Menace Series. (breathes in and out)
Do I have them all? Oh, yeah he's got several other novels not in a series as well.

As far as thrillers go, I also have a bunch of Michael Connelly's books from my mom too but I haven't read those yet. As for John Grisham-- while I didn't mind the movies based on his books I haven't ever felt any strong desire to pick up his books to actually read them. But I think I'd probably enjoy some of them if I did read them.

Oh you should totally read Michael Connelly. I finished 'Lincoln Lawyer.' I felt that the novel was far better than the movie. I also read Connelly's, The Fifth Witness, Reversal, and The God's of Guilt. I really like the audio book narrator, Peter Giles and really got into all the books he narrates. His voice reminds me of a movie commentator's.

If you could be asked any question in an interview, what would that be?

Wow that's kind of hard!! Hmm maybe something like "what kinds of things do you think are

important in life?"


And to that I'd answer "..always be yourself! Enjoy what you do! It's ok to be goofy! Make sure to laugh often!! If you have children - always talk to them about everything and anything!! Tell the people you love that you love them often!! And LOVE with all your heart."😀😀

I agree with you, I'm a total goofball,  just ask anyone who follows me on twitter.  
Well, that's all the time we have today folks.  If you have any questions or comments for Jennifer, let her know in the comments below.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Getting up Early to write

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” -Saul Bellow

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

J.D. Salinger

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.” J.D. Salinger "Catcher in the Rye"

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Recognize this Commercial?

Actress Joy Dolo joins us today for an interview.

Joy was born in Liberia and currently lives and works in the Twin Cities. She has a B.A. in Theater Arts and has worked with a variety of Theater Companies. She can be contacted on twitter or facebook.

And onto the interview...
Actress Joy Dolo (above)


In the performance, Fiddler on the Roof, were there roles that were difficult to transition into?
Our fabulous costume designer Trevor Bowen made our outfits beautiful and easy to manage. For most of us, we just had to throw on a hat for the men and a scarf for the women. Creating two very different characters was the fun part. Being able to physically embody a man, I chose to push my belly out as far as I could. In a way, that was my middle finger to patriarchal society.


What was the most extreme change to personality, hair, body, etc that you have done to prepare for a role?
The most dramatic thing I have ever done was for a role where I played Tiresias in a version of Oedipus. We used dryer sheets and makeup magic over my eyes so I would appear as if I had empty sockets. It looked killer. As far as body changing, I lost a ton of weight working at CTC!(theater)


In Fiddler on the Roof, you had both male and female roles, was this difficult to do?  Or hard to keep track of?
It was hard to keep track of where I enter and with which character in the beginning. But after a few runs during rehearsal, it became so much easier. Each character has their own reason for being. I try to focus on what Chava wants in her scene in that moment, and the next scene what Mordcha, the Innkeeper wants. They are both so different, its hard to confuse them!

Actor Steven Epp and Joy Dolo pictured (above)


Besides Fiddler on the Roof, is there anything else you are working on now?
I am working on Blackout (Blackout Improv is the only all black improv group in MN.) shows and gigs. We have a show every 3rd Friday at Phoenix theater. We talk about real life challenges and joys from a Black perspective, and then we do improv based on that conversation.
We also have a fabulous writing team that produces sketches for us. I am also in a group called Theater of Public Policy that will start their season run at Bryant Lake Bowl. Our host interviews policy makers and then we do improv following the interview. I do a lot of improv now a days... Next I'll be understudying at the Guthrie, and performing in The Jungle's production of "Fly By Night"!




http://t2p2.net
Joy, when I first saw you in The Fiddler on the Roof , I felt I had

déjà vu and now I know where I saw you before... a Health Partners commercial. I can check -Interviewing TV Actress- off my bucket list.


Of all the roles you played in the past which is your favorite?
Its hard to say, as I try to find joy (no pun intended) in every role I do. I am having a blast with this cast and Fiddler. I have also enjoyed working on "Disenchanted" where I played the Frog Princess and hung out with some amazingly talented and loving women and crew. I also loved working at CTC, Frank Theatre, Theatre Pro Rata, and many many more!


How long did you have to practice for Fiddler on the Roof?
We practiced for about a month before we started our tour.


What is a question you’ve always wanted to be asked?

Would you like 1 bajillion dollars? My answer would be yes.


Last question, if you could give advice to a younger actor/actress what would it be?
You can achieve anything if you focus and work hard. Which is probably the corniest way to put it. Acting is an ever-evolving craft. Read books, do workshops, watch a ton of people you admire, ask them out for coffee, pick their brains, be curious, and NEVER stop learning. Also, positivity and humility go a looooonnnng way.


Well said Joy! Thanks for joining me for a chat on theglobaldig.
Thanks for having me.  
Readers if you have any questions for Joy, list them in the comments below. Joy will be performing at:
Blackout! (The Twin Cities ONLY all black improv group) @Phoenix Theater Every 3rd Friday 10:30pm
Theater of Public Policy @Bryant Lake Bowl

Joy Dollo (center) with Blackout Actors (above)







Monday, March 20, 2017

Audrey Hepburn on Happiness

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it's all that matters.” 
― Audrey Hepburn

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Happiness

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” ― Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. Franz Kafka

Breathe through Writing

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it. Anaïs Nin

Friday, March 17, 2017

Interview with Jack Thanatos

Theglobaldig is committed to digging up and finding great writers globally.  Today I'm interviewing author Jack Thanatos whose many thought provoking insights can be found on Twitter,Facebook,Goodreads . Jack is the writer of the Djinn Trial fantasy series.  He's a visionary of fictional existence a specter of reality.


So Jack, what have you written?
I have 5 novels out at the moment.
Three belong to The Gods of Chaos urban fantasy series: Dreaming, Netherworld, and Purgatory. This story follows the main protagonists, Jack and Deny, into the world of the Djinn.
Dreaming is the introduction, and mixes in Jack’s small city life infused with Deny’s gang influences with the metaphysical world that the Djinn are about to bring him up to speed in. The Djinn love to use the Dreaming as their vehicle to interact with those who haven’t been inducted into their ranks, so Jack and Deny get a crash course through this less-than-tangible realm.
Netherworld is the second entry, and brings Jack and his best friend Deny into the transitional realm between Reality and the places only the dead should go. This nightmarish realm makes Jack and Deny question what they really got themselves into when agreeing to join the Djinn.
Purgatory is the third entry. Jack and Deny feel that the rough ride through Netherworld was harsh, but what has yet to come will test their limits. Purgatory is the Djinn equivalent of the spirit realm, which overlaps Reality. Jack and Deny gain the ability to see just how many souls inhabit this realm and begin to understand why they had been tapped. Their world will never be the same.
I have two novels in The Djinn Trials series: Azazel & Belial and Poacher Hunters. This collection inhabits the same Djinn Universe as The Gods of Chaos, but focuses on different characters and genres. In addition to two novels, I have a series of short stories in The Djinn Trials anthology, some of which can be found here: https://www.thedjinntrials.com/djinn-trials-shorts
Azazel & Belial is a combination of two stories and both are high adrenaline violent thrillers. Mephistopheles has introduced the alcoholic, Tommy, in Azazel, forcing him to confront all the sins of his past. And in Belial, Mephistopheles grants the gangbanger, Johnny, the gift that is a curse, the ability to smell guilt coming from others.
I had a chance to read your novel Azazel & Belial and I pulled out some great lines:
"His (Thomas') primary calories were consumed from the gut punishing disgustingly cheap Dimitri Gin."
and
"Sinai City, located just a few blocks away from Azazel's financial institution where he built a modest rainy day fun.  One day it disappeared from the computers but the manager couldn't provide any information about who performed the withdrawal."
***The Sinai City Bank case reminds me of the Salami Embezzlement Technique.  It's a new bank robbing trend where bank employees embezzle sums by stealing tiny amounts of money from many accounts.  Sometimes this can be stealing one penny from a person's account everyday. Read More


I just thought I'd throw that out there. Continue. What else have you written?

My action adventure, Poacher Hunters, follows both stories of Azazel and Belial, bringing together characters from both stories. As the title suggests, Belial and Eris (from Azazel) are sent on their first mission together to combat a ring of human traffickers and poachers. This wild ride runs through three continents with Belial and Eris discovering the problem is far greater than they could have ever imagined.

What is your favourite motivational phrase.
It’s simple. Don’t be a douche bag.


What is your favourite quote?
“Once you realize what a joke everything is, being the Comedian is the only thing that makes sense.”
Edward Blake, Watchmen


What is your favourite movie and why?
I have many, but if I had to choose one, it would probably be Fight Club. I loved how the first time I watched it, I had one perspective of the story. After seeing what was really going on, the second viewing was completely different and the reactions to the supporting cast all made complete sense.
I always wanted to create a story that had that sort of impact.


What advice would you give to your younger self?
Stop listening to loud music, you asshole. Your ears will thank you in 20 years. Oh, and don’t let your sister move in with you back in California. She won’t learn her lesson.
Oh lordy, let me guess... you got siblings who like to take advantage of you too?! Gotta love em’, but do we really got to still live with them too?! Is all I’ve got to say about that.


Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Morgan Freeman. I just want to thank him for being a good God.


Lol, you must be referring to the movies, Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty.




Last question, I promise. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write for yourself and write about what you like. Write something that’s actually worth reading. And if you actually wish to proceed with the author route, be prepared for a rough ride.
I’m going on four years into this game and have yet to figure out the rules of the game. If this doesn’t scare you off, then just make sure what you write is something there is an audience for. Publishing is the easy part. Finding your audience takes a lot of hard work and extensive marketing with minimal pay, that is unless you win the literary lotto. So, just make sure what you put out there is something you want others to read, and not just something you’re trying to make money from.
That's all the time we have today folks. Readers if you have any questions for Jack let him know in the comments below.

More ways to contact Jack Thanatos:
Email: JackThanatos@thedjinntrials.com
All books: amazon.com/author/jackthanatos

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