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Quick Five© with Travis Luedke

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Courtesy of Travis Luedke

Name: Travis Luedke

Who is Travis? Hilarious father and full time author with a true love for sexy horror.

Website: http://www.twluedke.com/

Books: The Nightlife Series (Books 1-3), The Shepherd, Blood Slave, A World of Romance (ASMSG Collections#3)

Where to Buy? Amazon and Barnes & Nobles

 

You instantly know when you found the author of your dreams; fun, passionate, knowledgeable and so completely serious all at the same time. Readers meet Travis Luedke a wonderful author who provides a breath of fresh air in genre (paranormal romance) so often used.  Interview by Tania Lasenburg, Travis explains not only his thought process when writing but how serious self-publishing really is.

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Were you always a writer? If not what did you do before you decided to publish your first book and why did you decide to leave it?

I started writing in 2010. It wasn’t until 2012 I decided to self-publish. Once I saw everybody doing it, I knew it was time. I love the control I have over every step of the publishing process.

Control freak? Yes.

 

Why did you choose romance paranormal? What it is about that genre that you feel draws readers

and writers in?

I have always been a fan of escapist fiction like Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Robert R. McCammon, and Peter Straub. I found horror novels based on the supernatural were my Brian Lumley taught me the dark, wicked beauty of vampires. Then I discovered Anne Rice. I loved The Vampire Chronicles, but these creatures never had any sex! I wanted vampires who get it on, seducers. With Laurell K. Hamilton I finally found the full, combo meal deal. Vicious predators, sexy seducers, and gobs of smoking-hot sex; I’m a total addict now. PNR is my guilty pleasure, and that’s what I write. I have my cake and eat it too. My vampires live in the real nightlife of today: back alleys, ghettos, strip clubs, casinos, drugs, prostitution, escorts, mafia, cartel. All that good stuff.

I like it dark, gritty, violent and sensual, with thriller intensity. I blend these elements into my own wicked cocktail.

 

How has your experiences been in the publishing world? Is there a lot of networking? Sucking up?

          Self Published    Published Aug. 18, 2012              Kindle Edition
Self Published
Published Aug. 18, 2012
Kindle Edition

Or did you have an easier time because your writing spoke for

I pretty much splatter myself on every major social media platform. You could call me a social media junky. I spend more time there than I do actually writing. For those who like a dark, gritty, sexual read, my work does speak for itself, and the Nightlife Series cover art oozes sensuality. Honestly, publishers trying to combat obscurity need to get creative, get guerilla. It’s all about metadata and Amazon’s internal SEO, keywords and categories. We have to grab eyeballs with freebies, giveaways, discounted sales. Our main advantage over traditional publishers is our ability and willingness to sell for less, and give books away. I know, it sucks. We write our masterpieces only to give them away?

Sounds insane.

But Amazon is the self-publishers best friend. A massive freebie campaign, giving away twenty thousand books, is

really a smart move. Everybody debates the pros and cons, but this is the best way to get our books in front of thousands of eyeballs. For prolific authors with a series, numerous titles available, a fat ass freebie run brings loads of attention to our other books.

 

 What in your daily life allows you to stay creative?

I have a constant stream of ideas. Never dries up. My critique partners look at my ideas and give me a score on the suckometer (usually needs a lot of work). They know my writing intimately, and they bring me back down to reality. It’s easy to become consumed with a new idea. I need my team to point out the gazillion flaws in my genius (lots and lots of flaws). Either it sticks, or the idea is discarded for something better. A novel is constantly evolving, right up until the moment I click publish. The real problem is putting away the social media to focus on writing. Social media will consume your life, an addiction worse than drugs.

 

Finally, how has your writing changed from your first book to your last?

Its sexier, meaner, leaner, tastes great, and less filling. I write the light beer version these days, a minimalist approach. Lots of chopped clauses. A sprinkle of touchy-feely. Some wall-smashing, toe curling sex scenes. Sift in a few pounds of crushing violence and cover it in blood frosting (several quarts of arterial flow sprayed across the room). I have a lot of fun with my writing. Got no problem getting into the mind of villains. It’s the heroes I always struggle to write.

 

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               Amazon   Published May 1, 2013              Kindle Edition
Amazon
Published May 1, 2013
Kindle Edition

To know more about the always active Travis Luedke or simply enjoy some good

Twitter

Goodreads

Blog

Wattpad

Facebook

(truly king of social media)

 

 

 

 

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Quick Five© with DiscoverBlack

Motif Ink has a special treat for our readers today. Normally our Quick Five©  sessions are with authors of books. But we believe strongly that it is important to spread knowledge. So we would like to introduce our readers to Discover Black.

Name: DiscoverBlack

What is DiscoverBlack? It is a up and coming company that promotes the underrated African American culture including art, inventions, teachings etc.

Motif Ink is extremely proud and honored to have Tania Lasenburg interview DiscoverBlack and find out how they are reaching for the goal of having African American names considered common knowledge.

Enjoy.

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What does Discover Black consist of? And why is this movement even needed?

Courtesy of Discover Black
Courtesy of Discover Black

DiscoverBlack is a social initiative to re-establish Black American culture and history in our every day society. There are thousands of ideas, arts, businesses and inventions that were started by Americans of African descent  that remain untold, unheard of or even ignored. As we go further into the new digitally social age, it’s important that the stories of visionaries, entrepreneurs, inventors and idealists are finally woven into the American social narrative and never hidden or forgotten.

If there are already outlets such as libraries (ha), the internet and even some highly knowledgeable professors with books, why is there a need for the Discover Black movement?

DiscoverBlack purpose is to create a universal hub or one central destination of all things related to Black American Culture.  That is why there is a need. No longer will you have to search hundreds of sources for information on Black American culture. From the arts, music, movies, literature, poetry, inventions, history, spirituality, and more, our mission is to bring a stronger awareness to all, inspiring a new generation of thinkers, idealist, entrepreneurs, and culture enthusiasts.

How exactly are you going to get the information to those who need it?

We are currently building one of the most interactive websites for Black American culture at www.discoverblack.net. This will be the primary destination for visitors to check us out. We are also available on social media at Facebook @ DiscoverBlack and Twitter @discover-black or search #discoverblack and follow us online. Although DiscoverBlack was born online, we plan to spread our voice across the world through a number of special events and sponsorships.

What kind of change are you expecting with Discover Black?

As I mentioned, DiscoverBlack is a social initiative. Our plan is to inject Black American culture back into communities to inspire the next generation of leaders and thinkers of the world, regardless of race and gender. We believe there should always be a connection between the past and the present to make a better way for the future.

Finally, what literature do you recommend to promote black history?

The list is endless! But off the top you have Black Reconstruction by W.E.B DuBois, The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, and our recent find Great Discoveries and Inventions by African Americans by David M Foy. This book is a gem! Its perfectly written for children and young adults with stories of Black American inventors who many have never heard of but have invented some of the most widely-used products we use today. We’ve been telling every parent and teacher about that one!

To know more about Discover Black or to simply follow their journey you can

Follow their twitter here

 If you are interested in having your book reviewed or having a Quick Five© with Tania, please email her at wordpress174@gmail.com