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Quick Five © with Jamie Baywood

Name: Jamie Baywood                                                        

Who is Jamie? Former Californian who decided to pack up and leave her worries behind.

Book: Getting Rooted in New Zealand

Where to buy? Amazon and Barnes & Nobles

Sometimes the most amazing things can happen when you’re impulsive about it.  Those words ring true for author Jamie Baywood, who sat with Tania Lasenburg and explained why she gave up her life of comfort in the United States for New Zealand.

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You state that in 2010 you made an impulsive decision to move to New Zealand from California; was that truly an impulsive decision? Were you bored with you lifestyle at the time or were there events leading to your move?

   Courtesy of Jamie Baywood
Courtesy of Jamie Baywood

I’m from California. In my mid-twenties, I had bad dating experiences in California and a dream to live abroad. I read in a tour book that New Zealand’s population had 100,000 fewer men than women. In an attempt to have some ‘me time’ I moved to New Zealand.

It was shockingly easy to relocate to New Zealand literally a few weeks after I made the decision. It only took a couple of weeks for my work visa to go through. I was 26, single, I quit my job, I moved out of a little cottage I was renting and put the few things I had at my mom’s house and brought a suitcase with me to New Zealand.

 If things aren’t working out for you at home with relationships, instead of staying at home crying that you’re single, consider yourself free. You are free to do whatever you want.

 What made you decide to write a book about your experiences? Did you think it would help some people transition easily from leaving the States to go to a new country?

I think readers need to remember this is the dairy of a young, hormonal and confused twenty-something, this is not a travel guide to New Zealand or an expat guide to internationally relocate.  While living in New Zealand, I had funny experiences that I had trouble believing were true. I wrote the stories down to stay sane. I wrote situations down that were happening around me and shared them with friends. Most of the book was written as the events happened; it just took me a few years to work up the nerve to publish. Publishing my book Getting Rooted in New Zealand was my way of transforming poison into medicine. I hope that it can help people that have had bad dating experiences or bad work experiences – make them laugh and not give up hope.

I am sincerely appreciative of everyone that has read Getting Rooted in New Zealand. I’m absolutely grateful that readers are enjoying the book and reviewing it positively. I love making people laugh. I hope you enjoy Getting Rooted in New Zealand

         Self Published Published April 21, 2013            224 Pages
Self Published
Published April 21, 2013
224 Pages

Was love the reason you stayed in New Zealand?

I met the man that became my husband in New Zealand.  By this time at the age of twenty-seven, I had fulfilled my dream of living abroad, been single for over a year and felt healed from previous heartbreaks. Our relationship issue is how to live in the same country together and where to live in the world.

As crazy as my job experiences were in New Zealand, I would actually like to return to New Zealand and give it another try working as a writer. It would be great to return to New Zealand to make Getting Rooted in New Zealand into a TV show.

“Getting Rooted in New Zealand” is your first book; how was the publishing process for you? Difficult? Semi-Easy? Did you get any rejections?

Writing the book was the easiest part of the process. Most of the book was written as the events happened; it just took me a few years to work up the nerve to publish. To write my book Getting Rooted In New Zealand, I relied upon my personal journals, e-mails, and memories. In February 2013, I organized my stories into a cohesive narrative. It went through several rounds of editing and then I published in April.   It’s astonishingly easy to self-publish; it’s a matter of uploading PDFs. If you have a story to tell, go for it. The difficulty lies in marketing and distributing.

I wrote, self-published, designed and have been marketing my own book. The hardest part has been trying to promote the book while simultaneously attempting to stay anonymous. My life is literally an open book, but Jamie Baywood is a pen name. I haven’t told my family that I’ve written or published a book. They think I’m just living in the UK working on a MA in Design studying book covers.

Finally, what are you currently reading that is inspiring you for your second book?

I plan to divide my books by the countries I’ve lived in.   I’ve lived in five countries; America, American Samoa, New Zealand, Scotland and now England.  My next book will be about attempting to settle in Scotland. 

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Quick Five© with Addison Moore

Name: Addison Moore

Who is Addison? A wife, mother of four and two dogs and a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

Books: Someone to Love (Book 1), Celestra series (Books 1-9), The Countenance series (Books 1-2) and Celestra Knight (Book 1), 3 A.M. Kisses, and The Solitude of Passion

Genre: Young Adult and Adult Romance

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It is Motif Ink’s honor to present its readers an interview with Addison Moore, New York Times and USA Today best selling author. Interview by Tania Lasenburg, Moore explains, with a warm and bubbly attitude, why she went from therapist to best selling author and how she is able to handle such a full load as a wife and mother.

Courtesy of Addison Moore
Courtesy of Addison Moore

All her books can be found on Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles

Enjoy this Quick Five© with Addison Moore:

 

You worked as a therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for a long time before becoming a author . . . what made you decide to give up that career or put it on pause to become an author?

I loved my job on the unit. No two days were ever alike. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, the unit eventually closed and thus, I was out of work.

You run a full household (Four children, husband, two dogs) how are you able to still be creative and productive regarding your writing?

 I have no time whatsoever to do anything, lol! That’s actually true and yet somehow things still get done. I file that under miracles.

What is it about paranormal romance that gets the blood going for you as an author and reader?

The element I love most is that anything can happen. In reality we’re limited in just about every capacity but in the paranormal world there are endless possibilities. I love that.

         Self Published   Published Feb, 21,2013                E-Reader
Self Published
Published Feb, 21,2013
E-Reader

Was it easy for you to transition your writing style from young adult to adult romance?

 I wouldn’t say that I transitioned more than I’m doing both now. I still have a YA series to complete (The Countenance) and I’m still very much interested in doing other projects. I like having my feet in both pools.

 Finally, what is influencing you for your second “Celestra Knights” series?

Actually Celestra Knights was just a gift to my readers so they could finally hear Gage and Logan’s voices after all theses years. Ethereal Knights was Ethereal rewritten through the boys’ eyes. I’m not sure if I’ll continue but if I do it will be a slower endeavor. I am moving Skyla and her friends forward into a New Adult series that should debut later in the year and the name of that series is Celestra Forever After. I have a few jaw dropping surprises in store for readers and of course there will be adult adventures and I think that will be fun!

 

 

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

 

Quick Five© with Aubrianna Hunter and Jeremy Laszlo

It is Motif Ink’s honor to present our readers with a special interview today with authors Aubrianna Hunter and Jeremy Laszlo. Interviewed by Tania Lasenburg, Hunter and Jeremy discuss what it was like to work together for an exotic adventure. Their book “Beyond the Mask (The Beyond #1)” can be found on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles

Courtesy of  Aubrianna Hunter
Courtesy of Aubrianna Hunter

Enjoy the Quick Five© Below:

What is the process of writing a book with a coauthor? Were the difficulties easier to deal with because someone was with you during the writing process or did you face the same writer’s block or lack of inspiration?

Aubrianna: Writing with a coauthor was a unique experience for me. Honestly, I found it to be both easier and more challenging. Yes, there was someone there to bounce ideas off of, to help the flow of energy, sometimes to fill in a blank spot. However, you have the challenge of being on the same page. We wrote the first scenes at least three times trying to smooth out the flow. However, once you get it together, it is completely fun. I would definitely consider writing with someone again, if the chemistry was there

Jeremy: I imagine that every co-authored book works differently depending on the authors involved, however, for Aubrianna and I, it was a fairly pain free experience.  Generally speaking, we wrote our own characters, and scenes for the book, layering them together to keep the story and timeline moving in the right direction.  We discussed everything.  Communication is absolutely the key.  But no matter what you do, if you and your co-authors are completely different people, with different ideas for the book, and different writing styles, you will have huge hurdles to overcome.

 I am assuming there needs to be a connection with the authors in order a book to become successful . . . how and when did you two decide to write a book together?

Aubrianna: Hmmmm… We are probably a little out of the ordinary for coauthors. LOL. I still have not actually met him in person. The first time we meet will actually be this coming weekend at a Paracon in Pensacola FL. In fact, we had only talked on the phone once. He already mentioned the phone call the next morning to discuss his ‘great idea’, including the rather nonsensical ranting he had. He did follow it up with a well thought out, well worded email explaining the concept in a more logical order, but honestly I had already decided I would do it. It may be a little crazy, but it was honestly his enthusiasm that drew me. Not to mention, the ranting sounded exactly like something I would do myself, so it actually made sense to me.

Courtesy of Jeremy Laszlo
Courtesy of Jeremy Laszlo

Jeremy: I had spoken to Aubrianna just one time, a call arranged by our publisher.  I had taken a look over one of her manuscripts and so was familiar with her writing style, and focus on characters.  Something about her, and her writing, really spoke to me.  I knew that if we created something together it could be amazing.  I didn’t sleep a wink the night after having spoken to her.  My head refused to shut off, a story that combined both of our styles started to form in my head.  The next morning, after having zero sleep, I thought it wise to call her back and attempt to explain what my sleep deprived mind had come up with.  Beyond that, I, in all my exhausted minded wisdom, asked her to write a trilogy with me.  I am still uncertain to this day what made her accept, as I couldn’t complete a thought at that point let alone a sentence.  But she did.  Just more proof that we share the same type of crazy.

 What in your day to day lives inspired you to write a book with such mature content? Why did you choose to write in that direction?

Aubrianna: The mature content is just what I write. Honestly, because it is what I read. I love romance, I love knowing that I can escape into a book and find a happily ever after. Life is hard and confusing enough, I like knowing the books will be an escape. A ‘beach read’ as I like to call it. However, I don’t like soft, sweet, flowery romance. I like things that are a little more realistic, more sarcastic, and a little harsher. I guess the darker side of romance. Life is not all wine and roses. Toss in the paranormal aspect, vampires, demons, possession, etc. and I still think it needs to be rougher, darker. Even when it comes to sex. Not everyone wants Mr. Grey and his 50 Shades, but not everyone wants completely vanilla either. I like to write a little of the in between.

Jeremy: Erotica is not my genre.  Wasn’t before The Beyond Series, still isn’t.  But it is very familiar to Aubrianna.  I generally write fantasy and paranormal.  So when I “met” Aubrianna, and had the whackadoodle idea that we should write together, naturally I wanted something that added elements of both of our writing styles and genres, but also something that would push the limits of what we were comfortable with.

How do you feel about the growing norm of authors choosing to write young adult books instead of branching off that road?

Aubrianna:  The YA audience was a long ignored group, and now it really does seem to be swinging the other way. It makes sense from a financial standpoint. They are the age group that is most likely to make something ‘trend’. It is a huge market. Especially when you consider the fact that YA appeals to so many people across so many generations. As for why I don’t go that way… Hmmmmm… Get to know me a little. The amount of censorship I would need to employ to write YA would be substantial. However, I do enjoy reading some of the series from that genre.

  Jeremy: I think an author should write what they know, and write what they enjoy.  Everyone should be willing to push their limits, but it does help to know your audience.  That said, young adult books are enjoyed by tweens on up to adults.  It creates a wide margin when considering the audience for a book, so from a sales standpoint it is a wise choice.

  Finally, what should a reader expect on your next collaboration?

Writer's Edge   Publishing  Published Jan 21,2013 251 Pages (Kindle)
Writer’s Edge Publishing
Published Jan 21,2013
251 Pages (Kindle)

Aubrianna:  Welllll… let us finish book three of the trilogy and then we’ll let you know. We have tossed around a few different ideas, one that absolutely tears at my heart just to think about. Oddly, we’ve even tossed around a YA series. It might be nice to write something my kids could actually read. LOL. Since it’s a genre Jeremy is very familiar with, it would help keep me in line. However, at the moment we are still undecided.

 Jeremy: That is a good question.  We have discussed several different ideas from a mainstream YA series, a post-apocalyptic series, and of course a follow up trilogy to our current series.  But first, it is likely we will finish the third book of the Beyond Series, and simply see what happens from there.

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Book Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

********Maybe a tiny spoiler**********

Where do I begin! Where do I begin! How about the summary of the book?

     St. Martin's Press Published Feb 26 2013               325Pages
            St. Martin’s Press                        Published Feb 26 2013                             325Pages

In 1986, Eleanor and Park meet on the school bus. Eleanor, who is tall (considers herself a giant) chunky and with curly red hair, is new to the school and sits next to Park. Park, who is half Korean, and in Eleanor’s eyes a perfect neat freak, doesn’t care too much for Eleanor and can’t stand the fact she sits next to him. To say the least he is embarrassed not just for himself but for her.

However, he isn’t mean to her; he just ignores her. But soon Eleanor and Park connect changing each others’ lives physically and emotionally.

I would have appreciated this book better if I was 14 and not 24. This book was a cute read. But it was full of puppy love clichés. There was so much I miss you, “no I don’t like you, I need you” that I was laughing saying Oh my GOODNESS WHY DID SHE PUT THAT IN THERE!

What I liked about the book was it wasn’t love at first sight. Park and Eleanor couldn’t stand each other but little things each other were doing kept building their like for each other. I liked that. That is usually how relationships start anyway, so I felt that was realistic.

I also liked the fact that Eleanor and Park had real problems at home. Their lives we’re perfect and yes Eleanor got teased in school badly but it didn’t ruin her life. Park had his share of issues at home with his Dad but his priority other than school was Eleanor and he made sure she knew that.

What I didn’t like was the cover and what it led me to believe. Eleanor and Park are wearing headphones on the cover . . .  but that is not what connected them. It was comic books. They shared a love of comic books. Although there was exchanging of music and Park did make tapes for Eleanor it really didn’t matter. There were no music references beyond the exchanging of the tapes until the end which was completely unnecessary. Also neither one of them were misfits. Park had a decent social standing and no one like Eleanor because of how she looked. She didn’t act out nor was she dressed in all black. She was a shy large girl with a lot of red hair.

I also didn’t like the ending. Eleanor had a lot of home problems and it wasn’t as if she didn’t trust Park because she did. She didn’t trust herself and she lacked confidence. And she stilled lacked confidence at the end. How after everything you’ve been through you don’t even write the boy you love a letter . . . . You send him a post card after goodness knows how many letters he wrote you. And the post card only had three words on it. I didn’t like that. I was so frustrated with the ending not because it was a bad book but because it could have been so much better. I would have appreciated the book more if Eleanor actually showed some kind of progress.

Overall, the book gets 7 out of 10. It could have been developed more not for an adult reading a young adult book but just to be great book for all ages.

Tania Lasenburg is a communications major that plays video games and cyber stalks Gym Class Heroes. Follow her on twitter @mrztanyapickles

Quick Five with Author Genevieve Dewey

Name: Genevieve Heaston

Courtsey of Genevieve Dewey
Courtsey of Genevieve Dewey

Who is Genevieve? A full time stay at home mom with a passion for crime, chocolate and shoes.

Books: “First I love you” and Second of All”(The Downey Series)

Genre: Adult Fiction

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It is Motif Ink’s honor to present our readers an interview with Genevieve Heaston, author of the Downey Series.  Interviewed by Tania Lasenburg, Heaston explained her passion for crime and the human mind and how she is able to juggle a full household and a successful book series. Her books can be purchased on Amazon.

Enjoy the Quick Five Below:

Why did you choose to become a writer?

An author friend who had read my non-fiction work suggested I take my love of writing and research and apply it to the fictional world. I accepted it as a challenge and in the course of writing First, I Love You discovered how much I love writing fiction. I’ve always had an active imagination and am an avid reader so having this outlet has been an amazing journey.

Your first book, which is considered a mix between the Godfather and Casablanca was published in 2012, independently . . . . . what inspired you to write book like that? Was it purely the movies or are you a bit of a history buff?

I have always had an interest in Organized Crime and law enforcement, but even more than these I am trained as an Anthropologist and have always found fascinating the human mind’s ability to rationalize choices based upon cultural and social underpinings. I set the series mostly in Chicago, partly because my whole family is originally from there, but also because it has a fascinating history not just with gangsters but culture and architecture.

      Self Published   Published: June 6,2012          300 Pages
Self Published
Published: June 6,2012
300 Pages

What was the most difficult thing about writing with a household to run? Did that pressure you in anyway to complete the book as soon as possible or were you taking your time to be influenced?

It is difficult to find uninterrupted time when one is a stay/work at home mom. People get this thought in their head you have all this free time but the truth is, it’s completely the opposite, people get used to asking you for things at all hours every day. The benefit is you make your own hours in the comfort of your own home. I didn’t feel pressure when I wrote the first one, I do now because I have the added strain of trying to market the other books, author appearances, and fan interaction (which isn’t a strain at all, definitely fun, but still takes time away from writing)

Why did you choose to write fiction? With Young Adult books being extremely popular did you think that going off this new norm would help you better in becoming a household name?

No, I gave absolutely no thought to what was popular when I started writing First, I Love You, and I still don’t care what’s popular. It can be frustrating when you’re marketing a book to be noticed amongst a sea of Young Adult, Fantasy, and Erotica but I write what is in my heart. If at some point it coincides with what is popular that will be fantastic, if not, ah well. I truly believe an author should tell the story that is in their heart. Readers are not stupid, they can tell when an author is forcing something for the sake of being formulaic.

Finally, Who and what are you reading right now?

I have been working hard on finishing Third Time’s The Charm (Downey #3) so I haven’t had much time for reading. The last few books I’ve read have been non-fiction except for the children’s books I read with my daughter as part of a Mother-Daughter book club. I have a giant back log of books I’d like to read, most of which are romance, like the latest Nora Roberts and Janet Evanovich.

To know more about Genevieve and her books there are a few things you can do:

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Her website here

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