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NATASHA MURRAY

AUTHOR, PLAYWRITE, DESIGNER, BLOGGER AND FOUNDER OF THE UK SOUTHERN BOOK SHOW

By nmurray, Aug 4 2020 03:33PM

Welcome Alla to my blog. Congratulations on publishing this collabrative works Journey’s Through Faladon: The Titan Divide. 40 authors have come together to create a trilogy. A couple of days ago this book was published. Please let everyone know more about this great book.



"Books are being published all the time, and often they go unnoticed. But every now and then we hear of a book that just grabs our attention from the very start. Journeys Through Faladon: The Titan Divide is one such book. Written by over 40 co-authors, this epic fantasy novel tells a story of Ürbon the Wanderer, treasure-hungry raider of the western seas. Through unfortunate circumstances, he unwittingly finds himself on a journey through Faladon; across the seas, through dry deserts, volatile volcanoes, dusty forgotten tombs, and bustling cities.


Collaborative writing is quite uncommon, especially in the fantasy genre. The idea to create a fantasy novel with over 40 co-authors took root at ForgeFiction, a platform for collaborative writing. It allows for its users to add to a book, either by writing a chapter or adding elements to the stories universe such as locations, characters, races, etc.


Over time, as more people got involved in creating the Universe of Faladon, a story also began to take shape. The result was Journeys Through Faladon: The Titan Divide, the first installment of a trilogy, available on Faladon.com and Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08DRRN342


JOURNEYS THROUGH FALADON: THE TITAN DIVIDE


It has been centuries since the Mountain Birth, a magical calamity that turned the Jödmun from men into… something else.

Part curse, part blessing, the Jödmun need neither food nor shelter, living as veritable stone men. One among them, Ürbon the Wanderer, will emerge from his people’s centuries-long isolation.


A chance encounter with an unusually violent elvish people leaves Ürbon without a ship, without his men, and without direction, changing the course of his life forever.

In a journey across the vast world of Faladon; from the sandy Savarrah desert to the lush Forgotten Isles, the Human Kingdom of Ravenburg to the bustling port-city of Venova, Ürbon will gather to him unlikely friends and dangerous enemies, each seeking a weakness in his stony flesh. This is his tale."


Many thanks Alla, I am sure that there will be lots of people just itching to read this book.


I wish you all the best.


Natasha :)




By nmurray, Jul 30 2020 02:11PM

Hi Rob, thank you for joining me on my blog today. It is a sunny day here in Littlehampton but I bet it was a little hotter in West Africa.



Join Rob on an unforgettable journey through the amazing country of Mali in his new book. From forbidden instruments in Dogon Country to sandstorms in Timbuktu, you’ll finish the journey informed, entertained and enriched. Travelling 17 hours on the roof of a canoe, catching an unpredictable train to the hottest city in the world, and saving the life of a snakebite case; experience Malian life and culture like never before in Toubab Tales.


Your book description above promises the reader some fasinating stories about your travels. Please let everyone know about your writing journey and your great new book Toubab Tales.


1. What made you write a book?


Living and working in Africa was my main inspiration. The more time I spent there, the more intriguing stories I gleaned. These rich experiences were just too fascinating not to share with the world.


2. What is your writing process like?


Although I’m an extrovert, I need complete isolation to write; otherwise I’m distracted by people! On several occasions, I’ve house-sat for friends, just to have an uninterrupted run of days in which to write. I once managed 25,000 words in five days.


3. Tell us about you and where you live.


I now life in rural Bedfordshire, southern England, where I continue to write, as well as playing jazz piano and teaching music. It’s a beautiful part of the world to be.


4. Tell us about Toubab Tales


It’s a largely biographical travelogue, which genuinely celebrates Mali; a poor yet incredibly rich country in West Africa. I lived there for three years and experienced the good, bad and ugly of expat life. The final chapters describe how we survived a military coup in the capital; not the best days of my life, but certainly among the most interesting.


5. What have you written and what are you working on now?

Besides Toubab Tales, I have two other books published: Adventures in Music and Culture was my first book, which was based upon my travels in Togo and Benin. Then, in 2016, I was commissioned to write 50 Things You Should Know About Music, an educational book, which looks at music from a range of angles. Right now, I’m mostly marketing Toubab Tales, but have also begun another book on African culture.


6. How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?


For me, having a Facebook page has generated lots of interest. I post regular photos, videos and book extracts on there. (https://www.facebook.com/ToubabTales) Also, personal contacts: asking friends to read and review the book has also proven beneficial.


7. Where can readers find your book for sale?


Toubab Tales: The Joys and Trials of Expat Life in Africa is available on Amazon in most countries, and also on the Book Depository


Thanks Rob for sharing your story with everyone. If you would like a copy of Rob's book then visit Amazon by clicking on this link https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B089DQ6DVY


Keep in touch and let me know how you are doing


All the best


Natasha :)


By nmurray, Jul 24 2020 11:57AM

Hello, Catherine, thank you for joining me on my blog today. Please share with everyone your writing journey. We are all ears :)


Hey! Thank you so much for the opportunity.




What made you want to write a book?


I never had a set intention to become an author. Ideas would pop into my head and I always felt the need to write them down. The writing was a way to help me keep a clear mind. So at first “The Story Of Babushka” was only a thought that needed to get out and into my notebook.


Only later, when the idea took shape, I started to write a full story. Realizing that we are all multi-dimensional Babushkas with many layers and talents, and that was a huge part of my inspiration for this story.



Tell us about you and where you live


I’m Catherine, 28 years old, I am half Swiss and half Guyanese. I was born and raised in Switzerland and became a graphic designer when I was 18. After my apprenticeship, I worked in different agencies in and around Zurich. As a child, I always wanted to live in the south, with the warmth and shining sun. Little did I expect, that this would become a reality in autumn 2017. I met my partner a year prior to Morocco and together we planned to emigrate to Portugal. By the time we left Switzerland, I was three months pregnant. Our son was born in an idyllic small mountain village with only fourteen people. Now, three years later, we find ourselves living on the beautiful Portuguese Island and we love it here!


What have you written and what are you working on now?


My first book is called “The Story Of Babushka”. It’s a story about a Russian nesting doll, with 5 bodies, each with a particular characteristic: beauty, wealth, talent, wisdom, and love. Babushka decides she wants to find out the meaning of life, so she sends her bodies out of the forest and into the world to search for answers.


The story shares life lessons that promote inner growth for middle-grade readers. You can find out more by visit www.thestoryofbabushka.com a unique interactive website we have created engage readers.


I am working on two new stories at the moment. One is a picture book, targeted at a younger audience (3-8), and is in the process of being edited and illustrations created. The story is about a little fox, who learns to listen to his inner voice. Listening to the inner voice is something that is hard to teach and, as such, is often not talked about with children. So this story will be a tool to bring this specific feature to children’s attention.


The other story I’m writing is a middle-grade story. This one speaks about how important it is to be careful with our thoughts and the words we speak. What we think and what we say can have a huge impact on our lives and the lives of others. The story will play in the time of Celts and I’m planning to give it a mystical touch, similar to The Story Of Babushka.


How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?


Working with many talented bloggers, reviewers as well as running many book giveaways and promotions. I am still in the process of learning all of the in’s and out’s so I’m yet to be able to give a clear answer, but the book launched in a few weeks, so I will soon find out.


Where can readers find your book for sale?


You can find it online at www.thestoryofbabushka.com/shop as well as on Amazon, Walmart, Barnes and Noble, and many more. You can also request your local independent bookstore to stock the book!


What are readers saying?


"This is one of the most beautiful, engaging and thought-provoking books I have read this year. I really loved it and it would be an exquisite addition to any bookshelf.”


Thank you so much for sharing this with us.


I wish you the best of luck for the future.


Natasha :)x




By nmurray, Jul 17 2020 08:55AM

It's a beautiful day here in sunny Sussex and today, my guest is Aman Tiwari from Lucknow in India. Welcome to my blog, I hope you and your family are well. These strange times have given us all time to think about our lives and for those of us that write, the pandemic has been a source of inspiration. Please share with everyone your writing journey.


1. What made you write book?


It was the night of 31st May. I usually write a brief about my thoughts that intrigue me before going to sleep. I have a habit of contemplating various aspects of my life, my past and about all that circumambient me. When I am alone with my thoughts, they tend to surface at the consciousness in the most unexpected times. That night was no different. As I was staring at the ceiling in the dark, a thought emerged to the surface, “life and temporality are indispensably attached to the inevitability of death. Is ‘living’ a fight against inevitability?” I don’t know the actual source from where the thought may have arisen but it may be an outcome of the current events of my life. I am living with my grandfather who is at a critical age of 92. During the worldwide outburst of Covid-19, his health has been constantly deteriorating with no particular anatomical reason. I have never consciously realized the impact of his absence in my life but it seems to grab my unconscious self.

On the next day, beginning of a new month, I sat before my laptop and starting writing whatever came to my mind. I never thought I’ll be able to form a Novella out of it. I have noticed one thing about myself, I feel my mind empty when I sit by myself, all alone with nothing to do. But when I keep my fingers onto the keypad, the stream of consciousness starts forming itself as words.


That’s how Memoir: The Cathartic Night came into being from my stream of consciousness.

2. Tell about you and were you live in?


I am an Indian and my hometown is Lucknow (the City of Nawabs). I am a final-year graduate of National Law University Odisha. I am currently planning to pursue MSc. Psychology (Conversion) after graduation.


I have been a self-engrossed person since childhood. I have little to no interest in communicating with people in masses. I was inclined towards law but practicing it as a profession seems a bit unlike of me. A massive transformation of lifestyle from home to college has reshaped me in manners which cannot be articulated. I have developed a huge inclination towards psychology especially Freudian psychoanalysis. A part of me was always into philosophy but it was existentialism that caught my attention. My first interaction with existentialism was through Albert Camus’s The Myth of Sisyphus. I still remembered, I laughed with each para I read as it was the only reaction that came out witnessing the congruency of its conceptuality with our existence. As if now I am studying the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche along with Greek Mythology which is another field that interest me.


3. What have you written and what are you working on now?


I have written a fictional piece of work as Novella titled, “Memoir: The Cathartic Night (Contemplating Temporality to Inevitability)”. It is an existentialist read which aims to embark its readers onto a contemplative journey of self-discovering. I was influenced by Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis to write a Novella conceptualizing my thinking in consonance with existentialism. It upfront deals with the absurdity that is aligned with our existence as meaninglessness in the world of nothingness.

As if now, I haven’t started on another project, but who knows when some abstract thought hits you and form a piece of art.


4. How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?


This is my debut Novella and as a self-published author I am not inclined to invest monetarily in promotion campaigns. I have aligned some review bloggers and sites like Goodreads to promote a word to the public readers.


As the book caters to a niche area of readers, I’ll refrain from advertising it as a general product, a simple read. In time I am confident people will know about it and eventually acknowledge its presence.


5. Where can readers find your book for sale?


It globally available for sale on Amazon with primary market as the United States of America. The Kindle Edition is available here https://www.amazon.com/Memoir-Cathartic-Contemplating-Temporality-Inevitability-ebook/dp/B08BXYVJQ6

The Paperback https://www.amazon.com/MEMOIR-CATHARTIC-CONTEMPLATING-TEMPORALITY-INEVITABILITY/dp/B08BW8LYLF


Visit the Official Launch Website https://amantiwaripersonal.wixsite.com/thecatharticnight


Personal Blog https://amantiwaripersonal.wixsite.com/anodyssey


Goodreads Author https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20458717.Aman_Tiwari


Thank you for sharing your story with everyone. I wish you luck with you book. Unfortunately, books do not sell themselves and you will find that if you are getting no sales then you will have to do battle with the marketing beast.


Best wishes


Natasha :)



By nmurray, Jul 12 2020 07:44AM

Hello Eric, I hope you are well. I am glad you could join me today on my blog. Congratulations on producing your first children's book Halloween Monsters: A Guide of Spooky Facts and Faces




1. What made you want to write a book?


As an elementary teacher, I am always interested in children's books. I love seeing what the kids in my class pick out each week during library checkout. I wanted to write Halloween Monsters: A Guide of Spooky Facts and Faces because I felt there was information about the history and origin of many Halloween characters that was not featured in one book. I view it as a children's "non-fiction" book in the sense that I hope book kids and their parents can learn new information about classic spooky characters.


2. Tell us about you and where you live.


- I grew up in the Chicago Suburbs and now live in a town called North Aurora.


3. What have you written and what are you working on now?


This is my first book that will be published. I have other ideas I am working on such as one about pirate myth and legends, little known presidents, and an I spy on the 50 states. I try to write books that are on topics that interest both kids and their parents, creating a fun, interactive, learning experience for everyone.


4. How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?


As a first time self publishing author this is a whole new journey for me. I read a great book called How to Self Publish a Children's Book by Y. Eevi Jones. That helped me to identify the importance of connecting with bloggers, reviewers, and building an online social media presence on sites like Twitter and Goodreads. Currently, I am working on ways to do promotional book giveaways, as well as Kindle Countdown deals to help generate traffic toward my book.


5. Where can readers find your book for sale?


- On August 3rd on Amazon in ebook and paperback Halloween Monsters: A Guide of Spooky Facts and Faces.


Here is the blurb on it: Spooky. Informative. Fun! Learn the facts and origins of famous Halloween Monsters. Each creature is formed with the objects that best represent them. Mummies, Vampires, Witches—discover several of the scariest and most iconic monsters that have been featured in the media, used as decorations and worn as costumes for decades. This collection is sure to be an enjoyable and informative experience for both kids and parents.


Many thanks Eric, thanks for sharing your writing journey with everyone.


All the best for the future.


Natasha

So if you need something to entertain the kids during the summer holidays, then I am sure you will all have fun reading this great kids book.



By nmurray, Jun 23 2020 07:22AM

Welcome Jordan, glad you could make it . Please tell everyone about yourself and about your debut novel Zoon Garden published during lockdown. These are interesting times for authors.


1. Who are you and what is your background?


Jordan O’Donnell, 27, live in Richmond, VA, D1 wrestler, former-FBI employee turned novelist.


2. Why do you write?


Ideas are the backbone of humanity. A building, religion, sport, car—at the root, everything is an idea. Writing is the most lucid form of expressing ideas. It lasts forever, and if done well enough can retain relevance for thousands of years. I feel there is no greater calling than to analyze your society and write about it for posterity.


3. Who are your greatest influences?


Dostoevsky influenced my ideas and the intentions of my work. He is the psychologist of human souls. No one knew the human condition better than him, which made his characters almost more real than real people.


Similarly I write works that analyze religion, philosophy, and human condition through a compelling story.


Hemingway and Orwell most impacted my style. I like simpler, shorter prose that packs a punch.


Gabriel Garcia-Marquez and John Steinbeck influenced my lifestyle. Both of them abandoned everything in there 30s and 40s to pursue writing. They lived in poverty, had incredible hardship, and still persevered. They motivated me to commit to the true artist’s pursuit, including the uncertainty, poverty, lack of comfort, etc.


4. What have you written and what are you working on now?


My debut novel Zoon Garden released on May 22, 2020. It is a political allegory in the vein of Animal Farm. Modern America is portrayed as a zoo ruled by two tribes: the wolves and the sheep who slowly accidentally destroy the zoo.


I started my second novel, a piece about an entirely unrelated topic. However the vast majority of my focus is dedicated to promoting Zoon Garden amidst this divided and uncertain time in American history.


5. How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?


I take an unprecedented approach to book marketing. I used the money saved from the FBI to buy a school bus and two travel trailers. I converted them, hired 21 college interns with skills in publicity, social media, marketing, publicity, computer science, videography, etc. In a week we will set off on an 8 week promotion tour all around the nation, taking the book straight to the people grass roots style. We will also be starting a podcast, as well as shooting a Netflix quality documentary.


The success of the tactic is yet to be determined, but we anticipate it will turn a lot of heads and be very successful.


6. Where can readers find your book for sale?


Zoon Garden is available on Amazon in eBook, Hardback and paperback. The audiobook version will be available on June 18th. https://www.amazon.com/Zoon-Garden-Decline-Jordan-ODonnell/dp/1734962801/


The ebook is also available on Kobo. If you’re an Indie book store, it is available through Ingram.


Thank you so much. Animal Farm has been a huge influence on my work too. When I get through my 150 book reading pile, I would be interested to read your new book.


All the best for the future and keep in touch.


Natasha :)




By nmurray, Jun 19 2020 03:19PM

Hi, it's great to talk to you today, These are interesting times for authors across the world. Many are finding it difficult to write and others are finding being locked down a catalyst to create great works. I hear that you are about to publish, your second book Final Chance in July.. Please share your writing journey with everyone.


Tell me a bit about yourself.



Hello! I'm E.B. Roshan and I'm happy to share a little bit about myself and my writing with you today. In addition to being an author, I'm wife to an exceptional man and mother to two sons.

After spending several years living in the Middle East and Asia, our family has settled in Missouri, where we serve the local refugee community. It has the dubious distinction of being the flattest place I've ever lived. When I'm not writing, I'm probably chasing the boys or trying to keep them fed.

I am a Goodreads Author, so you can check out my profile there and leave me a note, or ask me a question: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20265632.E_B_Roshan Or you can go to my series website https://shardsofsevia.wordpress.com.


As a new author, I'd love to connect with more readers. I want to to hear from the people who loved my stories, and the ones who didn't. I can't learn and improve without feedback.


What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

I don't think I can give just one answer to that question. At different times in my life, the most interesting book I ever read has ranged from Beowulf to Crime and Punishment or to A Guide to Raising Chickens. Right now I find myself really enjoying memoirs and biographies.


What made you want to write a book?


I thought I might be good at it, and I thought it would be fun. I love trying new things.


What have you written and what are you working on now?


My first published book, "Wrong Place, Right Time," is a short romance with suspense elements, set in the fictional country of Sevia. It's the story of Anna, a young garment factory worker, and Boris, the manager of a small cafe, and how they overcome their personal challenges and find love even as their city falls apart.


Wrong Place, Right Time is actually the second book in the Shards of Sevia series. Since I'm a bit of a free spirit, I'm not writing them in chronological order, but simply as inspiration strikes. They're all in my head though, waiting.



	Right now, I'm preparing to publish "Final Chance," which is the next book in my series. It's more of a suspense story than a romance, but it does have romantic elements too. It's the story of Preen, a young girl who has just resigned herself to being a widow when she receives a late-night phone call from her supposedly dead husband. Thus begins her difficult and dangerous attempt to rescue him and bring him home. I'm planning to release "Final Chance" in early July.
Right now, I'm preparing to publish "Final Chance," which is the next book in my series. It's more of a suspense story than a romance, but it does have romantic elements too. It's the story of Preen, a young girl who has just resigned herself to being a widow when she receives a late-night phone call from her supposedly dead husband. Thus begins her difficult and dangerous attempt to rescue him and bring him home. I'm planning to release "Final Chance" in early July.

How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?


That's a tricky question. I love the process of writing a book, of course. Editing and publishing are fun too (I self-publish.) But as for marketing...well...who knows? I am honestly too new to the game to know if I've found a method that works. I've written to a lot of book bloggers requesting reviews, and I've put my book on several online book promotion sites. Maybe people who read this interview will get curious enough to go out and have a look at my books.


Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day? What is your writing process like?

I write nearly every day, but the amount I write varies. I'm primarily doing it for fun, not for money, so I don't have a lot of pressure. Also, I am determined to turn out high-quality work, and that takes time. Caring for an active young family takes time too.


When my husband used to work at a job that took him away on multiple-day trips, I'd write at night (sometimes very late at night—I couldn't sleep well with him away.) Now that he's got a regular nine-to-five, I write whenever I find the time.


Where can readers find your book for sale?


You can find "Wrong Place, Right Time" on Amazon, Kobo, Apple Books and

Barnes&Noble. You can follow this link to chose where you'd like to get it: https://books2read.com/u/m2VkJr



I've also got a short story, "The Last Wolf King" plus a sneak preview of my upcoming novel available for .99. If you're curious and just want a taste of my writing, you can hardly go wrong with that. Check it out here at your preferred online bookstore: https://books2read.com/u/47Xxnj


Many thanks

I wish you all the best for the future.


Natasha :)x



By nmurray, Jun 1 2020 02:15PM

Hi Bobbie, lovely to have you on my blog today. I hope you are coping ok, in lockdown and have done plenty of writing.


Please let everyone know about your writing journey.




1. What made you want to write a book?


I enjoy books and like how they allow you to escape everyday reality and monotony. It is a passion of mine, now that I have written my first book.


2. Tell us about you and where you live.


I live in Houston, Texas with my family. I love my life and enjoy that my lifestyle allows me to write whenever I want.


3. What have you written and what are you working on now?


I have written the first book in my series "Mix Bloods". I am now working on

the second. There will be five books all together in this series. After this series, I am

going to be writing a series on Mermaids.


4. How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?


I have done some marketing on Amazon, Google, and Social media, such as

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I also do contests and giveaways on my social media pages. So far social media works better, than the other promotional

methods. Still working on promotion, as I am a self-published author.


5. Where can readers find your book for sale?


I have my book available on Amazon. And my website includes a link to Amazon.


Mixed Bloods - Celestria Slavic is considered to be the Princess of Covens. She is a four-century-old purebred vampire, with a lineage that dates back to Dracula. Her duty as the next elder in line is to train newly transitioning vampires. On the eve of our creation, all the Covens will join in welcoming all newly transitioning vampires. Newly turned vampires are called Mix Bloods. This will be the night Celestria's life takes an annoying and terrifying turn. She will be forced to wed a Mix Blood Named Killian and give up her appointment to train. Celestria will soon realize that there is so much she didn’t know about her Covens, and she will soon be a witness to the first of many betrayals. She must do all within her power to survive.“How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!”Isaiah 14:12



Thank you again, for joining me. Mixed Bloods is available from Amazon. Click this link to get yourself a copy https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07PNDDL12


Have a great day.


Natasha :)


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