Monday, November 21, 2022

Q&A: S.G. Basu, Author of The Lightbound Saga #Q&A #Interview


S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books. Although she’s an engineer by training, writing has been her passion since childhood. Her other loves include extra-hot lattes, fast cars and binge watching sci-fi movies.

Find out more about the futuristic worlds she creates at sgbasu.com. She can also be reached at sg@sgbasu.com.

Books by S.G. Basu:

The Lightbound Saga series (YA Dystopian Science Fiction)

Maia and the Xifarian Conspiracy

Maia and the Secrets of Zagran

Maia and Regency Protocol

The Lightbound Saga 3 Book Bundle

The Firefly League-A Lightbound Saga novella

Elementals-The Serial Thriller (Paranormal Science Fiction)

Population Morpheus (Near Apocalyptic Science Fiction)

Jumpers (Paranormal Thriller)

You can visit the author’s website at www.sgbasu.com or connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.



Thanks for this interview, S.G. Would you say it’s been a rocky road for you in regards to getting your book written and published or pretty much smooth sailing?  Can you tell us about your journey?

Thank you for hosting me.

It has been a fun, interesting journey. I had never planned to be a writer, and while I have always loved to read, being a telecommunications professional did not leave much time to dabble in writing. So when I started writing my first novel, I had to learn the craft. Sure, I had a good story in my head, but who knew writing it all down would be such a tough business? At the time I was working full-time, writing part-time, and raising a toddler so . . . it was fun!

Then came the other parts—learning to get a book to publish. For a bit, I was unsure whether to go traditional or indie. I got myself an agent and she queried a few publishing houses. But soon, the allure of indie publishing won me over. I like having control over everything I do and the more I studied the model of self-publishing, the more I liked it. However, that meant even more hard work but I have enjoyed it every step of the way. Over the years, I have had books traditionally published also, but the indie way continues to be my favorite.

The pandemic was the toughest roadblock I have had to face. It changed everything—the way I worked, the way my family worked, and my ability to find time to write. For about two years I was frozen, for all practical purposes, unable to find my creative self. However, in 2022, I dug myself out. My micro-press has published three books this year and I am happy to complete The Lightbound Saga

Upward and onward we go!


When not writing, what do you like to do for relaxation and/or fun?

The times I’m not writing (such time is rare), I like to spend time with my family. I am also a toy and doll collector and I love to photograph my collection when I find free time. And of course, read.


What makes your book stand out from the rest?

The setting of the series is unique in that it is not just one universe but three. The story takes place in three distinct worlds—an alien planet, an underwater city, and a fallen civilization—each with unique characteristics and cultures. 



Can you give us the very first page of your book so that we can get a glimpse inside? 

In the dim light of the distant stars, the ship of the R’armimon looked like a colossal spider hovering in space. For a flagship, it was rather plain, ugly almost. About a hundred wrinkled sacs, dull and worn out, formed the dense clump of a body; knobby, talon-like thrusters jutted out into the endless void. A mesh of beams and bars, stained along the seams, wrapped the egg-shaped core from the stern all the way to the bow where it arched over an observation deck. 

Inside, huddled under a blanket, sat the little boy, Ruche. He stared, open-mouthed, at a show of galactic fireworks dancing across the viewing windows. Blues morphed into vivid crimsons, burgundy and gold swirled and surged into fiery plumes, collapsing into showers of jade in the next moment. 

With every new flare, the boy’s pale eyes sparkled, and his cheeks flushed. Only a time or two, he cast a restless glance at the darkened corner to his right where a lean man stood. Neither joy nor wonder showed on the man’s face as he scanned the faraway lights—his eyes sparkled but only from the unshed tears. The pair continued to watch in silence until a searing flash of red tore through the skies making Ruche gasp. 

The man stirred immediately. “That’s the end of the Ssoiffean stars,” he whispered. “Beautiful, isn’t it?”

“End? No . . . not again!” Ruche’s shriek shattered the quiet. His voice quickly sunk into a disappointed murmur. “I wanted to walk on land.”

After what seemed like forever, the man replied, “I failed . . . again, Ruche. We came close this time. But not close enough to save the Ssoiffean stars and . . . the Ssoiffean people.” 


If your book was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why?

Christmas, for sure. This is a feel-good series with heartwarming themes of finding family and the power of friendship, which makes Christmas the perfect time to read it. Also, it is a pretty long series, so the longer the free time, the better.


Would you consider turning your book into a series or has that already been done?

The Lightbound Saga is already a series of six books, beginning with Maia and the Xifarian Conspiracy.

When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?

Not in my wildest dreams. I have always been a voracious reader and I dabbled in writing a short story or two for school magazines, but being a writer was never a plan. I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a child. Eventually, though, I decided to pursue a degree in engineering and became a telecommunications engineer. Then, life’s many turns brought me to writing and once I started, I was hooked.


What’s next for you?

Completing this series is a big milestone (six books, 3000 pages, 800,000 words) so I hope to relax a bit after this. However, I know that is not going to happen. I run a micro-press (Dreamweaver Press) and I have to get another set of titles ready for publication soon. I also have an idea of another YA adventure series brewing in my head, and I plan to get that started in 2023.

 



Friday, October 28, 2022

Q&A: Deven Greene, Author of Erica Rosen MD Trilogy #Q&A #Interview

Fiction writer Deven Greene lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Ever since childhood, Deven has been interested in science.  After receiving a doctorate in biochemistry, she went to medical school and trained as a pathologist. She worked for several decades in that field before starting to write fiction. Deven incorporates elements of medicine or science in most of her writing. She has published several short stories. Her debut novel, Unnatural, is the first book of the Erica Rosen MD Trilogy, and was released in January 2021. Unwitting, released in October 2021, is the second Erica Rosen MD novel. Unforeseen is the final book in the Trilogy.

Visit her website at www.devengreene.com or connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.


Thanks for this interview, Deven. Congratulations on your trilogy! Would you say it’s been a rocky road for you in regards to getting your books written and published or pretty much smooth sailing? Can you tell us about your journey?


Writing a novel is a lengthy process. For each book in my trilogy, I spent about three to four months writing the rough draft. Then the real work began. Each draft needed quite a bit of editing. This included adding and removing passages, moving chunks of the story around, fact-checking, and, of course, correcting spelling and grammatical errors.

Once I finished the first book, Unnatural, I needed to find a publisher. That took a while, and I accepted the first solid offer made.

I stayed with the same editor for the second and third books, Unwitting and Unforeseen, so I was spared searching for a publisher for them.

When not writing, what do you like to do for relaxation and/or fun?

I like to read, attend lectures, and work in my garden. Most evenings, if I’m home, I watch TV for about an hour.


What makes your books stand out from the rest?

The protagonist in my trilogy, Erica Rosen, is a young pediatrician. I am unaware of any other medical thrillers featuring a pediatrician. Erica takes on large issues of consequence rather than smaller concerns, such as single murders or murders in one hospital. While all of my books are fiction, they are based on solid science and are within the realm of possibility. 

Can you give us a glimpse inside your book?

Here’s the first page of the second book in the series, Unwitting:

I remember that afternoon in August, the first time I saw the video of people walking slowly, talking, and laughing, as they entered San Francisco’s Oracle Park baseball stadium. Then a fiery flash. I’ll never forget the slender arm, a silver bracelet around the wrist, flying through the smoke and debris. This was followed by images of dead bodies, bloodied people crying, some being comforted, some comforting others. My assistant, Martha, showed it to me on her cell phone when I was in between patients in the pediatrics clinic at UCSF, where I am director. Martha dabbed tears from her eyes as I watched.

Looking around, I noticed other doctors and staff studying their cell phones. Over the next few minutes, people spoke in hushed tones, put away their phones, then peeled away to finish the day’s work.

If your trilogy was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why?

The winter holidays would be optimal, and the whole trilogy would make a great gift for someone who likes suspense. The first book takes place in cool weather. The second and third books take place in summer and spring, respectively, and could be saved for beach reads. Of course, these books work any time of the year.


Would you consider turning your trilogy into a series or has that already been done?

It’s already a trilogy. I’m not planning to add to it, although I wouldn’t rule it out.

When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?

Although I enjoyed writing when I was young, I didn’t think of it as a career back then.

What’s next for you?

I’m working on my next book, a stand-alone medical suspense novel. In addition, I have a slew of short stories I’d like to edit and publish as a collection. Another novel I wrote a while back also awaits more editing. 


Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Character Q&A: Aeneas Entwistle of Sher J. Stultz's The Rescue #characterinterview

 





Today's guest is Aeneas Entwistle from inside the pages of THE RESCUE by Sher J. Stultz.  It is a pleasure to have him with us at The Literary Nook!



What is your name? 

Aeneas Entwistle

What do you look like? 

I’m biracial. My mom is African American, and my dad is of European descent. I’ve got brown eyes, light brown skin, and keep my hair shaved on the sides with flat top. The last time I measured myself I was topping out at 5’9” but I’m only fourteen and my older brother is over six feet, so I’m headed upward. My eyelashes are long, and I smile a lot. 

Where are you today and what are you doing? 

Today I’m hanging with my best bro, C.J. We are taking our dog-share, Sput down to Alki Point Lighthouse for a walk along the beach. We’ll talk about guy stuff then head back to his house for dinner. His mom cooks Japanese food and I love eating dinner with them.

Describe the outside of your home. 

I live in refurbished old Craftsman style house in West Seattle. It’s got these cool pillars out front, and my mom and my sister Persephone planted native pollinator gardens. It’s got three floors and a nice kitchen. I picked out this house for my parents when I was little because we were living in a loft in the Industrial District and our family needed more space. Plus, it’s really close to Hiawatha Playfield where I play soccer.

What is your favorite piece of clothing? 

My Clint Dempsey Sounders jersey is sacred to me. I outgrew my old one and my mom bought me another because she says I wear them to pieces. Clint’s my boy. He inspires me to play hard, train hard and give it my best every game.

What scares you? 

I’m scared when I wake up with different socks than what I wore to bed. I’ve no clue what’s going because I’m having some weird dreams, too. My best friends, C.J. and Tabitha are working to help me figure it out and set up a video camera in my bedroom. Turns out I vanish sometimes at night and return with socks that look like falling snow. 

How would your parents describe you? 

I’m the laid-back middle child. I’m also just above average, not a genius like my older brother or younger sister. My mom and dad appreciate my practical suggestions and my happy-go-lucky attitude. That’s how we got our quirky housekeeper, Harold. I think they were worried about me because I’m not like my siblings, but it turns out I’ve got hidden talents like the ability to enter the space-time continuum, which is a secret I keep from my parents, for now.

What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed at night?

I check the socks I’m wearing so if there’s another earthquake and I vanish in my sleep and return with a new pair, I’ll know about it. My best bro, C.J. told me to snap a pic of my feet before bed, just in case.

Who is your best friend? 

My best friend is C.J. Willoughby. Other people think it’s weird that my best friend would be two years younger than me, but C.J. is kind of mature for his age. He and I are both biracial. We don’t talk about it much, but he’s half-Japanese and I’m half-African American. Neither of us is like our parents and that’s one thing we have in common, being the odd one in our families. His mom and dad are professional musicians and mine are world-class biochemists. C.J. obsessed with the Seahawks, while I prefer the Sounders, but we respect each other’s sports team and like to hang out with our dog, Sput. And we have each other’s backs. 

Where is your favorite hangout?

I hang out at Freshy’s in West Seattle across from Hiawatha Playfield. It’s my neighborhood coffee shop and the best place to meet up with C.J. and Tabitha because it’s got a chill vibe and good sandwiches.

 
About the Book   


It all starts when the sheets go slack, and Aeneas vanishes! He and his two best friends, C.J. and Tabitha are spellbound as they watch the video feed of his disappearance and witness him climbing through his bedroom window an hour later, wearing different socks. Aeneas Entwistle, a slightly above average eighth grader is about to discover that the mystery of waking up with different socks is much more than just a prank.

Adding to that dilemma, Aeneas is struggling with new feelings for Tabitha and loses his cool during her birthday party. Meanwhile, Aeneas’s twenty-something daughter, Cassie has traveled thirty-eight years from the future hoping to find any small detail that might help locate her missing father. Enlisting Harold, the Entwistle’s quirky housekeeper, Cassie works to rescue a middle-aged Aeneas, who vanishes into the timestream when a 7.2 earthquake strikes northwest Washington in May of 2053. But Cassie’s presence in the past might have unforeseen consequences for everyone in her circle. As she struggles to find her father, a carefully guarded family secret is revealed, and Cassie must choose between altering the past or violating the shamanic rules of time travel!

“Author Sher J. Stultz weaves an intricate plot filled with unexpected twists and turns that hooks you in from the first page and refuses to let go until the end. Moving at a blistering pace, the narrative is full of intrigue, mystery, and a sense of wonder that you find in well-written adventure tales. The characters are colorful and full of life. Their distinct quirks and idiosyncrasies only make them more appealing to the reader. I adored the friendship between Aeneas, Tabitha, and C.J. I also found myself enjoying the dynamic between Cassie and Harold. Recommended to young adult sci-fi/fantasy lovers.”Reviewed By Pikasho Deka for Readers’ Favorite

Book Information

Release Date: January 2022

Publisher:  Independent

Soft Cover: ISBN:979-8455440540; 290 pages; $14.99; eBook $3.99

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B09P7ND264

 

About the Author 


Sher Stultz lives with her family in the Puyallup river valley. The Timestream Travelers Chronicles is her debut series. Her inspiration for this series came from teaching middle school science and her deep curiosity with genetics and time travel. As a science teacher for seventeen years, she is always delighted to bump into former students and learn about the new adventures in their lives. In her spare time, she kayaks, dances, practices yoga, and goes camping or hiking. In the summertime Sher grows pollinator gardens for bees and hummingbirds, attends outdoor concerts, and reads in her hammock. An ardent conversationalist, Sher enjoys many genres of books and music and will happily converse with anyone on a variety of topics! Her first novel, The Rescue has been warmly received, garnering an indie B.R.A.G. Medallion, a Bookfest gold medal, and was cited as Pacific Book Awards Finalist. Book two in the Timestream series is slated for release in early 2023.

Website: https://www.timestreamtravelerchronicles.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/timestreamtraveler/ 




Friday, September 30, 2022

Q&A: Palmer Pickering, Author of Moon Deeds #Q&A #Interview

Palmer Pickering has been writing fiction since she was eight. She received her BA in American Studies from Wesleyan University, with concentrations in Religion and Race Relations.

She currently works in Silicon Valley in the gaming industry and high tech. In addition, Palmer holds a certificate in Chinese Acupressure, is a certified solar panel installer, and studied Tibetan Buddhism with the 14th Dalai Lama.

She lives and writes in the magical redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, California.

Her latest book is the scifi fantasy for adults, Moon Deeds: Star Children Saga Book One.

You can visit her website at www.MythologyPress.com or connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.



Hi Palmer! When did you start writing?

Palmer: I started writing when I was kid. I used to write two-minute-mysteries with my friend. And I wrote short stories and poetry when stuff bothered me or intrigued me. I started writing novels after college.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

Palmer: The most consequential decision I made was to abandon trying to get an agent or publisher and to self-publish. I’m happy I did. I’m having a blast. Self-publishing is its own journey, and the indie community is growing fast, offering a lot of support and avenues for learning, networking, and promoting your work. It’s a fun community of independent-minded and courageous, entrepreneurial people who are all basically rooting for each other to succeed. I also like maintaining full creative control of my books and interacting with all the editors, artists, and bloggers who support indie authors.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

Palmer: Haha. Good question. Hmmm, probably Portugal. I love Europe and all the remnants of medieval times and antiquity. Besides, JK Rowling wrote some of Harry Potter there, so maybe some of her good fortune will rub off on me, lol. Plus, I hear it’s beautiful there.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

Palmer: Dishes, laundry, and sleep, all of which I often neglect in favor of writing.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

Palmer: The desert. So many great stories have been set in the desert: Carlos Castaneda’s shaman books, Dune, Star Wars (Tatooine). 

Back to your present book, Moon Deeds, how did you publish it?

Palmer: I self-published it. I decided not to do Amazon exclusive, which made the print retail cost much higher than if I had, but I wanted it to be available for bookstores and libraries to order, as well as for people who don’t buy on Amazon. In retrospect, that may have not been the best decision, since the vast amount of sales have been on Amazon and there are other perks to being Amazon exclusive. I also produced an audiobook for Moon Deeds, narrated by a friend of mine, Nina Price, who also happens to be a professional book narrator. 

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

Palmer: A lot of Moon Deeds takes place on the moon, so the closest I could get was via Google Earth, which also allows you to explore the moon. I bet you didn’t know that. Check it out! It’s pretty cool. Plus there are other resources that have mapped the moon and provide a lot of detail and other info such as altitude, soil composition, etc. I also traveled in person to Scripps Ranch in San Diego and Dana Point, California for some of the scenes in Part One. The other places in Part One I had already been to.

Why was writing Moon Deeds so important to you?

Palmer: Moon Deeds is the first book of the Star Children Saga.  The series is fundamentally about what happens when we lose touch with our higher selves and fight over scarce resources. Why does humankind repeatedly devolve into dark ages, war, violence, and repressive autocracies? Why do we seek out gods and mystical traditions? Where did humankind actually come from? These are some of the broader themes I explore in the series.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

Palmer: Ideas come to me from random places and events. For example, Moon Deeds started with a gag gift my brother gave me one Christmas of a deed to land on the moon. It got my imagination going with a lot of “what-if’s.” In terms of plot and character development, I tend to study human nature and what triggers deep emotional responses, and I try to recreate those moments in my books.

Any final words?

Palmer: Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog. You and your readers are so important in cultivating and supporting indie authors. 



“The path to power is cloaked in shadows, so if you avoid all the shadows, you’ll never learn anything.”

It’s 2090: the last outpost of freedom is the moon, the best defense against technology is magic, and the only hope for humankind rests in the hands of the Star Children.

Twins Cassidy and Torr must save Earth from a ruthless enemy at a time when the only force more powerful than alien technology is magic. Moon Deeds launches the siblings’ journey across the galaxy, where they must learn their power as the Star Children, claim their shamanic heritage, and battle dark forces that threaten humankind.

The Star Children Saga follows Cassidy and Torr as they slowly awaken to their destiny as the twin Star Children, born every millennium to reconnect with the source of all life. They come to discover the sheer enormity of their task: to find our ancestors on a lost planet across the galaxy and save humanity from a spiraling descent into darkness. The powers they must wield to accomplish this task are truly frightening and put at risk everything they love.

Come along with twenty-year-old twins Cassidy and Torr, who inherited deeds to land parcels on the moon. They want to use their moon deeds to get off Earth and escape a brutal dictatorship. But first they must unlock their shaman powers.

A rollicking yet poignant adventure in the not too distant future, when we have colonized the moon and nearly lost Earth to a dictatorship. Only the shamans remain free, plus the lucky ones who escaped to the moon.

Join the adventure! An addictive space opera, science-fantasy series.

“This is a marvelous book. The characters are compelling, complex, and emotional. The future described is neither all evil nor all good, and it’s described so realistically that I can still feel the moon dust in my nose and expect to see large packing containers around every corner. The text is delightfully written with none of the bad grammar that makes picky people like me wince even in an otherwise great story. Alas, this is just the first book of the series, and it appears I’ll have to wait a whole year for the next one. I really need to know *now* what happens next!” – Garden Reader

“I was totally captivated by this story. It is set just far enough into our future that I could see it all unfold. This tale has it all, mystery, magic, aliens, war, family, friendship and love. The authors ability to paint landscapes with words is amazing! I can not wait for book two to come out. I must know the fate of the Star Children!” – VR

“Anything dealing with the moon is almost immediately mystical and magical. Throw in a heart racing adventure and characters that will leave a mark on your heart and you have a masterpiece!” – Taylor Johnson (Educator, Netgalley)

“I found this novel to be as much a psychological thriller as it is a science fiction adventure, and the draw-in happens almost instantly. This is unquestionably one of the best books I’ve read this year and Pickering has roped in an entire family as new fans. I’d give Moon Deeds a whole bucket of stars if I could.” – Asher Syed (Readers’ Favorite)

“There is so much to love about this book, from its complex and intricately woven plot filled with tension, strife, and discovery, to the personal attachment you begin to build with the characters due to finely executed character building, engaging personalities, and difficulties in both moral dilemmas and situations. The pace is perfect to build tension, and I loved the length of this book.” – K.J. Simmill (Readers’ Favorite)

Book Information

Release Date: May 25, 2019

Publisher: Mythology Press

Soft Cover: ISBN: ‎ 978-1732568808; 598 pages; $21.99; E-Book, $.99; Audiobook, FREE.

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt13Js_M-P4

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3uKWq2o

Barnes & Noble:  https://bit.ly/3rQteFx

 

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Book Watch: Flock by Tom Roy #bookwatch

 


Title: Flock
Author: Tom Roy
Publisher: Tall Pines Publishing
Pages: 97
Genre: Christian Leadership

Tom Roy shares his wisdom and knowledge and shows how transformational leadership can change everything. He gives easy to follow examples and lessons and reminds us all of what matters most when we are leading. He follows the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ, and reminds us that we cannot go wrong if we follow the Kingdom principles from the Bible that have changed the world. Read this book! It will encourage you and help you to be a better leader!

Book Information

Release Date: June 6, 2020

Publisher:  Tall Pines Publishing

Soft Cover: ISBN:979-8645083878; 97 pages; $12.99; eBook $8.99

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3QvRu9Q






Longtime baseball coach Tom Roy served as the assistant coach for & team chaplain for Grace College’s baseball team in 2019. Roy has worked with the Lancers in three different decades. He was the Lancers’ head baseball coach from 1980-83. He led Grace to two winning seasons in 1981 and 1982. He was also the squad’s pitching coach from 1970-73 and graduated from Grace with a Bachelor’s degree in 1974. 

Roy has spent close to 15 years as an associate scout for Major League Baseball. He was an associate scout for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1976-79 and was an associate international scout for the Atlanta Braves from 1993-99 and for the San Diego Padres from 2000-05. Roy also served as the varsity baseball coach at Tippecanoe Valley HS from 1974-76 and was the pitching coach at Huntington College from 1987-89. 

He has visited over 65 different countries teaching and coaching the game of baseball. He is the former president and founder of Unlimited Potential, Inc and started SHEPHERD COACH NETWORK in 2019. He played briefly in the San Francisco Giants organization before starting his career. He authored an autobiography about his experience with UPI entitled “Released.” Roy serves as a board member for the Warsaw YMCA, UPI, and Fellowship Mission. He has authored four books entitled “Released”, “Shepherd Coach”, and “FLOCK” and has co-written six books entitled “Beyond Betrayal”, “Take it on, Suit up, sit down”, “9 Innings of Memories and Heroes”, “Sandusky Bay”, “Ellison Bay”, and “Lake of Bays.” He resides in Winona Lake with his wife Carin. They have daughters (Amy and Lindsay) and 6 grandchildren.

His latest book is the Christian leadership book, Flock: Lead Your Tribe, Feed Your Team, Protect Your People).

You can visit his website at www.shepherdcoachnetwork.com or connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Q&A: Mike DiCerto, Author of A Nick of Time #Q&A #Interview


Since his childhood Mike Di Certo has always harvested his work from the abundant crop of his imagination. From the wild and hilarious Rock and Roll space adventure Milky Way Marmalade, to the child-like wonder of his middle grade series, The Adventures of Rupert Starbright (The Door to Far-Myst, The Secret of My-Myst and The Ghosts of Winter Joy) Michael’s passions play out on the pages. His love of animals, his family, gardening, travel, movies, VR, history, Yoga, reading and music guide and influence his life and his writing.

His latest book is the middle grade fantasy novel, A Nick of Time.

Visit his website at www.ruperstarbright.com or connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.


Thanks for this interview, Michael.  Congratulations on your new book! Would you say it’s been a rocky road for you in regards to getting your book written and published or pretty much smooth sailing?  Can you tell us about your journey?


    A NICK OF TIME is book 4 of my Adventures of Rupert Starbright series, so Zumaya Publications was going to publish it. The writing itself is always a journey and a joy. I can dilly dally and procrastinate when I am trying to decide what my next project will be but once I get going I can be very disciplined as a writer. 


When not writing, what do you like to do for relaxation and/or fun?


I love to tend to my rooftop garden, where my main focus in chili peppers. I also dabble with the guitar. I enjoy watching the NY Mets play and my wife and I are fans of a handful of TV shows. Mostly I enjoy sitting on my roof, listening to music and pondering. 


What makes your book stand out from the rest?


The audacity of my imagination. I was blessed with a potent one and in explodes on the pages of A NICK OF TIME. 


Can you give us the very first page of your book so that we can get a glimpse inside? 


“Ten…nine…eight…!”

Old Year Square shivered along with the folks of Graysland

as they counted down the final seconds of the fading

year. Frigid winds swirled and swished around the

heads and legs of the dozens and dozens who had arrived

in the square to greet the newest year. On that wind raced

herds of dead leaves that crunched and scraped along

the stones. It was Graysland, after all, and here the leaves

fell across all the months.

Rupert Dullz stood, his gaze fixed on the giant metal

bellberry leaf that sat atop the tall silver Yearling pole,

waiting for the countdown to finish. Around him stood

his parents, Polgus and Olga, and his grandma Folka,

who was bundled up in a brown coat and hat so thick

she looked like a bear.

“Seven…six…!”

The numbers shouted by the crowd sent clouds of

steam into the chill night air. 

Folka leaned close to Rupert and whispered, “Did you

make a wish for the New Year, sweetie?”

Rupert nodded and felt his face grow warm with a

blush. A very specific wish had been floating around his

head for the last few months. Ever since school began in

September, he had noticed a new girl in his sixth-grade

class. He wondered if she had noticed him.


If your book was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why?


It has a New Years theme so definitely around the Christmas-New Years time of year.


Would you consider turning your book into a series or has that already been done?


Already done!


When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?


I have been writing stories since I was five years old.


What’s next for you?


Another Rupert book of course as well as a possible sequel to my first novel, Milky Way Marmalade. I also continue to produce episodes of my podcast, STOOPS OF ATLANTIS where I tell true tales of growing up in East Harlem, NY during the crazy 1970s and 80s.




It’s New Year’s Eve in Graysland, but when the final second fails to come Rupert Starbright finds his entire town frozen in time. Rupert and his school crush Rainn Evertree must travel to the Land of Annum to retrieve the stolen second from the nasty and evil Epoch. They will explore a wild, imaginative, and musical world where all the characters of the Zodiac join Rainn in helping Rupert in his most colorful and challenging adventure yet!

A Nick of Time is thoroughly entertaining and a fun read, this should be made into a Pixar animation!” – Amazon

“All kids should be encouraged to read this unique series and use their imaginings as well! It’s the power of positive thinking for the young adult set. Highly recommend!” – Amazon

Book Information

Release Date: August 16, 2021

Publisher:  Zumaya Publications

Soft Cover: ISBN: 978-1612710990; 295 pages; $11.70; eBook $4.99 

Amazon: http://amzn.to/3vSNQ1x