Friday, 30 October 2015

Author Interview with Izabela Monick

Welcome Izabela Monick to Legit Lit Books! We are excited to be able to chat with you and share this interview with our readers today.

LLB: Tell us a little bit about yourself and why/what inspired you to write? When did you start writing?

IM: Since I was young, I’ve enjoyed using my imagination to explore new endings to my favorite books. I continued this daydreaming addiction even when I started my business career until one day, while sitting in a meeting, I got lost in my thoughts and was brought back to reality with a demand for an answer to a question I didn’t hear. It was then that I decided to write my own book, to get the voices out of my head. The reality is that once the old voices come out, new ones come in, and stories never end.

LLB: What was your inspiration for Evitable Destiny?

IM: I like fast-paced action books with romance and kidnapping, and I like books where I can’t skip a page without missing a piece of a story – and I do skip a lot of pages, especially in romance books.

I’m amazed at how unpredictable some people are in real life, and how they change depending on circumstances. I think happily-ever-after is possible even in twisted relationships if both sides put some effort into it. It’s like one of my reviewers said: “Ain‘t love a bitch?” Someone talking about Fifty Shades of Gray wrote that Ana and Christian won’t be happy. I think that they might because everyone defines their own happiness.

LLB: What three words would you use to best describe Evitable Destiny?

IM: Love, passion, and forgiveness.

LLB: Can you tell us if you’re working on anything else at the moment?

 IM: I’m working on a romance novel that was inspired by my aunt. She is a cancer survivor and has an extremely positive attitude in the most depressing situations.

LLB: What was your very first book that you wrote?

IM: Evitable Destiny is my debut novel.

LLB: Other than your own, what are your favorite books?

A Bedtime Story by L.C. Moon, The Wolf’s Hour by Robert R. McCammon, and Necroscope by Brian Lumley. And although it’s outside of the question, I’d like to mention my favorite movie, City of Angels. I love it when Seth says, "I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss of her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it. Just one."

LLB: When you are writing do you like to listen to music? What is on your playlist?

IM: To write, I need calm and quiet to hear my thoughts. At night, when my family is asleep, I sit on my recliner sofa with my laptop on my knees, and let my imagination fly. My favorite band is Rammstein, but I don’t listen to them while I’m writing.

LLB: Who is your favorite character in your book?

IM: This is a hard question. I think I like Pat the most, although I hated the way he treated Julia in the beginning. Pat was very evil in my first draft, but after a couple of edits, he’d changed a lot, and I started liking him. I’m thinking about writing a novel about him and Beth.

LLB: Do you ever take characteristics or nuances from close friends or family when working on character development and if so has that friend or family member noticed and what was their response to it?

IM: No, I don’t take characteristics or nuances from people I know. Both strong and weak people inspire me, but never in direct ways. I like my characters to have their own minds and personalities, and I like it when they surprise me.

LLB: What’s your favorite treat?

IM: I love Grolsch beer in a swing-top bottle, and bacon.

LLB: What’s your Favorite place to read/write?

IM: I write on my recliner sofa, and read everywhere I can. I always have my iPad mini with me, and I read whenever I have to wait for something or someone – at the doctor’s office, in line at the grocery store, in the car waiting for my kids to get out of school. It’s funny how I used to hate waiting, and now I love it because it means I get to read.

LLB: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

IM: To be honest, I’ve never thought about this. I’d adjust to any place in the world as long as my family is with me. They are my home.

Thank you Izabela for taking the time to talk with us about Evitable Destiny and yourself! 

Author Bio: 

Izabela Monick is the author of the suspenseful romance novel Evitable Destiny, a complex mix of love, hate, trust, betrayal, and steamy sexual encounters. Izabela lives in New York with her husband and two children. She works as an accountant during the day and as a writer at night. Since she was young, Izabela has loved both math and writing, but when she picked an accounting career to pay her bills, she still dreamed of becoming an author. Finally, she found the courage to sit down and write her own novel. Now, Izabela delights in shocking her readers with unexpected twists and turns while keeping her plots brimming with heated passion until the final page.  

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

New Book Release! Doc's Codicil by Gary F. Jones

Book Description: 

When Wisconsin veterinarian Doc dies, his family learns that to inherit his fortune, they must decipher the cryptic codicil he added to his will—“Take Doofus squirrel-fishing”—and they can only do that by talking to Doc’s friends, reading the memoir Doc wrote of a Christmas season decades earlier, searching through Doc’s correspondence, and discovering clues around them. Humor abounds as this mismatched lot tries to find time in their hectic lives to work together to solve the puzzle. In the end, will they realize that fortune comes in many guises?

Doc’s Codicil is a mystery told with gentle humor. It tells the story of a veterinarian who teaches his heirs a lesson from the grave.

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About the Author: 

It seems my life has been a testament to questionable decisions and lost opportunities. However, my wife of 39 years says she knows of nothing in the record to justify such unfettered optimism.

I am a member of the last generation of rural veterinarians who remember working with cows that had names and personalities and dairymen who worked in the barn with their families. I’m also part of the first wave of the Baby Boomers, crusty codgers who are writing their wills and grousing about kids who don’t pay attention to what old men say, and can even be damned condescending at times.

I was raised on a dairy farm in West-central Wisconsin and exhibited Holstein cattle and Clydesdale horses from the time I was ten-years-old until I graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State in 1969. I practiced veterinary medicine on Wisconsin dairy farms until 1988, when my wife and I packed up our four children and I entered graduate school at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul.
I developed the first ante-mortem diagnostic test for proliferative enteritis, a diarrheal disease of swine caused by Lawsonia intracellularis. The test is now the standard diagnostic test for the disease. With adoption of the test, it was also found that L. intracellularis is the most common cause of post-weaning diarrhea in horses.

After 19 years of work on the research and development of bovine and swine vaccines, I am retired. I’m using the scraps of what I can remember to spin stories of a family and veterinary practice, stories that could almost be true. Some of the true stories that didn’t make it into my books can be found on this website.

My first novel, Doc’s Codicil, will be published in October 2015. I have two published short stories: Valentine, published in Straightjacket, the 2012 spring issue, and The Attempted Armed Deposit, in the 2009 California Writers Club Chap Book.

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Author Interview with Chris Keane

Welcome Chris Keane to Legit Lit Books! 

We are super excited to have Chris with us here on Legit Lit Books to answer some questions about his newest book, Loot and get to know the author a bit better. 

LLB: Tell us a little bit about yourself and why/what inspired you to write? When did you start writing?

CK: In 1995 I read a book called High Fidelity by Nick Hornby and was blown away.  The first person narrative was so real, like being inside the main character’s head. It reminded me of The Catcher in the Rye, but the subject matter was so much more relatable to me (the trials and tribulations of dating and relationships).  It was also very funny. This made me want to write about my own experiences but first I had to learn about how to go about formatting a story.

LLB: What was your inspiration for ‘Loot’?

CK: Loot was inspired from my childhood experiences.  Growing up during the seventies and eighties in a NJ town transitioning from a farming community to suburban commuter zone, I got the best of both worlds.  There were a lot of fun places to hang out and things to do but there was also open and wooded areas to explore with my friends without parental supervision.

LLB: What three words would you use to best describe Loot?

CK: Goonies-ish, Nostalgic, Fun!

LLB: Can you tell us if you’re working on anything else at the moment?

CK: Loot just got published a few weeks ago so I have not started wring anything new yet.  However, I did come up with the genre for my next story. I will be writing a YA supernatural story the next time around.

LLB: What was your very first book that you wrote?

CK: The first piece I wrote was a short story called “Happy Hours” about a college graduate struggling to transition from the party scene to the “real world”.

LLB: Other than your own, what are your favorite books?  

CK: The Kite Runner, Lost Legends of NJ, and The Lovely Bones are three of my favorites. 

LLB: When you are writing to you like to listen to music? What is on your playlist?  

CK: I actually prefer it to be quiet when I write.  I find music to be distracting. My playlist is dated! I think pretty much everything I listen to is considered classic rock now! I love 80s, 90s, and alternative music.

LLB: Who is your favorite character in your books?

CK: I would say Teddy from Loot.  He is the most like I was as a kid, and it is fun to reminisce about it.  I was na├»ve and a little hesitant to take on new adventures.  But I was also pretty easily persuaded and always went along with my friends. Oh, like Teddy, I was totally obsessed with candy!

LLB: Do you ever take characteristics or nuances from close friends or family when working on character development and if so has that friend or family member noticed and what was their response to it? 

CK: Sure, I’m sure I have.  But not their actual characters necessarily but lines they’ve said. I have a crazy memory for dialog so I may use something that one of them said to me recently or sometimes years ago. 

LLB: Now lets ask you a few fun get to know Chris better questions. What’s your favorite treat?

CK: Twizzlers :) I get them at the movies every time.

LLB: What’s your Favorite place to read/write?

CK: Barnes and Noble. But when I’m working on the story, I’ll scribble things down at random times throughout the day. Usually, a line or two of dialog that comes to me. Sometimes it’s an idea for a new chapter. When I’m doing real writing, I need to be at my laptop with Microsoft Word open.

LLB: Last one, If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? 

CK: Probably California! I love how grand, beautiful, and diverse it is. However, all of my family and friends are east coasters, so I would never want to leave them.

Thank you Chris for taking the time to chat with us about Loot and yourself! 

Author Bio: 

Chris graduated from Rutgers University and studied the art of storytelling at Gotham Writers Workshop in New York City.  Chris’ short stories have appeared in various BLOGS and writers’ forums on holiday and eighties nostalgia.  His story, “Christmas Service”, was featured on the Holiday Tales website in December of 2013.  Chris wrote the screenplay for a short film, “The Baseball Card”, about three twelve-year old boys who fight over a Don Mattingly baseball card during the summer of 1984.  “The Baseball Card” was an official selection of the Garden State Film Festival, Hoboken International Film Festival, and Maryland International Film Festival in 2014.  He is currently a contributing writer for Pennant Collective (Atlantic Highlands, NJ).

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

When the Serpent Bites by Nesly Clerge

Name of Book: When The Serpent Bites
Publisher: Bookbaby
Date of Publication: October 30, 2015
Genre: General fiction, crime, psychological thriller

Book Synopsis:

Frederick Starks has it all—a gorgeous wife who was his high school sweetheart, three beautiful children, a mansion and cars others envy, millions in the bank, respected in his community, admired by his employees, loved and respected by loyal friends. He revels in the hard-earned power and control he’s acquired. As the saying goes, “All that glitters is not gold,” which Starks discovers when gut-wrenching betrayal by his wife sends him over the edge and into a maximum security prison. There, Starks is a new “fish,” stripped of nearly everything he’s always relied on. In that place, where inmates and guards have their own rules and codes of conduct, Starks is forced to face the darker side of life, and his own darker side, especially when the betrayals, both inside and outside the prison, don’t stop. He must choose which path to follow when the line between right and wrong becomes blurred: one that leads to getting out of the physical and emotional hellhole he finds himself in or one that keeps him alive.

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About the Author:

Nesly Clerge received his bachelor’s degree in physiology and neurobiology at the University of Maryland, and later pursued a doctoral degree in the field of chiropractic medicine. Although his background is primarily science-based, he has finally embraced his lifelong passion for writing. Clerge’s debut novel, When the Serpent Bites, is due out in 2015, with the sequel to follow. His debut novel explores choices, consequences, and the complexities of human emotions, especially when we are placed in a less-than-desirable setting. When he is not writing, Clerge manages several multidisciplinary clinics. He enjoys reading, chess, traveling, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with his significant other and his sons.

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