Author Interview: Jon Kirkman

*I recently had the privilege of befriending Jon on Facebook. Another mutual friend of ours told me about his soon-to-be-released book, Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. I then decided that I would like to interview Jon in hopes of helping him promote his newest title. Please read about some his fascinating accounts below:

 

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

Well, I never actually thought about it to be honest. My history is that I’ve worked in the music business for forty-three years this year (2018). I have been a roadie and a tour manager, done voiceovers for radio, video, and TV. I have done filmed interviews for various bands and record labels for release and been a radio presenter and written sleeve notes for albums until around 2011. I never thought about it and my first book was on the band Yes called Time and a Word: The Yes Interviews. It has been subsequently published in a second edition as Dialogue and was an official Yes book.

 

Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)

Never been a fan of fiction though I used to like Michael Moorcock, but I prefer non-fiction like biographies, historical books, etc.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

Music has always been my inspiration, to be honest, and it depends on my mood. Some days, it’s a band like Genesis, Yes, or The Beatles. Other days, it could be Led Zeppelin or even some classical music. It changes on a daily basis, but music has certainly inspired me all my life.

 

How long have you been a fan of Genesis and what inspired you to write a book about The Lamb?

I first heard of Genesis in 1972 when a friend of mine lent me his copy of Nursery Cryme and I suggested that I listen to it, as I might like it. I did, but the real hook for me was a song called “Harold the Barrel,” which, to be fair, is a little left field, but I remember thinking, “Wow! Where does that come from?” So I sought out Trespass, and when the Foxtrot and the Live album came out, I bought those. I first saw the band for their Selling England by the Pound tour. Ironically, though I had the album, I could not get tickets for The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway shows. The band played in Liverpool for three nights; I remember being hugely disappointed. I wanted to write a book or compile a book of interviews, photos, memorabilia clips, etc. around the 2013 and envisioned the book coming out for the fortieth anniversary of the UK tour in 2015. Sadly, problems with the publisher meant that did not happen. So I recently took back the book and am publishing it myself as a limited edition. It will be out in May 2018. I was probably inspired because I loved the album but never saw the show. The book can be ordered from here.

 

Have you ever met any members of the band?

Yes, all of them over the years and worked a lot with Steve Hackett in America when he has been on the Cruise to the Edge. Next year, he will be on two cruises: THE ON THE BLUE Cruise with Justin Hayward and Cruse to the Edge again. I also know Ant Phillips very well and have done some filmed interviews with him.

 

What Genesis shows have you seen live? Any tribute bands?

I have seen Genesis in 1973 for the Selling England tour, the Wind and Wuthering tour, Earls Court in 1977, Knebworth 1978, and the Duke tour in 1980 all three nights again, I think, as my friend was mixing the sound for the band on that tour and the Invisible Touch tour.

 

Do you have an author website?

Yes, Jon Kirkman

 

Do you have any blogs?

Well, I have a number of Facebook pages and a Twitter feed for my online station. I am easy to find on the Internet.

 

Where can people find your work? (to purchase or just to read)

Well, the Yes book was published in two limited edition formats in 2013 and also 2017. Both editions sold out, but there is a sell through edition of the Yes cook coming out called Time and a Word. It is being published in May 2018 and will be available through Amazon and also in book shops.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I love watching films and walking on the beach with my girlfriend.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

Paul McCartney once gave me a lift home, and my phone book has many rock musicians’ telephone numbers in it. I am actually friends with many musicians.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Well, I have an online radio station called Classic Rock Radio. I have also worked (if that is the word) in a record shop which effectively means I was paid to play records all day…Not a bad job. I am working in America next year on the Yes cruise, Cruise to the Edge and also ON THE BLUE cruise with Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues and also the Monsters of Rock Cruise. If people want to contact me, please feel free to do so though my website or Facebook pages.

Thanks for all your questions. It was fun answering them.

Jon

www.jonkirkman.co.uk

Lamb

 

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Author Interview: Lacey Dancer

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

Don’t remember ever not having a story working in my mind, even when I was playing in the sandbox at 5 or 6. It was only when I ran out of books that it occurred to me to write a story. I was 30 at the time.

 

Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)

Shakespeare

Walter Farley

Agatha Christie

Nora Roberts

Helen Mac Innes

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

Almost anything can spawn an idea. Usually it is people and the strange things they do or don’t do.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Contemporary Romance

Non-Fiction

Historical Romance

 

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

Currently working on Book 3 of the Live Oak Series and book 3 of previously printed Pippa Series will be reprinted in enhanced version after that.

 

Do you have an author website?

Yes, Lacey Dancer

 

Do you have any blogs?

Address above also functions as a blog and has newsletter ability as well.

 

Where can people find your work? (to purchase or just to read)

Amazon and on my website. All my available titles are there but only in hardcopy. Created a Paypal cart so that readers who want autographed copies for themselves or for gifts can order directly from me. Discounts shipping on multiple book orders are also available.

 

If you could feature just one title, what would it be?

Playing with Fire    Live Oak Series Book Two

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

Currently, I only use Lacey Dancer however, I have three other pen names: Sara Chance, Sherry Carr and Sydney A. Clary.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I own a farm so that is a whole list of hobbies and I rescue animals, primarily dogs and donkeys (many of them have appeared in my books over the years).

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I am combining these two questions. Don’t know your content length so feel free to condense if needed.

 

My first word was not mommy or daddy. It was “Hi”.

The world was an exciting and challenging place and I just couldn’t wait to participate in the fun. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t create stories, in the sand pile building farms, with the animals in my life, and later when I learned to read real books, the kind with long stories that made me laugh and cry. Those books showed me even more of the world around me.

I rode a horse the first time on a midnight trail ride because I had read it in a book. Since the only rides I had ever taken were on a lead, I was given the quietest horse in the remuda. He spooked and started bucking. The result was the trial boss had to cut my hands out of his mane. I was not coming off. The girl in the book hadn’t so I wasn’t going to either.

Another book, a mystery, had offshore racing boats in it. When I had a chance to ride in one, I jumped at the chance.

Life happened. I married and had children. Reading was my favorite form of relaxation and when I was too busy to read I kept ongoing stories in my head with characters who grew, lived, loved and laughed as I did.

Until the day I ran out of books.

I decided to write my own story. I didn’t expect anyone to see it but me. It would be something to read, to do until my book shipment arrived at the bookstore. Once I started, I couldn’t stop, didn’t want to. The characters just grabbed me by the pencil and yanked me into their world. I had to see it finished.

The day I finished the book, I stopped by my bookstore for the latest shipment of books. The owner of the store was a friend and asked what I had been doing. On learning about my book, she told me she had just been talking to a woman who had started a writers club.

“Did I want to go?””

Hmmm, I could go and listen to other people writing books. You betcha! I was soooo excited! Here was a source I had never considered.

So off I went, clutching my story in hand. At the end of the meeting, the leader, a published author, looked at me and said, “Let’s hear yours.”

I wanted to hide under the table! Nobody mentioned that I would have to read ten pages of what I’d written. The couch was too low so I couldn’t hide there. I read. No one said a word. The silence was awful. My writing had to be too.

The minute the meeting was over I was ready to bolt. The host must have known. She got between me and the door, and I swear she was like a quarter horse cutting a hapless calf from the herd.

“I’ll send this to my agent,” she said. With those words, she plucked my story out of my hands and I escaped. I sold multiple books that year. And, so it began, the exciting and challenging world of being a published author.

 

I was fortunate enough to work with and for some of the biggest publishing companies in New York. I learned so much. My favorite publisher was sold and my personal life took an unexpected turn. My family needed me. My life for the next ten years was consumed with caregiving for those who mattered to me.

Those ten years saw a great change in the book industry. Self-publishing fueled by social media offered infinite possibilities and potentials. More importantly for me, it offered a challenge I could not resist.

Since I owned all my copyrights, I decided to reprint the first book of my very popular Pippa Series. This time I didn’t have to write for a certain page length so I included new pages in this enhanced version. I was delighted with the reception. That support from my readers encouraged me to write a book on Caregiving, my first non-fiction. That too, surprised me by its reception.

Another series, the Live Oak Series is in the works with the first two books already in print.

The challenges are without number on this new path I have chosen, but, like that first time when I received my advance copy of my first book in the mail, I can’t wait to do it again.

 

Lacey Dancer is one of the pen names for Sydney Clary a.k.a. Sara Chance, Sherry Carr and Sydney A. Clary. She is an award-winning International author; Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Best All Around Series Author, two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards, and two Woman of the Year Awards just to name a few. Although she is best known for her women’s contemporary fiction, she has also published two historical fiction novels and one non-fiction.

 

 

Author Interview: Bria Lexor

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

I was 26 when I wanted to become a writer.

 

Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)

My favorite authors are: S.D. Perry, Holly Black, and Richelle Mead, Kathleene Ball, Kindra Sowder, Samone Elise.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

My dreams give me great ideas for inspiration for my books.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

I write YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance, Fiction, Sports Fiction

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

I am currently working on a Series with Kindra Sowder called: The Reckoning of Witches Saga, I have many new series: Onizuca, The Lightworkers Saga, The Dark horse Series, writing the final book to The Hell’s Guardian Chronicles.

 

Do you have an author website?

Bria Lexor

 

Do you have any blogs?

Bria Lexor Blog

 

Where can people find your work? (to purchase or just to read)

Amazon

Inkitt

 

If you could feature just one title, what would it be? 

Hell’s Guardian Chronicles: Crimson Savior- Book 1

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

Yes. Bria Lexor

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I enjoy playing the violin, drawing, listening to music, writing song lyrics, spending time with my daughter.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I am a former rapper for a group called: Mount West

 

Author Interview: Janet Evanovich

*I first learned about Janet Evanovich when one of my co-workers got me started reading her works nearly thirteen years ago. Since then, I have devoured most of her prolific catalog!

Back in November 2010, Janet had a book signing at the Barnes & Noble in Cranberry Township, PA. Since I couldn’t make it, my mother waited in line for nearly two hours to have Janet sign and personalize my copy of Wicked Appetite.

I am very pleased to include Janet Evanovich on my author blog and would like to publically thank her for another act of kindness!

 

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

I guess it goes back to when I was in grade school.  I would daydream and make up stories.

 

Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)

I love thrillers by Robert B. Parker and Robert Crais.  I also really enjoy Scrooge McDuck comics and the Junie B. Jones series of children’s books by Barbara Park.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

My family.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

I like to call my genre “romantic adventure” — with a good splash of humor.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

My next book, The Mark, is a continuation of the Fox and O’Hare series.  That book will be in stores in late summer.  In November, Look Alive Twenty-Five — the next Stephanie Plum novel — will be out.

 

Do you have an author website?

Yes, Janet Evanovich.

 

Do you have any blogs?

No, but I often post newsy items on my Facebook page.

 

Where can people find your work? (to purchase or just to read)

Wherever fine books are sold.

 

If you could feature just one title, what would it be? 

How can a mother choose one child over another?

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?
In the 1980s, I wrote romance novels as Steffie Hall.