Who’s That Indie Author? Karen Haid

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Karen Haid
Author name
:  Karen Haid

Genre:  Non-fiction, travel/culture/memoir

BookCalabria: The Other Italy, Awarded the International Calabria Prize (Italy), Selected for the Reading Lists of the Order Sons of Italy in America and the National Italian American Foundation.

Calabria The Other Italy

Bio: My book and blog were inspired by four years living, working and traveling in Calabria, Italy, a neglected southern region deemed unfit by a majority of Italians. How could an American survive in such a place? Often with great difficulty, but by quickly learning from the locals not to hesitate when presented with an opportunity to smell the roses or the pasta sauce. Along the way, I immersed myself in the rich culture, bonded with the Calabrese people, and perfected my Italian skills (earning a certificate of mother-tongue equivalency that I’m very proud of).

Still at the stage of looking over my shoulder when introduced as the “author,” I’ve spent most of my life in the classical music field with doctorates in the flute and piano. Incidentally, I can be considered an “indie” musician, as well, having a solo CD on an independent label.

Favorite thing about being a writer: While my meticulous nature can make the writing process painful at times, I do enjoy the craft, the words, conjuring a sense of people and place, and creating for that audience that is out there whether they know it or not. And I won’t lie, there’s nothing like hearing from those my book has touched.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Marketing

Favorite book: I don’t think I could ever pick one favorite, but will name a few: Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi, The Shipping News by Annie Proulx, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Contact Information:  Website and Blog:  CalabriaTheOtherItaly.com; Facebook: Calabria:  The Other Italy;  Goodreads Author:  Karen Haid.


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Stieg Larsson Millennium Series – Lisbeth Salander Novels

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl Who Played with Fire

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

by
Stieg Larsson

Rating:
5 book marks

Now that summer is around the corner, maybe you’re looking for something gripping to read on the beach, near a pool, in your backyard or on an airplane.  If you haven’t read Stieg Larsson’s suspenseful series about Lisbeth Salander, one of the most enigmatic but admirable characters I’ve ever encountered, consider picking up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and see if you’re not hooked and working to get your hands on the whole series.

Stieg Larsson was a Swedish writer and journalist.  He died unexpectedly in 2004 and the three books were discovered and published after his death.  Larsson had written them for his own pleasure and had not tried to get them published until just before he died.  All three books make clear Larsson’s outrage over child abuse, sexual abuse and violence against women.  His answer to these atrocities is Lisbeth Salander, small in size, but one of the toughest female characters you will ever meet.


Now there are four books in the series.  The fourth book, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, is written by David Lagercrantz and is available in paperback today, May 24, 2016.

The Girl in the Spider's Web


the girl with the dragon tattoo picThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a murder mystery, family saga and love story and revolves around the search for Harriet Vanger.  Vanger is a descendant of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families and has been missing for more than forty years.  Harriet’s uncle hires investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist to find out what happened and Lisbeth Salander steps in as an ace investigator and computer hacker.


The Girl who played with fire picThe Girl Who Played with Fire begins with two brutal murders, just as Blomkvist is about to publish an exposé on a huge sex trafficking operation.  When Blomkvist learns that Salander’s fingerprints are on the murder weapon, he knows he must prove her innocence.


The girl who kicked the hornet's nest picIn The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Salander is near death in a Swedish hospital.  If she recovers, she will face charges for three murders.  Once again, Mikael Blomkvist helps Salander continue their fight against violence and abuse.  Separately, Salander has some revenge to exact against the man who tried to kill her and the government institutions that have nearly ruined her.


The Girl in the Spider's WebHere is Amazon’s description of The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz:

“Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker—a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it . . .”


Readers may be uncomfortable with the brutal violence in this series, however, the author’s disgust for abuse makes a very clear divide between right and wrong.

I read the Larsson series about four years ago.  I may have to read them again before I check out Book Four!

Click here to read about Stieg Larsson on Wikipedia.  You can find more information on Stieglarsson.com, a website dedicated to Larsson’s works.

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The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

The Good Girl
The Good Girl
by
Mary Kubica

Rating:

2 book marks

I enjoy unraveling a story and figuring out what motivates characters and this story is full of things to analyze.   While the The Good Girl is a bit of a mystery, I’d describe it more as a psychological thriller in which the main players are good and bad, have grown up in dysfunctional families and have complicated ideas about love and family.

The story begins when Mia Dennett, a 24-year-old art teacher, doesn’t show up for work.  Her father, James Dennett, a wealthy and influential judge in Chicago, uses his connections to build an investigative team.  Then he goes back to work while Mia’s mother Eve sits at home and worries.  Gabe Hoffman is the detective on the case.  He has a chip on his shoulder and is determined to find Mia if for nothing else than to improve his credibility.

Because the book is structured with a “Before” and “After”, the reader knows a little about its resolution, however, the “After” is full of complications, some of them predictable and some surprising.  It is told through the points of view of Eve, Gabe and Colin, the man responsible for Mia’s disappearance, and it isn’t until late in the book that the reader begins to fully understand her.

I enjoyed most of the story, bought into Mia’s character and developed sympathy for Colin, however, I don’t think the ending’s surprise twist fits the story.

But the author’s poor decision to describe the previously unseen villain in the Epilogue as “black, like the blackest of black bears, like the blubbery skin of the killer whale” ruins what could have been an entertaining read.

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Who’s That Indie Author? Vanya Ferreira

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Vanya Ferreira

Author name:  Vanya Ferreira

Genre:  Paranormal Short Fiction

BookThe Story of Lucius Cane

The Story of Lucius Cane

Bio: Vanya Ferreira was born in South Africa and spent 5 years of his life in Australia. He has been reading since he can remember and has a passion for writing; he simply finds the syntactical nature of language to be a beautiful and mesmerizing creature. Apart from his short story collection, Vanya is also currently working on a full length psychological crime thriller that should be released before the end of the year.

Favorite thing about being a writer: That I get to share my imagination with the reader. I think that there is nothing quite as exhilarating as someone reading what you have created and to find them liking it.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Marketing is definitely the most difficult part of being an indie author. Before I published my first book, I always thought that it was the writing and finding the inspiration. I was mistaken. The most difficult part is actually getting people interested in what you have written.

Favorite book: That’s a bit difficult since I have so many but I have to mention The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

Contact Information: Facebook Vanya Ferriera; Twitter: @AuthorVanyaF


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What’s up next? The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

The Good Girl
I’m in the mood for another suspense thriller and The Good Girl is already grabbing me, making me wish I didn’t have so much to do today!  The Good Girl is a fast-paced story about Mia Dennett, a young art teacher from a wealthy family, and her mysterious disappearance from a Chicago bar.  As the investigation continues, I’m having a good time figuring out the Dennett family’s dysfunctional dynamics.

The Good Girl is Mary Kubica’s debut thriller, published in 2014.  Pretty Baby was published in 2015 and her newest book, Don’t You Cry was released this month.

Click here to read more about these books on Amazon.  You can visit Mary Kubica’s website at marycubica.com.

Do you like suspense and psychological thrillers?  Which ones have you read?

Here are a few I’ve already enjoyed:

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

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Eating Bull by Carrie Rubin

Eating Bull
The Dinner by Herman Koch

The Dinner

Check back soon for my review.

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Who’s That Indie Author Recap: Jan/Feb 2016

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Have you met these indie authors?

Here’s a recap for January and February 2016.  Be sure to click on the author’s name to view the full indie author profile.


Donna A. Ford

Donna FordGenre:  History/Biography/Inspirational
BooksMiracle of the Call – Twentieth Century Heroes and Heroines; Concord Sage – Ralph Waldo Emerson Life and Times
Favorite BookThe Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.
Biggest Challenge:  Marketing
Contact Information: Website: donnaaford.com; Email: author@donnaaford.com


David Olimpio

David OlimpioGenre:  Nonfiction/Memoir
BookThis is Not a Confession
Favorite BookLondon Fields, by M. Amis
Biggest Challenge:  Finding an audience
Contact Information: You can find David Olimpio at his website and blog: davidolimpio.com, on Twitter @notsolinear, and on Facebook, Tumblr & Pinterest.


Carrie Rubin

Carrie Rubin picGenre:  Medical Thriller
BooksEating Bull  and The Seneca Scourge
Favorite BookA Fine Balance by R. Mistry
Biggest Challenge:  Promotion
Contact Information: You can find Carrie on her website, carrierubin.comFacebook, Twitter(@carrie_rubin) Goodreads: Carrie Rubin and Google+.

 


A.B. Funkhauser

A B FunkhauserGenre:  Gonzo Mortuary Revenge Fiction
BooksHeuer Lost and Found and
Scooter Nation
Favorite BookChild of the Morning
by P. Gedge
Biggest Challenge:  Sleeping.
Contact Information: Website: abfunkhauser.com;   Twitter: @iamfunkhauser; Facebook: A. B. Funkhauser Author.


Phyllis Edgerly Ring

Phyllis RingGenre:  Historical fiction, romantic suspense, inspirational nonfiction.
BookThe Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies that Outlast War.
Favorite BookBig Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Liz Gilbert
Biggest Challenge:  Finding creative ways to make a book discoverable.
Contact Information: You can find Phyllis at her website, Leaf of the Tree, on Twitter: @phyllisring, on her Amazon Author Page, and on her Goodreads Author Page.


Shelley Wilson

SONY DSCGenre:  Young Adult Fiction; Adult Self-Help Nonfiction
BooksHow I Changed My Life in a Year; Meditation for Beginners, Vision Boards for Beginners; Guardians of the Dead; Guardians of the Sky; Guardians of the Lost Lands.
Favorite BookThe Folk of the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
Biggest Challenge:  Promotion/marketing
Contact Information: Website: shelleywilsonauthor.co.uk; Writer Blog: shelleywilsonauthor.com; Twitter: @ShelleyWilson72.


Linda K. Sienkiewicz

Linda K SienkiewiczGenre:  Women’s Fiction
BooksIn the Context of Love
Favorite BookGilead by Marilynne Robinson
Biggest Challenge: Being published by a small press means not getting the big advance that another author might get from a big New York publisher.
Contact Information: Linda’s website – lindasienkiewicz.com; Twitter – @LindaKSienkwicz; Facebook – lindasienkiewicz.author


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Who’s That Indie Author? David Meredith

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David Meredith
Author name
:  David Meredith

Genre:  Fantasy/Romance/Sci-fi/YA/NA          

BookThe Reflections of Queen Snow White

The Reflections of Queen Snow White

Bio:  David Meredith is a writer and educator originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee as well as a Tennessee State Teaching license. He is currently a doctoral student in Educational Leadership. On and off, he spent nearly a decade, from 1999-2010 teaching English in Northern Japan, but currently lives with his wife and three children in the Nashville Area where he continues to write and teach English.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  I like telling stories that make people feel something. Whether it’s anger, fear, sadness, or amusement I want to provoke an authentic emotional response in my readers. When I can do that; when I read a review that says “I cried” or “I laughed out loud” it makes me feel like I did my job.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Certainly getting recognized. With the advent of the word processor and Kindle Direct Publishing anybody can hang out their author shingle and they do – producing a veritable deluge of Indy works. It’s a challenge to get your work noticed in the midst of the flood.

Favorite book: The Dragonbone Chair – Tad Williams and Shogun – James Clavell

Contact Information:  Website:  davidmeredithwriting.com ; Facebook:  DavidMeredithWriting ; Twitter: @DMeredith2013 .  You can also find David on these pages:  Goodreads Author Page and Amazon Author David Meredith .


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