Who’s That Indie Author? Geoffrey M. Cooper

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Author name:  Geoffrey M. Cooper

Genre:  Medical Thriller

Book:  The Prize

Bio:  Geoffrey M. Cooper is an experienced cancer researcher and scientific administrator, having held positions as a Professor, Department Chair and Associate Dean at Harvard Medical School and Boston University. He is the author of a leading cell biology text, The Cell, as well as several books on cancer. The Prize is his first novel, in which he brings his background in medical research to life in a tale of fraud, deceit and murder. His second novel, dealing with sexual harassment in science, is in the works.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  Immersing myself in a story and developing characters that take off on their own.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Promotion and marketing! Much harder than writing.

Favorite book:  All of Robert Parker’s work, especially his Spenser and Jesse Stone novels. I also love Robin Cook’s and John Grisham’s books.

Contact Information:
Website: geofcooper.com
Twitter: @GeofCooper
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Who’s That Indie Author? K.C. Tansley

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Author name:  K.C. Tansley

Genre:  YA Time Travel Mysteries

Books:  The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, The Girl Who Saved Ghosts

    

Bio:  K.C Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, and two quirky golden retrievers on a hill somewhere in Connecticut. She tends to believe in the unbelievables–spells, ghosts, time travel–and writes about them.

Never one to say no to a road trip, she’s climbed the Great Wall twice, hopped on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and danced the night away in the dunes of Cape Hatteras. She loves the ocean and hates the sun, which makes for interesting beach days.

As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  Nailing an emotional beat. After struggling with a scene for weeks, there’s usually a moment when it all comes together and I feel like I’ll hit the readers with just the right mix of visceral reactions, internal thoughts, and body language for them to experience what my character feels.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Selling books remains the hardest part of being an indie author.

Favorite booksCity of Glass by Cassandra Clare, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead, Splintered by A.G. Howard, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Contact Information:  Website: kourtneyheintz.com
Blog: blog.kourtneyheintz.com
Facebook: @kourtneyheintzwriter
Twitter: @KourHei

Awards/special recognition:   The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts (Book 1 of The Unbelievables)

  • 2017 EPIC’s Ariana Cover Design Awards Finalist
  • 2017 EPIC’s Ebook Award Finalist
  • 2016 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Gold Winner
  • 2016 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Judges’ Choice Awards Winner
  • 2016 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist
  • 2016 International Book Awards Finalist
  • 2015 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Finalist

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Who’s That Indie Author? Connie Lacy

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Author name: Connie Lacy

Genre:  Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism and Climate Fiction

Books: A Daffodil for Angie, The Time Telephone, VisionSight: a Novel,  and from The Shade Ring trilogy: The Shade Ring, Albedo Effect, and Aerosol Sky

Bio:  Connie Lacy writes about young women finding their strength as they face tough obstacles. Her passion for human rights led her to pen her latest novel, A Daffodil for Angie, which is set in the 1960s as the Vietnam War rages and schools are being integrated. She’s a former radio reporter and news anchor who lives in Atlanta.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  I enjoy creating the worlds that my fictional characters inhabit, and, of course, the characters themselves. And I get a kick every time a reader says she loved one of my books.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Reaching new readers

Favorite books:  Recent favorites: The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Contact Information: website: connielacy.com
Facebook: @ConnieLacyBooks


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Who’s That Indie Author? Diana Tarant Schmidt

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Author name:  Diana Tarant Schmidt

Genre:  Speculative Fiction

Book:  Remember For Me (Book 1 of the Remember series)

Bio:  I have been teaching junior high for sixteen years. Through all I have learned from my diverse student population, to being a mother of two incredible young children, I think often about life’s most important lessons. Writing became a way to best learn about those lessons.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  Nothing compares to reading a review when someone found comfort in your words. Nothing.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  So many challenges…but, I simply wish I could get more people to read it. The fact that it has given strangers a sense of comfort makes me want to share more of it.

Favorite booksThe Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein; Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling; Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley; whatever I read this morning.

Contact Information: Author info:  Open Books – Diana Tarant Schmidt
Facebook: @dianatarantschmidt


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Who’s That Indie Author? Annika Perry

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Author name:  Annika Perry

Genre:  Contemporary Fiction / Short Stories

Book:  The Storyteller Speaks

Bio:  Although writing has been a lifetime passion for Annika, her route to full-time writing has been circuitous. She formerly worked within journalism and the timber trade before severe illness followed by motherhood gave her an opportunity to pursue her dream. The Storyteller Speaks, a collection of short stories, flash fiction and poetry, is Annika’s debut book. She has also written a novel, Island Girl, which is in its final editing stages as well as two, as yet unpublished, books for younger children. Annika is an avid reader (a world without books is unimaginable to her), a keen gardener, walker and she enjoys travel (in spite of her well-documented fear of flying!)

Favorite thing about being a writer:  The very act of writing, of losing myself in the story and gradually letting itself unravel to me. It is pure magic when the characters almost come to life, speak to me and lead me along unexpected paths to surprise endings. Finally it is a richness to be able to share my work and know it reaches people’s hearts.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Never having enough time in a day! Whilst publishing my book I realised the writing element was the easy part! The time and work involved in self-publishing is immense, even with excellent support, and consumes the hours in the day. On top of this, my blog, promotion and publishing problems (I’m currently sorting out an issue with Amazon) eats into a day.

Favorite books:  Here are just a few! The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce; If This Is a Man by Primo Levi; An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan; Illusions by Richard Bach; The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein; All the Light We Cannot See by Alexander Doer; The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey; The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith.

Contact Information:
Blog: annikaperry.com
Twitter:  @AnnikaPerry68
Amazon: Annika Perry

Goodreads: Annika Perry 

Awards/special recognition:  First Prize in Writing Magazine Short Story competition in 2014; Short-listed in InkTears Short Story competition in 2015.


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Who’s That Indie Author? Brysen Mann

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Author name:  Brysen Mann

Genre:  Psychological Thriller/Mystery/Suspense/Sci-fi

Book:  The Xeno Manifesto

Bio:  I am simply a person with a story tell. One that I hope will give the reader reason to pause, reflect, question, hopefully discuss, but most of all enjoy. My narrative has a lot of twists and turns and my tale does not end with this first book.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  The ability to write my story, my way.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  I find the biggest challenges are getting my narrative read and reviewed because, ultimately, it is the reviews that many will judge The Xeno Manifesto, not just the cover but…the cover does pique one’s interest as well. J

Favorite books:  My favorites are still my childhood ones such as Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach and “Rikki Tikki Tavi” by Rudyard Kipling.

Contact Information:
Website:  brysenmann.com
Twitter: @brysen_mann
Instagram:  brysenmann
Email: brysenmann@gmail.com


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When you’re looking for ways to promote your book…

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If you’re an indie author, you know that it’s up to you to get your name and book out there for people to see. That could be fun if you like marketing. But if you don’t or you’re busy, you may be looking for simple ways to spread the word.

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Who’s That Indie Author? G. M. Barlean

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Author name:  G. M. Barlean

Genre:  mainstream fiction, suspense, cozy mystery, short stories

Books:  I have published 10 books, all are available on Amazon in digital, and many are also available in print.

  • Casting Stones, an historical, dramatic novel
  • Dead Blow, a suspense
  • Recipes for Revenge, a collection of short stories set up like a meal with four courses
  • Thorns of Rosewood, a cozy mystery, book 1
  • Flames of Rosewood, book 2
  • Bad Blood of Rosewood, book 3
  • Build a Writing Team, nonfiction self-help business
  • Moments of Clarity, a collection of memoir essays
  • Dark Works, a collection of short, scary stories
  • The Man With a Green Scarf, a short love story          

Bio:  G. M. Barlean is a Nebraska author with a Midwestern voice. Her books are generally set in Nebraska. She is a member of The Nebraska Writers Guild, and has provided a website to support indie authors’ book trailers. She has also run short story competitions for indie authors. Barlean is an avid reader, has been a professional photographer, and enjoys cooking, cats, friends and family, travel, and spending time with her husband at their lake house.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  Writing allows me to flesh out topics of interest to me. I’m able to express ideas I do not necessarily support or deny, but of which I’m curious, through character interaction. I love the idea of communicating a larger idea for people to consider over time. I believe writing fiction can effect change and challenge ideas.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Sticking to some kind of schedule.

Favorite books:  I’ve read too many to say I have a favorite, but Dean Koontz wrote a couple of books, Wilderness and Innocence, a couple of years ago. I really enjoyed the idea he put forth. I love to read Stephen King in general. I’m a fan of short stories by Flannery O’Connor. And of course, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee never gets old.

Contact Information: email is ginabarlean@gmail.com.
website:  ginambarlean.wordpress.com
indie author support website:  indietrailers.wordpress.com

Awards/special recognition:  I am currently a BookWorks featured author of the week. I was honored to receive a positive review from Publishers Weekly for my book, Thorns of Rosewood.


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Who’s That Indie Author? Pablo Palazuelo

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Author name: Pablo Palazuelo

Genre:  Thriller

BooksNever Too Late to Die

Bio:  Pablo Palazuelo was born in Madrid, Spain in 1965. He studied Business Administration at Berkeley, and speaks several languages. Pablo and his wife have three children. After serving as a member of Special Forces in the Army, Pablo went on to start his own company, and pursue amateur photography. One of Pablo’s photographs was featured in a magazine, and he has used it as the cover design for his first endeavor as a writer and novelist, Never Too Late to Die. The book hit number one for most sold eBooks on Amazon Spain and topped many other charts without any marketing campaign. Pablo divides his time between Madrid and Los Angeles.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  The ability to share one’s stories and point of view.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Standing out among so many writers.

Favorite booksPerfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind, The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, Green River Rising by Tim Willocks

Contact Information:
website:   www.ppalazuelo.com
Twitter:  @PalazueloWriter

Awards/special recognition:  Being #1 in sales with my first book.


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Who’s That Indie Author? Sandra Butler

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Author name:  Sandra Butler

Genre:  Non-fiction

BooksIt Never Ends; Mothering Middle-Aged Daughters (2017); Cancer In Two Voices (1988); Conspiracy of Silence: The Trauma of Incest (1978)


Bio:  In addition to her three non-fiction books, Butler is also the co-producer of the award-winning documentaries Cancer in Two Voices (1991) and Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House (2004). Both films screened in Toronto, Montreal, Berlin, and Sundance, and are widely used for training and educational purposes. She was a founding editor of Persimmon Tree, persimmontree.org, an on-line magazine by women over 60 for readers of all ages. She is the mother of two daughters and a lover of noir movies accompanied by buttered popcorn.

Favorite thing about being a writer: My favorite part of writing is finding truthful and skillful language that allows me to bring the issues affecting the lives of women and girls that still remain in the shadows, into clear focus on the page. Often working with difficult subject matter, I work to be inviting, illuminating and encouraging to my reader.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  My experience has been a good one. Glide Church published my first book. Spinsters, Ink, a feminist press published the second, and She Writes, a feminist hybrid press published the most recent.  I have been blessed with three publishers who echo my values. My life is embedded in a series of overlapping communities, and they have served to allow my books to find their way into the larger world, for which I am very grateful.

Favorite books:  All of Mary Carr’s  books—for her scrupulous honesty
All of James Baldwin’s writing- for his courage and grace with language
All of Alice Munro’s short stories for expanding my sense of what it is to be human.

Contact Information:
website:  sandrabutler.net
email:  motheringdaughters@gmail.com         
Facebook: It-Never-Ends-Mothering-Middle-Aged-Daughters

Awards/special recognition:  Lambda Literary Award for Non-Fiction l991


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