Who’s That Indie Author? Robert DeAngelis

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Author name:  Robert DeAngelis

Genre:  Fiction

BookAnno Domini

Bio:  I have worked in a variety of Social Services positions during my career. The last fifteen years I have worked in Student Services in a public school system. I am married with two children. Hobbies include old cars and fast motorcycles.

Favorite thing about being a writer: Expressing interesting thoughts in a way that may be relevant and compelling to your readers.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: It’s a rat race. Hurdles and challenges are never-ending. The process forces you to decide just how important to you, the delivery of your story really is.

Favorite books: The Human Comedy by William Saroyan, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, The Iliad by Homer, The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. So many though…I listed the first titles that emerged into my awareness.

Contact Information:
Amazon author page:  Robert DeAngelis.
Facebook:  @A.D.ageofIa
email:  dean286@comcast.net.

Awards/special recognition: Anno Domini is my first release. I am still waiting for the accolades. LOL


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Who’s That Indie Author? Linda Smolkin

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Author name:  Linda Smolkin

Genre:  Contemporary Fiction

BookAmong the Branded (May 2017)

Bio:  Linda Smolkin always wanted to be a writer—ever since she saw her first TV commercial and wondered how to pen those clever ads. She got her degree in journalism and became a copywriter. Linda landed a job at an ad agency, where she worked for several years before joining the nonprofit world. When not in front of the computer, she’s behind the drums (slightly) annoying her husband, son, and their 70-pound dog.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  Letting my imagination go wild. Oh, and writing dialogue!

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Finding enough time to do everything. I have a full-time job, so all of the writing and business aspects of being an indie author have to be done on the side. But, meeting my goal of becoming a published novelist has been really great—except for the dark circles!

Favorite book:  So many wonderful books to choose from, but if I could only choose one, it would be: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Contact Information:
Twitter: @lindasmoklin
Website:  lindasmolkin.com
Goodreads Author:  Linda Smolkin
Among the Branded on Amazon

Awards/special recognition:  San Francisco Book Review rated Among the Branded 4.5 out of 5 stars, and in their review wrote, “This is a beautiful and fascinating novel that will keep readers hooked.”


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Who’s That Indie Author? Kathleen Doler

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Author name:  Kathleen Doler

Genre:  Crossover Fiction: Literary, Crime and Action/Adventure

BookTHE HOOK: Surfing to Survive a Shattered Family, Drugs, Gangs and the FBI

Bio:  I was raised on the coast of Northern California. I’m an author, journalist and adventure sports addict. I write for national newspapers and magazines on everything from business and finance to helicopter skiing, sea kayaking and scuba diving. I also travel extensively, mostly to wild places, often while pursuing sports that have the potential to maim me. I own a wardrobe of wetsuits and a closet full of Gor-tex.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  I love being able to tell stories that touch people. I’ve enjoyed working as a journalist, but in business journalism you have to shelve the emotion. Now that my first novel, THE HOOK, is out, I get to experience how different readers connect with various pieces of the story.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  I have to pump myself up to remain upbeat every day in my efforts to promote THE HOOK and build my readership and distribution network one contact at a time. As a self-published author, it’s all on me. But I’m a journalist; tenacity is part of my DNA. And I’ve been pleasantly surprised and gratified at how other authors have shared information, opportunities and advice.

Favorite booksDamage, by Josephine Hart, is my all-time favorite. I love how she can just gut the reader with a short sentence or phrase. For the rest of my top five: I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb, The Wave by Susan Casey, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, and The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls.

Contact Information:
Website:  kathleendoler.com
Facebook: @kathleendolerauthor
Twitter: @kathleendoler

Awards/special recognition:  THE HOOK now has 43 5- and 4-star reviews on Amazon. Also, in May THE HOOK was named a “Finalist 2017, Action-Adventure,” by the National Indie Excellence Awards. And Blueink Review gave THE HOOK a “STARRED” review and named it a “Notable Book of 2017.”

This editorial review made me swoon: “In THE HOOK, the pace is swift, the plot is involving, and character development is thorough … Plus, there is a lyrical, almost mystical homage to surfing, sailing, and the sea itself. Participants in this tale are never far from its enticing allure.” — Joe Kilgore, the US Review of Books.


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Who’s That Indie Author? Anatoly Volynets

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Author name: Anatoly Volynets

Genre:  Philosophical Diary

BookCulture vs. Copyright

Bio:  Volynets is a psychologist, educator, scholar, former programmer, co-founder of the software consulting Total Knowledge (California) and NGO Dialogue of Cultures XXI (Kiev, Ukraine). He is a research fellow at the Ukrainian National Institute of Psychology, and a participant in The School of the Dialogue of Cultures project. Volynets lives in Palo Alto, California.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  While writing you always have an interlocutor able to understand you.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Marketing

Favorite books:  All classics, many books on history, on the US history particularly. Out of latter I adore, for example, Ann Hagedorn’s Savage Peace.

Contact Information: cvc.culturedialogue.org

Awards/special recognition:  Nothing special happened to me and my book. There were some modest achievements. Culture vs. Copyright was: 1. Bought by The Queen Mary University of London library; 2. Nominated by Book Awards / Philosophy in 2015; 3. Accepted by Barnes & Noble; 4. Written about at Wikipedia.


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Six months of indie authors: Who’s That Indie Author? Jan-Jun 2017

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Indie authors are hard at work, writing, publishing and spreading the news about their books. These author profiles represent a wide variety of genres, author interests and provide a closer look at the challenges indie authors face. What’s the number one challenge? Hands down, it’s marketing.

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Many indie authors hold full-time jobs and they fit their writing and marketing in whenever they can. Obtaining reviews, shares, retweets and mentions is the ultimate reward for endless efforts on social media.

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So let’s help these writers out. Get to know the names highlighted below. Share their titles, follow them on WordPress, Twitter and Facebook. Pick a title that catches your interest and post a review on your blog, on Amazon and Goodreads. Tweet about the indie books you like and help open readers’ eyes to great stories and thrilling reads!



Who’s That Indie Author? Nicholas Nash – 1/4/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  JD Estrada – 1/12/17



Who’s That Indie Author?  Debbi Mack – 1/31/17



Who’s That Indie Author?  Tammie Painter – 2/7/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Kathryn Occhipinti, M.D. – 2/14/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  A. H. Amin – 3/8/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Marc D. Crepeaux – 3/14/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Sojourner McConnell – 3/21/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Teri Polen – 3/28/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  M.L. Ruscsak – 4/4/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Eliot Parker – 4/13/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Glen Craney – 4/24/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Kristen Hansen Brakeman – 5/2/17


Who’s That Indie Author? Joseph Ferguson – 5/9/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Laura Simmons – 5/16/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Suzette D. Harrison – 5/24/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Tonya Coffey – 6/1/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Glenn Maynard – 6/10/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Yvonne deSousa – 6/16/17


Who’s That Indie Author? Deanna Altomara – 6/23/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Sue Coletta – 6/27/17


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Who’s That Indie Author? Sue Coletta

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Author name:  Sue Coletta

Genre:  Psychological Thriller/Mystery

BooksCleaved, Marred, Wings of Mayhem

          

Bio:  Member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is a multi-published author in numerous anthologies and her forensics articles have appeared in InSinC Quarterly. In addition to her popular crime resource blog, Sue co-hosts the Blog Talk Radio show “Partners in Crime.” She’s also the communications manager for the Serial Killer Project and Forensic Science and founder of #ACrimeChat on Twitter.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  Witnessing readers’ reactions to my stories

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Marketing

Favorite books:  My all-time favorite book is Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. Other favorites include Pressure Points and Bait and Switch by Larry Brooks.

Contact Information:
Website: suecoletta.com
Goodreads Author Sue Coletta
Amazon Author Sue Coletta
Facebook:  @SueColetta1
Twitter: @SueColetta1
YouTube:  Crime Writer Sue Coletta

Awards/special recognition:  Best Author in Crime, Mystery, Heist


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Who’s That Indie Author? Deanna Altomara

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Author name:  Deanna Altomara

Genre:  Middle Grade Fantasy/Science Fiction

Books: Ageless, Pi

     

Bio:  Fascinated by reading and writing from a young age, Deanna Altomara has dreamed of publishing her own novel since the fourth grade. She is the published author of two middle-grade fantasy novels, Ageless and Pi. While she is working on a sequel to Pi, she takes frequent breaks to try new foods, go hiking, and embroider.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  I love being able to create worlds and journey through them. I long to live all the lives I never got the chance to, and writing allows me to do that.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  The most difficult thing about self-publishing is self-promotion. Besides being slightly awkward, it’s very time-consuming. It’s very hard to balance a steady stream of advertising and outreach with work and daily life.

Favorite books:  I honestly have to pick Harry Potter! Those books filled my life with new color and potential, and that’s something I want to replicate in my own work. I also love the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus books, as well as a few classics like Gone With the Wind and Dracula.

Contact Information:
Twitter: @DeannaAltomara
Instagram @deannaaltomara
Facebook: Deanna Altomara @authordeannaaltomara
Goodreads Author Deanna Altomara
Website: deannaaltomara.biz.ly

Awards/special recognition:  Future Problem Solving International, Best On-site Writer Award;

Future Problem Solving International, 2nd Place Scenario; Ayn Rand Anthem Essay Finalist; Outdoor Writers of America, 2nd Place Poem


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Who’s That Indie Author? Yvonne deSousa

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Author name:  Yvonne deSousa

Genre:  Humor, Memoir

Book:  MS Madness!  A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis

Bio:  Yvonne deSousa is fortunate to have been born and raised on Cape Cod, MA, a beautiful and amusing place, where she lives today.  An avid reader, she didn’t start writing seriously until a multiple sclerosis diagnosis threatened her sanity. Understanding that life with MS would be so crazy she would go crazy if she didn’t learn to laugh at it, she started using her sense of humor to fight back on the page.   Since then, her work has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith, and in the Something on Our Minds anthologies, volumes 1-3.  She also writes a humor blog on her website, yvonnedesousa.com.  She is currently working on her second book.

 Favorite thing about being a writer:  Without a doubt, making people laugh and smile!

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Reaching readers and helping people understand MS Madness! is funny for everyone, not just those with a chronic illness.

Favorite books:  Suspense is my favorite.  At this second, I would have to say Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.  Quite ironic for a humorist, I know.

Contact Information:
Website/Blog:  yvonnedesousa.com
Twitter:  @Yvonnedesousa
Facebook:  Yvonne deSousa

Special recognition:   Lots of positive reviews on Amazon and giggles around the world!


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Who’s That Indie Author? Glenn Maynard

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Author name:  Glenn Maynard

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

BooksStrapped into an American Dream (Non-Fiction), The Desert Son trilogy: Desert Son, Wayward Soul, Spiritual Intervention  (Fiction)

             

Bio:  Glenn Maynard has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Connecticut, and a degree in Communications.  He was a travel correspondent for three newspapers while traveling through the United States, Canada and Mexico during his one-year journey, publishing twenty newspaper articles. His first book, Strapped into an American Dream, detailed this journey. He recently completed the Desert Son trilogy and is currently working on his fifth book.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  I love creating worlds and filling them with characters that are memorable as they make their way through the most bizarre twists and turns that I create. When I’m ready to batten down the hatches and dig in for the long haul of the process of writing a book, I can’t wait to get started. The positive reviews that have followed are affirmation for me that I have chosen the correct path of becoming an author.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Clearly, the biggest challenge is finding your target audience, and no…it’s not everybody. Marketing is a work in progress, and it’s up to the authors to bring their books to the attention of the world. The number of authors and books creates saturation on the internet, so you have to constantly tell the world about your books until the readers take that task away from you.

Favorite books:  Anything by Stephen King. Gerald’s Game and Mr. Mercedes come to mind.

Contact Information:
Website:  Glenn Maynard – Author
Twitter:  @GlennMaynard64
Facebook:  @GlennMaynardFanPage
WordPress Blog:  Desert Son


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Who’s That Indie Author? Suzette D. Harrison

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Author name:  Suzette D. Harrison

Genre:  African-American Historical Romance; Urban Christian Romance

Books:  My Joy, Taffy, When Perfect Ain’t Possible, Living on the Edge of Respectability

Bio:  Suzette D. Harrison, a native Californian and the middle of three daughters, grew up in a home where reading was required, not requested. Her literary “career” began in junior high school with the publishing of her poetry. While Mrs. Harrison pays homage to Alex Haley, Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker, Langston Hughes, and Toni Morrison as legends who inspired her creativity, it was Dr. Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings that unleashed her writing. The award-winning author of Taffy is a wife and mother who holds a culinary degree in Pastry & Baking. Mrs. Harrison is busy cooking up her next novel…in between batches of cookies.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  The joy of living in someone’s head!

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Expanded exposure, marketing, and promoting

Favorite booksSugar by Bernice McFadden, Standing at the Scratch Line by Guy Johnson, The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner by Andrea Smith, and any and everything Dianne McKinney Whetstone has ever written!

Contact Information:
Website:  sdhbooks.com
Facebook: SDH Books
Twitter: @Ariasu62
Instagram: suzetteharrison2200
YouTube: Suzette Harrison

 Awards/special recognition:  Building Relationships Around Books (Christian Fiction, 2016); Black Pearls Magazine (“Top 10 Authors of the Year, 2016).

UPDATE:  Taffy was just awarded the 2017 Romance Slam Jam “Emma Award” for best cover. Check it out!


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