Who’s That Indie Author? Kathryn Occhipinti, M.D.

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Author name:  Kathryn Occhipinti, M.D.

Genre:  Adult Italian Language (for travel)

BooksConversational Italian for Travelers series: Textbook and…pocket book “Just the Important Phrases (with Restaurant Vocabulary and Idiomatic Expressions)…reference books, “Just the Verbs” and “Just the Grammar”

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Bio: Dr. Kathryn Occhipinti is a radiologist of Italian-American descent who has been leading Italian language groups in the Peoria and Chicago areas for about 10 years.

Using her experiences as a teacher and frequent traveler to Italy, she wrote the Conversational Italian for Travelers series of books, designed to make learning a second language easy and enjoyable for the adult audience. These books have a unique approach, as they tell a story; we follow the character Caterina on her travels through Italy, while at the same time learning the fundamentals of the Italian language.

Favorite thing about being a writer: Writing has opened up a whole new world for me, as I’ve been able to meet many people who love the same things that I do (outside of medicine) – my Italian heritage, the Italian culture, travel, and of course language.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Getting my message out that people will really find these books enjoyable as well as helpful: my books are friendly and combine travel tips and humorous anecdotes that truly make learning the Italian language come alive! My Conversational Italian for Travelers “textbook” is truly different from other Italian language books because the focus is on Conversational Italian – all the Italian you really need to know to feel comfortable in Italy. This textbook includes my unique travel and culture insights gained from real-life experiences visiting Italy. Also, I developed my materials while teaching, so they are very practical and include material not found in other books.

(Most importantly) Favorite book: Italian mystery novels by Andrea Camilleri, mystery writer: “Il campo del Vasaio” The Potter’s Field is one of his best.  These books were made into the “Detective Montalbano” series by the BBC, which I watch almost every day.  The writer lived in and the series was filmed in the Occhipinti home town of Ragusa and surrounding area.  Amazing insights into human nature and the culture of Sicily through a lead detective who bridges the worlds of common people and those in power – in politics, the media and mafia in order to solve very “true to life” cases.

Contact Information:  The website associated with the books is: learntravelitalian.com: FREE interactive dialogues recorded by native Italian speakers, cultural notes, and Italian recipes to make learning the language really come alive.

Kathryn Occhipinti Amazon Author Page
WordPress Blog: Conversational Italian! 
Blog: Learn Italian!:  blog.learntravelitalian.com
Facebook: Stella Lucente Italian
Twitter: @travelitalian1
Pinterest: Stella Lucente Italian
YouTube: Stella Lucente Italian


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Who’s That Indie Author? Tammie Painter

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Author name:  Tammie Painter

Genre:  Fantasy Fiction

BookThe Trials of Hercules; The Voyage (Books 1 & 2 of The Osteria Chronicles)

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Bio:  Tammie Painter grew up in the creative world of Portland, Oregon, and she continues to call the City of Roses home. Although she spent years working as a chemist in a behavioral neuroscience research lab, she could never quite tame her desire to express herself through words and images. When circumstances provided her the chance to pursue a creative career, she seized it and has never looked back. In her novels, Tammie loves to explore and bring new life to the stories of history and mythology. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her short stories and essays, and has written hundreds of articles for local, national, and international magazines as well as the Internet.

Favorite thing about being a writer: I love starting with only a sentence or two describing what is supposed to happen in a chapter and watching my pen and my brain turn those few words into several pages brimming with dialogue, actions, and settings. If anyone can make magic, it has to be a writer!

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Trying to fight the stereotype that “self-published book” means a book of lesser quality than one published by a traditional publisher. If self-publishing is ever to be taken seriously, anyone who wants to self-publish must (MUST!!) accept the responsibility of not only creating a great story, but also of editing and revising and copyediting to remove spelling errors, grammar issues, and plot/character inconsistencies. (And yes, I get a little smug when I find errors in books published by the big name publishers.)

Favorite book: I can’t even imagine trying to pick one. The books I’ve read most often are Watership Down by Richard Adams, The Hitchhiker series by Douglas Adams, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The book that left me the feeling of “Wow!” most strongly is The Humans by Matt Haig.

Contact Information:  TammiePainter.com


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Who’s That Indie Author? Debbi Mack

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Author name:  Debbi Mack

Genre:  Mystery, thriller, and young adult

Books:  IDENTITY CRISIS, THE PLANCK FACTOR, and INVISIBLE ME

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Bio: Debbi Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of IDENTITY CRISIS, the first book in the Sam McRae Mystery Series, featuring Maryland lawyer-sleuth Stephanie Ann “Sam” McRae. She has also written and published a young adult novel, INVISIBLE ME, which won Sole Medalist in the YA category of the 2015 New Apple Book Awards and Finalist in the 2016 IPNE Book Awards. Debbi has also published several short stories, including a Derringer nominee. Her latest novel, a thriller called THE PLANCK FACTOR, was released last year in late October. In addition to writing screenplays, Debbi is planning to publish a series of journals. A native of Queens, NY, Debbi currently lives in Columbia, MD, with her husband and cats.        

Favorite thing about being a writer: It’s what I’ve wanted to do all my life. Being paid to write is like a dream come true. In the Internet age, being an author has led to a few very meaningful connections with other people. It’s been great to reach them through my books and blogging.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Marketing and selling my work. I hit the New York Times list back in 2011. The market has changed significantly since then. It’s hard to keep up with technological change, marketing, and writing the best books I can.

Favorite book: That’s nearly impossible to answer, because I have so many favorite books. But if I absolutely had to choose one, I’d pick either Catcher in the Rye or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Contact Information:

Website:  debbimack.com
Blog:  debbimack.com/blog
Twitter:  @debbimack
Facebook:  debbimackwriter
Goodreads Author:  Debbi Mack


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Think about some of the great writers. Can you imagine J.D. Salinger tweeting about The Catcher in the Rye? Or Emily Dickinson posting a poem on Facebook? Cormac McCarthy has only granted one interview, ever and that was to Oprah Winfrey. (You can watch that interview here.) He says, “I don’t think it’s good for your head – if you spend a lot of time writing about a book, you probably shouldn’t be talking about it, you should be doing it.” But of course, he has other people promoting his books.

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Who’s That Indie Author? JD Estrada

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Author name:  JD Estrada

Genre:  Urban Fantasy, YA, poetry, Sci-Fi, Noir

Books:  I am the author of Only Human & Shadow of a Human (Books 1 and 2 of the Human Cycle), the Daydreams on the Sherbet Shore (a YA short story collection of independent short stories that take place in the world of Draem), Twenty Veinte (a bilingual collection including essays, poetry, and short stories), and 4 poetry collections: Between the Tides, Dark Strands, Captured Moments, and Pensando en Metáforas.

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Bio: JD Estrada is a Puerto Rican indie author who recently moved to the lovely state of Georgia. As a kid, he dreamed of being an inventor, he just never knew he would be just that and that he would do so using words. Fascinated by life and committed to capturing as many stories as possible, the main thing for Estrada is to push himself as a writer and create unique word adventures on his writer journey to connect with humans whilst exploring humanity and all its nuances.

Favorite thing about being a writer: All the people I’ve connected with around the world. It’s lovely to know I’m read in countries like Pakistan, India, Belarus, and so many others and that so many people want to share their stories as well as read mine.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Having people give me a chance to be read, getting reviews, and sales are the three biggest challenges, although I think reviews is one of the biggest ones. I don’t pay for reviews or ads so I depend on people talking about me and my work. It’s lovely because it means that every time someone leaves a review, it’s because they really wanted to, but it’s still a big challenge.

Favorite book: The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman or the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. Very close would also be Dune by Frank Herbert.

Contact Information:
Blogspot – For Writing Out Loud
Twitter: @JDEstradawriter
Instagram: jdestradawriter
Facebook:  J. D. Estrada
Amazon author page
Goodreads author page

 

Who’s That Indie Author? Nicholas Nash

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Author name:  Nicholas Nash

Genre:  Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

Book:  THE GIRL AT THE BAR

Bio:  Nicholas Nash is the exciting new author of The Girl At The Bar, a psychological thriller about the mysterious disappearance of a brilliant cancer researcher and the quest to find what happened to her. Nicholas resides in the concrete jungle of Manhattan in New York City with his wife and three children. An accomplished finance professional, he has a passion for reading fiction and non-fiction books which inspired him to write an intriguing thriller. Nicholas hopes you enjoy his work. He can be reached at thegirlatthebar@gmail.com.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  Working at your own pace and interacting with readers.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Being good at marketing and promotion, in addition to being a good author. Wearing multiple hats basically and doing a good job in multiple roles to be able to get some success.

Favorite bookAtlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and The Prize by Daniel Yergin.

Contact Information:
Website: authornicholasnash.com (under construction)
Facebook: @AuthorNicholasNash
Instagram: NicholasNashAuthor
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Amazon


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Who’s That Indie Author? Joss Sheldon

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Author name: Joss Sheldon

Genre:  Literary Fiction

BooksThe Little Voice (2016), Occupied (2015), Involution & Evolution (2014)  the-little-voiceoccupied      involution-and-evolution

Bio:  Joss Sheldon is a scruffy nomad, unshaven layabout, and good for nothing hobo. Born in 1982, he was brought up in one of the anonymous suburbs which wrap themselves around London’s beating heart. And then he escaped!

Four years down the road, Sheldon now has three novels to his name, including an epic-poem and a dystopian masterpiece. Buzzfeed called his latest release, The Little Voice, “A remarkable feat”. The Canary called it “Top Notch”. His books are just asking to be read…

Favorite thing about being a writer:  Writing allows me to be my own boss; it gives me the freedom to be who I want to be. To be me. And to do what I want to do.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Selling books, without receiving any coverage in the mainstream press, or any exposure in high street bookshops, is the biggest challenge for me. People who read my books absolutely love them, but that’s not always enough.

Pigeon-holing my books is also difficult. My books are unique, they’re avant-garde, so they can’t really be marketed to fans of one particular genre. That certainly puts me at a disadvantage.

Favorite bookMidnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Contact Information:
Website:  Joss Sheldon
Twitter:  @JossSheldon


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