Who’s That Indie Author? Sojourner McConnell

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Author name:  Sojourner McConnell

Genre:  Fiction

BookThe Path of the Child

Bio:  Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Sojourner McConnell continued to live in Pleasant Grove while raising her three children. In 2000, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona. She thrived in Phoenix, finding creativity. Now she lives in Winchester, Kentucky with one of her daughters and three of her thirteen grandchildren. She has six grandchildren in Alabama and four in Michigan.

The Path of the Child is Sojourner’s first book. While writing her second book, The Shepherds of Donaldson Park, she was a contributor to the anthology, 31 Days of October.

Sojourner is currently working on two children’s books due out during the latter part of 2017.    

Favorite thing about being a writer: Freeing the characters that are busy sharing their story with me.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Marketing and finding an audience are so difficult, but I continue to look for avenues to share my book and place it in the hands of new readers.

Favorite book:  That is so hard, as in writing I love reading different genres so I have quite a few favorites.  The Third Level by Jack Finney, A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux, and Jessica Lost her Wobble by J. Schlenker are three of the most loved books I have.

Contact Information:
WordPress Blog:  The Page Turner
Facebook: @SojournerMcConnell
Twitter: @ThePageTurner1
Goodreads Author: Soujourner McConnell


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Who’s That Indie Author? Marc D. Crepeaux

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Author name
:  Marc D. Crepeaux

Genre:  Crime, Poetry, Letters and Correspondence

Books: Modern Waste; Worked Stiff: Poetry and Prose for the Common; Letters Never Meant to be Read (collaborative)

Bio:  Marc D. Crepeaux is a curator, editor and writer for Letters Never Meant to be Read. Marc has also authored the gritty, Southern crime novel Modern Waste and the poetry collection Worked Stiff: Poetry and Prose for the Common. He is from Killawog, NY and spent much of his late-teens and early twenties in NYC where he acted like a maniac. He now works as an English teacher and a Captain in the Army Reserves, among other entrepreneurial endeavors, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing. Marc lives in a more calming environment with his wife, two daughters, two dogs, and two fish in Rome, GA.

Favorite thing about being a writer: I love the ability to work all the jobs and live all the lives I always wanted. I am sponge, a social chameleon with a loose moral code, and a hopeless romantic who often falls in love with the smallest of details. Writing gives me the outlet I need to satisfy all of my cravings.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Marketing is the biggest challenge by far and a task that can lead any Indie author to the pits of despair. I stand by my work but struggle to get it in front of the right eyes.

Favorite book: Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Contact Information:
Website:  marcdcrepeaux.com
Twitter:  @marcdcrepeaux
Amazon Author Page:  Marc D. Crepeaux


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Who’s That Indie Author? A. H. Amin

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Author name
:  A. H. Amin

Genre:  Recent novel:  Inspirational, Young Adult, Fantasy, Animals; Previous works: Thriller, Suspense, Fiction

Books:  (From newest to oldest). Kima, Iblis, Psych’s 1st, Psychs.


Bio: A. H. Amin is an Orthodontist by day, and a writer by night… and day. An Iraqi writer who was born abroad, and lived in more than five countries; most recently in China. He was exposed to diversity his entire life, and he embraced it as his corner stone in all his stories. At the moment, he continues to write, restore people’s smiles, practicing his Chinese Mandarin, and trying his best to stay on his diet.

Favorite thing about being a writer: My favorite thing about writing is the re-write; it’s when I revisit my story and almost feel like a stranger reading the book for the first time, while also re-shaping and polishing the rough edges of my tale… in a way it’s therapeutic.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: While most indie authors struggle with spreading their words or finding a literary agent, a pain we all share together, my challenges come from the fact that I’m also living an expatriate life since birth with no country to support me. But still, if wasn’t for that fact, I wouldn’t be blessed with materials for my stories.

Favorite book: That’s too general… I do have a special connection with one book. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is one novel I won’t mind reading more than once, I’ve already read it three times. I am spell bound to this particular book in many ways that sometimes I feel that the story is about me.

Contact Information:

Blog: A.H. Amin
Twitter: @AA_psychs
Amazon:  Kima
Instagram: a_h_amin
Facebook:  @authorahamin


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Hey indie authors! Are you wondering how to get people to know about your books?  Tell your story on Who’s That Indie Author!

One of the greatest challenges independent authors have is promoting their books.  Some writers are so busy writing their books or working at another job they have little time left for promotions. Others are overwhelmed by the opportunities social media offers. And some writers are just uncomfortable putting themselves out there.

Whether you are uncomfortable with self-promotion or are too busy, Who’s That Indie Author is a great way to tell readers about your books.

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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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