Who’s That Indie Author? Chloe Helton

Author name:  Chloe Helton

Genre:  Historical fiction

BooksThe Red Pearl, Culpa, Sanguis (and more)

What’s your story and how did you become a writer?  At age 10, my first novel about Queen Elizabeth I was published on Wattpad and became popular after it was featured. Since then, I’ve written five additional historical novels from various time periods – the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, and a duet about Ancient Rome.

How do you balance your work with other demands?  I also work full-time in real estate. I get up early before work every morning to write, and on nights and weekends. I’ve found that small, consistent steps can work wonders – so the fact that I write every day, even if it’s not always a lot, allows me to finish things quickly.

Name one of the happiest moments in your life:  I sat in the front row of a Paul McCartney concert!

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner?  Both. I usually “pants” the first draft and then use it as a basis to plot the second draft. It can be difficult to plot without having a sense of the character’s voice, which is why I usually wing it the first time to get into the character before using the second draft as an opportunity to lock in the structure of the story.

Could you write in a café with people around?  That’s how I do it every morning! My local Peet’s knows to put extra whipped cream on my drink.

Have you ever written dialogue in a second language? If so, how did you do it?  Not much, but I’ll throw in words. For example, my characters in Culpa and Sanguis would have spoken Latin, so I peppered their speech with some Latin words when appropriate.

What’s your favorite book and what are you reading now?  Mm! Right now, I’m reading The Alchemy of Noise by a fellow indie author Lorraine Devon Wilke. Normally, I stick with historical fiction: Philippa Gregory, Kate Quinn, and Michelle Moran were the ones who got me started, so anything by them is a favorite.

What’s your favorite way to read a book: hardcover, paperback, eReader?  Kindle. I spent a lot of money on Kindle books.

Do you think print books will always be around?  Yes.

Would you ever read a book on your phone?  I have done so – I prefer a Kindle because, even though I can see the book fine on my phone, it just feels wrong somehow. I try to use my phone only for texts and calls as much as possible, and not use it as a “smartphone.” It’s difficult!

What’s your go-to device? iPhone, Android or something else?  Android. I’ve had a few Android phones in a row now and I prefer them.

How long could you go without checking your phone?  I often shove my phone to the bottom of my purse and won’t check it for several hours. My friends love it when they’re trying to get a hold of me.

Do you listen to audiobooks? If you do, what do you do while you’re listening?  Yes! Podcasts, too. Usually while driving, because I do a fair amount of driving for work.

Do you like using social media to promote yourself and your book? If so, what’s your favorite platform?  I love my email newsletter! (You can join it on my website). But blogs have been a great source of attention. Goodreads and Bookbub are also great.

Website and social media links:
Book and newsletter sign-up: chloeheltonbooks.com
Facebook: @chloeheltonbooks
Twitter: @heltonbooks


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Who’s That Indie Author? Cage Dunn

Author name:  Cage Dunn

Genre:  Adult, contemporary, suspense, scary, thrilling, urban fantasy, and even allegory – but don’t tell anyone.

Books:  

Herja, Devastation, Poetry & Prose, co-authored
Diaballein, Suspense, Horror
Seeking, Short stories
The Old Woman & the Mad Horse Thriller, espionage
Not On The Cards Urban Fantasy, Arcane
Purpose – a Journey of Short Stories
Who Will Rule Magic? Kraken, Dragon, Cat vs. Kangaroo, Cockatoo, Crocodile Fantasy Allegory

What’s your story and how did you become a writer?

I knew I was a storyteller …

When I was a very young child,
my siblings were afraid of the dark, or liked to listen to the dreams of far away
All wanted to make the darkness into light, or the monsters be friendly
To give them dreams for tomorrow
Where they’d be wise, or wealthy, or famous
I told the stories, made them up
Took the stories of others,
Made them our own
Whispered quietly, spoken loudly, sung badly
I didn’t write these stories down, but they will tell you the story
Of their own word-weaver.

How do you balance your work with other demands?  I’m a full-time unemployed writer and leave the demands of real-life to the dog.

Name one of the happiest moments in your life:  Seeing the parrots get drunk on flowering guava.

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner?  I always think of myself as a planner until the whole world turns upside down and then I just run with the bulls. Maybe a planner with a fear of taking time away from the momentum of what’s happening?

Could you write in a café with people around?  I can read at a concert. If the book’s good enough to make that fade into the background, it’s a keeper; if I can write under the same circumstances and get lost in the story, it stands the chance of being good.

Have you ever written dialogue in a second language? If so, how did you do it?  Yes; it’s easier to create new math solutions to overcome gravity on a Hydrogen-based planet.

What’s your favorite book and what are you reading now?  It’s different every year, but I have a few I return to regularly, depending on how I want to feel.

What’s your favorite way to read a book: hardcover, paperback, eReader?  eReader; I can take hundreds of books wherever I go, use it to edit my drafts, and make notes without scribbling in the margins (*grimace* – I am speaking to a librarian, so need to watch for that whip hidden under the desk).

Do you think print books will always be around?  Yes.

Would you ever read a book on your phone?  If desperate enough, if it’s good enough, I’d do anything.

What’s your go-to device? iPhone, Android or something else?  Words. As long as they’re good enough to create the picture, make my heart pound, my legs tremble.

How long could you go without checking your phone?  I’d have to find it first.

Do you listen to audiobooks? If you do, what do you do while you’re listening?  No. I can create a story while I’m doing other things, but listening to a story should distract me, compel me to take notice.

Do you like using social media to promote yourself and your book? If so, what’s your favorite platform?  No, I don’t like it, and often feel like an intruder. But some of the readers said, ‘let people decide,’ so I occasionally put a mention on the pages. A newbie on Twitter, learning what funny # thingies do.

Website and social media links:
Blog: cagedunn.wordpress.com
Twitter: @cage_dunn
BookBub Author Page: @CageDunn


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Who’s That Indie Author and Author Updates – that could be you in the spotlight!

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Are you a self-published or indie author looking for a way to tell the world about your books? Who’s That Indie Author is a great way to introduce yourself to readers. It’s also an opportunity to connect with bloggers and expand your network through connections on WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and many other social media and business platforms.

And, it’s free! So why not take advantage of a chance to show your talents? Submit an author profile and see your name travel from blog to blog and tweet to tweet!

Check out this recent Who’s That Indie Author:

Who’s That Indie Author? Jennifer S. Alderson

Email Book Club Mom at bvitelli2009@gmail.com to request an author profile template. Who’s That Indie Author is open to all self-published and indie authors.


And if you’ve already appeared on Who’s That Indie Author, but would like to share news about your latest book or project, consider submitting an update. Are you researching a new book? Have you won an award or a writing contest? Did you just update your website? Maybe you just want to tell readers about an experience you’ve had. BC Mom’s Author Update is a great way to share news and information about you and your books.

What’s it all about? Check out this recent BC Mom’s Author Update:

BC Mom’s Author Update: JD Estrada and J.P. McLean

Email Book Club Mom at bvitelli2009@gmail.com for more information. BC Mom’s Author Update is open to all authors – self-published, indie, big-time and anything in between.


Who’s That Indie Author & BC Mom’s Author Update – 2 great ways to spread the word!

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Who’s That Indie Author? Amy Tasukada

Genre:  Gay romance and thrillers

Books:
The Yakuza Path Series:
Blood Stained Tea
Better Than Suicide
One Thousand Cranes
The Deafening Silence

Would it Be Okay to Love You? Series and Book 1
Year One Book 2
Happy Merry Christmas Book 3
Year Two Book 4
Year Three Book 5

What’s your story and how did you become a writer?  I was an only child so would make up stories while I played with my toy horses. Soon I wrote those down. Eventually, I found I enjoyed writing Japanese inspired gay fiction most. I write everything gritty mafia thrillers to fluffy, contemporary romance. I enjoy weaving exciting tales of suspense, love, and gore.

How do you balance your work with other demands?  I try to stay really organized and break everything into smaller task so it doesn’t feel too overwhelming. I also get up two hours before work to get the writing done before anything else.

Name one of the happiest moments in your life:  There was a tea house in my home town that I would go to almost weekly. All my friends would go and we’d get dressed up and drink proper British style tea.

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner?  I am a huge planner. My last outline was over 18,000 words. I even have someone read over my outline and make comments to edit. I want everything already figured out when I start the rough draft.

Could you write in a café with people around?  More often people distract me when I’m at a café, but there’s a really good Korean café nearby. Their booths are built into the wall. So it feels like you’re in a cave. I can write there just fine.

Have you ever written dialogue in a second language? If so, how did you do it?  Though all of my books take place in Japan and with Japanese characters I do not write any extensive dialogue in Japanese.

What’s your favorite book and what are you reading now?  My favorite book is In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. It’s an epic French classic and I love the descriptions.  I recently finished Go by Kazuki Kaneshiro. It’s about a second generation Korean coming of age in Japan.

What’s your favorite way to read a book: hardcover, paperback, eReader?  I like eBooks because they are cheaper and I always feel like I read faster on them.

Do you think print books will always be around?  Yes, there are some people who enjoy holding a book.

Would you ever read a book on your phone?  I do this as a last resort like when I’m standing in line at the Post Office and it’s taking a long time.

What’s your go-to device? iPhone, Android or something else?  Does my desktop computer count? Give me a computer over a tablet or phone any day. I want a keyboard and mouse!

How long could you go without checking your phone?  During the weekend I never look at it. During the week I’ll poke around it.

Do you listen to audiobooks? If you do, what do you do while you’re listening?  I recently got into non-fiction audiobooks. I do about half an hour of stretching in the morning since I’ve herniated two discs in my spine about a year ago. It’s a nice way to get those non-fictions books I’ve wanted to read out of the way.

Do you like using social media to promote yourself and your book? If so, what’s your favorite platform? I spend a lot of time on YouTube, but probably do a bad job promoting my books there. I’m fond of Facebook, too.

Website and social media links:
Website – https://www.amytasukada.com/
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/amytasukada
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/amytasukadaofficial/
Twitter: @amytasukada

Awards/special recognition:  My first two thriller novels won an honorable mention at the Rainbow Awards for thrillers.


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Book Club Mom’s April recap – showers and flowers

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True to form, April came in with showers and today, on the last day of the month, there are plenty of flowers.

I was busy this month with more than just reading and blogging, and I took an unexpected week off from WordPress and all social media. I returned with energy and new ideas, some of which you will see in May!

Here’s a recap of my posts, with a bit of commentary, just in case you missed something.


I reviewed three books this month – all very good reads!

The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger

The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley


I posted about my blogging slump which led to a great discussion. Check out the comments and see how other bloggers feel about taking breaks from their blogs.

Blog views and other obsessions – when the slump sneaks up on you!


I made one YouTube video and I am still learning about what works on YouTube and will be making improvements in the coming months. Are you a YouTuber? What has your experience been like?

Thanks to my kids for giving me some good advice and exciting ideas for the future!

On YouTube today – catching up with Book Club Mom


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My Grammar Check post about whether you should correct someone’s grammar generated a lot of comments.

The general consensus was to keep mum unless you’re a proofreader.

Grammar check – speech is silver, silence is golden!


I introduced one indie author – H. W. Bryce and wrote a post about how to submit a profile to Who’s That Indie Author. I’ve lined up some new authors for May, so get ready to meet some new writers! In the meantime, check out Bryce’s book of poetry for some thoughtful insights.

Who’s That Indie Author? H. W. Bryce

And if you’re interested in being featured, learn how to Introduce yourself and make connections on Who’s That Indie Author!


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As anyone who likes to read knows, the “To Be Read” pile grows and grows. But making lists is part of the fun. Wondering where to get some good book recommendations? Visit your library – where browsing is always fun and books are free!

How to make a good book list – visit your library!


I’m working on some new ideas for May and I’m thinking about restructuring my blog posts this summer. I think it’s good to shake things up from time to time. Next month is looking good to me – here are those flowers I told you about!

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How was your month? I hope you had a good one!

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Introduce yourself and make connections on Who’s That Indie Author!

I posted my first Who’s That Indie Author profile nearly four years ago. That’s over 100 authors!  I’m always impressed by the energy and focus exhibited by this hardworking group of writers. Many indie authors work full-time jobs, juggle family and other commitments, and then they write on nights and weekends.

You don’t have to motivate indie authors. Telling their stories is a passion. And their work comes in all forms: short fiction, historical fiction, women’s fiction, science fiction, young adult, mysteries, thrillers, suspense, romance, children’s books, memoirs, poetry—and many other subgenres. It’s an endless supply of creativity!

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Most indie authors don’t have enough time to work, write and promote their books on social media. There are lots of ways to get your name out there, but it’s a big job.

Who’s That Indie Author is a great way to introduce yourself to readers. It’s also an opportunity to connect with bloggers and expand your network through connections on WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and many other social media and business platforms.

And, it’s free! So why not take advantage of a chance to show your talents? Submit an author profile and see your name travel from blog to blog and tweet to tweet!

Take a look at some of these recent author profiles:

H. W. Bryce
Gina Briganti
Giselle Roeder
Kathleen Jowitt
Pamela S. Wight
HL Carpenter
Diana Stevan
Anne Marie Andrus
Amie Irene Winters
Kristin Ward

Email Book Club Mom at bvitelli2009@gmail.com to request an author profile template. Open to all self-published and indie authors.

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Get the word out! Author update openings available for 2019

Last month I introduced an author update feature on Book Club Mom, open to all authors – self-published, indie, big-time and anything in between.

Are you researching a new book? Have you won an award or a writing contest? Did you just update your website? Maybe you just want to tell readers about an experience you’ve had. Book Club Mom’s Author Update is a great way to share news and information about yourself and your books. What’s it all about? Check out the November update here.

Book Club Mom is now taking reservations for 2019 and will feature two authors per month in a combined post. Authors will be featured on a first-come, first-served basis, however, if you request and submit your information early, you may ask for a specific month to correspond with a publication date or other event.

Take advantage of a free and easy way to get the word out and sign up today! Email bvitelli2009@gmail.com for more information.

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Who’s That Indie Author? Shirani Rajapakse

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Author name:  Shirani Rajapakse

Genre:  Poetry and Short Stories

Books:  Chant of a Million Women (self published August 2017) Breaking News (Vijitha Yapa 2011)

Bio:  Shirani Rajapakse is an internationally published, award winning poet and author. She won the Cha “Betrayal” Poetry Contest 2013 and was a finalist in the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards 2013. Her collection of short stories Breaking News (Vijitha Yapa 2011) was shortlisted for the Gratiaen Award. Rajapakse’s work appears in publications around the world including, Flash Magazine, Litro, Dove Tales, Mascara, Skylight 47, Berfrois, Counterpunch, Moving Worlds, Deep Water, Kitaab, New Verse News and many others.                                 

Favorite thing about being a writer:  I love the freedom to write what I want. I’ve worked in journalism and research and although they too involve telling compelling stories, they are based on fact. In fiction or poetry you can risks, creating total worlds out of mere pieces of facts. I also think it’s an effective way of telling a story that might otherwise not be told, like a narrative about a rape victim or a woman who has been murdered. In fiction we can create her world and tell it from her point of view.

Biggest challenge as an indie authorBreaking News my first publication, was through a small press in Sri Lanka. When I decided to self publish my poetry collection Chant of a Million Women, I had to work twice or even thrice as hard on the book. Because I was doing it on my own I had to learn everything from start. It felt like going to school, trying to learn about self publishing, how to format a book, do covers (although I got someone to design it for me), and marketing and promoting. I thought writing the book was hard, but turns out that was the easy part. The biggest challenge is in marketing and promoting.

Favorite booksTonight No Poetry Will Serve – Adrienne Rich, Snow – Orhan Pamuk, Midnight’s Children –Salman Rushdie, An Equal Music – Vikram Seth, Stags Leap –Sharon Olds, For the Most Beautiful – Emily Hauser.

Contact Information:
Blog:   Shirani Rajapakse – Poet. Author.
Facebook:  @shiranirajapakseauthor
Twitter:  @shiraniraj

Click here to learn more about Shirani Rajapakse’s books on Amazon.

Awards/special recognition:
Winner, Cha “Betrayal” Poetry Contest 2013
Finalist, Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards 2013.
Shortlisted, Gratiaen Award for Breaking News (Vijitha Yapa 2011) (short stories)


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Who’s That Indie Author? Phyllis Edgerly Ring

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Author name: Phyllis Edgerly Ring

Genre: Historical fiction, romantic suspense, inspirational nonfiction.

Book: Newest release is The Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies that Outlast War.

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Bio: My palm’s lifeline accurately predicted a lot of different facets to my work life. I’ve experienced them with people of all ages in Asia, Europe, and the U.S., but through it all, I’ve also always been a writer. For years I did the writing that others needed or wanted done. I’m grateful to have lasted long enough to finally do what my heart wants: get lost with a few mysterious questions in the shaping of book-length fiction.

Favorite thing about being a writer: Believe it or not, revision. I love to ride the successive waves of it until it’s shown me what I’m meant to discover and then things come whole at last. These things I like about writing are, more or less, what I like about living, too.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Finding creative ways to make a book discoverable without alienating loved ones or annoying anyone. J After being published by trade publishers, then going it alone, I’ve learned that it is appreciative readers, more than any other factor, that can best help potential readers find a book, and understand why they’d want to read it.

Favorite book: Currently it’s Liz Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. The book’s premise is, and has long been, my personal operating system in life.

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.


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Who’s That Indie Author? Diane V. Mulligan

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Author name: Diane V. Mulligan

Genre: YA & Women’s Fiction

Books: Watch Me Disappear, Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Award Finalist for Young Adult Literature, 2013; The Latecomers Fan Club, IndieReader Discovery Award Winner for Chick Lit, 2014

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Bio: Diane V. Mulligan is a writer, editor, and teacher from Central Massachusetts. She began writing her first novel at an after-school writing club she moderates for students. In addition to writing fiction, she is the managing editor THE WORCESTER REVIEW, an annual literary magazine, and she directs the Betty Curtis Worcester County Young Writers Conference at St. John’s High School. When she isn’t writing or teaching, she can be found strumming her guitar at dive bars around Worcester.

Favorite thing about being a writer: My favorite thing about writing is that, in my writing, I get to control the entire world! How sinister is that? Of course, only in writing fiction do I ever have anything close to that much control.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: My biggest challenge as an indie author is finding new readers.

Favorite book: I have so many favorites! I hate being asked this question. Recent fiction favorites: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Housseini. Recent nonfiction favorite: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James BrownFavorite Classic: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I could keep going and going…

Contact Information: My website is dvmulligan.com, and my twitter handle is @mulligan_writes.

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