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James Lipton and the Actors Studio did it for fun with the actors…..Now, I’m doing it for fun with the writers.
piper and Holmes
It’s been a while, but I’ve dusted off the 30 Second Interview for a second outing. And who better to kick start it than belly dancing, fiction writer, Piper Bayard.But first, what do we know about this post-apocalyptic author, who happens to be my critique partner, and a very good friend? Well, she’s a recovering attorney, who has one or two university degrees under her belt, and kinda rules Twitter. (Seriously, I guarantee you a reply – even a conversation – if you tweet her).Piper grew up in New Mexico, and during her teenage years, worked summers at a Rock Mountain dude ranch (in a State she refuses to name), as a horse wrangler. Why the unnamed State? Because there was this one time when a group of New Yorkers wanted to see an elk – and there wasn’t any elk to see. So, to get over the problem and give their tourists a good time, Piper strapped an ornamental deer ract to the head of a bay horse named Bucky. And, unbelievable as it is, it worked!

So, how did this cowgirl become a writer when she was actually studying law? Well, it was when a job offer for her to sell insurance landed at her feet. She’d hit a cross-roads in life, and her chosen career path boiled down to one thing: What could she not live without? Selling insurance or writing books? We all know how that one turned out.Apart from Piper’s debut novel being a dystopian  thriller, she also writes spy novels with fellow writer, (who also happens to be an Intelligence Agent and real life James Bond), Jay Holmes. Together, they have just finished the first in the seven part ‘Apex Predator’ series, which will be published by Stonehouse Inc., in the near future.

Oh, four other random things you need to know about Piper… she taught me to shoot a gun, she makes me run for EVERY plane we have to catch, she can ride an ATV like no one else I’ve ever seen, and she is one heck of a cool room-mate!

Right then, let’s see how she did with the feared ten questions:

1.  What is your favorite word?  Serendipity

2. What is your least favorite word? Globule

3. What turns you on?   Laughter. Laughter is the closest thing to sex besides sex

4. What turns you off?    Malice

5. What sound do you love?   Bells

6. What sound do you hate? Fighting

7. What is your favorite curse word?   Fuck me Agnes! (Blame Holmes for that one.)

8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?   Host on Mythbusters

9.  What profession would you not like to do?  Nursing

10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “Good job”

 

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‘Firelands’ is an amazing read, and available on amazon in digital and paperback format.

And, watch out for the first novel in the ‘Apex Preditor’ series. Release date to be confirmed shortly.

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James Lipton and the Actors Studio did it for fun with the actors…..Now, I’m doing it for fun with the writers.
 
 
Ooooh, it’s all turning romantic on the 30 Second Interview today.
 
Why?
Because Mills & Boon author, Nicola Marsh, has taken the plunge (all the way from Melbourne, Australia I might add), and answered the famous ten questions.
 
Okay, so as always, let us start at the beginning and find out how one can go from wanting nothing more than a career in Journalism – and ending as a  physiotherapist.
 
During Nicola’s tenth school year, she embarked on some work experience in a physiotherapy department at a rehab hospital. A girl after my own heart, she admits to not even knowing what physiotherapy was up until that point. But she absolutely loved it. And after four years at university, she happily skipped into a career within the health industry…..where she remained for thirteen years.
 
“I’m going to write a book one day”. Ha! How many wannabe writers have that nagging voice sitting on their shoulder? Well, Nicola decided to do something about it.
 
After reading an article on speed dating, Nicola wrote her first book, The Tycoon’s Dating Deal. In 2003, she not only sold this book to Harlequin Romance, but in 2004 it won the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Harlequin Romance. Not bad going for your first novel.
 
Since then, Nicola has published a whopping 32 novels, selling over 3 million copies. I think it’s safe to say she is a firm favorite with Harlequin Mills and Boon Romance readers.
 
And it doesn’t stop there. Nicola has racked up a mountain of awards, including Bookscan, USA Today and Waldenbooks bestseller.
 
Now, I’ve done my maths. Okay, you guys know when I’m lying – I used a calculator, but I know that Nicola averages four novels a year. That’s a (wait while I hit a few more buttons) book written every three months! Heck, it takes me that long to plot my story and characters.
 
How on earth did this wife of one and mother of two find the time to answer these questions?
 
1.  What is your favorite word?  Mummy
 
2. What is your least favorite word? School-fees
 
3. What turns you on?   Flirting
 
4. What turns you off?    Sleaze
 
5. What sound do you love?   Laughter
 
6. What sound do you hate? Alarm
 
7. What is your favorite curse word?   Damn 😉
 
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?   Hairdressing
 
9.  What profession would you not like to do?  Politician
 
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “Angel!”
 
 
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And, watch out for Not The Marrying Kind, a marriage of convenience story set in Vegas and featuring a desert bad boy made good. Release date to be confirmed shortly (will be within the next 6 months.)
 
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James Lipton and the Actors Studio did it for fun with the actors…..Now, I’m doing it for fun with the writers.
  
 
This 30 Second Interview sees a different kind of writer than what we’ve had so far.
 
No, by different I don’t mean he finger-paints his words on to chalk boards or chisels them into rock. I mean this is a writer of non-fiction.
 
Let me introduce you to Brendan Foley. It’s okay, he won’t bite. Trust me.

 
So who is Brendan Foley and what does he do? Well there is Brendan Foley, the International sailing champion who has represented Ireland at many World and European Championships. Or, Brendan Foley the owner and founder of Seachange Training. But, if it’s success in your career, business, and life you’re after, then you need Brendan Foley the best selling author and life coach.
 
With quotes such as ‘Happiness is the starting point, not the end goal. Be happy now!’ Brendan has worked with thousands of people and helped them find their potential. And with numerous TV appearances on shows such as The Morning show, you know you’re going to be in safe hands.
 
 
Here’s some of the amazing books and CD’s you can buy:

 The Yin Yang Complex – signed paperback book

The Yin Yang Complex explores the nature of the masculine and feminine energy, that exists inside every person regardless of gender. Learn how to create balance and success in your relationships, business, the community and the environment.

The Yin Yang Complex – Guided Meditations CD

Experience the guided meditations from the Yin Yang Complex. This powerful audio experience will help you to understand your masculine and feminine energy and help you to create more balance in your life. The CD tracks:

Introduction
Meet your Yin and Yang
The Yin and Yang of Nature
Discover Yourself
Envisioning the future

All the meditations are voiced by the author Brendan Foley.

 
 ‘5 States of Success’: insight, connection, certainty, vitality and spirit. When these states are entered into they produce; clarity, empathy, conviction, action and purpose, which are the essential ingredients of meaningful success.
 
You can also check out his amazon page.
 
One thing I totally love about this guy is, if you email him, he will not only autograph a book but will also write a personal message of your choice.
 
So for a guy that has it all together, what did he make of our ten questions?
 
1.  What is your favorite word?  Yes
 
2. What is your least favorite word? Bored
 
3. What turns you on?   My Wife. The Ocean. Life.
 
4. What turns you off?    Celery
 
5. What sound do you love?   The whispers of my children sleeping
 
6. What sound do you hate? Vacuums on acrylic carpet
 
7. What is your favorite curse word?   Clusterfuck (a term for every possible thing going wrong all at the same time!)
 
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?   Exploration filmaking
 
9.  What profession would you not like to do?  Taxidermist
 
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “Great, you made it, the party has started – they’re all waiting for you!”
 
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James Lipton and the Actors Studio did it for fun with the actors…..Now, I’m doing it for fun with the writers.
 
 
Now, I have one hell of an imagination (as most of you know), but what eleven year old kid, when given a school essay to write, would dream up a story about bomb disposal?
 
Author and writing extraordinaire, Chris Nickson. That’s who.
 
From that moment on, Chris realised he was born to be a storyteller. Um, yeah, no kidding.
 
Leeds-born Chris moved to the good old U S of A at the tender age of 21, where he stayed for thirty years.
 
Now if you are a music lover, then you may know him as the well-known music journalist, Chris Nickson, where he has written for numerous publications, including Global RhythmNo? Well Chris also broadcast on NPR, and is the author of The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to World Music, Solid Air: The Life of John Martyn and the forthcoming Nice Up the Dance: The Story of Studio One
 
To top that, he’s also a singer-songwriter and guitarist.
 
However, maybe you know the name ‘Chris Nickson’ if you have a love for celebrity biographies. Chris has written several including ones for Will Smith, David Boreanaz, Ewan McGreggor, Mariah Carey, and Superhero Christopher Reeve.
 
In fact, in an interview on Laydilejur: Books and Stuff…, Chris boasts “At the height of it I was doing five or six (biographies) a year, as well as plenty of music journalism – to nourish the soul. I was very lucky, I was a writer and I was making a good living. If it was prostitution, it was definitely at the call girl end of the scale.”
 
No, still haven’t heard of him? Even though he has published over 28 non-fiction books? What rock have you guys been hiding under?
 
Chris is also author of the Richard Nottingham Series. The first, The Broken Token, was published in 2010. This was followed in 2011 with Cold Cruel Winter, which was subsequently named one of the 10 Best Mysteries of 2011 by Library Journal.
 
And Creme De La Crime has just released Constant Lovers, the third in the series. It’s US release date is set for May 1st, 2012.
 
Come the Fear, the fourth book in the Richard Nottingham series will be released in the UK in July 2012.
 
Also, 2011 saw the e-book release of late singer-songwriter John Martyn’s biography: ‘Solid Air: The Life of John Martyn’.
 
So, let’s see what self-confessed Yorkshireman and devotee of good tea and digestive biscuits made of our interview. 
 
1.  What is your favorite word?  Actually
 
2. What is your least favorite word? Debt
 
3. What turns you on?   Hair
 
4. What turns you off?    Hatred
 
5. What sound do you love?   Birdsong
 
6. What sound do you hate? Banality
 
7. What is your favorite curse word?   Fuck
 
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?   Musician
 
9.  What profession would you not like to do?  CEO
 
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “Bugger Off!”
 
  
 
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James Lipton and the Actors Studio did it for fun with the actors…..Now, I’m doing it for fun with the writers.
 
  Wow, I’ve just looked at Thomas Atkinson’s resume. Geez…. This may take a while!Okay, first of all, Thomas, who likes to be referred to as Thom, lives in southern Ohio with one wife and two sons.

Now, this is the time when I usually dig around and write a short bio. However, Thom was super cool and sent me a bunch of information on himself. So, rather than pick the bones out of it, I thought I’d just print it.

Over to you, Thom! (I’m sure he’d reply with a thank you.)

“About me: I’m an author and playwright of what has been described as “hillbilly gothic.”

I recently completed collection of short stories: The title story Standing Deadwood appeared in The North American Review, and River’s Edge appeared in The Indiana Review.

The opening story in the collection, Dancing Turtle, took Grand  Prize in the inaugural Santa Barbara Writer Conference National Writing Contest and was judged by the author Ron McLarty (The Memory of Running, Traveler, Art in America, and The Dropper). His comments: “A girl damaged at birth, struggling to form words, invites us into an inner  life that is both painful and glorious. At the Appalachian Festival she reveals herself with a phrase I will never forget…In this beautiful and evocative story the author reaches into the reader’s heart.”

And on 8th March I was able to announce this: The closing story in the collection, Grimace in the Burnt Black Hills, has just won a major award and has been accepted for publication in The Sun magazine.

My first novel, Strobe Life, is now available for Kindle on Amazon. And, I have also just completed my second novel, Tiki Man

On the playwriting side of things, I’m the author of seven plays, including Cuttings, Copperheads, Clear Liquor & Coal Black Nights, The Circle of Mystery, Battling the Ghost of Max Schmeling, and D’s Tire Towne. My one-woman show ‘Cuttings’ has had several critically-acclaimed productions, and was a finalist for the 2010 NAAA Double X Play Reading Festival in London. My short play (based on a short story), Dancing Turtle, has just been  included in the Culture * Park 10th Annual Short Play Marathon, and has been picked up for a full production at a one act festival this summer in Rhode Island.

I’ve won a bunch of honors and awards for both fiction and drama, including four Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship grants.”

Thanks Thom. I do just want to add that The Sun Magazine has 70,000 subscribers and a circulation of
I don’t know what their total circulation is, but they have 70,000 subscribers and a circulation of much, much more.

Thom has also won an array of honors and awards including Community of Voices Writing Contest, Theatre Conspiracy 9th Annual New Play Contest, Mercantile Library Short Story Competition, Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Grant in Fiction, Nominated for Society of Midland Authors Drama Award, and Post-Corbett Award Finalist in Literature.

Although there’s no award for answering these ten question, Thom broke his winning tradition and answered them anyway.

1.  What is your favorite word?  Vacuous

2. What is your least favorite word? Empowerment (a close second: Amputation)
 
3. What turns you on?   Heat
 
4. What turns you off?    Tattoos
 
5. What sound do you love?   1975 Triumph Spitfire
 
6. What sound do you hate? Fox “News”
 
7. What is your favorite curse word?   Douche (and variants: douche-bag and douche-baggery)
 
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?   Sculptor
 
9.  What profession would you not like to do?  Coroner
 
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “WTF?”
  
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So, what do you think of Thom’s award winning writing? Do you feel inspired yet?

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 James Lipton and the Actors Studio did it for fun with the actors…..Now, I’m doing it for fun with the writers.
  
 
Okay, we’ve all heard Sting singing about ‘An Englishman in New York’. Well, todays 30 Second Interview is about an American Gal in London.
 
Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Los Angeles, Lorelei King always planned to move to Paris. But in 1981, she came to London on what should have been a three-day stop over, and never left. She’s now married to actor Vincent Marzello.
 
So, lets start with Lorelei, the Actress.
 
With  films such as ‘Notting Hill’ and ‘The Saint’, Lorelei can boast having worked with some of the best male actors around on both the small and big screen; from the handsome Hugh Grant to the rugged Bob the Builder. In fact, Lorelei has starred with one of my all time favorites, Michael Douglas in the wonderful movie, ‘Shining Through’. Now I’m jealous.
 
And Television is not to be ignored. Emmerdale, Cold Feet, and Jonathan Creek, to name just a few, can all brag Lorelei as part of their cast at one time or another.
 
Now, what about Lorelei the voice over actress?
 
Well, if you live in America and watch Bob the Builder, you may just recognise the voice of ‘Wendy’ and ‘Packer’.
 
And let’s not get into the two hundred plus programmes Lorelei’s recorded for the BBC.  In fact, Lorelei has been described as ‘the best known American voice on radio 4’ after working on shows including Judge Dredd, Batman, and the classic American drama East of Eden.
 
As well at this, Lorelei also lends her multi award-winning voice to narrating audiobooks for best-selling authors Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell.
 
And this leads us nicely to Lorelei, the Multi Award Winning Voice.
 
 
With numerous awards including Audiofile’s ‘Best Voices’, APA Performer of the Year, and Audiofile Golden Earphones Award among the twenty or thirty trophies already fighting for space on her mantle, Lorelei recently won lNarrator of the Year and firmly established herself as the best narrator around.
 
So, what of Lorelei the writer?
 
Lorelei is credited for writing children’s programmes Chuggington, for which she is also script editor, Bob the Builder and Fantomcat. Plus, the Playstation video game Mothatruckas 1 and 2, and Cartoon Network’s Dexter’s Laboratory Video Game.
 
Phew. Is it time to catch a breath? No. Because Lorelei is also co-owner of Creative Content Ltd, a small digital publishing company (check out their blog).
 
Now you can catch a breath while you read Lorelei’s 30 Second Interview.
 
1.  What is your favorite word?  Courage
 
2. What is your least favorite word? Guts
 
3. What turns you on?   Intelligence
 
4. What turns you off?    Pretension
 
5. What sound do you love?   The pop of the champagne cork
 
6. What sound do you hate? The crack-fizz of a pull tab
 
7. What is your favorite curse word?   Bollocks
 
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?   Professional ice skater
 
9.  What profession would you not like to do?  Social worker
 
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “First class to the left”
 
   
 
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So, what do you think of Lorelei’s extensive career? What is your favorite Lorelei voice?

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 James Lipton and the Actors Studio did it for fun with the actors…..Now, I’m doing it for fun with the writers.
  
 
Are you ready for a scary ride?
 
Let me introduce you to horror screenwriter, Brad Keene. Or better still, watch the following trailer to Brad’s 2008 movie, From Within.
 
 
Okay, so how do you feel? Calmed down yet? What’s that? You were too nervous to watch it?
 
I must just tell you this quick story. The first time I met Brad was at our managers offices in L.A. Brad entered and was asked to take a seat only to find Natalie and I already occupied both of them. Poor Brad had to stand. I nearly offered my chair’s arm….I don’t think I’ve told him that 🙂
 
So, let’s find out a little more about  the man who is an expert at scaring people.
 
In 2006, Brad wrote a screenplay with co-writer Chris Skinner, called The Gravedancers’, a story about three friends who, after the death of their friend, drown their sorrows in beer and return to the cemetary…..only to find the following morning the ghost of a child pyromaniac, an axe murdered, and a rapist are terrorising them.
 
 
Then, in 2008 Brad wrote From Within , which boasts the talent of Rumer Willis   and Thomas Dekker. Brad also co-produced this movie which revolves around the residents of a small American town who begin to die one-by-one, apparently by suicide…
 
Then we come to a film we’ve all heard and seen called ‘The Grudge’. Well, in 2009, Brad wrote the third installment, aptly names ‘The Grudge 3′.
 
 
 
But screenwriting isn’t the only talent Brad has. With vetran writer and illustrator Shannon Eric Denton, Brad wrote Fleshdigger , a comic strictly for the older audience and one that premiered to a hail of praise from fans and comic readers alike.
 
And if that wasn’t enough to prove this writer has what it takes to prove his worth, his debut novel ‘Hat Trick’, is released by ZOVA Books in May 2012 and has a TV series ready for production later this year.
 
So, what could the man, who admits to being raised watching The Incredible Hulk, make of our ten questions?
 
 1.  What is your favorite word?  Persistence
 
2. What is your least favorite word? Resistance
 
3. What turns you on?   Energy
 
4. What turns you off?    Fatigue
 
5. What sound do you love?   Laughter
 
6. What sound do you hate? Chewing
 
7. What is your favorite curse word?   Dayum
 
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?   Comedian
 
9.  What profession would you not like to do?  Mortician
 
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?Well, well, well. Look who it is! That wasn’t so bad. What’s with the concerned expresion? Relaz. I’m letting you in. I wouldn’t allow people to loiter at the gates unless entry was imminent. There’s enough anziety on Earth. So, come on in. By the way, I can’t wait to hear your clever stance on religion now. This  shifts the discussion a bit, doesn’t it? Oh. There’s that expression again. Don’t worry. All is forgiven…..and yes, we have a casino. People always ask about a casino as if being in Heaven isn’t enough. I’m not offended. It’s the best casino around. You’ll love it!”
 
    
 
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