Michael and the Magic Hiccup – Paperback Now Available!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08WZFPPF2

Due to a human error (on my part) rather than my latest children’s book be available to pre-order like the ebook version, it’s now gone live and is available to purchase! Click on the link above to go to the amazon page.

“A Wonderful Little Read Full Of Great Illustrations!”

22 black and white illustrations accompany this fairy-tale about a lonely and bored garden gnome that ends up having the adventure of a lifetime. To get a taste of the story, you can read the beginning or watch a video reading via these links:

Michael and the Magic Hiccup story link: https://wordpress.com/post/adonnellywriter.wordpress.com/1337

Michael and the Magic Hiccup video reading: https://wordpress.com/post/adonnellywriter.wordpress.com/1365

Michael and the Magic Hiccup – Reading

The proof of my new book, Michael and the Magic Hiccup, has arrived, so I thought I’d give you a sneak peek and read you the first part of the story and you can hear the entertaining voices I’ve added to the characters. Have a watch of this video as I give you a sneak peek:

Pre-order On Amazon

Michael and the Magic Hiccup is available to pre-order on Amazon in ebook format. Pre-order your copy here.

#Author Interviews: Simon Largo – “The Storm Slayer”

stormslayer-largo-ebookWELCOME to interview three in my author series. Today I have the pleasure of introducing Simon Largo, author of THE STORM SLAYER, a slick, crime thriller released last week:

 

  1. From your bio on your website, it looks like you started by writing screenplays. What made you choose that medium first and not jump straight into writing novels? 

Well I always loved the idea of either producing a film or being a film director. Then I realised that was going to be a tough call, so decided to try my hand at writing screenplays instead. I found the creative aspect fun and it pushed my imagination as I was writing them on spec. The idea of writing a full length novel at the time was too daunting! I was so lucky to have been signed by an agent early on, but thought that was it. When success didn’t follow I almost gave up. 

  1. Did ‘The Storm Slayer’ start off as a movie script idea? If it didn’t, what was your inspiration?

In my mind it was a movie, for sure. But I had been reading so many great thriller novels over the last couple of years, especially Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, I thought why not turn it into a novel as a break through idea as trying to sell a screenplay with no track record is very hard indeed. However maybe I will sell the movie rights for my debut novel or one the follow ups – that would be fantastic. At least if I was asked to assist or even write the screenplay, I know I could do that with my experience.

  1. What made you use New York City as the location for your novel?

Author of The Storm Slayer, Simon Largo
Author of The Storm Slayer, Simon Largo

Well I’ve been there a couple of times over the years and it’s like most movies I watch seem to be set there! It was a natural choice. The place is so alive. The crime thriller genre was made to be immersed into NY culture and its environment in my view.

  1. Where do you gain the inspiration for your main characters from?

The movies where else! For my lead character, Detective Mason Trent, in The Storm Slayer, I was inspired by Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry and Steve McQueen in Bullitt. Both absolute classic films. I liked the portrayal of Eastwood and McQueen in character for their nuances, toughness and also their emotional traits. I guess Mason Trent is a hybrid of them both.

  1. If you could give any advice to novice and aspiring authors, what would you suggest?

Don’t give up! I haven’t. I almost think it better to write as a mature writer as you have a lot of life experience which can help in character development and story narrative.

  1. Are you reading anything right now, if so, what is it and why?

The Innocent by Rachel Abbott – not a new book, but only recently discovered her works following something I came across on a blog by NY Times bestselling author, Joanna Penn (www.thecreativepenn.com). The book is a good crime thriller. The murderer in this case is a woman. You know that after the first few pages, so not giving anything away really. Rachel went for the self publishing route and ended up selling 400,000 copies of that first book. Inspiring for any indie author.

  1. Thank you for participating in this interview, is there anything else you’d like to add?

If you are a new writer, or aspiring to be one, do it! Life is too short to always think if only. I wish all my fellow authors the best of luck in 2015.

For more information about the official release date of his debut novel, check out Simon’s website: www.simonlargo.com

 

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49q hard coverANTHONY DONNELLY blogs about all things writing, inspirational, and motivational. He has published a number of books for children and adults. His first novel 49Q? THE ENIGMA CONTINUES is currently climbing up the Amazon charts, and is available in Kindle or paperback. When not sat at his keyboard writing, he can be found in Costa Rica, North America, or somewhere in Europe motivating and coaching individuals and groups in self-development techniques and life-balance.

 

 

#Author Interviews: William D.Prystauk – “Bloodletting”

bloodlettingWELCOME to the first in this year’s author interviews series where my guest today is William D. Prystauk, an award-winning screenwriter, film producer, and teacher in higher education, to mention only a few of his talents. He is the author of “Bloodletting“, a dark, mystery novel, and if you love horror, you should tune into his weekly podcast, “The Last Knock,” on iTunes.

 

Q: Imagine I’m a new reader. Tell me a little about your books to pique my interest further.

Although I’ve wanted to write a novel for many moons, I indulged in screenwriting for many years to help cement my storytelling. Due to the nature of the film industry, which means few production companies buy scripts, I decided to adapt my award-winning screenplay “Bloodletting” into a novel. The screenplay, which led in the mystery category at the Screenwriters Showcase Screenplay contest in 2006, ultimately won second place overall. I used the screenplay as a glorified outline to shape my hard-boiled crime thriller.

Author of "Bloodletting", William D. Prystauk
Author of “Bloodletting”, William D. Prystauk

In “Bloodletting”, punk rocker and sadomasochist Denny Bowie, a “legwork guy” for a private investigation firm, is out to find the killer of five masochistic men and his childhood friend, fetish photographer Tommy Heat. He gets back with Penny Dallion, the Goth-girl of his dreams, and is enthralled by the hot and androgynous Erin Marr, his new boyfriend. While investigating Tommy’s murder, Denny discovers pictures missing from Tommy’s meticulous collection. These photos not only hold the key to the killer’s identity, but may also prove Penny’s involvement in the murders. Now, embroiled in New York’s vibrant S&M subculture, Denny revisits old haunts: fetish clubs in Greenwich Village to find the killer who’s a step ahead of him – and maybe right behind him.

If you’re like me and become critical of what you read, please know that I met with a former homicide detective, a private investigator, a New York City court reporter, a police officer, and more experts to make certain “Bloodletting” is accurate. In addition, I visited or lived in all of the places I wrote about. One can say I took “write what you know” seriously!

Q: What motivated you to write in your specific genre?

The story and characters always determine genre for me. However, in the case of “Bloodletting”, the hard-boiled subgenre allowed me to go a little bit deeper and get more “real.” Since the story is base on my experiences in New York’s Greenwich Village, this allowed me to create an honest narrative. Moreover, I have always been compelled by great mysteries, whether it’s Gillian Flynn’s “Sharp Objects” or Frederick Busch’s “Girls”, and as a boy, I’d soak up as much as the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew as possible. In general, mysteries keep our minds alert and ablaze – we can’t check our brains at the door – and I wanted “Bloodletting” to be a journey that would entertain as well as keep readers’ minds engaged in the suspense.

Q: If you were not allowed to write horror, what would be your next best pick and why?

bloodlettingI’d have to go with thrillers like “Bloodletting” because conjuring suspense is no easy task. I love horror because it’s such a challenge. After all, creating a scare per page is far from easy. Thrillers, like horrors, allow me to draw out the intrigue while keeping the goings-on mysterious for as long as possible. The only thing a thriller doesn’t offer is the element of the uncanny or supernatural, and I like to write without those factors because real life comes with its own nightmares. The aspect of the thriller allows for a sense of reality most horror lacks, and this means the reader has a better chance of finding the story relatable.

Q: What do you love most about writing, and is there any element you dislike, if so, what?

I love the escapism associated with writing. It’s like being in the shower where no one can get to you. Plus, no matter what I write turns out to be a bit of therapy and leaves me feeling better about the world I live in. Finally, when writing, I create a universe where I control everything that happens: I chose who lives and who dies, if it will or won’t rain, and who gets the boy or girl. In real life, I rarely have that kind of control.

When it comes to dislikes, I sometimes wish I could blink my eyes and complete a troublesome manuscript. But the pitfalls and challenges of storytelling are part of the journey. Therefore, I hunker down and write through the problem. On some occasions, I let the manuscript go for a while and work on something else. Afterwards, I’ll go back to that pesky story and look at it like an editor. This usually provides me with new ideas to see the story through. It’s amazing what a little time off can accomplish. Allowing the manuscript to ferment on its own for a while is often a critical step between a great story and a weak one.

Q: Are your main characters based on people you know or are they imagined?

A little bit of both. Most character backgrounds include a hodgepodge stories from other people I know, though I never use anyone’s physical appearance. However, in “Bloodletting” the character of Penny is sort of a mix between an old friend, musician Siouxsie Sioux, and the one-time drummer for the alternative electronica band Indoor Life (I never got her name).

Usually what I do is daydream of my characters and follow them around in my mind to see where they take me. Eventually, they fall into place with their strengths and weaknesses, goals, loves, and hates. When writing a story, I usually think about them before bed, and that helps me relax and fall asleep. Sometimes, when I’m unconscious, this will unleash other things about the characters I can use in my stories, and I may even dream about them, which opens up even more doors.

Q: What one piece of guidance would you give to a novice or aspiring writer?

Read – a lot. Read inside and outside the genre you love most. This is because reading and writing go hand in hand. In addition, read books on craft and gain a better understanding of your new pursuit because you must know your writing strengths and weaknesses – and every writer has weaknesses regardless of skill level.

Ultimately, you must know good writing from bad, and as a writer, you have to be honest with yourself and know when you are creating something wonderful or something for the trash. I have many failed manuscripts to my credit, and they were all practice pieces that brought me to where I am today as an award-winning writer.

Furthermore, proofread aloud – when you read silently, your brain may fill in missing words or correct errors, but you will usually hear a mistake when reading aloud. And make sure others critique your work. I’m not talking about people who will pat you on the head like daddy or your girlfriend, but people who will give you honest feedback to help you improve your craft. For instance, I joined a professional screenwriter’s group and their expert recommendations made “Bloodletting” a better story, otherwise, it would not have won that award, would not have earned me an agent, and would not have been accepted for publication. But if you can’t handle honest criticism of your writing, it’s time to do something else.

Otherwise, practice your craft – and WRITE ON!

 

bloodlettingI thank William for participating in the first interview this year, and his excellent novel, BLOODLETTING is available on Amazon and other good book stores. Some of the wonderful reviews:

“If Philip Marlowe was reincarnated as a punk rock sadomasochist private eye working the mean streets of New York’s S&M subculture, his name would be Denny Bowie and this would be his story…”

Ken Vose, award-winning screenwriter of Greased Lightning and author

 “What rides through this novel is Desire and it’s Desire as we actually know it—not the desire that can be easily placated, bought off with good deeds or bargain basement optimism or forgotten with love or put to sleep with a warm glass of milk. Here, Desire is insistent, hungry, ever present and shadowed by The Reaper.”

Ross Klavan, author of Schmuck and screenwriter of Tigerland

 “A thrilling ride through kink and murder, Bloodletting will stay with you long after the last page.”

Patricia D. Eddy, bestselling author of erotic suspense

 

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49q hard coverANTHONY DONNELLY blogs about all things writing, inspirational, and motivational. He has published a number of books for children and adults. His first novel 49Q? THE ENIGMA CONTINUES is currently climbing up the Amazon charts, and is available in Kindle or paperback. When not sat at his keyboard writing, he can be found in Costa Rica, North America, or somewhere in Europe motivating and coaching individuals and groups in self-development techniques and life-balance.

 

 

#newreleases Balls-deep In Paradise by Anthony Donnelly

My first published novel coming soon “Balls-deep In Paradise”… a semi-autobiographical work about my experiences in Costa Rica, reflecting on my early childhood experiences with sexual abuse, self-discovery, failed relationships, business ventures, and lots of travel abroad. Part fact, part fiction, this is an ‘adult coming-of-age’ story about a man in his early 40s thinking he’s made it ‘there’ and realizing there is a deeper spiritual path in life that many never find, or only find by facing adversity. A sort of “Sideways” in the jungle!

 

"Balls-deep In Paradise" by Anthony Donnelly
“Balls-deep In Paradise” by Anthony Donnelly

 

Release date: late 2014/ early 2015 – due to the sensitive and highly personal nature of this work, I cannot give a definite release date, but just wanted to keep my fans and followers in the loop about upcoming works and works in progress.

As always, please follow me on TWITTER and FACEBOOK, and email me with any comments or questions: adonnellywriter@yahoo.ca