Samantha Ford Is Getting Ready to Publish Her Second Novel

August 21, 2013 in Articles, Author Spotlight, eBook publishing

Author of the 5 star rated The Zanzibar Affair – Samantha Ford – has her second, long awaited, novel rapidly approaching its publication date. But she needs some help deciding which cover image has the most appeal. You are invited to participate in a poll to help her decide which cover image she should use for her next book.

The Samantha Ford Cover Image Poll

Voting is now closed and the public have made their choice!

Come back soon to see the winner

 

Setting the Scene to Help You Decide

The book is set in both London and Kenya.  One of the scenes involves a very attractive man standing at the end of a wooden pier overlooking a lake in Africa with his back to a lodge. This is a recurring dream of the heroine and is the reason why there is a lakeside image versus a tented game lodge set amongst dark trees and lit by lamps as the sun is setting.

Question is which provides the most impact visually and which sets the scene in the best way for the book?

You can vote in the poll above by selecting proposal 1 or proposal 2. Then if you want to leave your comments to explain which way you voted and why, you can do that here on this post, on your favourite social media site or both. The choice is yours. Just make sure you join the debate and have some fun in the process.

You can find the Zanzibar Affair here on Amazon

Author Spotlight – Markham Turner

May 31, 2013 in Articles, Author Spotlight

New ZealandMarkham Turner is a native New Zealander and has written 3 novels, to date, all published as ebooks via Moulin Publications. The books are available through a number of different distributors in several different formats. Markham writes for the fiction genre and two of his books come under the action-adventure category. He has also written one science fiction novel which will leave you in the mind of Blakes 7 or something of a similar ilk. I have read and enjoyed all three of his novels and couldn’t really differentiate which one I would put ahead of the others. I really liked all three and would happy to recommend them all to anyone looking for a book that is a little different from the norm and perhaps a little bit quirky.

To get an understanding of where this rare species of New Zealand authors gets his quirky style of writing, I decided to ask him a few questions designed to give his readers a little bit of an insight into the man himself. Following is the latest, author spotlight, interview of Markham Turner:

Interviewing an Author from New Zealand

Q) You have written three books now and have more in the pipeline. What is it that gives you the motivation to continue writing?

A) I’ve always wanted to write; having started, I now feel uncomfortable if I can’t type at least few paragraphs a day; some weird sort of psychiatric compulsion I suppose?

Q) Do you think a person has to be a little masochistic to become a writer of novels? Read the rest of this entry →

Author Spotlight – Susannah Carlton

April 4, 2013 in Articles, Author Spotlight

Author SpotlightLike many of the authors published by Moulin Publications via eBook Issues, Susannah Carlton has led an interesting and varied life not only as a British female writer, but also as a teacher and a counsellor specialising in domestic violence. You will see from her Amazon Profile that she has worked in both England and Sweden  and now lives between her home in Somerset and a flat in Paris France.

This is Susannah’s  ‘author spotlight’ and her opportunity to reveal to you some of what she has learned about becoming a writer and the author of her first novel Lonely Mirrors a saga about the life of a family affected by the illicit affair of their father when he was a doctor in the second world war based in Egypt.

The Susannah Carlton Interview

Q) What was it that inspired you to write your book and how did you select the story line?

A) I’ve wanted to try and write a novel for some time just to see if I could do it. Get to the end that is. That was the first and major hurdle, not whether it was any good or not. I’ve always had a lot of respect for anyone completing a novel – and now I’ve got even more. I’ve written a number of plays in the past and had them performed on the stage and on television and radio but I found writing fiction more difficult. For a start you have to write, at least most of the time, in proper sentences and I found describing things very tricky. Too many adjectives? Not enough? In a play you can put it all into the stage directions and let someone else do the work. But I did enjoy writing what was going on inside someone’s head. And I wanted to write about the unreliability of memory so I thought I’d try with several stories that would inter-connect and go backwards and forwards in time. The starting off point was the death of my father who died when I was a child. There are some true biographical details in the novel. He was on the last boat to leave Crete, he did then go to Egypt and later back to London. But that was all. I don’t really remember him so I made him up and now this character is the basis of my memories of him in a way like Albert Einstein becomes Margaret’s father.

Q) How long did it take you to write the book and did you have a schedule for how much you worked on it each day? Read the rest of this entry →

Author Spotlight – Samantha Ford

February 25, 2013 in Articles, Author Spotlight

Authors from AfricaHaving lived a truly cosmopolitan lifestyle, it is hardly surprising that Samantha Ford didn’t settle for life in the humdrum environment of English suburbia. No instead she lives and works in Africa, in the Safari industry to be precise, and spends her life mingling with the rich and famous. She has become an author who writes about contemporary romance in the 21st century and she does it very well.

It was with great anticipation that I looked forward to reading her answers to the questions posed about the aspect of her life spent as an English female author, but one who gets her inspiration from the deepest parts of Safari Africa. A lifestyle that is far from conventional  and that not too many people will be privy to.

For Samantha the answers to her questions will no doubt feel like an honest appraisal of what, for her, is normal everyday life but for most of the rest of us will be a description of an exciting life in a far away place. I love the fact, for example, that one of her biggest problems she has as a writer comes in  the form of noisy monkeys.

So without further ado, have a look at her answers to the questions posed about how she came to write her first book and what life is like as a published author living in Africa.

Q) How did you come up with the story for your book, what sparked it off?

 A) I was looking after Giraffe Manor (a hotel) in Nairobi and decided, because of my unusual childhood in the Far East, Middle East and Africa, to write a series of letters to my daughter describing my life. Then out of the blue someone I had not seen for 35 years tracked me down in Kenya. This was when I decided to turn my “letters” into a novel.

Q) Did you need to do any research for your book? Read the rest of this entry →

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